Discretionary Grants to Community

Did you notice that the size of this year’s average grant has grown?
We did that on purpose. Because of you, our investors, assets steadily grow. As a result, so can the size of grants and the impact on our community. Every grant listed below is a direct result of support from the community.

When given the chance, we also make grants to fledgling nonprofits. Taking a chance on new ideas is our duty.

Among our first-time grant recipients this year was Tipp Pride Association and our commitment of $75,000.00 over 10 years towards the building of the new stadium in City Park. These dollars will be leveraged during matching gift campaigns. This is also the largest award ever given by the Foundation. A coincidence that $75,000.00 has been earmarked during the Foundation’s 75th anniversary year? Nope.

Read on to learn about area-wide challenges met through grantmaking in 2018. Since 1943, $2,204,926.44, has been awarded.

Grants are only possible because of our supporters. All contributions are endowed, spending only the interest earned.

What do grants support?

Six broad impact areas are served:
arts and culture, social services, public health and safety, recreation, environment and education.

Grant awards in 2018 totaled $95,801.00. They were awarded to qualified non-profit organizations seeking to make a difference in
Tipp City, Monroe Township and Bethel Township.

Category of Need
Education $19,882.65
Arts & Culture $17,520.72
Social Services $23,340.00
Public Health & Safety $4,000.00
Recreation $16,742.00
Environment $14,315.63

"When that money is invested, it earns interest. That interest is used to make grants. That's grantmaking in a nutshell. The better the investment's return, the more money is available to award."

 The following discretionary grants awarded in 2018 totaled $95,801.00:

BETHEL LOCAL SCHOOLS: Bethel Local Schools, $1,006, assists with activities and materials in the science classroom for students K through 12. This grant is made possible through the generous support of the Radle Family Fund for Science Education. 

Bethel Local Schools, $900, trains the trainer with the in-house implementation of No Red Ink, an online learning tool to improve middle school English learning.

Bethel Local Schools, $801, packs up the 5th graders and helps send them on an adventure to Camp Kern in Oregonia, Ohio. This grant was awarded through the Bethel Community Fund, established by the Bowman Family in 2013.

Child Care Choices, $1,500, purchases books for the Story Lady, volunteer educators who make more than 180 visits to childcare centers and home childcare providers during the school year. 2018’s emphasis is “Planting Seeds of Positivity.” The theme addresses the need to develop a positive perspective because setbacks and stress are part of everyday life.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $1,590, enriches the science curricula for 1st grade students with visits from Boonshoft Museum’s Animals Alive ($430) and Motion ($1,160) programs.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $1,551.68, expands electronic projects in the high school engineering class by purchasing circuit design and soldering kits. Demonstration tools will also be purchased so that high school students can teach STEM activities to elementary and middle school students. These activities include concepts of forces and motion, rotational inertia, Bernoulli’s principle, properties of density, thermal conductivity and mechanical advantage.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $1,233, acquires sewing machines and dress forms, which will be used in the expanded fashion design class.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $1,108.49, improves the understanding of basic computer coding of 5th graders with robots made from six new Lego Education We Do 2.0 sets. These students are building America’s future one Lego at a time.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $1,013.19, prepares the high school engineering class for State competition with the purchase of VEX robotics, which introduces concepts of project planning, design, analysis and optimization.  This grant is a continuation of the STEM support given by the Foundation over the years.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $907.89, assesses student’s social and emotional learning skills with the use of the ACT Tessera tool. Freshmen in 2017-2018 are the first class to be surveyed.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $885, motivates middle school students towards positive behavior with the use of the PBIS Reward Cards. The Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support program is a multi-device platform to continuously recognize students for meeting behavior expectations.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $661.80, re-structures the middle school language arts classroom into reading stations stocked with print media. Subscriptions to the Tippecanoe Gazette, Dayton Daily News, Sports Illustrated and Time are a few of the new resources that will be available.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $500, teaches the scientific method of inquiry to 9th grade biology students with the purchase of pulse oximeters.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $218.57, purchases Orton-Gillingham materials to support teachers previously trained in this dyslexia-focused course. 

Troy-Miami County Public Library, $5,000, supports the Imagination Library, serving over 500 children under the age of five in the Tipp City and Bethel Township communities this year.

Tippecanoe STEM Education, Inc., $1,000, supports the launch of the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics program. This regional event will be hosted at Tippecanoe Middle School and is expected to attract more than 25 teams from the area.


Bethel Local Schools, $2,582, supports redesigning the high school art department curriculum for the second year. Revamped courses Art I, II and III will now include fundamentals of drawing, color theory and mixed-media portraiture. This grant was awarded, in part, through the Arts Bethel Fund in the Studebaker Tradition of Giving Back.

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, $1,720, underwrites the expenses associated with bringing music to Tipp City and Bethel schools. Students will experience live orchestral performances and learn about musical concepts.

Downtown Tipp City, Inc., $2,000, broadcasts next year’s activities happening in Downtown Tipp City through the printing and mailing of 12,000 calendar cards.

