Pitch Piqua grant awardees progress on proposed projects

The two organizations that secured the top $50,000 grant awards at The Piqua Community Foundation’s Pitch Piqua initiative are making progress on their projects proposed to the community.

Pitch Piqua distributed more than $133,000 to six charitable organizations supporting Piqua in its first two years! The program is an ultra-local grant competition that supports organizations with a project benefiting Piqua and promotes local philanthropy by allowing the community to vote through designated pass-through donations of any size.

Piqua Compassion Network secured the top grant award in the 2021-2022 initiative for The Power Project, which aims to create a center for teens to access basic needs resources, fitness and education. The project is a partnership with the City of Piqua, as the center will be located in the Mote Park community building.

While the project has experienced delays, the team has completed all necessary planning work and has secured the necessary permits. The team will begin construction as soon as it achieves its final fundraising goal for the first phase of renovations.

To learn more or inquire about supporting the project, contact Piqua Compassion Network at 937.778.8856 or visit pcncares.org.

Edison State Community College earned the top grant in the 2022-2023 initiative for virtual reality equipment for law enforcement agencies and students, as well as community partners, to train for active intruder situations.

The team has since purchased the equipment and  completed construction on a classroom space for the training scenarios that is already being utilized by the current Academy class.

The college welcomes all interested community members to an open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 13 to experience the technology firsthand. Register to attend by visiting edisonohio.edu/demo.

The other finalist teams each year of the initiative earned a $5,000 unrestricted grant, with the option to use that as seed funding for their proposal to come to fruition. For instance, Piqua City Schools is moving forward with its bookmobile trailer project and Health Partners Free Clinic has launched its women’s clinic to best serve for early detection of cancers. We wish them the best with their projects benefiting our community!

Grant award funding for Pitch Piqua has been supplied by The French Oil Mill Machinery Company Fund, The Richard Donnelly Personal Gifting Account, donors Steven K. and Gail P. Staley, The G. William Hartzell Charitable Fund and unrestricted funds of The Foundation.