MANSFIELD – The Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees approved $268,512 in grants during its December meeting.
The Board of Trustees approved a COVID-19 pandemic grant to North Central State College Foundation to create a modified licensed practical nurse (LPN) program to increase the number of nurses.
The pandemic created a nursing shortage locally and across the country. The new program will last six months instead of 10. The grant will support tuition, uniforms, transportation, and daycare to students in need.
Since the start of the pandemic, the Foundation Board of Trustees directed resources to meet emerging needs.
Downtown Mansfield Inc. received two Mansfield Rising grants. One grant will fund a third round of new benches and trash cans. The other grant is to support the second year of the façade improvement program which has approved thirteen projects for funding.
Two career technical education scholarships were approved during the meeting. The Scholarship Committee implemented a rolling deadline for CTE scholarships to meet various enrollment deadlines.
In aligning with Ohio’s Attainment Goal, the Foundation wants to help fill the gap between job openings and certified employees as well as lead the way to support workforce development through CTE scholarships.
The Board of Trustees also approved donor-advised fund grants to meet emerging needs to the following organizations:
Akron Children’s Hospital
Altrusa Club of Mansfield
Catalyst Life Services
City of Mansfield
Domestic Violence Shelter
Highlands Nature Sanctuary
Killbuck Watershed Land Trust
Knox County Career Center
Lucas Local Schools
Madison Adult Education
Mansfield Area Y
Mansfield Christian School
Mansfield City Schools
North Central Ohio Industrial Museum
North Central Ohio Land Conservancy
Ohio Bird Sanctuary
Ohio Environmental Council
Ohio State University Foundation
Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Richland Community Development Group
Richland Academy of the Arts
Richland County Commissioners
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Museum
St. Peter’s School
The New Store
United Way of Richland County
About the Richland County Foundation
The Richland County Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization, was established in 1945 as a way for individuals to pool and invest their gifts for the long-term good of Richland County and its residents.
The Foundation helps people in Richland County give back to their community by investing their gifts for charity wisely so that grants can be made to improve the quality of life for all the county’s citizens. Collaborating with donors, the Foundation meets important needs today and plans for a strong future.