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March 30, 2016


Contact: Melissa Neely,, 614/251-4000; John A. Davis, 740/432-3976

John W. And Edna McManus Shepard Fund/ Guernsey County Foundation Announce Grant Deadline – 2016

Columbus, OH (March 30, 2016)—The John W. and Edna McManus Shepard Fund/Guernsey County Foundation is currently accepting applications for its 2016 program. The application deadline is Friday, May 27, 2016.

The Shepard Fund awards grants to benefit cultural and economic programs for Cambridge and Guernsey Counties. An advisory committee of two officers from the Guernsey County Foundation and committee chair John A. Davis assists with grant recommendations.

Grant applications and information may be accessed through The Columbus Foundation’s Nonprofit Center, and can be submitted electronically by email to Grant requests may not exceed $5,000.

Last year’s recipients includedCambridge Area YMCA; Cambridge-Guernsey County CIC; Cambridge Main Street Initiative; Dickens Victorian Village of Cambridge, Inc.; Guernsey County Senior Citizens Center, Inc.; GRACE Pantry; The Living Word Outdoor Drama, Inc.; and Lutheran Social Services of Southern Ohio.

In 1998, Arthur E. Shepard established the Shepard Fund in memory of his parents, longtime residents of Cambridge. Mr. Shepard’s father, John W. Shepard, owned and operated a dry cleaning and tailoring business for 36 years before his death in 1944. His mother, the former Edna McManus, moved to Cambridge with her family when the Cambridge Glass Company opened. Her father made the first piece of glassware produced at the company.


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