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MANSFIELD -- In its second round of grants, the Richland County Foundation COVID-19 Rapid Response initiative awarded $55,760 in grants to Richland County Youth and Family Council and Area Agency on Aging.

A matching 1:1 grant was awarded to the Richland County Youth and Family Council for its COVID-19 Relief Fund. Assistance will be provided to single adults, couples without minor children and those over the age of 60 and have experienced a job loss or wage reduction related to the pandemic.

The assistance will be given to people who apply and meet certain criteria such as an income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Richland County Job and Family Services has additional programs and funds to assist families with children.

The Area Agency on Aging received a grant to deliver meals to people in need between the ages of 50 and 59.

The Foundation believes that generosity has the power to unite and heal communities in good times and bad. A global threat like COVID-19 affects more than just the infected. It is a time to come together to drive a spike of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for our community and nonprofits in Richland County.  

To support this effort, we encourage donors to contribute to the Community Fund https://www.richlandcountyfoundation.org/donate. Any Community Fund gifts received throughout 2020 will be used to assist nonprofits directly impacted by COVID-19.

In addition, Donor Advised Fund grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Avon Theater Film Center - Scholarships

Catalyst Life Services – General Support

Community Health Access Project (CHAP) – Basic Needs for Babies

Denison University - Annual Campaign

Discovery School – General Support

Friends of the Black Fork – General Support

Healthnetwork – General Support

Idea Works – Entrepreneurs’ Kitchen

Little Buckeye Children’s Museum – General Support

Mansfield Playhouse – General Support

Ohio Bird Sanctuary – General Support

Ohio State University Foundation – COVID-19 Support for the Medical Center

Richland County Veteran Mentoring Program – Yoga for Veterans

Worthington Township – Hitchman Park Playground

About the Richland County Foundation

The Richland County Foundation, a not-for-profit 501c3, was established in 1945 as a way for individuals to pool and invest their gifts for the long-term good of Richland County and its residents.

The Foundation helps people in Richland County give back to their community by investing their gifts for charity wisely so that grants can be made to improve the quality of life for all the county’s citizens. Working together with donors, the Foundation meets important needs today and plans for a strong future.

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