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Toledo, Ohio, June 1, 2020 – The Board of Trustees of Greater Toledo Community Foundation and the Waterville Community Foundation recently approved grants totaling $43,000 from the Katherine R. Smith Funds for Youth to support programs in northwest Ohio that enhance the lives of young people under the age of 18. Grants were awarded to nine area nonprofit organizations.

Autism Model School – a $3,000 grant was awarded to support an arts program that promotes communication skills for students with autism spectrum disorder.

AWAKE – a $6,000 grant was awarded to support drug and alcohol prevention programming in the Anthony Wayne School District.

Bittersweet Farms – a $5,000 grant was awarded to support social programs for teen participants with autism spectrum disorder.

Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center – a $5,500 grant was awarded to support the Children’s Advocacy Center.

Girls on the Run of Northwest Ohio – a $5,000 grant was awarded to support a program serving Anthony Wayne schools that teaches young girls life skills.

Mountain Mentors – a $5,500 grant was awarded to support a mentoring program for at-risk youth.

The RIDGE Project, Inc. – a $6,000 grant was awarded to support a program that serves juvenile offenders at the Lucas County Youth Treatment Center.

Sunshine Communities – a $5,000 grant was awarded to support new learning opportunities and educational experiences for children ages birth to three years.

Swanton Area Community Coalition, Inc. – a $2,000 grant was awarded to support a summer day camp program.

The Katherine R. Smith Funds for Youth provide support for programming that enhances the lives of young people up to age 18, with an emphasis on serving children with developmental disabilities or those who have been abused. Any organization with services benefitting youth residing in Lucas or Wood Counties are encouraged to apply, with preference given to those that serve residents of Waterville and the Anthony Wayne Local School District. The annual deadline for proposals is January 31. You can view the guidelines for this funding opportunity under Upcoming Funding Opportunities here:

Greater Toledo Community Foundation is a public charitable organization created by citizens of our community to enrich the quality of life for individuals and families in our area. In existence since 1973, the Foundation has more than 900 funds with assets of approximately $304 million. The Foundation provides philanthropic services for individuals, families, businesses and corporations to meet their charitable giving needs. For more information about Toledo Community Foundation, visit or follow us on Facebook or LinkedIn.

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