The Lorain Lighthouse Foundation was selected by the United States Lighthouse Society Board of Directors as one of the 35 organizations to receive a $1,000 grant to assist with the expenses of business operations in 2021, given the continued impact of the pandemic on visitation and traditional revenue sources. The Society received 82 applications, which was a significant increase from the 51 they received in 2020. The selections were geographically dispersed and included 14 lighthouses from the Great Lakes region, 10 from the east coast from Maine to Florida, 6 from the three states on the west coast, 3 from the Gulf Coast and 2 from Alaska. Lorain was the only Ohio recipient of these grants.
The grant will be used by the Lorain Lighthouse pay for our electric bills. This is the first time the Lorain Lighthouse has received this grant from the US Lighthouse Society. Some organizations receiving the grant are relatively new and small while other organizations are well-established and mature but located in very isolated areas.
Per the US Lighthouse Society “It has truly been a delight and pleasure for all the members of our Board to be able to assist the lighthouse community with this program and especially with these emergency grants. Our mission Includes “fostering public awareness of America’s lighthouses”. But that mission cannot be accomplished without all the individual lighthouse non-profit organizations that preserve and sustain the lighthouses and open them to the public. That’s why it’s important for us to help organizations like yours at this time – because if you can’t stay in business and do your work, the rest doesn’t matter very much.”