MANSFIELD – Refreshing summertime fun is coming to a pair of Mansfield parks after the Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees approved $474,670 in grants during its April board meeting.
Working in collaboration with the City of Mansfield, the Foundation approved grants for splash pads in Johns Park and North Lake Park. The project is supported by three funds at the Foundation: the unrestricted/community fund, Robert and Esther Black Family Foundation Fund and the Fran and Warren Rupp Advised Fund.
The Foundation continues to support summertime programs focused on children. The Summertime Kids Committee Chaired by Foundation Board of Trustee member Jotika Shetty along with members from the community awarded 20 Summertime Kid grants. The grants of up to $2,500 were given to support creative, educational, and fun-filled activities for hundreds of local children.
A grant was made to Richland Community Development Group Art Sector to fund a new community project called the Tributary Reader. It is a journal of art, literature, and environment which will be printed twice a year.
Five career technical education scholarships were approved for students to earn certifications and credentials at technical institutions. The Scholarship Committee implemented a rolling deadline for CTE scholarships to meet various enrollment deadlines.
In aligning with Ohio’s Attainment Goal, the Foundation wants to help fill the gap between job openings and certified employees as well as lead the way to support workforce development through CTE scholarships.
The Board of Trustees approved grants from donor advised funds which allows individuals and families the opportunity to make grant suggestions to favorite charities. Donor Advised Funds are a flexible and convenient alternative to a private foundation. It is also a way to keep charitable contributions anonymous, at the preference of the donor.
The following organizations received grants from donor-advised funds:
Buckeye Council of Boy Scouts of America
Catalyst Life Services
City of Mansfield
City of Ontario Police Department
Domestic Violence Shelter
Downtown Mansfield Inc.
Emma Willard School
First Congregational Church
Friends of the Richland County Park District
Grace Episcopal Church
Historic Saranac lake
Lucas Community Center
Madison Summer Baseball
Mansfield Art Center
Mansfield City Schools
Mansfield Community Playhouse
North Central Ohio Land Conservancy
North Central State College
Ohio Bird Sanctuary
Richland Community Development Group
Richland Public Health
Renaissance Performing Arts
St. Peter’s Church Music Series
The Trust for Public Land
Waleska United Methodist Church
Warren Rupp Observatory
Western Reserve Land Conservancy
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.