Community foundation awards more than $172,500

FOSTORIA – The Greater Fostoria Community Foundation has announced its grant awards for the year:

Geary Family YMCA – grants totaling $167,890.02 for Foundation Park.

Seneca County Commission on Aging – a $3,650 grant for a specialized van.

Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio – a $1,000 grant for the PROMISE program.

These grant awards bring the total distribution of grant awards by GFCF to more than $1,416,160 since the foundation’s inception in 1998. The foundation has benefitted nearly 50 non-profit agencies and organizations in Fostoria and the area.

The foundation grant to the Geary Family YMCA came from eight component funds held at the foundation, including Greater Fostoria Community Foundation Fund, Ashland Farms Fund, Richard and Ann Carter Fund, Mary Esther and Orville Miller Memorial Fund, Robert and Betty Watson Fund, Miller Family Donor Advised Fund, Greater Fostoria Community Involvement Fund and Leroy T. Kelbley Fund. The grant of $167,894.02 was earmarked to be used for Foundation Park operation, a new Kubota tractor/mower, a concessions cart, new field mix for fields two and three, a new well to service fields two, three, four and five, plus an allocation toward renovation of the current concession stand.

The Seneca County Commission on Aging works to assist the 60-plus population to remain independent, living in their own homes and an active, vital part of the community. As access to community services is key to assisting elderly and disabled in maintaining their independence, the Commission on Aging’s ability to transport clients with limited mobility is vital in meeting this need.

The agency applied for a grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation for a handicapped accessible modified minivan for use in the Fostoria. In order to receive the grant from ODOT, the Commission on Aging had to supply or receive 20 percent of the total vehicle cost from local sources.

The Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio serves more than 40 people with kidney disease in Fostoria through their Providing Resources and Opportunities to Maximize Independence through Service Endeavors program.

The foundation grant will help support this program, which includes secondary prevention education to people with stages 1-3 kidney disease and tertiary prevention education to people with stages 4-5 kidney disease.