Grants for Nonprofits

The Ottawa County Community Foundation awards grants to local nonprofit organizations each year to meet the needs of the community.  Funding for these grants comes from the earnings from several unrestricted funds including the Armburster Fund, Akins Fund, OCCF Fund, Peterson-Blackburn Fund, Rhiel Fund, Rofkar Fund, Stensen Memorial Fund, Schiller Dyslexia Fund, Thierwechter Fund and Johnson Fund.  Nonprofit organizations in Ottawa County or serving Ottawa County are invited to submit grant request applications to address current and emerging needs in the fields of education, social services, physical and mental health, safe and positive living environments, natural resources and the arts. The Foundation serves to provide for the enrichment of the quality of life in the Ottawa County community.

2018 Grants Awarded

Area projects received a total of $47,338 in grants 


P.C. Lighthouse Conservancy          Electrical plan for the new boathouse at the P.C. Lighthouse                       
Salvation Army                                         Scholarships for a camping experience for at risk children
Stein Hospice                                            Supplies for support groups and Camp Good Grief 
Oak Harbor Log Cabin Assn.            Log Cabin Summer Concert Series                             
United Way in O.C.                                Summer Lunch and Fun, Food Bag Program
St. John Lutheran Church                  Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)
Ottawa County Museum                   Archival storage boxes
Musical Art Series in P.C.                   Provide live classical music to 6 senior communities
O.C. Riverview Industries, Inc.        Chromebooks for staff for service documentation
Harris Elmore Fire Department     Water rescue gear                                   
O.H. Development Group                 Shade structure at Veterans Park
Light House Sober Living                   Sober living activities with healthy living peer groups
Pathway Inclusion Center                 Childcare equipment
Friends of P.C. Parks                            Sidewalk from Flagship Play Place to restrooms 
Church of Truth Ministries               Gas for truck & trailer rental for trips to Toledo food bank 
Oak House                                                 Field trip  for participants to Greater Cleveland Aquarium
Genoa Garden Club                              Two Forever Benches for Genoa Town Hall and downtown
Playmakers Civic Theater                  New microphone packs
Catawba Island Historical Society   Desktop all-in-one computer and printer
ComeUnity Cafe --Bistro 163         Support the monthly free meal program
Erie Islands Library (Ida Rupp)        Create a "Walk and Read” nature trail on Put-in-Bay
Terra College Foundation                 Special speakers for Kids College program
P.C. Schools—Bataan Elementary   Create a Maker's Space to support STEM activities
St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry     Gift cards for perishable dairy products
Genoa Academic Committee           Drone racing pilot program
Black Swamp Bird Observatory      Wetland Investigation Network (WIN) for students
Ottawa County Project Lifesaver   Four transmitter kits for individuals at risk of wandering
Ottawa Co. Family Advocacy Ctr.   Laptop computer for Grandparent Advocate program
Ottawa Co. Family Advocacy Ctr.   Ticket for Success independent skills lab for at-risk teens
Ottawa Co. Family Advocacy Ctr.   School spirit t-shirts for TNT mentors and mentees
Firelands Presbyterian Church        Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep program - beds for children
Riders Unlimited                                      Materials to add sensory and relaxation activities