The Ottawa County Community Foundation (OCCF) is now accepting grant and scholarship applications for 2023-24. Last year, the Foundation provided more than $82,000 in grants to 35 local nonprofit organizations and more than $152,000 in scholarships to 121 deserving area students seeking further education.
“In this environment and economy, there is a greater need to help those who are struggling to make ends meet,” said OCCF Grants Chair Mary Coffee. “OCCF looks forward to partnering with our county nonprofit agencies in 2023, to address this need as well as others in our communities.”
The Foundation awards community grants in the fields of education, health and social services, economic development, natural resources, and the arts. Nonprofit organizations located in or serving Ottawa County are invited to submit a request for grant funding to support their unique needs.
Twin brothers, Cade and Connor McCarthy from Danbury High School, received multiple OCCF scholarships in 2022 – Coffin Memorial Scholarship, Doris E. Stamm Scholarship, and Blair Scholarship.
Julene Market shows off the new honeybee exhibit at Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center on Put-in-Bay. The educational display was created with the assistance of a grant from OCCF.
OCCF Community Grant applications will be accepted via the online application portal until the deadline of March 1, 2023. Alternatively, applicants may also download the guidelines and forms and submit a written application by mail. To access the application portal, as well as “Guidelines for Grant Seekers” and a training video, visit www.ottawaccf.org/grants.
In addition to grants, the Foundation also annually distributes scholarships to students interested in furthering their career and academic goals.
“We rely on the guidance department staff to help connect students with the many scholarships that are available to those seeking further education,” said OCCF Scholarship Chair Dave Slosser, who partners with local guidance counselors at each of the county high schools. Slosser adds, “Counselors are invaluable in helping us throughout the scholarship selection process.”
It is anticipated that more than 125 individual scholarships (ranging from $400 to $3,500) will be awarded in 2023. Each scholarship has its own set of unique requirements established by the fund donor’s wishes. “It’s important for high school seniors to finish and submit their scholarship applications now to meet the March deadlines determined by their high school guidance department. Students are encouraged to work closely with their school guidance office,” said Slosser.
While the majority of OCCF scholarships are for graduating high school seniors, there are several scholarships available for non-traditional students, college students seeking to study abroad, and students at a specific college. The range of scholarships is available at www.ottawaccf.org/scholarships.
Questions about applying for OCCF grants or scholarships and/or establishing a fund may be directed to 419-635-7750 or ottawaccf “at” gmail.com. Interested parties may also visit the Foundation office, 306 Madison Street, Port Clinton, noon — 3 p.m., any Wednesday.
Serving all of Ottawa County, the Ottawa County Community Foundation is a public charitable organization created in 1999, by the citizens of its community, to improve the quality of life for those who live and work in the Ottawa County area. OCCF has distributed more than $6 million in community grants and scholarships since its establishment. Current assets are $12 million.
For more information, email ottawaccf “at” gmail.com, visit www.ottawaccf.org, or call 419-635-7750. The OCCF office, 306 Madison Street, Port Clinton, is open from noon—3pm, every Wednesday. Donations may be made online or sent to the Ottawa County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 36, Port Clinton, Ohio 43452.