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Community Foundation for Perry County Invests in Local Arts, Education, and Historical Organizations

Eight Grant Awards Support Local Projects in Perry County

New Lexington, OHThe Community Foundation for Perry County (CFPC) has announced eight grant awards to local organizations. This year’s $5,000 in grant awards will support projects in the arts, education, community development, and local history.

“The Community Foundation for Perry County was created to help Perry County’s nonprofits, schools, and communities in their work to make a difference,” said Kevin Wood, a CFPC committee member. “Each of these grants will create opportunities for our citizens and we are grateful for the chance to be a part of their work.”

2018 grant recipients include:

The Gamma Sigma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma received a $500 grant to send Perry County youth to Be WISE, a summer camp for young girls that allows them to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subjects. The funding will help send female students in 7th and 8th grades to the Be WISE camp. They will participate in small classes with certified teachers in an outdoor setting that allow them to develop a passion for the subjects they may not have an opportunity to explore otherwise.

The Perry County Cultural Arts Center received a $600 grant to support its Summer Youth Arts Workshops. Funding will support five week-long arts workshops for students in Pre-K through eighth grade. Youth will work with professionals to explore different areas of the arts, such as music, dance, art, and theater.

The Perry County District Library received a $514 grant to support the #Adulting project. Libraries throughout the state and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation are working together to provide a series of classes that aid young adults ages 16-23 to develop professional skills. These classes include filling out applications, resume building, how to create a cover letter, and interviewing techniques. These classes will benefit participants by making them more experienced and better prepared to enter the workforce.

The Perry Reentry Alliance received a $500 grant to support the Perry County Reentry Alliance Barrier Removal project. This project encourages collaboration between community partners to provide assistance to 10-20 citizens involved in the criminal justice system. The goal is to work with these citizens to ensure they have a positive support system that will assist in reducing barriers to their future success and reduce recidivism.

The Rendville Historic Preservation Society received a $1,000 grant for its ongoing Little White House project, a central piece of the community that has been undergoing restoration to preserve and share the community’s story. The Little White House is on Rendville’s main road and is an information center with collections of photos, artifacts, and historic documents. The grant award will support a new roof to maintain the integrity of the building as a whole and to ensure the house will be able to serve the community for years to come.

Rural Action received a $700 grant for its Monday Creek Watershed Camp. The Monday Creek Watershed Camp is a day camp for youth ages 8-12. Funding will support travel and scholarships to ensure campers can experience local natural areas and participate when cost might otherwise be a barrier. This grant ensures that youth can get opportunities to participate in a camp that might have not have been possible otherwise.

Somerset Artists’ Cooperative received a $600 grant for their Kids Creativity Camps – Summer 2018 project. Kids of all ages will be able to participate in camps over three different weekends. The camp provides affordable opportunities for youth to participate in the arts. They will have up to 15 classes that allow kids to experiment with different art mediums, such as pottery, painting, textiles, in addition to many others.

Southern Perry Incubation Center for Entrepreneurs received a $600 grant for its “B” a CEO program. Local business owners in Southern Perry County will be paired with a student from Southern Local High school as a mentor. The school will select 6 students and meet with all of the business owners before students and mentors are paired for a 3-month long project. The students will create a mini marketing plan with the help of their mentor and will present it to all program participants at the conclusion of the program.

The Community Foundation for Perry County supports groups and organizations that work to increase the quality of life, create access to opportunities, or implement solution for a need in the Perry County community and are excited to recognize those who look to make a difference in Perry County’s communities.

The Community Foundation for Perry County was established in 2012 to ensure permanent support for the citizens and communities of Perry County. A community fund of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO), CFPC works with FAO to grow grantmaking dollars for projects that improve quality of life in Perry County and across Appalachian Ohio. To learn more about the Community Foundation for Perry County and how you can support the Appalachian Ohio communities closest to your heart, visit or call 740.753.1111

About the Community Foundation for Perry County

In 2012, past and present Perry County residents created the Community Foundation for Perry County (CFPC) Fund at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio. The CFPC was created to provide grants to advance charitable projects of benefit to Perry County residents. It also establishes a collective resource for all those looking to support Perry County’s current and future opportunities through charitable giving. More information can be found at,

About the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio

The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) is a regional community foundation serving the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio. A 501(c)(3) public charity, the Foundation creates opportunities for Appalachian Ohio’s citizens and communities by inspiring and supporting philanthropy. For more information about FAO, visit