The J.W. & M.H. Straker Charitable Foundation and the Muskingum County Community Foundation will both accept grant applications this Fall.

We’re holding a grant-writing workshop specifically addressing these two opportunities on August 18 from 11:00 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Muskingum County Community Foundation.

Limited, competitive grant cycle starts October 4th

Applications will be due November 14. The Foundation will fund five awards of up to $20,000.00 each.

Habitat for Humanity

Volunteer-Based Housing Construction Project

Muskingum County Literacy Council

Book Distribution Project

Muskingum University

Supporting New Health and Wellness Complex Project

J. William Straker’s Unusual Namesake

Project

Zanesville Museum of Art

ZMA to Go Project

ForeverDads

Security And Landscaping Project

Muskingum County Community Foundation

The Straker Building

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.

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Limited Grant Cycle Opens October 4, 2021


The J.W. and M.H. Straker Charitable Foundation will open a limited, competitive grant cycle this Fall on October 4; applications will be due November 14. The Foundation will fund five awards of up to $20,000.00 each.
Watch the website for further details and award parameters.

Grant Cycle Opens February 1, 2022

(ZANESVILLE) The J.W. & M.H. Straker Charitable Foundation will begin accepting 2022 grant applications on February 1. The grant cycle closes on March 15. This year’s grant proposals will be submitted online at www.strakerfoundation.org.

The Foundation prioritizes grants that align with these guidelines:

  • Foundation support is vital or catalytic to the proposed project’s success.
  • The applicant organization has established a collaborative network that multiplies the impact of the grant period.
  • The proposal is innovative and efficient in its use of funds.
  • Expenses are reduced by sharing resources with other agencies or groups.
  • The project is a well-planned approach to solving a problem and delivering services.
  • The project promotes better human relationships and a sense of community.

The Foundation can consider requests from not for profit, educational, and governmental organizations.

For guidance on determining the amount of the request and in completing the application, please contact the Foundation at pkirst@strakerfoundation.org. Please consider, too, how a site visit, which could enhance your application, can be safely planned.

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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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