Marianna Hofer Endowment Grant

The purpose of the fund is to fulfill the mission of Providing Hancock County artists, the arts community, and arts educators the funds to pursue their crafts and vision of creating and teaching the arts while transforming themselves and their community.

Distributions from the fund will be for arts education – either education of the artist or artists(s) or for arts education programming provided by the artist or artists. Grants from the Fund must be used for new artistic skills to be learned or existing skills to be further developed by the artist(s) or provided to Hancock County youth and/or adults. The number and the amount of the grants awarded each year will be determined by the Grant Panel identified in the Review Process paragraph below and will depend on the amount of the annual distribution from the Marianna Hofer Arts Endowment Fund and the number and amount of grant proposals received.

Who May Apply

  • Individual visual, performing, or literary artists and arts organizations residing in Hancock County may apply for grants from the Fund.
  • For the purposes of the grant an artist is defined as someone who makes a living as or whose avocation is visual, performing or literary arts. An arts organization is defined as a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission includes providing visual, performing, or literary arts education.
  • Artists who are enrolled in a degree or certificate-granting program of any kind at the time of application are not eligible to apply. Applications will not be accepted before graduation date.
  • An artist working full-time as teaching staff at a college or university at the time of application is not eligible to apply.
  • An organization is not eligible for multiple awards during a grant cycle. In addition, an organization and an individual working on behalf of the organization are not eligible to receive separate awards for the same project during a single grant cycle.

Application Deadline*

Applications open on February 1 and are due by 11:59 pm on March 15 each year. Grant awards will be announced in April of the same year.

Review Process

The grant requests will be reviewed by a panel of visual, performing, and literary arts professionals from The University of Findlay. The panel will include the department chairs from each discipline or his or her designee. The review panel will not include any representatives from Marathon Center for the Performing Arts.

Grant Disbursement

Grant recipients will receive the approved amount of their request within 10 days of notice of award. Grant requests may be fully or partially funded.

What Can The Grant Monies Be Used For

The grant funding must be used for new artistic skills to be learned or existing skills to be further developed by the artist(s) or provided to Hancock County youth and/or adults.


  • Artist attends a training to learn a new technique or skill or deepen his or her knowledge of this technique or skill.
  • Individual artist or a representative from an arts organization attend a training to deepen his or her knowledge about an art form or new techniques for teaching youth.
  • Individual artist or teaching artist employed with or contracted by an arts organization provides arts education programming in visual, performing, or literary arts to youth and/or adults from our community.

Project Timeframe

The arts education activities covered by a grant must be performed between June 1 and December 31 of the same year of funding. The grants are not for reimbursement of costs already expended.

When publicizing this grant, please acknowledge support from the Marianna Hofer Arts Endowment Fund of The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation.

Final Report

A final report must be completed and submitted to Marathon Center for the Performing Arts no later than December 31 of the same year of the completion of the project. In addition, it is desirable to include photographic documentation with associated media releases for use by The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation in online and print marketing materials.


ALL application materials must be received by Kelda Heitkamp:

  • via email at or
  • by mail at Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, Mariana Hofer Grant, c/o Kelda Heitkamp, 200 W. Main Cross St., Findlay, OH 45840

prior to 11:59 pm on March 15 to be considered for funds.

About Marianna Hofer

(The following obituary for the late Marianna Hofer was published in The Courier on May 10, 2017)

Marianna L. Hofer shuffled off this mortal coil on May 3, 2017, after a short but courageous battle with cancer. Marianna leaves behind her two beloved cats, Sofia and Aloysia, as well as many friends and colleagues. Marianna was preceded in death by her mother, Mary, and her father, Elmer, whom she admired and often credited to giving her her unique perspective on life.

Marianna taught writing at the University of Findlay for 32 years, and was dedicated to her classroom and her students. As one of her colleagues wrote, “She single-handedly helped hundreds of struggling students pass English 104… she worked diligently, passionately, ferociously to teach reticent writers to organize their thoughts and words, when the last thing they wanted to do was organize their thoughts and words."

Marianna’s life outside the classroom was lived for art. She loved being at her studio in the Jones Building, sharing space with other artists. She especially enjoyed the spring and fall Art Walk, where she could share her talents and promote local art and artists. Marianna was an avid photographer, preferring older cameras exclusively using black and white film. She had a keen eye and was a talented photographer, but her passion was poetry.

MariannaHofer.jpegMarianna wrote in her journal every day. Her poems were published in literary journals across the country. Her first book of poetry, “A Memento Sent by the World,” was published in 2008. (She was so tickled to see it on Amazon!) Her second book, “The Weight of the Minolta in Her Hand,” will be released later this year.

Marianna’s love of art and its creators led her to leave a legacy at the Community Foundation. There will be an endowment in her name in support of the arts and artists in Findlay, a town she profoundly loved.