G. William Hartzell Community Grant cycle open through July 31st

Representatives from New Path Outreach proudly accept an award for their food pantry from Randi M. Pearson, Committee Chair, as part of The G. William Hartzell Charitable Fund's 2023 grant cycle.

George William “Bill” Hartzell was not only the leader of the Hartzell family businesses for many years, but was also well known for his active participation in community activities and organizations. His commitment to making a positive impact on the world around him continues in his memory through a bequest made as a result of his estate planning. This bequest allows The G. William Hartzell Charitable Fund to perpetuate his generosity to the community through grants and scholarships.

Each year, the fund provides unrestricted funding to charitable organizations that serve Piqua residents. The grants are unique in their simplicity of the application process and the unrestricted nature of the funds, allowing organizations to spend the money in ways that best serve their needs.

George William "Bill" Hartzell

“We are honored to carry on Bill Hartzell’s legacy of community support through this fund. His vision and generosity continue to make a lasting impact on the lives of Piqua residents.”

Kalette N. Hittle, Executive Director of The Piqua Community Foundation

Charitable organizations that serve Piqua residents are invited to apply for funding from The G. William Hartzell Charitable Fund of The Piqua Community Foundation. The deadline for applications is July 31.

To learn more about the grant guidelines and access the application, visit piquacommunityfoundation.org/grants/hartzell.

Generosity Blooms: Piqua Community Foundation distributes over $75,000 in spring grants

The Piqua Community Foundation recently awarded over $75,000 in grants during its spring cycle, embodying The Foundation’s motto: “When you share with us, we share with many.” These funds will support various initiatives aimed at enhancing the lives of Piqua residents.

The distribution is part of The Foundation’s semiannual standard grant cycles, drawing from unrestricted funds. The Foundation’s Distribution Committee conducts comprehensive reviews of the grant applications and presents recommendations to the Board of Directors for final approval.

The organizations awarded 2024 spring grants are:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Miami Valley – MENTOR Piqua
  • CASA/GAL of Miami County, Inc. – Ohio CASA conference for volunteers
  • Elizabeth’s New Life Center – early pregnancy services
  • Friends of Mainstreet Piqua – Mills Brothers Mural
  • Friends of the Piqua Parks – Fountain Park shelter replacement
  • Friends of the Piqua Public Library – 11th annual Holiday Cabaret
  • Forest Hill Cemetery – section markers
  • Greene Street Day Care & Preschool – phone system upgrade
  • Habitat for Humanity of Miami & Shelby Counties – tools for home repair van
  • Isaiah’s Place – welcome baskets for new foster families
  • Lehman Catholic High School – music clinicians
  • Piqua Catholic School — listening station for 2nd grade
  • Piqua Catholic School – flexible seating for 5th-8th grades
  • Piqua Catholic School — The Center for Early Learning Preschool – drawing tablets
  • Piqua City Schools – Art Department – art display panels
  • Piqua City Schools – Music Department – band commission project
  • Piqua City Schools — Piqua Central Intermediate School – author visit
  • Piqua City Schools – Piqua Central Intermediate School – Garden Tribe revitalization
  • Piqua Community Kitchen – kitchen sink
  • Piqua Police Department – establishment of a K9 program
  • STEM Studio 22 – Lego robotic kits
  • The Edison Foundation – Edison State Community College – chemistry lab data printer
  • The Edison Foundation – Edison State Community College – 50 Next Capital Campaign nursing program expansion
  • The Salvation Army – Summer Lunch Program
  • Upper Miami Valley Young Life – summer camp
  • Upper Valley Career Center — calming strips for students
  • YWCA Piqua – safety lighting renovation

The Piqua Community Foundation awarded grants across various project sectors, including education, health & safety, environment, arts & culture, recreation, and youth & community development.

Last week, members of the Distribution Committee of The Foundation visited four recipients to present the grant awards and gain insight into their programs and needs.

Deputy Chief Marty Grove and Detective Kiersten Brisset received a fully funded grant award on behalf of the Piqua Police Department for the establishment of a K9 program.

Piqua Police Department
“This funding from The Piqua Community Foundation will enable the Piqua Police Department to move forward with the K9 program. We’re hoping to have that implemented later on this year. It will bring a K9 to the City of Piqua to assist our officers in their daily routines and endeavors.”
Deputy Chief Marty Grove
Piqua Police Department

Additionally, awards were presented to the Friends of Mainstreet Piqua for support of the Mills Brothers Mural, slated for completion this summer. The Salvation Army of Piqua received funding to support their Summer Lunch Program, while the Piqua Community Kitchen was granted resources for the purchase of a new kitchen sink, enhancing their capacity to serve the community through weekly meals.

Friends of Mainstreet Piqua
The Salvation Army
Piqua Community Kitchen

The Piqua Community Foundation’s next grant cycle has a September 30 deadline. To learn more about the grant and scholarship programs of The Piqua Community Foundation, visit piquacommunityfoundation.org/grants.

Join Us in Cultivating Generosity

Embrace the spirit of sharing and community empowerment by supporting The Piqua Community Foundation's unrestricted fund, because "When you share with us, we share with many." Your generosity not only impacts the community but enriches the lives of many Piqua residents. Donate to our unrestricted fund and let's watch as the seeds of generosity bloom into a flourishing community together.

