MIAMI COUNTY — Eleven Miami County nonprofit organizations supporting social services, education, young people and the community received a financial boost from The Paul G. Duke Foundation. The Foundation’s trustees have announced the grants made during their fall meeting, totaling almost $200,000 for the benefit of area residents.

The Duke Foundation is observing a significant benchmark and accomplishment this year as it celebrates 35 years of grant making and support for non-profit organizations in Miami County area and beyond. A long and active history of philanthropic support from the Duke Foundation has resulted in over $22 million in approved grants for countless nonprofit organizations.

The following organizations received grants at the fall meeting:

• Edison State Community College — A grant will support the Paul G. Duke Academy for Community Leadership; a second grant will support the 2018 Holiday Evening at Edison.

• Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County — To support renovations that will enable an expansion of capacity and services, allowing more individuals to be served by the only emergency shelter in Miami County as the need for shelter has increased.

• Girl Scouts of Western Ohio — To support expansion of the school-based community outreach program in Miami County to three new schools and to add programming at an existing school.

• Hospice of Miami County — To support expansion of capacity and services through construction of a new facility for patients in hospice and palliative care for for their families.

• Miami County Continuum of Care — To support expansion of the Rides to Work program.

• Needy Basket of Southern Miami County — To support the annual December Holiday Basket Program.

• New Path Inc. — To support the Miami County Food Pantry at both the new location in Piqua and the existing location.

• Partners In Hope Inc. — To support programs in the Education and Development core areas, which serve clients intentionally taking steps to move from crisis based living to a secure and stable lifestyle.

• 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 deadlines for 2019 will be posted in coming months. Please 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 is Linda A. Daniel; B. Mark Hess, M.D.; William J. McGraw, III, Esq.; Rayce Robinson; and Ronald B. Scott. Patricia Duke Robinson serves as president emeritus.