FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2017
The Granville Community Foundation announced this week, the allocation of $60,971 in grants to 13 community organizations committed to education, the arts, historic preservation, and community building.
In addition to covering the cost of Granville’s Fourth of July Fireworks and providing lead sponsorship of the Granville Turkey Trot, the Granville Community Foundation will provide 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.
The Granville Foundation, which was founded by community leaders in 1971, is governed by an all-volunteer board and supported by the generous financial support of Granville residents.
2017 Granville Foundation Grant Awards
Kiwanis Club of Granville
The Granville Community Foundation (proud sponsor of Granville’s Fourth of July Fireworks for many years) will 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.
Granville Turkey Trot
This grant award distinguishes the Granville 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 $75,000 for the Food Pantry Network of Licking County.
Granville Historical Society
This grant provides 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.”
Granville Federation for the Advancement of the Blues
An ongoing supporter of Granville’s annual Hotlicks Bluesfest, the Foundation is 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.
Granville Senior Center
The Granville Foundation continues 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.
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.
The Foundation is proud to support the the offering of ArtWorks! For Life, an engaging art program specifically designed for older adults, to be offered free of charge at the Granville Senior Center. The program will include collage, 3D sculptures, scarf and hat making, and pointillism painting. Importantly, the program recognizes that creativity can be nurtured throughout life.
Granville High School, Film Club
This grant provides funding for the purchase of updated equipment to help students in the creation process of BlueAce Films, especially as it relates to recorded sound.
The Licking County Health Department
This grant will support the Third Grade Partners in Wellness Program, a school-based health education program to be offered through Granville Elementary and Granville Christian Academy. In this program, students will be taught the importance of making choices that will lead to lifelong healthy habits. It will cover all aspects of wellness including physical, social, and emotional health.
Food Pantry Network
This grant will help 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 is proud to help fund the Library’s planned Henry David Thoreau bicentennial celebration, which will include 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.
Newark Granville Symphony Orchestra
This grant will help 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.
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.