The Board of Directors of the Crawford Heritage Foundation has approved discretionary grant awards totaling $9,644. Grants are made county-wide from the Crawford Heritage Foundation Unrestricted Fund and Ben Franklin Trust, in the Titusville area from the Fred Lintner Fund and from the Bernadene R. and John B. Cooley Fund to benefit programs for children and youth.

“The foundation was asked for more than $30,000 in this round of grantmaking. We decided to partially fund fourteen projects and fully fund three others with the money we had available. Gifts from our donors make these awards possible. Many people have already given generously this year so we can grant more money next year. We hope others will give to help us do even more in the years to come,” says Ken Lindberg, Third Vice President.

The Academy Theatre will improve their ability to present high quality performing arts events through the purchase of two-way radios and headsets for use by backstage crew and light and sound technicians with a $450 grant.

A grant of $500 will allow the American Cancer Society to provide transportation, treatment and medication support to low-income, underinsured and uninsured cancer patients and their caregivers.

Americans for the Competitive Enterprise System, Inc. (ACES) received a $350 grant to implement the Pennsylvania Business Week program at high schools in PENNCREST School District. The program educates students about the benefits of the free enterprise system.

Associated Charities will provide school clothes and accessories at no charge to low-income children with assistance from a $1,000 grant.

Bethesda Children’s Home received $700 to purchase a Real Care ® Baby infant simulator. The simulators will be used to teach appropriate attitudes toward parenting and sexuality in an effort to reduce the incidence of teen pregnancy.

Big Brothers and Sisters of Crawford County provides adult mentors to improve children’s self-esteem, keep them active in school and away from alcohol and illegal drugs. A $450 grant will purchase an all-in-one printer to help improve administrative efficiency.

The Conneaut Lake Area Historical Society will refurbish and beautify their museum with assistance from a $554 grant.

A $500 grant will be used by Crawford County 4-H to teach young people in the Geographic Information Systems (G.I.S.) Club about natural resources, mapping, geography, and sociology.

The Crawford County Youth Hockey Association will purchase new goalie pads to enhance player safety with a $230 grant.

The French Creek Council of Governments will use a $500 grant to implement a vehicle tire recycling event in an effort to clean up streams and properties.

A $510 grant to the Jamestown Area School District will help to provide hands-on experiments for students through a visit from the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s Mobile Agriculture Education Science Lab.

The Meadville Children’s Center will provide multicultural educational opportunities to its students with a grant for $600.

A breast cancer awareness seminar will be sponsored by St. John Missionary Baptist Church with support from a $400 grant. The program will provide mammograms at no charge to participants.

A grant of $1,000 to the Titusville Area United Way will support the work of the Financial Stability Partnership. The program teaches low- to moderate-income people how to reduce debt and build assets.

A grant of $300 to Titusville Renaissance, Inc. will be used for signage to promote the Titusville Farmers Market.

An LCD projector will be purchased by Wesbury United Methodist Retirement Community with help from a $300 grant. The equipment will be incorporated into staff training to increase efficiency and the quality of resident care.

The YWCA of Titusville “Fun Factory” is a school readiness program that promotes the social and intellectual development of children aged two to five years. A $1,300 grant will provide educational materials for the program.