March 10, 2017: Grantmaking Season Kicks Off for Foundation The Tipp City Foundation met for the first grantmaking cycle of 2017. Held quarterly, the Foundation will have over $90,000 of unrestricted grant dollars available to award this year. The volume of grants considered was strong for the year’s first cycle. Of the twenty requests, some were renewals of perennial programs while others were new initiatives. Eager to identify the recipients, board members set to work reviewing and voting on applications. After lively discussion, final selections were made. Literacy, geology learning and diversity awareness training were among the projects supported. Ultimately, five organizations were chosen to receive eight awards totaling $13,952. The following is a list of the recipients, amounts awarded, and the purposes funded. 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. St. John’s Early Childhood Program, $350, provides for a visit from the Dayton Philharmonic String Quartet. “The Three Little Pigs” will be performed. 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, $1,200, 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 Exempted Village Schools, $1,100, brings “The Rock Man” Mike Manning, a retired geology and earth science teacher, to 3rd grade students and shares his enthusiasm for rocks through a series of hands-on activities. Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $500, livens up lunch hour activity options with the purchase of a ping pong table. Game on. Tipp City Public Library, $1,220, expands the readable field for the visually impaired through the purchase of a portable desktop magnifier. 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. Since 1943, the Tipp City Area Community Foundations has awarded $2,015,724.44, as of December 31, 2016. Members of the Distribution Committee are Jim Ranft, chairman, Heather Bailey, president, Jim McKee, Claire Timmer and Jackie Wahl. Other trustees include Mary Bowman, Jesse Chamberlain, Joan Creech, Diana Featherstone, Dee Gillis, Melissa Keller, Jim McKee, Bruce McKenzie, and Pete Schinaman. The Tipp City Foundation is a member fund of The Troy Foundation. If you would like information about how to apply for a grant, please contact Jim Ranft at (937) 667-1270. If you would like information about how to make a tax-deductible contribution, please contact Heather Bailey at (937) 667-4499. For more information visit the web site at