2020 Winter Grant Recipients



The Portland Foundation Announces Winter 2020 Grant Recipients


Out of the requests from 23 different projects totaling $816,077 the Board of Trustees of The Portland Foundation has approved grants totaling $289,118 for 15 Jay County projects for the first half of 2020.  $277,131 comes from unrestricted funds and $11,987 from field of interest funds. Those grants are as follows:


A Better Life – Brianna’s Hope - $30,000 to fund addiction treatment for Jay County individuals

Arts Place - $25,000 to fund the MusicWorks program

Dunkirk Beautification Committee - $3,385 to fund the Webster Depot Park Summer Concert Series

Dunkirk Mural Committee - $15,000 to fund a commissioned mural in downtown Dunkirk

Jay Community Center - $25,000 to fund the Boomer Sports program

Jay County Fourth of July Committee - $10,000 to fund the Fourth of July celebration

Jay County Drug Prevention Coalition - $20,000 to fund the organization’s Quick Response Team

Jay County Fair Association - $40,000 to fund the construction of a new restroom and shower facility.  $1,048 comes from the Fund for a More Attractive Community and the remainder comes from unrestricted funds

Jay County Historical Society - $5,000 to fund the Jay County Heritage Festival.  $1,294 comes from unrestricted funds and $3,706 comes from the Clyde E. Geeting Memorial Trust, which provides funding for historical facilities

Jay County Special Olympics - $9,733 to fund the purchase of a computer, scanner, and printer and entry fees and travel expenses for Jay County Special Olympians.  $7,500 comes from unrestricted funds and $2,233 comes from the Robert and Frances Gillespie Endowment and the Jean Leslie Jaqua Endowment, which are designated to support individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities

Jay Patriot Band Boosters - $66,000 to fund the purchase of new band instruments

John Jay Center for Learning - $5,000 to fund Robotics Camp

John Jay Center for Learning - $5,000 to fund the Senior Learning Series.  Funding comes from the Elizabeth A. Starbuck Fund for the Elderly

John Jay Center for Learning - $5,000 to fund the Speakers Series and Symposium

John Jay Center for Learning - $25,000 to fund tuition costs for Jay County High School students in the SkillsTrac Industrial Maintenance Program

 “As always, The Portland Foundation is very pleased to be able to award these grants. The funds would not be possible if not for the countless gifts from Jay County citizens over the last 69 years. These programs help support our mission; to enhance the quality of life for the people in Jay County,” said Foundation Executive Director Doug Inman. 

The next grant application deadline is June 15, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.


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