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Foundation seeks grant applications

Tom Jackson • Jan 15, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Now sporting a new name, Erie County’s only community foundation is inviting local organizations to submit grant proposals.

The Erie County Community Foundation — formerly known as the “Sandusky/Erie County Community Foundation” — gives out two rounds of grants every year. It has set a deadline of 5 p.m. Jan. 31 for tax-exempt local charities and nonprofits, governments and schools to apply for grants.

Most grants range from $1,000 to $20,000. Any projects must serve Erie County residents. Examples of areas that grants have gone to include arts and humanities, community development, education, environment, health, social services and youth services.

The organization hopes to award about $225,000 in grants this year, said Randall Wagner, the foundation’s finance director.

More information on the grants process is available at sanduskyfoundation.org. The foundation soon will migrate to a new website at eriefoundation.org.

The foundation decided to change to a new name to better reflect its mission, said Anna Oertel, the foundation’s executive director.

The foundation was founded in Sandusky, but it has become more inclusive of the entire county, both in donations and in projects that it funds, she said.

Other community foundations in Ohio are named for the county, Wagner said.

“It’s Lorain County Community Foundation,” Wagner said. “None of them have the county seat or the largest town in their name”

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