Freese Grant Advisory Board

The Freese Grant Advisory Board annually recommends projects to be funded through grant money. City Council then gives final approval for projects. The city receives the grant funding from the Egbert M. Freese Foundation, and it must be used for Galion parks and recreation projects, or projects that fit the intent of Mr. Freese's 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 Eric Webber
Drew Karnes

Completed Projects

Grant Amount
Splash Park and Replacement Restroom City of Galion $244,775
Carriage House Museum Historical Society $9,375
Parking Lot YMCA $7,500
Football Stadium Improvements Galion City Schools $191,000
Baseball Field Improvements Galion City Schools $112,500
Softball Field Lights Galion City Schools $37,500
Tennis Court Reconstruction City of Galion $140,000
Amann Shelter and Restroom City of Galion $60,000
Stadium Handicap Accessibility Galion City Schools $16,000
Basketball Court Resurfacing City of Galion $26,549
Depot Restroom City of Galion $70,000
Heise Park Restroom Replacement City of Galion $85,000
Bike Path - Phase 1 City of Galion $260,613
Inclusive Playground City of Galion $490,000
Heise Pool Improvements City of Galion $50,500
Log Cabin Roof Replacement City of Galion $9,435
New Safety Mulch City of Galion $35,000