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.

2017 Grants Awarded

Projects at area nonprofit organizations that received grants include:


P.C. Lighthouse Conservancy                        Support the First Lighthouse Festival                        

Schedel Aboretum & Gardens                      Acquisition of trees for the arboretum                          

Salvation Army                                                      "Tools for Schools" school supplies for students in need

Stein Hospice                                                          Supplies for support groups and Camp Good Grief 

Concerned Citizens of O.H.                           Gutter guards at Oakwood Manor apartments & community center Oak Harbor Log Cabin Assn.                          Log Cabin Summer Concert Series                             

United Way in O.C.                                               Weekend Summer Food Program                                       

St. Paul Lutheran Church                                  Play area near community garden for children of workers

Ottawa County Museum                                   Revise and print the Museum brochure                            

Musical Art Series in P.C.                                   Provide live classical music to 6 senior communities

O.C. Transitional Housing                                 Bring "Project Connect" to Ottawa County                      

O.C. Family & Children First                           Awareness campaign regarding dangers of substance abuse

Riverview Industries, Inc.                                 Purchase 9 wheelchair tie-down kits                            

Harris Elmore Fire Department                   Purchase Windshield Cutter Kits                                    

Seed Faith Missions Food Pantry                Support the operation of a free food pantry                                    

O.H. Development Group                                Free Friday Night Movie Nights in downtown O.H.  

Friends/Otta. Nat'l. Wildlife Refuge           Provide field trips to the ONWR for area children           

The Littlest Heroes                                              Assist with expenses resulting from child's cancer diagnosis

Light House Sober Living                                  Recreational activities and support network                   

Viet Nam Veterans Commemoration         "Thank You For Your Service" tribute & Travelling Wall The LIGHT Neighborhood Pantry                                          Improvements to pantry facility                                                

Pathway Inclusion Center                                 Advertising, supplies, printing, instructor fees for program Evang./Lutheran Ministry Sharing               Purchase emergency defibrillators                                      

Friends of P.C. Parks                                            Improvements to Adams St. gazebo & electrical in the park          Joyful Connections                                              Purchase 4 dining tables                                              

Church of Truth Ministries                              Gas for truck & trailer rental for trips to Toledo food bank 

Oak Harbor Conservation Club                   Supplies for Darr Memorial Wetlands Preserve       

Woodmore High School                                    Method Test Prep license to assist with ACT preparation

Oak House                                                               Charter fishing trip/outing for members