Erie County

Erie County Community Foundation hands out almost $100K


Erie County Community Foundation

The Erie County Community Foundation is pleased to announce the completion of its Round 2, 2018 community grants cycle. Funding for these grants was made possible as the result of another major grant to the Community Foundation from the Randolph J. and Estelle M. Dorn Foundation as well as through the generous support of many donors in the community. The Round 2 grants have resulted in $96,936 being awarded to 22 local, non-profit organizations. Grants were awarded to organizations in Berlin-Milan, Sandusky and Vermilion. Many of grants were awarded to organizations that serve all of Erie County. 

In the category of Youth Services, grants were awarded to:

  • Boy Scouts of America – Lake Erie Council – $2,500 to Increase Membership in Erie County

In the category of Social Services, grants were awarded to:

  • American Red Cross Lake Erie/Heartland Chapter – $5,000 for Disaster Cycle Services Program in Erie County
  • Boys and Girls Club of Erie County – $7,000 for Clubhouse Transportation Program
  • Care and Share, Inc. of Erie County – $4,500 for Truck Repair
  • Catholic Charities – Diocese of Toledo – $2,300 for Crisis Navigator Program
  • Erie Shores Network – $2,000 for Health and Wellness Program
  • Firelands Habitat for Humanity – $5,000 for Lumber for House #102
  • Grace United Methodist Church – $3,600 for Serving Table and Freezer for Grace’s Kitchen
  • Safe Harbor Domestic Violence Shelter – $4,154 for New Entrance Steps and Tuck Point Foundation
  • Salvation Army – $5,000 for Holiday Food Baskets and Food Pantry
  • Second Harvest Food Bank – $8,000 for Food Pantry
  • Serving Our Seniors – $5,000 for Computer Technology
  • Sober Living Support – $1,000 for Clothing and Toiletries for Female Alcohol/Drug Treatment
  • Stein Hospice Service – $3,000 for Special Needs Program
  • United Church of Christ Congregational – $5,000 for Handicap Accessible Restrooms
  • United Way of Erie County – $6,000 for Charity Tracker Yearly Subscription
  • Zion Lutheran Church – $2,000 for Community Thanksgiving Dinner

In the category of Environment, a grant was awarded to:

  • Friends of the Sandusky Greenhouse – $2,232 for New Sign

In the category of Arts and Humanities, grants were awarded to:

  • Edison Birthplace Association – $2,500 for Intern to Update Internet/Website
  • Firelands Symphony Orchestra – $5,000 for Artistic Expenses for 2019-2020 Concert Season
  • Milan Historical Museum – $7,000 for Everbright LED Light Board
  • Sandusky State Theatre – $7,150 for MAC Computer System

An additional $2,000 grant was awarded from the Buckeye Broadband Fund as follows:

  • Stein Hospice Service – for Medical Equipment

The Erie County Community Foundation continues a tradition of mindful, effective grant making, addressing a variety of needs throughout Erie County.  Each year, the Foundation holds two grant cycles, in which the deadline for 2019 Round 1 grant applications is Feb. 1. In the 23 since its inception, The Erie County Community Foundation has awarded more than $6 million to organizations in Erie County.

The Erie County Community Foundation is a publicly funded, 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to develop a permanent endowment, to identify and respond to community needs, and to facilitate charitable giving. For additional information or to make a donation, contact The Erie County Community Foundation at 419-621-9690 or

Randy Wagner is assistant program director of the Erie County Community Foundation, 135 E. Washington Row, Sandusky, 419-621-9690,