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The Piqua Community Foundation encourages charitable giving to benefit the citizens of Piqua, and provides a variety of methods for donors to help fulfill their charitable giving wishes.



The Piqua Community Foundation accepts grant applications from any charitable not-for-profit organization, provided the applicant and its application meet the following criteria:


● The application must be accompanied by documentation verifying the applicant's 501 (c) (3) status or equivalent tax-exempt status

● The applicant organization must adhere to a mission that is religious, educational, scientific, literary or charitable in nature

● The application must document the way the project for which funds are being sought will benefit the residents of Piqua, Ohio

The Foundation makes two kinds of grants:

Standard Grants (grants of more than $500)
Mini-Grants ($500 or less, with a simpler application than required for a Standard Grant)


The Foundation makes Mini-Grants and Standard Grants twice each year. Deadlines for grant applications are as follows:

Mini-Grants – March 15 and September 15 each year
Standard Grants – March 31 and September 30 each year


Special grant forms are available for school related grants – those being sought by teachers, coaches, club advisers or principals.  The school mini-grant and school standard grant forms must be used for programs or projects operated in a school setting rather than the more generic forms used by other charitable organizations. Any applicant who questions which form to request should discuss the matter with the Foundation Executive Director.


All applications must be presented using The Piqua Community Foundation’s grant application forms.  Forms are available from The Foundation by writing (PO Box 226, Piqua, Ohio 45356), emailing, calling 615-9080, or faxing 615-9981.Completed applications must be delivered personally or by mail, and are not accepted by email or fax.  Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

The Foundation does not make grants to the same organization, project or program in consecutive years.  In most cases, The Foundation does not make grants for salaries or for general operating expenses.


For Recipients of all Piqua Community Foundation Grants:


Required follow-up reporting must be submitted within one year of receipt of the grant or (in the case of school related grants) prior to the end of the school year during which the project took place.  A report form was included with the grant check; to receive another hard copy or a digital copy, please contact the Foundation office.  Reporting also may include a brief presentation (for Foundation donors) by a representative of your organization, describing the project and its outcomes.    In addition, The Foundation expects the recipient organization to make appropriate public acknowledgment of The Foundation's assistance with the organization's project, through literature or otherwise.  The Foundation logo will be provided to all grant recipients to facilitate this acknowledgment of The Foundation's assistance.


Applicants are invited to contact The Foundation’s executive director with any questions or concerns, at 615-9080 or







The Distribution Committee of the Piqua Community Foundation recommended that the Board of Directors approve $43,914 for distribution at their October meeting, with grants being awarded to organizations in November 2017.


Mini-grants were awarded to:


  • Edison State Community College – (3 mini-grants) for equipment for an online geology program, conference fees for accounting students and items for CIT department breakout sessions
  • Lehman Catholic High School – (2 mini-grants) for A.P. chemistry equipment and Science Olympiad costs
  • Piqua Catholic School – for music writing software
  • Piqua City Schools – (6 mini-grants) for art books and Healthy Kid activities for Washington School, Quest backpacks for Springcreek School, sensory materials for multiple disabilities classes at P.C.I.S.,  Piqua Pride materials at Piqua Junior High and positive behavior rewards for P.H.S.


Standard Grants were awarded to:


  • Center for Early Learning at Piqua Catholic – for website development
  • City of Piqua Fire Department – for rope rescue equipment
  • Edison State Community College – for medical lab tech program equipment
  • GIVE Medical Ministry – for 2 lift chairs
  • Lockington United Methodist Church – for God’s Grocery food supplies
  • Piqua Catholic School – (2 grants) for Chromebooks and accessories for primary grades and as support for junior high trip to Gettysburg & Washington D.C.
  • Piqua Chamber Foundation – for schoolyard garden project
  • Piqua City Schools – for an art printer and supplies for Piqua High School
  • SafeHaven Inc. – to subsidize staff training
  • Upper Valley Career Center – for coding ozobots project for 8th grade students


The Distribution Committee will meet next in April 2018. All grant applications received prior to March deadlines will be considered at that time.




Mini-grant Recipients:

Seated, left to right – Jessica Reed of Washington Elementary, Sandra Streitenberger of Edison State Community College, Sister Ginny Scherer of Lehman Catholic High School, Rebecca Schinaman of Edison State Community College, Cady Sexton of Piqua Central Intermediate School, and Rachel Birman of Piqua Catholic School.

Standing, left to right – Courtney Drees of Washington Elementary, Diane Fox of Piqua Junior High School, Jon Shoffstall of Piqua High School, Dr. Paul Heintz of Edison State Community College, Brad Zimmerman of Piqua Catholic School and Steve Staley, Foundation distribution chairman.

