Foundation awards more than $57,000 in fall grant cycle

Miami County YMCA

The Piqua Community Foundation awarded $57,861 to organizations that serve Piqua residents this month.

The distribution is part of The Foundation’s twice-annual standard grant cycles from unrestricted funds. The Foundation’s Distribution Committee makes recommendations to the Board of Directors for approval based on a grant application and review process.

 

 

 

The organizations awarded 2023 fall grants are:

  • Bethany Center — coffee station
  • Isaiah’s Place — foster family retention events
  • Lehman Catholic High School — Science Olympiad
  • Miami County Dental Clinic — toothbrushes, toothpaste & floss
  • Miami County YMCA — Piqua facility capital campaign pledge
  • New Creation Counseling Center — counseling and psychiatry services
  • Piqua Catholic School — laminator & laminate sheets
  • Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development — training tables
  • RT Industries — ADA wheelchair accessible mini-vans
  • SafeHaven, Inc. — field trips and special events
  • Salvation Army — hygiene pantry

 

Piqua Catholic School

The grant awards were made in a variety of project sectors — from education to human service and from basic needs to access to dental care — all with a demonstrated impact on Piqua residents. Members of the Distribution Committee of The Foundation visited three recipients earlier this month to present the grant awards and learn more about their programs and needs.

Foundation representatives shared the final installment of its $100,000 pledge to the Miami County YMCA’s Piqua facility capital campaign this cycle and toured the construction site on November 8. The Distribution Committee also visited Piqua Catholic School to learn more about the school’s increased enrollment and expansion efforts at the Downing Street campus.

Miami County Dental Clinic

The visit to Miami County Dental Clinic illuminated the rise in dental needs among children and seniors in our community. The Traveling Smiles program allows clinic staff to set up temporary patient care areas in schools and other community spaces to allow elementary aged students to be seen and treated by a dentist, often for the first time. The Foundation supported toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss to send patients home following a visit.

“We are grateful for The Piqua Community Foundation and their invaluable support of our programs,” said Stephanie Waller, Miami County Dental Clinic’s executive director. “Their generous contribution to purchase toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss will truly make a positive impact, not only in Piqua, but throughout all of Miami County, fostering brighter smiles and promoting better oral health practices within our communities.”

The Piqua Community Foundation’s next grant cycle has a March 31 deadline. To learn more about the grant and scholarship programs of The Piqua Community Foundation, visit piquacommunityfoundation.org/grants.