2017 Grant Awards

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The Granville Community Foundation has awarded $76,000 in grants to 15 organizations committed to education, the arts, historic preservation, and community building.

In addition to covering the cost of Granville’s Fourth of July Fireworks, providing lead sponsorship of the Granville Turkey Trot, and funding a community plan for the arts, the Granville Community Foundation has provided funding for a variety of programs such as art education for seniors, new equipment for the Granville High School Film Club, and a Veterans Day concert. Please see our full list of grant recipients below.

Kiwanis Club of Granville

The Granville Community Foundation (proud sponsor of Granville’s Fourth of July Fireworks for many years) continued to cover the entire cost of the Fireworks. One of Granville’s most anticipated and memorable events, the fireworks celebration brings together families, friends, and neighbors in celebration of community and our nation’s heritage. See pictures in our online gallery


Bryn du commission

The Granville Community Foundation is proud to provide funding for the development of a Granville Arts Collaborative Project to Develop a Comprehensive Community Plan for the Arts. The Bryn Du Commission, which will hold the funds for the Plan for the Arts subject to the direction of the Arts Collaborative, states that the Plan for the Arts will result in “a more vibrant art scene for the whole community to enjoy.” Read more

Granville Turkey Trot

This grant award distinguishes the Granville Community Foundation as a premier sponsor of the Turkey Trot. A beloved Granville tradition, the Thanksgiving Day 5K run/walk organized by St. Lukes Episcopal Church unites the community around a single important issue: hunger. In 2016, the Granville Turkey Trot raised $101,000 for the Food Pantry Network of Licking County.

Granville Historical Society

This grant provided funding for exhibit development and building improvements such as shelving, safety rails, and cabinetry. All improvements support the Society’s mission to “acquire, preserve, and share Granville's past with residents and visitors,” and “to inspire curiosity about, instill knowledge of, and foster a commitment to our local history.” See pictures in our online gallery.

Granville Federation for the Advancement of the Blues

An ongoing supporter of Granville’s annual Hotlicks Bluesfest, the Foundation was pleased to provide leadership support. The 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. Each year, revenues support a local charity as well as a scholarship for a Granville High School student. Read more

Granville senior center

The Granville Foundation continued its support of the Granville Senior Center with a grant to subsidize the cost of classes, meals, and outreach. Committed to enriching the lives of our community’s older residents, the Senior Center provides meals, companionship, and a wide variety of activities and learning opportunities. See pictures in our online gallery.


Denison University Veterans Day Performance

In recognition of Denison’s long-standing tradition of offering musical performances to the Granville community, the Foundation is pleased to provide funding for a Veterans Day performance.  The concert, which will feature Denison’s Wind Ensemble as well as professional soloists and musicians, will present ceremonial music in honor of veterans and culminate in a performance of  Berlioz’s Grande Symphonie Funèbre et Triomphale. The concert will be free and open to the public. Read more.

the works

The Foundation is proud to support the the offering of ArtWorks! For Life, an engaging art program specifically designed for older adults, offered free of charge at the Granville Senior Center. The program includes collage, 3D sculptures, scarf and hat making, and pointillism painting. Importantly, the program recognizes that creativity can be nurtured throughout life. Read more

Granville High school film club

This grant provided funding for the purchase of updated equipment to help students in the creation process of BlueAce Films, especially as it relates to recorded sound.

licking county health department

This grant supports the Third Grade Partners in Wellness Program, a school-based health education program offered through Granville Elementary and Granville Christian Academy. In this program, students are taught the importance of making choices that will lead to lifelong healthy habits. It covers all aspects of wellness including physical, social, and emotional health.

food pantry network

This grant helps offset the marketing costs for Granville's annual Feed the Dream Community Food Drive held each year on the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.  Over the past 5 years, Granville residents, including over 1,000 volunteers, have raised funds and donations equivalent to nearly 250 tons of food.

granville public library

The Foundation was proud to help fund the Library’s planned Henry David Thoreau bicentennial celebration, which included tie-in programs for ages 7 to adult, a One-Book, One-Community Read, and a performance by nationally-known Thoreau portrayal artist, Dr. Kevin Radaker. Read more

newark granville symphony orchestra

This grant helped fund Spotlight, an opportunity for Granville High School students to work with professional musicians of the Newark Granville Symphony Orchestra and with conductor, two-time Grammy award winner, William Boggs. Read more

robbins hunter museum

The Robbins Hunter Museum, a center of holiday activity during the months of November and December, will be shining bright thanks to a grant from the Granville Community Foundation. The grant will cover the cost of design, installation, take-down, and storage of the Museum’s annual holiday light display.  This year’s lights will complement the Museum’s “Experience the Magic” celebration which will include a Hanukkah exhibit,  gingerbread workshop, candlelight tours, and visits with Santa. Read more

vintage voices of granville

In funding the purchase of sheet music, this grant supports the opportunity for singers 50 years and older to learn and perform music for a variety of audiences and occasions. The sixty singers of Vintage Voices perform throughout the community, including at July 4th celebration, Candlelight Walking Tour, and at area nursing homes and senior service centers.