Exposing youth to the performing arts resonates with area schools and nonprofits seeking grant support. Yet as organizational budgets pare down to provide just the “essentials” of an education, a need to find alternative financial support to fill the arts education gap is uncovered.  In the final grant cycle of the year, the trend of organizations turning to the Foundation for that support continues

Take time to notice the large number of students impacted by the grants. The relatively low cost per student is outpaced by the substantial influence the arts bring to bear. Donations from private citizens in the community are responsible for these arts-based awards and all other grants.

Why are the arts especially important for young learners?  Scientific evidence proves art enhances brain function. Further, research has proven that the arts develop neural systems that produce a broad spectrum of benefits ranging from fine motor skills to creativity and improved emotional balance.  Read about the investments the Foundation has made to fill the creativity gaps below.

Ultimately, 12 organizations were chosen to receive 16 awards serving a broad spectrum of needs and totaling $29,140.00. The following is a list of recipients, award levels and the impact grants will make.

Bethel Local Schools, $1,850.25, serves “a taste of Broadway” to 130 first graders via a field trip to see “A Year with Frog & Toad” at La Comedia Dinner Theatre. This production ties into classroom reading lessons.

Bethel Local Schools, $1,412.00, underwrites entry fees for students to participate in State science fairs and robotics competitions. This grant is awarded through the Radle Family Fund for Science Education, established in 2007.

Bethel Local Schools, $658.00, packs up 140 fifth graders and helps send them on an adventure to Camp Kern in Oregonia, Ohio. This grant is awarded through the Radle Family Fund for Science Education, which supports conservation learning.

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, $500.00, tunes young learners into musical concepts while listening to live orchestral recitals. Over 540 Tipp City elementary students will experience these professional productions.

Downtown Tipp City Partnership, $1,809.00, spruces up the exteriors of downtown properties identified by the Façade Improvement Program. This award is awarded through the Urban Stewardship Fund, established in 2009.

GIVE Medical Ministry, $2,400.00, helps meet the demand for incontinence supplies for Miami County adults requesting assistance.

Needy Basket of Southern Miami County, $1,500.00, helps meet an expanding demand during the Holiday season. Baskets containing ingredients for a traditional Holiday meal will be distributed to an estimated 200 families.

St. John’s Early Childhood Program, $500.00, brings the Dayton Ballet on site with their Fairy Tales and Folklore performances. Over 70 children will participate in this program.

Seeds of Hope OH, $1,345.00, bridges a gap felt by foster and kinship families by supplying Basic Needs Bags to help get them off on the right foot.  Some foster placements come on very short notice and these bags contain essentials for success from the onset such as car seats, diapers and other basics. In the last eight months, 86 Miami County families (seven from Tipp City) have had needs filled through this new organization. This is the first award to Seeds of Hope from the Foundation.

Tipp City Enrichment Program, $3,000.00, connects first responders to this year-round childcare program by purchasing emergency communication equipment. Over 150 families in Tipp City are supported by this program.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $1,989.41, replaces outdated materials in the Mental Wellbeing Collection of the high school library with up-to-date topics and more current information. Over 800 students will have access to 75 new titles.

Tipp City Parks Department, $3,096.00, continues the partnership with the City to plant a tree grove in Kyle Park, which honors donors who establish endowment funds. This grant is awarded from the Lucille L. Milner Trees for Tipp Fund, established in 1998.

Tipp City Parks Department, $2,650.00, swings into action to purchase new playground equipment for Kyle Park. This grant was awarded through the Warren E. Miltenberger Parkland Fund, established in 2008.

Tipp City Parks Department, $904.00, maintains Veteran’s Memorial Park. This grant was awarded through the Veteran’s Tribute Fund, established in 2013.

Tipp Monroe Community Services, $3,000.00, defrays the cost of the annual 5th grade excursion to Camp Kern in Oregonia, Ohio, for 100 children. This grant was the first ever awarded through the Outdoor Experiences Fund in honor of Abby Kessler Bowling, established in 2017.

Tipp Pride Association, $2,526.34, represents a payment towards the Foundation’s commitment of $75,000.00 to build a new stadium in City Park.

The deadline for 1Q grant submissions is March 1. If you would like information about how to apply for a grant, please contact Jim Ranft at (937) 528-2482.

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