The Hardin County Community Foundation will award approximately $175,000 in grants and scholarships this spring, it was announced Tuesday at the organization’s quarterly meeting in Kenton. The figure includes $7,500 in grant money returned by recipients who were unable to complete projects during 2000 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The foundation will accept grant applications from area organizations from Feb. 1 to Feb. 28. Applications will be available on the foundation’s website, hardinfoundation.org. Because of the pandemic, trustees decided not to hold a grant award banquet this year. That means as soon as the grant committee approves grants for 2021, checks will be issued to recipients. Also during the meeting, Dr. Todd Oates, a Kenton optometrist, was welcomed as a trustee. The foundation reported that as of Dec. 31, 2020, total assets were $9,469,979, which included $78,218 in property and equipment. Assets invested through Stratos Wealth Partners increased $1.5 million (15.1%) during the year. It also was announced that $10,550 was collected through the foundation’s annual fund drive conducted during the final quarter of the year.