The Foundation honors Hinsch Community Service Awardees

The Piqua Community Foundation presented local volunteers with The Scott J. and Margaret W. Hinsch Community Service Awards on Monday.

Scott J. & Margaret W. Hinsch

The recipients, listed below, received the awards during surprise presentations:

  • Jim Vetter, Maria Bubp, & Joe Wilson – Neighbors Helping Neighbors, an initiative of Piqua Neighborhood Improvement, Inc.
  • Marlene (Marty) Davis – Bethany Center

The recipients received a glass plaque to commemorate the occasion, and the nominating nonprofit agency received a $2,000 unrestricted grant from The Hinsch Family Fund of The Piqua Community Foundation, in recognition of the outstanding volunteer(s). The Hinsch awards are offered annually to an individual or small group that exemplify the legacy of service that Scott J. & Margaret W. Hinsch left in the Piqua community.

This year, the committee selected two awardees from a competitive field of nominees. Cari Beth Noah, granddaughter of the awards’ namesakes, presented the awards to recognize their legacy of service to the Piqua community. Cari Beth Noah also represented her parents, John and Marsha Hinsch, and her aunt, Dr. Linda Hinsch Campbell, who founded the fund and were unable to attend the presentations.

“The Hinsch Family appreciates volunteers in all walks of life,” remarked John & Marsha Hinsch and Dr. Linda Hinsch Campbell. “The two annual Scott J. and Margaret W. Hinsch Community Service Awards are given to recognize individuals or small groups who have made a significant, positive contribution to a Piqua charity. The awards are based on an “annual” effort, not a “lifetime” effort. A small group of Piqua residents serve on the Committee that selects the annual winners. These awards started in 2016 and will continue long into the future. Congratulations to the 2024 Award Winners.”

The Scott J. & Margaret W. Hinsch Community Service Award winner – Jim Vetter, Maria Bubp, & Joe Wilson

Joe Wilson, center, poses with members of The Hinsch Family Fund of The Piqua Community Foundation and representatives from Piqua Neighborhood Improvement, Inc.

Chuck Peltier, vice president for Piqua Neighborhood Improvement, Inc., nominated Vetter, Bubp, and Wilson for the group’s outstanding work with Neighbors Helping Neighbors. Throughout 2023, the group was able to enhance the appearance of four homes in the community and successfully rectified violations on one properly, all without imposing any financial burden on the homeowners.

“The three nominees planned the activities to improve the properties of Piqua homeowners who did not have the physical or financial abilities to do the work,” Peltier wrote. “This program (Neighbors Helping Neighbors) not only helps homeowners in need, but the volunteers receive the benefit of helping Piqua citizens.”

The Scott J. & Margaret W. Hinsch Community Service Award winner – Marty Davis

Marty Davis, center, with representatives from the Bethany Center and The Hinsch Family Fund of The Piqua Community Foundation.

Shawn Rickert, executive director of the Bethany Center, nominated Davis for her dedication to the center’s mission of providing essential services to those most in need. Davis oversees the food pantry, dedicating hundreds of hours to assisting in feeding over 10,000 people during 2023. She manages inventory, maintains records, and leads other volunteers in the operation of the food pantry.

“Marty’s contribution to the food pantry is invaluable,” Rickert wrote in his nomination. “She arrives early and leaves late, ensuring that the community’s food insecurity is addressed.”

The Hinsch Family Fund committee, the nominators, and representatives from the nominating organizations presented the awards Monday. To watch livestream videos and view more photos from the awards presentations, visit The Piqua Community Foundation’s Facebook page.

Standard grant cycle open through March 31

The Piqua Community Foundation is accepting standard grant applications for its spring grant cycle through March 31.

The Foundation accepts project-based grant applications twice a year from nonprofit organizations serving Piqua residents with a mission that is religious, educational, scientific, literary or charitable in nature. Applicants must provide documentation demonstrating the organization’s 501(c)(3) or equivalent tax-exempt status.

The spring 2024 distribution is part of The Foundation’s semiannual grant cycles from unrestricted funds. The Foundation’s Distribution Committee makes recommendations to the Board of Directors for approval based on the grant application and review process.

The Piqua Community Foundation’s grant program guidelines and application form can be found by visiting piquacommunityfoundation.org/grants. Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the guidelines and then confirm their organization’s eligibility by emailing info@piquacommunityfoundation.org or calling 937.615.9080.

Representatives from RT Industries proudly stand beside one of the newly acquired ADA accessible vans, a result of grant funding from The Piqua Community Foundation. These vehicles play a crucial role in fulfilling their mission to provide dependable transportation for all individuals they serve.

The Foundation opens 2024 scholarship programs

The Piqua Community Foundation has opened its 2024 scholarship season and welcomes applications from local students.

Scholarships through The Foundation are made possible by fund donors who value continuing education and wish to give back to the community. Each of the scholarships offered is distinct in its guidelines directed by the donor when the fund was established.

“Last year, The Foundation distributed $132,000 in new and renewal scholarship awards in support of local students furthering their education,” said Foundation Executive Director Kalette N. Hittle. “We are honored to act as the gateway for these impactful scholarship programs.”

Scholarship information is available through local schools’ guidance counselors or by visiting piquacommunityfoundation.org/scholarships. Questions about The Foundation’s scholarship programs may be directed to info@piquacommunityfoundation.org or 937.615.9080.