St. John’s Early Childhood Program, $700, provides for two visits from the Dayton Philharmonic String Quartet. “The Three Little Pigs” and “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” will be performed.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $2,645, invites Madcap Puppets to a one-week Artist in Residency program at Nevin Coppock Elementary School. Blending world literature, fine and performing arts and storytelling, kindergarten and 1st graders will have hands-on experiences with an art form dating back to 5th Century BC.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $2,000, promotes Stagecrafters Summer Theatre Drama Camp, giving children a two-week experience working both on stage and behind the scenes of a play.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $1,050, treats 5th grade students to a performance of “Doktor Kaboom” at Victoria Theatre.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $925, invigorates 4th grade social studies lessons with a field trip to see “The Wright Stuff: First in Flight” at Victoria Theatre.

Tipp City Music Boosters, $1,675, rallies behind this parent-led organization to purchase a golf cart. Starting in 1926, there has been a Tippecanoe High School marching band every season except for a few years during the Great Depression. Behind each of those bands has been the dedicated force of devoted parents.

Tipp City Public Library, $3,000, upgrades the library’s Teen Den with welcoming, comfortable furniture.

Tipp City Public Library, $2,339.61, projects movies under the stars via the purchase of a high definition projector, sound system and Blu-ray player. Mmmmm….we can smell the popcorn already!

Tipp Monroe Community Services, $1,000, purchases, repairs and maintains instruments available through the Band Instrument Loan Program. These instruments are used by children who would not otherwise be able to afford to participate in the school band.

Tippecanoe Historical Society, $1,736, protects the archives and artifacts of the museum by offsetting the costs of a new roof. This grant was awarded through the Urban Stewardship Fund, established by Frank Scenna and Heather Bailey.


Bethel Hope, $2,000, assists citizens in meeting basic needs during times of critical personal downturns. Needs met include food assistance, utility support, help with rent and pharmacy aid. This grant was awarded, in part, through the Bethel Community Fund.

GIVE Medical Ministry, $2,400, helps meet the demand for incontinence supplies for Miami County adults requesting assistance. This grant helps GIVE serve its mission: to loan medical equipment and provide supplies to people with medical needs to enhance their mobility, independence and quality of life. 

Needy Baskets, $5,000, helps this agency meet an expanding demand at the Holiday season. Baskets for an estimated 200 families containing ingredients for a traditional Holiday meal will be prepared. This grant was awarded, in part, from the August Henke Fund.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Miami Valley Region, $1,000, aids families as they grapple with their child’s illness during their stay at Dayton Children’s Hospital. Last year, 26 nights of service were provided to families of the Bethel/Tipp City community.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $1,200, stresses diversity as a fact of American life via customized sessions taught in the high school. This series is taught in partnership with the National Conference for Community and Justice of Greater Dayton.

Tipp City Public Library, $1,220, expands the readable field for the visually impaired through the purchase of a portable desktop magnifier.


Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $1,100, brings “The Rock Man” Mike Manning, a retired geology and earth science teacher, to 3rd grade students to share his enthusiasm for rocks through a series of hands-on activities.

Tipp City Parks Department, $4,700, launches the partnership between the City and the Foundation to plant a tree grove in recognition of the Foundation’s 75th anniversary. Located in Kyle Park, this grove will honor donors who establish endowment funds. By the end of 2018, the grove is expected to have 40 trees. As the number of funds expands, so will the size of the grove. The Foundation is very appreciative of the enthusiastic support shown by the City to bring this idea to life. This grant was awarded, in part, from the Lucille L. Milner Trees for Tipp Fund.


Tipp Monroe Community Services, $447.94, aids the Diaper and Formula Fund, an emergency program that assists families with small children.


Miami County Educational Service Center, $450, explores the pumpkin patches of Fulton Farms through the eyes of the students of this early intervention program.

Tipp City Enrichment Program, $3,125, enhances the summer activities offered to the children who attend this extended care program.

 Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $500, livens up lunch hour activity options with the purchase of a ping pong table. Game on.

Tipp City Parks Department, $10,000 and $10,947.45, supports an upgrade to the Tippecanoe Family Aquatic Center with the purchase of play area equipment. This grant is made possible, in part, with a grant from the Jim and June Kyle Family Fund.

Tipp City Parks Department, $1,360, contributes toward the purchase of a pet-friendly drinking fountain in Kyle Park. This grant was awarded from the Warren E. Miltenberger Parkland Fund.

Tipp City Parks Department, $1,177, replaces the Tweed Woods Park and Hyattsville Garden Park sign. This grant was awarded from the Warren E. Miltenberger Parkland Fund.

Tipp Monroe Community Services, $2,600, defrays the cost of the annual 5th grade excursion to Camp Kern in Oregonia, Ohio.

Tipp Monroe Community Services, $924.38, scores big points with over 300 children who participate in the youth basketball program by purchasing new equipment such as balls and a scoreboard.