The Hudson Community Foundation recently announced eight recipients of foundation grants for fall 2017. They represent more than $20,000 in investments in local Hudson community nonprofit organizations and programs.

"These grants are made possible by the generosity of locally focused donors who want to make Hudson a better place to live, learn and work," said HCF President Lori McCleese. "Ours already is a very special community, but we can only continue to succeed through continuous improvement in youth education and recreation, arts and culture, environmental and historic preservation and social services."

The following organizations and programs are receiving HCF grants in fall 2017: Greenleaf Family Centers for an adolescent suicide prevention program administered through Hudson High School and Western Reserve Academy; Hudson City School District for support of the Drug Free Clubs of America; Hudson Community Chorus for its annual holiday concert on Dec. 3, 2017; Hudson Heritage Association for reprinting brochures on local architecture and history; Destination Hudson as it prepares a new community picture book; Destination Hudson for the "Bye Bye Barrels" event to support the reopening of Main Street; The Habitat for Humanity Hudson Coalition for its 26th sponsored home project; and Hudson Special Olympics for a local recreation program.

"We are grateful to the Hudson Community Foundation for their generous donation of $5,000 to support the Hudson Chapter of Special Olympics," said Peter Chatigny, local coordinator for the Hudson Special Olympics. "This donation will be used to partially fund our program which provides continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, competitive skills and friendships. We currently serve over 75 individuals through bocce, bowling, golf, swim and track teams."

Hudson Special Olympics is open to anyone who has an intellectual disability, who is at least eight years old and whoresides within the area served by the Hudson City School District. The chapter is a volunteer organization that is supported and funded entirely by the generosity of the Hudson community, as evidenced by this gift today."

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 2017 annual fundraising campaign will launch in early October. 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).

"We are proud to play an integral role in supporting programs that will help shape the future of Hudson" said McCleese. "Thank you to the continued support of our donors for making all of this possible."

HCF welcomes grant requests from 501(c)(3) classified nonprofit 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.

Grant proposals are accepted in March, August and December. The next upcoming due date is Dec. 1, 2017. Grant proposals can be submitted by mail to: Lori McCleese at 49 East Main Street, Hudson, Ohio 44236 or by email with Grant Request noted in the subject line to: Lorimccleese@myHCF.org.

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