Duke Foundation announces six grants


MIAMI COUNTY — Nonprofit organizations serving Miami County, including those focused on improving the quality of life for children, women and families throughout the community, will benefit from grants made recently by The Paul G. Duke Foundation.

The foundation has announced new grants totaling more than $85,000 to benefit area residents.

Underscoring the foundation’s interest in local nonprofit organizations and professionals, the foundation board has announce a grant in support of the Nonprofit Catalyst Project being developed at Edison State Community College. The project will coordinate educational opportunities and resources to help meet the emerging and evolving needs of the Miami County nonprofit community.

Additional nonprofit organizations receiving grants are:

Edison State Community College — A grant was also awarded to support the 2017 Holiday Evening at Edison.

First United Church of Christ — To support the Backpack Food Program, helping provide over 350 food-insecure children from six Troy elementary schools with food supplies to take home on weekends.

Pink Ribbon Girls — To support transportation of women with breast or reproductive cancers to treatment appointments.

Troy Lions Charities, Inc. — To support the Sight Conservation Program in Miami County.

Troy Recreation Association, Inc. — To support the Summer Lunch Buddy program to provide Troy students in grades K-6 with a free lunch and literacy program.

The Paul G. Duke Foundation’s Board of Trustees encourages nonprofit organizations in the Miami County area to apply for grants. Information on eligibility guidelines, application deadlines, and submission of applications to the Duke Foundation can be found at www.paulgdukefoundation.org. Application deadline dates for 2018 will be posted in the coming months; please continue to visit the website for the most up-to-date information.

Grants are awarded in spring and fall each year. Organizations seeking support for school-year programs are encouraged to submit applications at the spring deadline for support of the upcoming academic year; those seeking support for summer programs are encouraged to apply in summer for the following year’s programming. Organizations with year-round programs may apply at either deadline.

The Duke Foundation’s mission is to be a catalyst to enhance the quality of life in the Miami County area. Grantmaking efforts focus on programs benefiting children, young adults, and families in the Miami County area. Grants are made in the areas of social services, education, health, and the arts for both general and specific project support, including seed money for innovative programs.

The Duke Foundation frequently makes challenge grants for projects to encourage matching gifts or additional funding from other donors. The Paul G. Duke Foundation, a Supporting Foundation of The Columbus Foundation, was established in 1983. It has a long history of philanthropic support for nonprofit organizations. Paul Duke, Miami County businessman and philanthropist, evolved his local Duke Garden Centers into a national lawn and garden service, Chem-Lawn. The proceeds from the sale of that business enabled Mr. Duke to generously support many community projects and charitable programs, all of which continues to be done through the Duke Foundation. The Duke Foundation’s Board of Trustees includes Linda A. Daniel, president; B. Mark Hess, M.D.; William J. McGraw, III, Esq.; Rayce Robinson; and Ronald B. Scott. Patricia Duke Robinson serves as president emeritus.