MCF issues 15 grants to total of $100,000

The Marietta Community Foundation has awarded recipients of their second grant cycle this year. Grants were awarded to 15 applicants and totaled more than $100,000 from unrestricted and donor restricted funds, including three out of cycle requests.

Recipients include local charities, schools, community projects and a number of Marietta nonprofits. Thanks to their generous donors, the Foundation continues to see steady growth.

“We were pleased to be able to offer three collaborative, out of cycle grants this fall, in addition to our second cycle grantees,” said Heather Allender, CEO. “Through these collaborations with regional foundations, local partners, and private donors, the Marietta Community Foundation was able to leverage donations to create an even larger impact for the community.”

Out of cycle grants included funding for an outdoor training facility for the Washington County Career Center, funding for the expansion of the Building Bridges to Careers’ Epicenter & Makerspace, and funding for one year of operational costs for the Washington County GoPacks program.

Additional grantees included:

¯ Allohak Council, Boy Scouts of America.

¯ Marietta City Schools.

¯ Marietta Main Street.

¯ Marietta College.

¯ Gold Star Family’s Memorial Monument.

¯ O’Neill Senior Center, Inc.

¯ EVE, Inc.

¯ Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley.

¯ Civil War Roundtable of the Mid-Ohio Valley.

¯ River Cities Symphony Orchestra Inc.

¯ Marietta High School Alumni & Friends Foundation.

Proposals for the second round of the 2017 grant cycle closed on Oct. 1. Final approval was decided by the Foundation’s Allocations Committee last month.

Grant recipients often receive a combination of donor restricted funds, which come directly from active donors of funds the Foundation holds, and unrestricted funds. The Marietta Community Foundation shares all grant applications with active donors to maintain open communication and allow donors the chance to support the causes that inspire them.

“We appreciate the grant from MCF which will be used for a Habitat home to be built in the city of Belpre,” said Alvin Phillips, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley. “Our plans for 2018 include the construction of five Habitat for Humanity homes. Construction on a home in Vienna has started and plans are underway for a home on Greenhill Road outside Marietta. We are excited to engage even more volunteers as we continue to provide strength, stability and self-reliance though shelter.”

The next grant cycle will close on April 1, 2018. Donations to assist in funding grant applications, or any other local need may be made to the Foundation by contacting Heather Allender, CEO at 740-373-3286 or

The Foundation uses 100 percent of general donations for the grant cycle funding. This means any donations made now would immediately assist grant recipients for the first cycle in 2018.

The Marietta Community Foundation meets National Standards for operations, quality, donor service and accountability in the community foundation sector. Founded in 1974, the Marietta Community Foundation has grown over the years thanks to a number of generous gifts.