Hudson Community Foundation recently announced four recipients of foundation grants for spring 2018, representing $14,500 in investments in local Hudson community non-profit organizations and programs.

"The number of nonprofit organizations that contribute to the Hudson community is far greater than most would imagine," said Lori McCleese, president of the HCF. "We are thrilled we are able to support their ongoing work to continue to make Hudson the outstanding community it is."

The following organizations were awarded grants:

• $5,000 to Boy Scouts of America Great Trail Council to help provide an affordable quality camping program for scouts in Hudson;

• $5,000 to Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio to purchase cooking equipment for Camp Ledgewood in Peninsula;

• $1,500 to Music from the Western Reserve to support artist fees for one concert;

• $3,000 to Western Reserve Historical Society to support Hudson Community Days at Hale Farm and Village July 7 and 8 th in coordination with the 100th anniversary of the Hudson Independence Day Fireworks celebration.

Said Jane Christyson, CEO of Girl Scouts Northeast Ohio, "We’re so grateful to the Hudson Community Foundation for their generous support of Girl Scouts of North East Ohio’s Camp Ledgewood. The funds will be used to purchase outdoor cooking equipment to be used by our members. Knowing that all of the cooking equipment needed is available, will greatly aid our troops in planning their camp experience.

"Learning a new skill in the out of doors is a core Girl Scout experience, and we thank the foundation for supporting our mission."

"The Great Trail Council Boy Scouts of America is thrilled to receive this gift from the Hudson Community Foundation to help change the lives of young people in Hudson, Ohio," said Wayne Nieman, district director. "One of the pillars of Scouting is the outdoor program."

Locally, The Manatoc Scout Reservation allows more than 300 scouting youth to experience scouting at its finest. 

"With organizations like the Hudson Community Foundation, the Great Trail Council Boy Scouts of America can continue to develop the leaders of tomorrow," he said.

HCF welcomes grant requests from non-profit organizations that are located in, or provide services to Hudson. The foundation focuses on grant requests that benefit the areas of youth education and recreation, arts and culture, social services and historical and environmental preservation.

Grants provided three times each year by HCF are funded in part through donations to the Hudson NOW Fund. Dozens of Hudson residents, businesses and organizations come together to contribute to the Hudson NOW annual campaign to help support worthwhile initiatives for the benefit of the entire community. The 2018 annual fundraising campaign will launch in September. Contributions are accepted through the myHCF.org website, in person or by mail to the HCF office at 49 East Main Street in Hudson, located in the historic Baldwin House on the village green.

For more information on the foundation or to apply for a grant, visit: www.myHCF.org.