Foundation awards spring grants

Over 90 organizations benefit

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Foundation held its spring grant distribution celebration this past month where it awarded over 90 grants to various nonprofit organizations and schools throughout Miami County totaling $233,168. The motto of the Miami County Foundation is People Helping People. Since its founding more than 30 years ago the organization has carried out its mission to promote and encourage the health, education and welfare of the citizens of Miami County.

The Miami County Foundation takes great pride in supporting initiatives which provide for the safety of the residents its serves. Among the grant recipients was the Lockington Volunteer Fire Association for the purchase fire extinguisher training devices. The training is offered throughout the county.

Upper Valley Medical Center Foundation received a grant to support the Rachel’s Challenge Program, which is dedicated to helping schools create a safe environment where learning and teaching are maximized. The program also discourages bullying and promotes kindness amongst students.

The Miami County Foundation understands that the growth and development of its youngest citizens plays a key role in the success of our community. The Foundation takes great pride in awarding the Miami County Educational Service Center a grant that enables them to hold an awards banquet for the Valedictorians and Salutatorians of each school district throughout Miami County. Each student is presented with a plaque and is asked to bring a teacher from their school that has helped and inspired them in their scholastic career.

Below is a complete list of organizations which received grants from the Foundation. For more information about the Miami County Foundation, please visit their website at

Bethel High School Art Program, Bradford Exempted Village School, Bradford High School Publications Class, Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum, Bradford Public Library, city of Piqua, Community Grace Brethren Church, Covington Elementary School, Covington Exempted Village School District, Dream Builders/The Clubhouse, First Place Food Pantry, First United Church of Christ, Fletcher United Methodist Preschool, Friend of Mainstreet Piqua, Friends of Mainstreet Piqua, Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley, Hoffman UMC, Johnston Farm Friends Council, Lehman Catholic High School, Lehman Catholic High School Teen Leadership, Lincoln Community Center, Lockington Volunteer Fire Assoc., Miami County 4-H Advisory Committee, Miami County Continuum of Care for Rides To Work program, Miami County Dental Clinic for Traveling Smiles, Miami County Educational Service Center, Miami County Pro-Life Educational Foundation, Miami East Elementary, Miami East High School Muse Machine, Miami East Junior High School MUSE Machine, Miami East Music Boosters, Milton-Union High School Special Education, Milton-Union Music Boosters, Milton-Union Public Library, Newton High School Library, Newton Local School/Title I Reading-HOSTS, Newton School District, Oakes-Beitman Memorial Library, P.L.U.S. (Parents Learning to Understand Students), Partners In Hope, Piqua Catholic School, Piqua Civic Band, Piqua High School Instrumental Department, Piqua High School, Piqua High School Media Department, Piqua High School Science Department, Piqua Junior High School, Piqua Juvenile Education Fund, Piqua Neighborhood Improvement, Inc., Senior Resource Connection, St. Patrick Catholic School, T.L. Baseball Boosters, Inc., The Barn Ministry, The Center for Early Learning at Piqua Catholic, The Miami Montessori School, The Overfield School, Tipp City Middle School Sixth grade, Tipp City School — LT Ball Intermediate, Tipp City School — Broadway Elementary, Tipp City School — Nevin Coppock Elementary, Tipp City Schools, Tipp City Public Library, Troy Christian Elementary School, Troy City School — Cookson School, Troy City School — Van Cleve 6th grade, Troy Lions Charities, Troy Recreation Association, Troy-Miami County Public Library, Troy-Miami County Public Library for Imagination Library, Upper Valley Community Church Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), Upper Valley Medical Center Foundation for Rachel’s Challenge and West Milton July 4th Celebration.

Ongoing humanitarian grants are awarded yearly to Bethany Center, Covington Outreach Association, Family Abuse Shelter, FISH Union Township, GIVE Medical Ministry, Health Partners Free Clinic, Miami County Continuum of Care, Miami County Dental Clinic, New Path, Partners In Hope, Salvation Army, St. Patrick’s Soup Kitchen and Troy Lions Charities.

The Salvation Army in Piqua also was selected to receive a grant from the Jean & John Dugan Family Fund.
Over 90 organizations benefit