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    Funding To Improve Lives In Our Community

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S.N. and Ada Ford Fund - Richland County Ohio Grants

There are good things happening in Richland County.  Everyday, in our neighborhoods, special people are doing incredible work through non-profit healthcare, charitable and educational endeavors.  The effort is led by organizations and people who genuinely care about making our community a better place to work and live.  But…we know that the work takes resources, and sometimes there just isn’t enough.

The S.N. and Ada Ford Fund was established to support those nonprofit organizations that support our community in the healthcare, charitable and educational fields.  As we honor S.N. and Ada Ford’s investment in this community, we are here to provide funding to organizations that sustainably advance those efforts.

Dr. Ada Ford called Mansfield home from 1876 to 1956. Her father, Samuel N. Ford, was a well-known Mansfield businessman, having not only started the Ford Lumber Company, but also serving as president of several Mansfield companies, including the telephone, railway, and light and power companies.

Very few women of her time received higher education, but Ada attended Denison University in Granville, Ohio, then went on to receive a Doctor of Medicine degree from Western Reserve University in Cleveland in 1909. Dr. Ford returned to her beloved hometown of Mansfield to practice medicine, which she continued until her retirement in 1936. Following in her father's footsteps, she didn't just restrict her activities to medicine, and served as president of the Mansfield Telephone Company, as well as vice-president of the Mansfield Building and Loan Association.

Dr. Ford supported many local charities, but preferred to remain anonymous, so during her lifetime, few people knew just how much she gave back to her community. She desired to leave her estate to those who could use it most, and even anonymously provided for close friends, so that they would grow into old age free of hardship and worry. Out of this benevolent desire, she created the S.N. Ford and Ada Ford Fund to aid the terminally ill, the elderly, and the education of young people, as well as other worthy non-profit charitable causes.

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Next, complete the application process.

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Our board reviews your application.


We then notify selected recipients.

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Funding options will be discussed and delivered.

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Application Guidelines


Organizations that apply for funding must ensure that any proposals benefit Richland County, Ohio: 

- Groups that qualify as public or private non-profit charities, associations, society or purpose which promote the welfare, health and comfort of the community or the citizens 

- Groups that provide for the health, comfort or care of sick individuals requiring financial assistance for care or hospitalization 

- Groups that provide educational assistance and scholarships for deserving youth



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