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BUCYRUS – Since March, the Community Foundation for Crawford County has awarded COVID-19 Emergency Response grants and several strategic competitive grants to local charitable organizations and municipalities.

These awards totaled $434,970 and included the following recipients:


Project Noelle - $4,350 towards clothing, diapers, support group supplies and monthly dinners for Crawford County children and teens whose parents are absent due to addiction or overdoses

Bucyrus Backpack Program - $23,000 project for weekend meals for students with food inadequacies attending Crestline and Buckeye Central Schools

Community Counseling Services — $13,000 towards Signs of Suicide curriculum for youth and the staff time to provide the education and screenings, and the Question, Persuade, Refer program for adults

Competitive Grants went to the following:

Bucyrus Little League - $20,000 towards a revitalization project for fields at Aumiller, Lyons and North Robinson Parks

Wildlife Haven - $2,500 towards food and nutritional costs of wildlife rehabilitation program

Crawford Partnership - $25,000 towards ongoing operational support

Prevailing Word Ministry in Motion - $5,000 towards food pantry operating expenses

Crawford County Arts Council - $2,000 for teacher salaries for children’s art classes, art class supplies, and gallery equipment

American Red Cross - $11,700 for three blood drives in Crawford County

Alpha 12 Step Recovery - $30,000 for operating costs to employ a house manager and office manager for six months

Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio - $5,000 towards the inaugural Inspire Virtual Conference, a learning career exploration fair for 1,048 Crawford County 7-12th graders from Galion, Wynford, and Buckeye Central schools

Bucyrus Legacy Fund of Projects, Inc. - $38,500 towards development of proposed Norton Bicentennial Park project Phase 1 – building and site demolition

Bucyrus Backpack Program - $24,000 to help cover start-up costs and six months’ worth of weekend meals and snacks for Buckeye Central and Crestline schools

Humane Society Serving Crawford County - $40,000 towards a new roof for the training center building

Bucyrus Police Department - $20,000 towards a K-9 trained narcotics detecting dog

Friends of the Galion Public Library - $3,635 for a digital microfilm reader

Ohio Bird Sanctuary - $610 towards a capital campaign

Galion History Center - $5,175 towards an organ wind regulator rebuild in the historic Grace Church

Crawford Partnership - $50,000 towards the Freese Center

Crawford Works - $30,000 for facilitators, coaches and workshop materials to assist program participants in achieving economic self-sufficiency through employment

YMCA of Bucyrus-Tiffin, Inc. - $50,000 towards pool repair

#CrawfordForGood - $4,000 towards a matching pool with fundraiser benefiting Crawford County non-profit organizations

#Giving2sday - $25,000 to award funds participating in the Foundation’s annual fundraiser, distributed on a prorated basis

Special Recognition Grants went to the following:

$100 to the Bucyrus Bicentennial Fund of Projects, Inc. to sponsor a community unity banner

$100 to the North Central State College’s Arts for Success event to support scholarships

$400 to Philanthropy Ohio for five local nonprofit organizations to attend the Nonprofit Summer Series

$500 to the Dr. Joseph and Susan Shadeed Scholarship Fund

$1,400 to Alpha 12 Step Recovery towards 2022 operating costs

Grants from the Emergency Fund for Food Pantries went to the following:

Galion Grace Brethren Church Gifts of Love Pantry - $1,000

The first competitive grant cycle deadline for 2022 is December 31, 2021, with grants to be awarded in the spring. The Foundation will be keeping its COVID-19 Emergency Response Grant application available in 2022 as well.

Established in 1984 with the generous help of the Timken Foundation, The Community Foundation for Crawford County is bridging philanthropy with causes that improve Crawford County’s quality of life. Home is why!

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