Unavailable – Katie Motter of Springcreek Elementary





Standard Grant Recipients:

Seated, left to right – Leslie Reichert of Piqua High School, Patsy Cavender of Lockington United Methodist Church’s God’s Grocery, Vicki Kirk of Edison State Community College, and Tricia Stemen of SafeHaven, Inc.

Standing, left to right – Steve Staley, Foundation distribution chairman, Tom Downs of GIVE Medical Ministry, Gregory Koth of Upper Valley Career Center, Brad Zimmerman of Piqua Catholic School, and Chief Brent Pohlschneider and Justin Poynter of the Piqua Fire Department.


Separate photo – Anna Baumeister and Ruth Koon of Piqua Chamber Foundation schoolyard garden


The next Piqua Community Foundation grants will be made in November 2017. All grant applications received prior to the September deadlines will be considered for funding.  Any 501(c) 3 organization interested in receiving application information should contact the Foundation office at 615-9080 or visit the website for more




The Piqua Community Foundation made grants totaling more than $42,000 to numerous local non-profit organizations and schools on May 19, 2017.


Five mini-grants were awarded to the Piqua City Schools. The grants will provide alternative seating for Piqua High School math classes, club t-shirts for the Piqua High School Key Club, teacher instructional materials for reading teachers at Springcreek Elementary, and “We Both Read” take-home books for Springcreek first graders and kindergarten students.


Standard Grants were awarded to:


  • American Red Cross for recruiting and retaining Piqua volunteers
  • Dayton Children’s Hospital for assistance for needy Piqua patient families
  • Eagles’ Wings Stable to support tuition subsidies for riders
  • Edison State Community College (3 grants) - for nursing simulations and equipment for both the medical lab tech and biology programs
  • Friends of Piqua Parks for improvements to Das park
  • His Hands Extended Sanctuary for their program to neuter stray/feral cats
  • Johnston Farm & Indian Agency Friends Council for computer and printer
  • Lehman Catholic High School (2 grants) - for after–school study space and architecture design software
  • Miami County Dental Clinic for cabinetry for their new offices
  • Miami County Recovery Council for Project Piqua Recovery
  • Miami County Y.M.C.A. for equipment for their child care center
  • Piqua Catholic School for a Chromebook charger stand
  • Piqua City Schools (2 grants) - for an author visit from Margret Peterson     Haddix to P.C.I.S. and for band-owned instruments at Piqua High School
  • Piqua Compassion Network for a new computer and office furnishings
  • Piqua Tourism Council to support Chautauqua events
  • Southern Ohio M.D.A. for summer camp costs for 2 Piqua campers
  • U.V.M.C. Foundation to support Rachel’s Challenge in the Piqua schools




2017 Spring grant recipients - Pictured seated (left to right): Jill Bobb of Edison State, Debra Smith of His Hands Extended Sanctuary, Edna Stiefel and Ruth Koon of Friends of Piqua Parks, Rebecca Sousek of Piqua Compassion Network, Ryan Wright of Southern Ohio M.D.A., and Kaitlyn Flory, Katybeth Jones and

Tina Watts all representing Springcreek Elementary School.

Standing (left to right): Carl Phlipot of Piqua High School, Mel Williamson-Beckner and Tiffany Pontius of His Hands Extended Sanctuary, Steven K. Staley of The Piqua Community Foundation distribution committee, Laura Shepherd and Cindy Long of the American Red Cross, Lorna Swisher of the Piqua Tourism Committee, Gretchen Roeth of the Piqua High School Key Club, Brandy Foreman of the Miami Co. Y.M.C.A., Becky Elifritz of the U.V.M.C. Foundation, Tina Rudy of the Miami Co. Y.M.C.A., Andy Hite of the Johnston Farm and Indian Agency, Stephanie Llacuna of Dayton Children’s Hospital, Misty Iddings of Piqua Central Intermediate School, Claire Timmer of the Miami Co. Dental Clinic, Erin Reese and Kathy Gehret of Edison State, Thom Grim of the Miami Co. Recovery Council, Heather Smith of Piqua Catholic School, Vicki Kirk and Paul Heintz of Edison State, and Dennis Maas of Lehman Catholic High School.





