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Richland County Foundation funds $524K in community grants

The Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees approved $524,558 in grants during its December meeting.

As part of the Mansfield Rising Plan, the Foundation approved a grant to spearhead a community branding effort. The grant was awarded to Richland Community Development Group to hire Cubic Creative of Tulsa, Oklahoma to research and collect data to build an authentic brand story.

The Mansfield Rising team determined a cohesive powerful and positive story will foster economic development efforts, tourism, talent attraction and build civic pride.

Other organizations funding the branding project are Destination Mansfield, Richland Area Chamber of Commerce, Mechanics Bank, Richland Bank, and the Richland County Commissioners.

Mansfield Rising is a citizen led plan backed by the Foundation to continue the revitalization of downtown Mansfield. For more details go to and click the Community Impact tab.

Other community grants approved by the board of trustees are:

  • Junior Achievement to expand its programs in Richland County schools.
  • Domestic Violence Shelter to hire a development director.
  • Salvation Army to provide emergency social services to low income residents.
  • The Board of Trustees also approved other grants to meet emerging needs to the following organizations:
  • Alzheimer’s Association of Northwest Ohio
  • Ashland Schines Theater
  • Blue Rose Mission
  • Boy Scouts of America, Buckeye Council
  • Catalyst Life Services
  • Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo
  • City of Mansfield
  • Clear Fork Valley Foundation
  • Community Foundation of Otsego County
  • Cooperstown Food Pantry
  • Costeau Society
  • Crawford United Way
  • Discovery School
  • Domestic Violence Shelter
  • Family Planning of South Central New York
  • First Congregational Church
  • Friendly House
  • Friends of Gorman Nature Center
  • Funk Heritage Center
  • Galion Community Center YMCA
  • Galion Community Foundation
  • Harmony House
  • Healthnetwork Foundation
  • Humane Society of Richland County
  • Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio
  • Linden Road Presbyterian Church
  • Little Buckeye Children’s Museum
  • Love in the Name of Christ
  • Lucas Community Center
  • Malabar Farm Foundation
  • Mansfield Area Y
  • Mansfield Art Center
  • Mansfield Kiwanis Club
  • Mansfield Playhouse
  • Mansfield-Richland Area Educational Foundation
  • NAMI of Richland County
  • Nature Conservancy
  • North End Community Improvement Collaborative
  • North Central Ohio Land Conservancy
  • North Central State College Foundation
  • Ohio Bird Sanctuary
  • Ohio Genealogical Society
  • Ohio Heartland Community Action Center
  • Ohio State University Foundation
  • Old Growth Forest Network
  • Ontario Police Department Fund
  • Pathfinder Village Foundation
  • Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center
  • Richland Community Development Group
  • Renaissance Performing Arts
  • Richland Academy of the Arts
  • Richland Carrousel Park
  • Richland County Humane Society
  • Richland Pregnancy Services
  • Salvation Army
  • Soldiers and Sailors Museum
  • Southwest Little League
  • St. Peter’s Music Series
  • Supporters of Delnor Wiggins Park Inc.
  • Taking Root Farms
  • The Brookwood School
  • The Family Service Association
  • The Ocean Conservancy
  • The Springbrook Foundation
  • Triple 777 Ranch and Equine Rehab Facility
  • United Way of Ashland County
  • United Way of North Central Ohio serving Crawford County
  • United Way of Richland County
  • Visual Bucket List
  • Waleska United Methodist Church
  • Wayne Center for the Arts


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