Foundation surpasses $6 million in grants

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Foundation awarded 70 separate grants totaling more than $156,000 during a recent grant distribution celebration.

Dr. Richard N. Adams, Distribution Committee chairman, welcomed agency and school representatives.

“I know the late Richard E. Hunt, who established the organization, would be pleased by the growth and service of the Foundation,” Adams said. “His idea of people helping people is the basis of the Foundation’s goals of helping donors to accomplish their philanthropic objectives as effectively as possible and to build a permanent endowment of private funding to serve the Miami County community.”

Adams stated more than $6.1 million has been distributed in grants and scholarships over the past 30 years. He presented an overview of the foundation’s grant and scholarship programs.

By allocating grants twice yearly, the foundation helps schools, individual students and charitable organizations to attain their objectives. As a result, the Foundation serves as a catalyst for innovative programs in the arts, community development, education, environment, health and human services.

Seventy grants totaling $156,115 were awarded to assist a variety of projects in Miami County and ranged from $75 to $7,500. Organizations benefiting from these grants include Bethany Center Food Pantry, Bradford Exempted Village School, Bradford Public Library, CASA/GAL Miami County, Centerpoint Christ Community Church, Child Care Choices, Covington Elementary School, Covington Elementary School, Curl Troy, Dayton Children’s Hospital, Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, Eagles’ Wings Therapeutic Riding Stable, Edison College Foundation, First Brethren Church, Foundation Center Cleveland, Free to Run Foundation, Ginghamsburg Church-The Farm & Nature Center, Habitat for Humanity, Lockington United Methodist Church-God’s Grocery, Miami County Recovery Council, Miami County Sheriff’s Office, Miami East FFA Chapter, Milton Union High School, Milton-Union Senior Citizens & Community Club, New Friends of Milton Union Public Library, P.L.U.S. (Parents Learning to Understand Students), Partners In Hope, Piqua Catholic School, Piqua Central Intermediate, Pleasant Hill History Center, Recovery & Wellness Centers of Midwest Ohio, Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development, Richard’s Chapel United Methodist Church, SafeHaven Inc., Samaritan Behavioral Health, Senior Independence, St. Patrick Catholic School, Steve’s Club Troy, The Future Begins Today, Tipp City LT Ball School, Tipp City LT Ball School, Tipp City School Broadway Elementary, Tippecanoe Middle School, Troy Christian Early Childhood Development Center, Troy City Schools-Concord Elementary, Troy Lions Charities, Union Township Life Squad, Upper Miami Valley STEM Education, West Milton Police Division and Western Ohio TV Consortium.

The foundation continues to provide 17 on-going 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 Co. Dental Clinic, New Path, Partners in Hope, Salvation Army in Piqua, St. Patrick’s Soup Kitchen and Troy Lions Charities.

A grant from the Jean and John Dugan Family Fund was awarded to Partners in Hope.

The celebration concluded with a final comment from Adams to grant recipients, “On behalf of the Miami County Foundation Board of Directors, accept our thanks for the work each of you and those serving your organizations provide to our county.”

The deadline for spring 2016 grant distribution is the last day of February. 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. You can request a grant application by calling the office at 773-9012 or download a copy from the foundation’s website at

Individuals, businesses and organizations wishing to support the mission of the Foundation may contribute to the unrestricted fund. Donations are accepted in any amount and can be mailed to the foundation office at P.O. Box 1526, Piqua, OH 45356-1526 or given securely on the foundation’s website