Another Successful Grant Workshop (news article, published 5/31/17)

On May 19, 2017, The Ashtabula Foundation co-hosted a grant writing seminar at the Ashtabula County District Library with Ohio History Connections Coordinator of the Ohio History Fund, Andy Verhoff.  The Ohio History Fund is a competitive grant matching program that funds local history, pre-history, and historic preservation projects in Ohio.  In attendance were 32 representatives from 16 non-profit organizations in Ashtabula County as well as a surprise attendee, an enthusiast of Ashtabula County History preservation, Ohio State Representative, John Patterson.  In addition, David Thomas, Assistant Director of Advancement & Alumni Relations of Grand River Academy attended and thanked both organizations for a “positive afternoon.”  He stated “it’s fantastic to have the Ashtabula Foundation invite organizations from the state to come up to Ashtabula County and present ways to bring outside money into the County.  Who knows what positive programs and opportunities can come from just one presentation!”

During the seminar Mr. Verhoff covered all aspects of grant writing for history projects with the Ohio History fund from, who can apply, to what activities are eligible, how much can be requested, how often, deadlines, how to apply and even what to do to gain the edge on grant writing to ultimately get the grants.  He spoke in great length about what types of grants can be requested and that they must fall under one of three categories:  1) Programs and Collections, 2) Bricks and Mortar, and 3) Organizational Development.  Several mock grants were presented to the attendees to collaborate on.  They were asked to choose which grants they believed were approved, which were not and why.  This gave the organizations a clearer picture of how to write a good grant.    

For more information about the Ohio History Fund, including a list of past grant recipients and present deadlines, visit

The Ashtabula Foundation’s focus is on bringing this opportunity to Ashtabula County, which will in turn educate and enrich our community on its cultural heritage.  Please visit our website for more information at  or you may contact our office by email at


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