ASHLAND -- In celebration of Ashland County Community Foundation's 25th anniversary, the foundation surprised eight Ashland County villages with strategic grant opportunities totaling $50,000.
ACCF executive director James Cutright and Chief Program Officer Kristin Aspin announced the grant opportunity Saturday morning at the ACCF office in a special presentation to the mayors of each village.
The village of Loudonville may receive $25,000; Perrysville and Jeromesville each may receive $5,000; Hayesville may receive $4,000; Savannah and Bailey Lakes each may receive $3,500; Polk may receive $3,000; and Mifflin may receive $1,000.
Grants were offered proportionally based on 2010 census population. They are intended to help strengthen each village community and ultimately the county as a whole.
"We are the Ashland County Community Foundation, so I often say we want to touch all four corners of the county with our grant making. We have donors that come from each of the corners of the county, so it's important as we are accepting those gifts that we're also making a similar impact there," Cutright said.
Municipalities may use the grant dollars for any program or project that benefits their community and its residents, but may not be used for ongoing operating expenses or debt reduction.
To formally receive the grant, village leaders must determine a proposed use for the grant dollars and submit a grant application for approval by ACCF's grants committee.
"This means the world to the village of Loudonville. Twenty-five-thousand dollars that's a lot of money, and it's going to take some time to determine how we're going to spend this, or how we're going to use this money," Loudonville Mayor Steve Stricklen said. "We'll certainly have all of council, our fiscal officer and our village administrator (at the table), and we'll all get our heads together and put this $25,000 to very good use."
The strategic grants for municipalities are just eight of the many "Silver Anniversary Grants" the ACCF is making in 2020 to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
The ACCF kicked off its special grant-making season by awarding three $5,000 Founding Agency Partner Grants to Ashland County Cancer Association, Ashland YMCA and Hospice of North Central Ohio.
Then, ACCF offered an agency challenge grant opportunity, which allows non-profits to receive a $5,000 matching grant if they contribute or raise $5,000 for an endowment fund. Eight local non-profits are participating in the challenge.
Additional grants are expected to be announced in the coming months. The 25th anniversary season will culminate with a Silver Anniversary Celebration Dinner August 20.