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TROY — Eight nonprofit organizations supporting emergency needs, community events and recreation, and youth received an economic boost from The Paul G. Duke Foundation. The foundation recently announced a total of more than $134,000 in grants to benefit the community in the Miami County area.

One grant will assist with emergency repairs after the destruction caused by extremely heavy rains and flash floods on May 21. This grant to Tipp Monroe Community Services will help provide assistance to senior citizens and families with children who need to replace furnaces or water heaters that were damaged by the high water.

“I’ve never seen so much water,” said Kathryn Taylor, the organization’s executive director. “The emergency funding we received was badly needed. We’re helping people right now, and that’s what we’re here for.”

Another grant will assist the Troy Recreation Association with the final stages of the renovation of its historic building in downtown Troy — and will ensure that The Rec’s familiar and beloved series of murals on its exterior walls continues to encourage community pride in Troy’s citizens. The Rec provides many programs and services for the community, and the Duke Foundation has provided support for some of those programs as well as for the renovation of the building. The new grant will support professional repainting of the murals, which depict features associated with Troy’s history.

The eight organizations receiving grants are:

• The Future Begins Today — To provide general support to encourage students to attend post-secondary education by working with schools and parents and providing last-dollar grants.

• Kids Read Now — To fund summer reading programs for students in grades K-3 in the Miami Montessori School, Piqua City Schools, St. Patrick School, Trotwood-Madison Local Schools, Troy City Schools, and Vandalia-Butler City Schools.

• Miami County Dental Clinic — To support Traveling Smiles, which provides quality dental care in the school environment for disadvantaged children in Miami County.

• Miami County YMCA — To be the primary funder of a walking path around the Miami County YMCA-Robinson Branch, and connect to an existing neighborhood path.

• Tipp Monroe Community Services — To provide emergency funding to help senior citizens and families with children replace furnaces and water heaters that were damaged by the flooding in Tipp City and Monroe Township on May 21, 2014.

Troy Lions Charities — To support the expansion of the Sight Conservation Program into the Piqua area.

Troy Mayors Concerts Inc. — To support the 2014 summer concert.

Troy Recreation Association Inc. — To support professional repainting of historical murals after repair and reconstruction of exterior walls of The Rec.

The Duke Foundation encourages nonprofit organizations in the Miami County area to apply for grants. Grants are awarded in spring and fall each year. Eligibility guidelines and information about submitting grant proposals to the Duke Foundation can be found at www.paulgdukefoundation.org. Deadlines for submission are the first working day in April and in August.

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, 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 is done through the Duke Foundation.

The Duke Foundation’s grantmaking efforts focus on programs benefiting children, young adults, and families in the Miami County area. Grants are made in the areas of the arts, education, health and social services for both general and specific project support, including seed money for innovative programs. The foundation has frequently made challenge grants for projects to encourage matching gifts or additional funding from other donors.

The Duke Foundation’s Board of Trustees includes Patricia Duke Robinson, president emeritus; Ronald B. Scott, president; Linda A. Daniel; Paul A. Hanke, Esq.; B. Mark Hess, M.D.; and William J. McGraw III.

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