Monetary grants help eight community organizations continue their work.
Through money raised by the Muskingum County Community Foundation $30,000 was given to organizations that focus on visual and performing arts, education and economic development. The eight organizations were chosen from 31 grant applications. The Foundation’s Executive Director said he wishes they could do more.
"I feel frustrated because we don’t have enough money to do all that we would like to do," said Executive Director Community Foundation Dave Mitzel. "Obviously we couldn’t fund everybody."
While the Community Foundation has $22(m) give by donors. That money is tied up for specific organization and projects. Mitzel said they need more money to help.
"We didn’t have any discretionary funds, more than just the small amount we distribute," said Mitzel. "We need to be getting more of those funds that are unrestricted by the donor so that can be directed to the things currently in need."
Since 1988 the Muskingum County Community Foundation has give more than $9(m) in grants to local charities. The foundation was able to give these grants because of money raised from their annual Groundhog’s Day Celebration.
Below is a list of this year’s award recipients.
Eastside Community Ministry- $5,000 for children’s daily programming
Gallery G- $1,500 for educating students in animation, digital photography and multimedia
Powerhouse-$1,500 for research toward the creation of a respected drama program for Southeastern Ohio students
Southeast Ohio Symphony Orchestra- $1,500 for the Holiday Pops Concert
Y Bridge Arts Festival- $2,000 for marketing for the festival
Zane State College-$10,000 toward construction of an Advanced Science and Technology Center
Zanesville Ohio Ceramic Arts-$2,500 for promotion of contemporary ceramic event