Freese Grant Advisory Board

The Freese Grant Advisory Board selects projects to be funded through grant money. The city receives the grant funding annually from the Egbert M. Freese Foundation, and it must be used for Galion parks and recreation projects, or projects that fit the intent of the Freese will.


The board consists of five members. Under city ordinance, the mayor, safety-service director, and city council president all sit on the board, and two citizens are appointed. Current members:

Gar Gledhill, chairman
Mayor Tom O'Leary
Safety-Service Director Nicole Ward
Council President Carl Watt
Drew Karnes

​Grant Criteria

Freese Grants are available to the City of Galion, Galion City Schools, and any local, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The grantee must provide at least a 25% match toward project funding.

Project applications are reviewed multiple times per year. The number of projects funded is dependent on the amount of grant money available.

Click here to view the funding application.


Several projects have been completed since grant funding was made available:

  • Galion YMCA - parking lot paving
  • City of Galion - Splash Park
  • Galion City Schools - Unckrich Stadium bleachers and press box
  • Galion City Schools - baseball field improvements
  • Galion Historical Society - museum renovations
  • City of Galion - Amann Shelter
  • City of Galion - Heise Park Tennis Courts
  • City of Galion - Amann Restroom
  • Galion City Schools - Unckrich Stadium handicap accessibility