Foundation awards nearly $225,000 in grants

MIAMI COUNTY — The concept of “People Helping People” was personified last week as the Miami County Foundation held its spring grant distribution celebration.

The foundation awarded $224,820 to 89 organizations throughout Miami County. As the chairman of the Distribution Committee, Dr. Richard N. Adams reminded attendees that since its inception in 1986, Miami County Foundation has given more than $6.6 million in aid to various organizations throughout the county. Adams went on to say that the awards given at the ceremony were “seeds.”

“With the warmth of the sun and a little rain, we wait to see the good that is accomplished with the help of these funds,” Adams said.

The Miami County Foundation allocates grants twice each year. This enables the foundation to fully carry out is mission to “promote health, education, and welfare of the citizens of Miami County and school districts, and organizations that serve a wide range of needs throughout the area; and in doing so serve as a catalyst for innovative programs in the areas of education, human services, and many others.

For more information about the Miami County Foundation and its programs, please visit the website at: and “Like” the Foundation on Facebook and other social media outlets. The deadline for fall 2016 grant distribution is the last day of August. Eligible organizations must provide services directly to the citizens of Miami County, must be certified federally tax-exempt by the IRS as a 501c or equivalent organization, preferably a 501(c)(3) and organizations are limited to one grant per 12 month period. Organizations may request a grant application by calling the office at 773-9012 or download a copy from the foundation’s website.

The following is a complete list of organizations that received a grant award at the spring distribution celebration:

A.B. Graham Memorial Center, Bethel Local Schools, CISV Miami County Chapter, City of Piqua, Countyline Christian Association, Covington Elementary School, Covington Exempted Village School District, Covington FFA Chapter, Dream Builders/The Clubhouse, Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County, First United Church of Christ, Forest Hill Union Cemetery, Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley, Hoffman UMC, Johnston Farm Friends Council, Joint Fire District Pleasant Hill-Newton Township Fire & Rescue, Kids Read Now, Lehman Catholic High School, Lincoln Community Center, Lockington Volunteer Fire Assoc., Miami County Agricultural Society, Miami County Continuum of Care, Miami County Dental Clinic, Miami County Educational Service Center, Miami County Pro-Life Educational Foundation, Miami County Visitor & Convention Bureau, Miami East FFA Chapter, Miami East High School Muse Machine, Miami East Music Boosters, Miami Soil & Water Conservation District, Milton-Union High School, Milton-Union Band Program, Milton-Union Business Professionals of America, Milton-Union Elementary School, Milton-Union High School, Milton-Union High School & Middle School Choirs, Milton-Union VCTC FFA, Milton-Union Public Library, Newton Local School, Piqua Arts Council & Mainstreet Piqua, Piqua Catholic School, Piqua Catholic School Athletic Boosters, Piqua City Schools, Piqua Central Intermediate, Piqua High School, Piqua City Schools Science Olympiad Team, Piqua City Schools Springcreek Primary, Piqua City Schools Washington Primary, Piqua Civic Band, Piqua Compassion Network, Piqua Neighborhood Improvement, Inc., Pleasant Hill Baseball Coaches Association, St. Patrick Catholic School, T.L. Baseball Boosters Inc., The Barn Ministry, The New Path Inc., The Overfield School, Tipp City Enrichment Program, Tipp City School Broadway and Nevin Coppock Elementary, Tipp City School Broadway Elementary, Tipp City Seniors Inc., Tippecanoe Middle School, Troy Christian High School, Troy City Schools Concord Elementary, Hook Elementary and Van Cleve, Troy Civic Theatre, Troy Development Council, Troy Lunch Club, Troy Recreation Association, Troy-Miami County Public Library, Upper Valley Community Church Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), Upper Valley Career Center, West Milton July 4th Celebration, YWCA of Piqua and Young Life Miami and Shelby Counties.

The foundation continues to provide 17 ongoing humanitarian grants for food, utility, shelter and medical assistance programs throughout the county. Agencies selected to receive these grants consist of the Bethany Center’s soup kitchen, Covington Outreach Association, FISH Union Township, Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County, G.I.V.E., Health Partners of Miami County, Miami County Dental Clinic, New Path, Partners in Hope, Salvation Army in Piqua, St. Patrick’s Soup Kitchen and Troy Lions charities.