The Piqua Community Foundation is helping to make possible twenty-five local projects with their recent grant distribution of $40,677.00.  At the Annual Meeting in November, representatives were presented with money earmarked for the following projects:


  • The Center for Early Learning at Piqua Catholic received a grant to fund visits by Brukner Nature Center to their Piqua campus.
  • Child Care Choices received support for their Story Lady program in pre-schools and day care providers in Piqua
  • Dayton Performing Arts Alliance received support for their outreach in the Piqua City Schools’ elementary buildings.
  • Edison State Community College received grants for flu preparedness, diversity visual awareness, social media marketing and an author’s visit to campus.
  • Greene Street Pre-School/Daycare was granted funding to renovate their children’s restrooms
  • Health Partners Free Clinic received a grant to purchase new waiting room furniture
  • Lehman Catholic High School’s science department received grants to purchase a 3-D printer and biotechnology lab equipment; Lehman also received funding for assembly chairs and music department sound equipment.
  • Piqua Arts Council received financial support for a new video marketing project
  • Piqua City Schools received grants for Piqua High School’s trip to the Gettysburg battlefield and for materials for Piqua Junior High School’s digital media class. Piqua Central Intermediate School received funding for the P.C.I.S. Run Club, for 5th grade STEM technology, and frogs for dissection in 6th grade science. Washington Elementary received grants for choice-based art materials and literature to meet Common Core standards. Springcreek Elementary received funding for Snap Circuit kits for second and third graders.
  • St. Boniface Church was granted funding to upgrade the security system on their Caserta Center building.
  • Troy Lions Charities received funding for new mobile vision screening equipment
  • Upper Valley Career Center Adult Division received funding for a 3-D printer for their engineering project with Piqua High School and Edison Community College.




Seated: Diane Fox, Jennifer Everett and Tina Watts - all of Piqua City Schools; Kathleen Klosterman, Missy Bennett and Tracy Hall – all of Lehman Catholic High School.

Standing, front: Diane Mengos – St. Boniface Church; Cheryl Hainey – Dayton Performing Arts Alliance; Judy Owen – Child Care Choices; Debbie Frazier – Greene Street Pre-School/Daycare; Crystal Ayers and Jessica Reed – Piqua City Schools; Marva Archibald and Darlene Francis – Edison State Community College.

Standing, back: Steven Staley – Piqua Community Foundation distribution chairman; Stephanie Morris – Health Partners Free Clinic; Jordan Knepper – Piqua Arts Council; Roger Voisard – Upper Valley Career Center; Rob Messick and Tony Lyons – Piqua City Schools; Steve Kaplan – Troy Lions Charities; Erin Grant – Piqua Catholic Center for Early Learning; Brian Leingang – Edison State Community College.

Unavailable for photo: Bruce McKenzie – Edison State Community College.




The Piqua Community Foundation made grants totaling more than $40,000 to numerous local non-profit organizations and schools on May 12, 2016.


Mini-Grants were awarded to:


  • The City of Piqua – for a historical marker commemorating the Lincoln funeral train
  • Piqua High School – for support of the Lego Club
  • Washington Primary School – for library materials


Grants were awarded to:


  • American Legion Equipment Fund - for a forcible entry trainer
  • Brukner Nature Center – for the Owl Extraordinaire program in Piqua third grades
  • The City of Piqua – for AED’s for the Pitsenbarger Sports Complex
  • Forest Hill Union Cemetery – for section markers in the cemetery
  • Friends of Mainstreet Piqua – for commercial quality event tents
  • Miami County Children’s International Summer Village – for this year’s village
  • Miami County Children’s Services – for their Kinship Program
  • Piqua Area United Way – for their campaign video
  • Piqua Baptist Church – for their Upward Basketball program
  • Piqua High School – for new chairs in the business lab
  • Piqua Schools Springcreek Primary School – for alternative seating
  • Piqua Neighborhood Improvement – for home repairs
  • Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development – for a new sound system
  • Salvation Army – for their summer feeding program
  • Troy - Miami County Imagination Library – for home-mailed books for Piqua children
  • Upper Valley Career Center – for on-line math resources
  • Warren Lodge #24 F & A Masons – for Bicycle Fix-It station on the Piqua Bike Path



Grant Recipients

Seated, L to R: Kirsten Starnes - Salvation Army, April Vosler - Piqua Schools, Sena Alberts - Piqua Area United Way, Susan Supinger and Carla Bertke - Rehabilitation Center, Nikki Reese - Piqua Neighborhood Improvement, and Leiann Stewart - Miami Co. Visitors & Convention Bureau (grant for historical marker.)

Standing,  L to R: Laura Jackson - Miami Co. C.I.S.V., Mindy Gearhardt (grant for Brukner Nature Center) and Bobbi Conley of Washington School, Jim Roth – Forest Hill Cemetery, June Cannon – Miami Co. Children’s Services, Paula Schmiesing – Piqua High School, Major Earline May – Salvation Army, Amy Pratt – Springcreek School, Stu Shear -Warren Lodge #24, Bill Hogston – American Legion Equipment Fund, Mike O’Donnell – Warren Lodge #24, Chief Brent Pohlschneider – Piqua Fire Department, Nancy Hargrove – Imagination Library, Dave Larson – Piqua City Schools, Lorna Swisher – Mainstreet Piqua, Rachelle Miller – Imagination Library, Carrie McGonagle – Upward Basketball, and Amanda Helmstetter – Upper Valley Career Center.






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