The Trustees of the Coshocton Foundation announced two additional grants to local organizations to provide citizens and small businesses relief from the economic impact of COVID-19. The trustees had announced two similar grants in March. The four grants total $64,000 for local COVID-19 emergency assistance.This week, a $20,000 grant from the Ralph D. and Judy P. Wisenburg Fund was awarded to the Coshocton Port Authority for their COVID-19 emergency fund. The Port Authority Board will administer the funds to assist small business owners impacted by Stay at Home orders.
“Mr. Wisenburg, who passed away in 2018 at the age of 101, worked as a chemical engineer for Edmont for nearly 45 years,” said Coshocton Foundation Executive Director Bob Pell. He added that Wisenburg had served as chairman of the foundation’s investment committee and was a long-time member of Trinity Episcopal Church and many other community organizations.
The second grant announced this week, $4,000 from the Joan Hartley Gross Memorial Fund, was awarded to the Salvation Army in Coshocton to purchase a truckload of food for local families impacted by COVID-19.
“Mrs. Gross served on the Coshocton Foundation’s Distribution Committee and also was a board member and past board president of the Salvation Army,” Pell said. Gross passed away in 2010 at the age of 87.
In March the Coshocton Foundation Trustees announced that two $20,000 grants would provide local COVID-19 support. One grant, from the Joseph W., Fred E. and Helen LeRetilley Johnston Fund, was awarded to the United Way of Coshocton County for their COVID-19 emergency response fund.
The other grant, from the Edwin F. Mulligan Endowment Fund, was awarded to the Coshocton Port Authority for their emergency fund. It is the hope of the Coshocton Foundation Trustees, that in announcing these grants, other community members who are in a position to help will also contribute.