Charitable organizations that serve Piqua residents are invited to apply for unrestricted funding from the G. William Hartzell Charitable Fund of The Piqua Community Foundation.

The G. William Hartzell Community Grant awards are made annually from the fund established by the late Bill Hartzell with a bequest from his estate. This fund also awards college scholarships each spring.

The grants are unique in the simplicity of the application process and the unrestricted nature of the funds to be spent however best serves the organization’s needs.

Application guidelines

Complete, typed applications are accepted by email to, hand delivery to 209 West Ash Street, Piqua, Ohio, or mail to The Piqua Community Foundation, Attn: G. William Hartzell Community Grant, P.O. Box 226, Piqua, OH 45356, to arrive by the deadline, which is typically at the end of July each year. No late applications will be considered. Please only use paper clips or binder clips; do not staple any materials.

Organizations that are eligible to apply must be 501(c)(3) or equivalent organizations. Funds received are subject to use as restricted by IRS regulations governing 501(c)(3) organizations.

Organizations are encouraged to apply as often as they wish. However, organizations that were not funded in the most recent grant cycle may be given extra consideration to allow many organizations to benefit from this fund.

Eligibility is not affected by receiving a grant or grants from any other fund of The Piqua Community Foundation.

Since so many of The Foundation’s community grants are made to school organizations, the Hartzell grants are not meant to be school grants. Organizations (such as UVMC Rachel’s Challenge, Brukner’s Owl Extraordinaire program, etc.) that operate in the school systems may apply.

A donor advisory committee and The Piqua Community Foundation Board of Directors will determine the recipients and the size of each grant. The committee will have the right to determine the amounts of each grant made – those made to different organizations in a given year need not be equal.

The donor advisory committee may or may not be familiar with your organization’s activities in the community. Use the application to tell your story and showcase your pride in your accomplishments and concerns about the future. The committee is not looking for specific details or long explanations. The goal is to give an overview of your organization’s work to improve the quality of life of Piqua residents. If there are questions, The Foundation will reach out to your contact person for more information.

Successful applicants will be notified and checks awarded 6 to 8 weeks after the application deadline.

Funding is not restricted to any specific project, and no follow-up report will be required. Funded organizations may notify The Foundation of the use of the funds if they choose to do so.

For more information, please contact The Foundation at