The Van Wert County Foundation has awarded $157,150.00 to area nonprofits that applied in the 2021 fall competitive grant cycle. Awards were made to 16 organizations for 21 projects, in 5 different service areas. The highest percentage of awards was made to Education and the second-highest percentage was awarded to Civic Services. Applicants must first submit a Letter of Intent, and if they meet the eligibility criteria, are then invited to submit a full application to be reviewed by the Grants Committee. In line with The Foundation’s vision, applicants must show how their requested funding will be used to create a more vibrant, well-resourced, and thriving quality of life for our community. The Foundation would like to thank our donors for their generous support through the creation of endowed funds.

City of Van Wert
Market Street Tree Islands 
$501.00Richard G. and A. Kaye Bagley Memorial Endowment Fund
$1,030.00The Joan F. Jones Memorial Fund
$2,576.00Lee R. and Nellie Bonnewitz and Alice B. Andersen Memorial Fund
$1,607.00Gardeners of Van Wert County Endowment Fund
$5,286.00Fred W. and Kathleen M. Wollenhaupt Memorial Fund
Leota Braun Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Willshire Museum 
$5,000.00The Gleason Fund
Lincolnview Local Schools
Steel Drum Band Program
$2,500.00Frank W. Leslie Memorial Fund
$17,500.00Flickinger Memorial Trust
Old Fashioned Farmers Association
Old Fashioned Farmers Day
$1,500.00John D. and Nellie S. Ault Memorial Fund
Vantage Career CenterLPN-RN Transition Program $50,000.00Julie M. Strete and Lawrence Bert Strete Memorial Fund
Van Wert Area Economic Development Corporation
Van Wert Works
$360.00Richard R. and Trina L. Shultz Memorial Endowment Fund
$350.00William H. and Mary A. Hetrick Memorial Endowment Fund
$2,890.00Mary Irene Eisenhauer Fund
Van Wert Area Economic Development Corporation
Education on Location 2022
$1,500.00The Gleason Fund
Van Wert City Schools
Positive Behavior Intervention Supports
$1,000.00Flickinger Memorial Trust
Van Wert City Schools
Christmas at the Goedde 
$750.00Associated Charities Fund
Van Wert City Schools
The Den Program
$1,000.00Flickinger Memorial Trust
Van Wert Civic Theatre, Inc.
Concrete Upgrades 
$117.00Carmody Family Memorial Fund
$4,145.00Kenneth and Jeanne W. Koch Memorial Fund
$1,758.00Sarah J. Balyeat Memorial Fund
$1,780.00Allie and Vernon Evans Memorial Fund
Van Wert County 4-H4-H Program Summer Intern$3,000.00Glen Elwood Book Memorial Fund
Van Wert County 4-H
Van Wert County 4-H Camp Scholarship
$8,000.00Black, Inc. (L.G. Purmort Black, Inc. Fund and Mary Shackley Award)
Van Wert County 4-H
Black Inc. Awards
$4,000.00Glen Elwood Book Memorial Fund
Van Wert County Agricultural Society
Marketing Management
$25,000.00John D. and Nellie S. Ault Memorial Fund
Van Wert High School Robotics Team
Operational Support
$2,500.00Carmody Family Memorial Fund
Van Wert Soil & Water Conservation District Long Term Water Quality Study$1,000.00John D. and Nellie S. Ault Memorial Fund
Village of Convoy Historical Society
Annex Improvement
$2,300.00Gertrude E. and Clarence L. Friedly Memorial Fund
$2,700.00Frank W. Leslie Memorial Fund
Delphos City Schools
Students Who Achieve Greatness
$1,000.00Opportunity Fund
Science Central, IncScience4U Outreach Programming$ 2,500.00Clyde S. Fergus Memorial Fund
The Lima Symphony Orchestra
Symphony Storytime 
$ 2,000.00Ilo D. and Carlos E. Miller Memorial Fund

Interested in applying for a grant or creating a fund? Contact The Foundation office at (419) 238-1743. The Van Wert County Foundation’s office is located at 138 E Main St. Van Wert, OH 45891.