Exciting Grant News

We just got word from our friends at Krile Communications about where The Fairfield County Foundation will be sending their first of three cycles of grant money in our community. From building projects to arts to books and music – so much good will be done!  The Fairfield County Youth Advisory Committee has also made their selections for grants specifically benefitting youth.

The Foundation awarded grants totaling $224,550 to 16 local organizations at their March Board meeting. And the Youth Advisory Board awarded grants totaling $15,000 to 14 local organizations.

“We are privileged to have the opportunity to support so many deserving organizations that are creating a positive impact on the Fairfield County community,” said Amy Eyman, CEO of the Fairfield County Foundation. “Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we continue to support a wide range of charitable goals with each grant cycle.”

Share your congratulations with these members of our community! If you are an organization interested in receiving grant funding, scroll to the bottom of this article for information on the upcoming grant cycles for 2023.

Alma S. Busby
Good Neighbors in the Village | Community Ramp Building Supplies

Ann Chess
Rise Up Arts Alliance | Stage Pipe and Drape System

George and Dollie L. Zimpfer Memorial
Family YMCA of Lancaster/Fairfield County | HVAC Unit Update
Habitat for Humanity of Southeast Ohio | Career Center Home Build Collaboration

Jerry and Janet Nauman Foundation
Hardbarger Impact Ministries | Tools to stock a Mobile Unit for Community Home Repairs

Patricia A. Beam
The Period Pantry Project | 
Storage and Product Purchase for expansion to Fairfield County

Richard L. Roundhouse
Fairfield County Heritage Association | Sherman House Exterior Updating
Grace Haven Ministries | Kitchen and Window Update Project
Ohio Glass Museum | Kiln for New Fused Glass Studio Classes
Spreading the Sparkle | Books for Students Grades 5-11

Robert A. Schatz
Frontier Players Association | 2023 Frontier Spirit Marketing Items, Youth Giveaways and Communication Devices
Geneva Hills Group | Commercial Laser Tag expansion equipment

Terry A. McGhee/Sally J. Grimm Community Fund
Lancaster Festival
Performance for Youth during the Festival

Wendel Family
Decorative Arts Center of Ohio | Intrinsic Luminescence Exhibit Support
Lancaster Festival | Orchestra Support

Michael Moyer and George and Dollie L. Zimpfer
Fairfield Area Humane Society | Mobile Vet Unit


The Fairfield County Foundation’s Board of Trustees and the Youth Advisory Committee of 2022-2023 awarded the following grants to benefit youth in Fairfield County. Congratulations to all recipients and thanks to those who make these important funds available in our communities!

AHA! A Hands-on Adventure, A Children’s Museum
Storage and supplies to re-establish a makerspace.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fairfield County
Cricut easy press, vinyl and shirts for creative match activities

Canal Winchester Human Services
Games, art activities, food, and pool passes for Fairfield County youth during summer outreach events

Decorative Arts Center of Ohio
Supplies for youth summer art camps

Destination Downtown Lancaster
Movie rights purchase to provide free movie nights in downtown Lancaster for kids and families in the community

Fairfield County Strings and Keyboards
New scores for musical performances

FairHope Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc.
Books and journals for grieving teens

Geneva Hills Group, Inc.
Water slide for their pool

Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council, Inc.
Day Camp supplies and t-shirts

Lancaster Fresh Market, Inc. | Keller Market House
Free produce tokens for kids to exchange for items of their choice at the 2023 Farmers Market

Ohio Glass Museum
Equipment for their student fused-glass program

Robert K. Fox Family YMCA
Balls, crafts, jump ropes and other summer equipment to be used during summer camp

Vineyard Food Pantry
Art supplies for youth outreach at the food pantry

The Fairfield County Foundation Youth Advisory Committee was established in 2018 to empower Fairfield County high school students through leadership and community service. Participants have the opportunity to get involved in projects that support initiatives for youth in their own communities and gain real-world experience, with responsibilities for reviewing submissions, completing site visits and presenting recommendations to the Board of Trustees.

Remaining 2023 Grant Cycle Deadlines


· Preliminary Grants: Due second Monday in May – May 8, 2023
· Invitations to submit full grant sent second week of May
· Grant Application: Due second Monday of June – June 12, 2023
· Grant Committee recommendations to Board of Trustees for approval – July 20, 2023


· Preliminary Grants: Due second Monday in September – September 11, 2023
· Invitations to submit full grant sent second week of September
· Grant Application: Due second Monday of October – October 9, 2023
· Grant Committee recommendations to Board of Trustees for approval – November 16, 2023

For more information:

Visit the Foundation’s Website

About the Fairfield County Foundation:
The Fairfield County Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit that along with its supporters, helps to sustain and enhance the quality of life and economic viability in our community. Its scholarship program helps to sustain opportunities for local youth to achieve their academic goals. The Foundation was formed in 1989 and grants today continue to support the arts, children’s programs, health and wellness projects, community development, academics, and more. For more information, call 740-654-8451 or visit the foundation website.

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Chris Shirer, Publisher of The Lancaster Herald

By Chris Shirer

Chris Shirer is the publisher of The Lancaster Herald. You’ll find her walking all over Lancaster sometimes accompanied by her investigative reporter dogs Rocket and Lily.