Spring Grant Applications

Accepting Applications February 1 - March 15 2023

Sarah Culberson (Princess Sarah)

Will be at Secrest Auditorium Thursday, March 23rd, 2023 at 9:30 a.m.

Make Muskingum Home

MCCF & Straker Foundation will give successful applicants up to $10,000 annually for five years, paid directly to their student/training debt.

2023 Mary Helen Straker Award in Writing

Open to Muskingum County students in their sophomore or junior year of high school from Jan. 3 through Feb. 23.

Zanesville Museum of Art

ZMA to Go

New Concord Pool

Update

Habitat for Humanity

Volunteer-Based Housing Construction

ForeverDads

Security And Landscaping

J. William Straker’s Unusual Namesake

John Glenn High School students studying Marine Biology visited the Newport Aquarium.

Zane State College

Supporting the creation of the Advanced Science and Technology Center

2023 Mary Helen Straker Award in Writing

2023 Mary Helen Straker Award in Writing Sarah Culberson
This year’s competition is open to Muskingum County students in their sophomore or junior year of high school. The submission period extends from January 3, 2023, through February 23, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. A second prompt for students in Tier 2 and Tier 3 has been added this year.
Princess Sarah’s story is all about home—about her finding homes and making homes throughout her life.

Sarah was just over a year old when her mother made the difficult decision to allow her child to be adopted. Sarah found a home with Jim and Judy Culberson, her adoptive parents, and their daughters became her sisters. Sarah created new homes in her undergraduate days and when she traveled to the West Coast for graduate school. When she found her birth father, Sarah also discovered a new culture. As she got to know her biological family, she was exploring another place to call home.

J.W AND M.H. STRAKER CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

About The J.W. And M.H. Straker Charitable Foundation
“Hard work and diligent effort, coupled with prudent and conservative management, created the assets which support the Foundation, and it is the desire of the founders that the income and principal of the Foundation be used to help organizations, individuals, and projects in the community that subscribe to these principles.”

William and Mary Helen Straker launched the J.W. and M.H. Straker Charitable Foundation in 1994 with these words. The Strakers lived their belief in hard work over a lifetime partnership. As they entered their retirement years, they created a way to share the assets they had accumulated with the community they loved: Zanesville and Muskingum County, Ohio.
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THE STRAKER CHARITABLE FOUNDATION IS COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING PROJECTS

THAT SUPPORT THE ARTS AND SCIENCES, EDUCATION, INITIATIVES THAT HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE LIVES OF CHILDREN, AND ENDEAVORS THAT LEAD TO CIVIC DEVELOPMENT AND STRENGTHENED COMMUNITY LIFE IN THE CITY OF ZANESVILLE AND MUSKINGUM COUNTY, OHIO.

All funding requests to the J.W. & M.H. Straker Charitable Foundation should be submitted in grant application form. In all grant cycles, priority is given to requests that clearly address a documented need in Muskingum County. Please use data to demonstrate the need your organization wants to address.

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Ten descendants of J. William and Mary Helen Straker, including Susan Holdren, currently serve on the board of trustees of the foundation they founded. The trustees are committed to using J.W. and M.H. Straker Charitable Foundation funds to support the kinds of projects the Strakers cared about: undertakings that perpetuate free enterprise and “orderly municipal development,” programs that enable young people to grow in character and integrity, initiatives that enhance education, and projects that increase community exposure to the arts and sciences.
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