2019 Grant Awards

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The Granville Community Foundation awarded over $80,000 in grants to 20 organizations this spring. Each organization is committed to carrying out the GCF mission to bring together the financial resources of individuals, families, and businesses to support the things that really matter to you, and to your neighbors, such as reserving historic landmarks, supporting cherished community events, launching innovative programs in education, and cultivating the arts.

In addition to covering the cost of Granville’s Fourth of July Fireworks and supporting the Wildwood Park construction, the Granville Community Foundation will provide funding for a variety of programs such as YMCA’s “All for One” camp scholarships for Granville children with developmental disabilities, equine therapy for Granville students, and Senior Center programming. A full list of 2019 GCF grant awardees are below.

Kiwanis Club of Granville

Fireworks are integral to Granville’s Fourth of July Celebration and perhaps one of our community’s most anticipated and celebrated events of the year. Community collaboration is key to this beloved tradition, which involves scores of volunteers and the support of numerous local organizations. In that spirit, a grant from the Granville Community Foundation will cover the entire cost of the fireworks show.

Granville Turkey Trot

Over the last 13 years, the Turkey Trot has united Granville around a single important issue: hunger. Hundreds of families volunteer, participate in, and support this event which raises funds for the Food Pantry Network of Licking County. The Granville Community Foundation is proud to provide lead sponsorship of this important family and community tradition. Read more about the Granville Turkey Trot. 

Wildwood Park Playground

Construction for the Wildwood Park Playground Renovation is complete and the park is recognized as a community treasure. This important work, spearheaded by the Granville Recreation District, addresses the latest in safety requirements and ADA accessibility standards, while giving the playground an expected lifespan of 25 years or more.  The Granville Community Foundation is proud to award the renovation its second installment in a multi-year grant.

Robbins Hunter Museum

The mission of the Robbins Hunter Museum is to inspire appreciation and understanding of the architecturally significant Avery-Downer House, its collections, and the stories of those who lived there. This year, the Granville Community Foundation was happy to provide funds for an A/V system so the museum has the tools to provide appropriate visual and technological support to guests, supporting the museum’s operational revenue.

Creative COOP

The Creative COOP, also known as Creative Coworking of Licking County, is a non-profit coworking space that provides young and small businesses the necessary support to grow and thrive. At the COOP, they provide affordable, professional work spaces, educational programming, mentorship opportunities, and an inspiring environment for entrepreneurs and creatives. Use of the COOP space includes high speed wifi, desk space, printing, coffee, and the company of other dreamers. COOP space is both for the incubating young business and the small business moving out of their living room and into the dynamic space provided by a coworking opportunity. GCF is excited to support their non-profit mission and provided funding to purchase computer stations for community use.

Licking County Community Center 60+

The Licking County Community Center 60+ provides meals, companionship, and a wide variety of activities and learning opportunities that enrich the lives of our community’s older residents. The Granville Community Foundation is proud to support the Center with significant funding for classes, meals, and outreach.

Granville Garden Club

The Granville Garden Club nurtures a love and knowledge of gardens and civic pride in our community. Since 1931, they have been bringing beauty to our corner of the world through local projects, including the crosswalk flower beds; the medians on Broadway; gardens at the Robbins Hunter Museum and the Bryn Du Mansion; pollinator habitats on Route 16/37; and their annual gift to our friends and neighbors, the Daffodil Show. GCF is honored to providing funding for the Granville Garden Clubs’ project to build a Prairie Garden, encouraging habitat and education for pollinators.

Granville Federation for the Advancement of the Blues

A nationally recognized event, the HotLicks BluesFest draws thousands of festival goers to Granville for live music and the opportunity to take advantage of the village’s local stores and restaurants. The Granville Community Foundation is pleased to provide leadership support for the 20th annual festival.

Granville Public Library

Research shows that availability of technology and the introduction of new devices and software are essential services of a public library. But in addition to technology, innovative community outreach programming is just as important. This year, with help from a Granville Community Foundation grant, the Granville Public Library will be adding a GPL bike cart for delivering books and services. Stay up-to-date on Granville Public Library programs and services. 

PBJ Connections

PBJ Connections partners with local schools to provide A PONY, an equine assisted psycho-educational program that focuses on leadership, empowerment, positive self-image, and coping skills. PBJ will be working in collaboration with Granville Village Schools. The Granville Community Foundation is proud to support this innovative program. Learn more about PBJ Connections. 

Granville Historical Society

Archives and collections are two of the chief missions of the Granville Historical Society in its role as the “community’s collective memory.” This year, a Granville Community Foundation grant will be used to purchase archival boxes for storing Granville publications, historic ledgers, and other ephemera representing the history of the community. Learn more about the Granville Historical Society. 

The Works Ohio Center for History, Art, & Technology

At The Works you’ll enjoy a variety of hands-on discoveries year round making them more than just a museum. Guests may walk around their several galleries, attend a daily SciDome show, or take a hot glass studio class. Guests come to The Works from all ages. They have entertainment that's appropriate for young kids and stimulating for older teens, as well as learning experiences for grown-ups and educators. GCF is proud to fund field trips for 5th & 8th grade Granville students to learn about astronomy and experience their SciDome Planetarium.

Newark Granville Symphony Orchestra

The mission of the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra is to enhance the quality of life in Licking County by presenting the highest-quality, professional performances of classical and popular music, and offering educational and community programs to further the understanding and enjoyment of that music. To support that mission, GCF provided funding for a public performance series at Robbins Hunter Museum and the Granville Public Library. The first performance in the series is Sunday, June 9th @ 4p at Robbins Hunter Museum.

Food Pantry Network of Licking County

The annual Martin Luther King Holiday Food Drive is a community action program that engages Granville citizens in a shared mission and exposes young people to the power and importance of service. Over the past seven years, the Drive has provided the Food Pantry Network of Licking County with food and funds equivalent to more than 300 tons of food and rallied more than 1300 volunteers (many of them students) from across the community. The Granville Community Foundation is proud to provide a grant to offset the Food Drive’s marketing costs. Learn more about the Martin Luther King Holiday Food Drive. 

Licking County Family YMCA

The Granville Community Foundation is proud to provide support for All For One Camp, a genuine inclusive summer day camp for children with developmental disabilities. All For One Camp is unique in that children with physical, mental, or social disabilities are given the opportunity to attend and participate in an outdoor camp atmosphere along with peers without disabilities attending the Summer Day Camp.

Licking County Health Department

The Granville Community Foundation is proud to support the Third Grade Partners in Wellness Program, a school-based health education program to be offered through Granville Elementary School and Granville Christian Academy. In this program, lessons will be offered on a variety of topics, including general wellness, dental health, physical activity, nutrition, personal hygiene, and summer fun safety. Learn more about the Partners in Wellness Program. Read about Partners in Wellness at work in Granville. 

Vintage Voices of Granville

The 75 singers of Vintage Voices perform up to twelve times each year throughout Granville. Reserved for singers 50 years or older,  the group has been going strong since 1999. The Granville Community Foundation is proud to provide a grant for the purchase of sheet music. Read more about Vintage Voices.