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Communities Foundation Grant $66K to Community Organizations
The Sandusky County Communities Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Community Grant Awards.  Since 2009 the Foundation has awarded grants totaling $517,022 to community organizations that benefit the residents of Sandusky County.   Ten community organizations were recently awarded a total of $66,621.  The recipients include The Bellevue Historical Society, Bishop Hoffman Catholic Schools, City of Clyde- Recreation Department, Fremont Community Theatre, KIC Start/Village House, Rider’s Unlimited, Sandco Industries, Sandusky County Agricultural Society, Sandusky County Food Pantry, and Sandusky Township Fire and EMS Department. 

Additionally, the Foundation awarded $20,500 in scholarships this year.  “Nearly forty organizations attended our grants pre-meeting this year, and we were once again very pleased by the quality of grant applications,” explains Foundation Board Chair, Tom Bowlus. “These grant awards span the entire county and benefit a diverse group of county residents,” continues Bowlus.  For information about creating a new fund within the Foundation or to donate to an existing fund, contact Cate Knipp, Executive Director, at 419-332-1591 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or visit


$50,000 Matching Grant Success!
On April 29, 2016 Tom Bowlus, Chairman of The Sandusky County Communities Foundation's Board of Trustees, presented the Bellevue Historical Society with a check for $50,000 to match funds raised last summer and fall through donations and numerous projects.

The projects included the annual sunflower sale, A Taste of Tremont , the Gingerbread House Contest, The Long Way Home Family Restaurant Day, a bike raffle, and the sales receipts from Bill Oddo's new book, Stories of Old Bellevue, Volume V, as well as the reprint of his Bellevue - A Pictorial History

Donations by Historical Society members, friends, and local businesses and organizations made up a large part of the funds raised. After the presentation, the check was deposited in the First National Bank and participants adjourned to the library where they enjoyed a box lunch from the Copper Top Bakery along with ice cream from Miller's Drive-In. Several speeches and good fellowship followed. The Society is very grateful to the Sandusky County Communities Foundation for sponsoring this grant which was funded by an anonymous donor and to Director Cate Knipp for her help during the process.

All of the money raised as well as the funds from the grant will be used in the restoration of The Tremont House. Twenty custom-built wooden six-over-six pane windows were ordered to replace the current ones which are from a more recent era. These were delivered on June 10 and after being painted several coats, the ones on the west wall should be installed this summer. If anyone can help with the painting, please contact John Miller at 419-483-4290. Also, architectural plans have been approved to permit the reinforcement of the ceiling on the first floor with steel beams making the building more structurally sound. When it is finished, The Tremont House will be an architectural gem in downtown Bellevue, a home for artifacts from Bellevue's history

Event Sponsorship Forms

Get involved with this years 2018 Taste of Tremont Block Party!!!

Below you will find information about sponsorships to this great Bellevue community event !

2018 Taste of Tremont Sponsorship Letter


Sponsorship Levels and Form