Emotional and physical wellbeing were front and center among the grant applications presented for consideration at the Tipp City Foundation’s quarterly meeting.  A majority of those reviewed represented new initiatives in Southern Miami County.  As is often the case, the needs within the community outweigh the available dollars to award.

One organization new to the Foundation’s grant process received support. Tipp City EMS Auxiliary, Inc., founded in 1997, supports the community with disaster preparedness.  This group of emergency responders received the Safety First Fund’s inaugural grant.  Established in 2017, the fund’s purpose is to support public safety initiatives in Tipp City, Monroe and Bethel Townships. More on how this fund impacts public safety through the Auxiliary is detailed below.

Ultimately, six organizations were chosen to receive eight awards totaling $17,279. The following is a list of recipients, award levels and the impact grants will make.

Bethel Local Schools, $3,500.00, reinforces the work of the Social Emotional Awareness Counselor, a new position in this rapidly growing school system. Tools purchased through this grant will help students learn to have a growth mindset, build resiliency and practice self-regulation. This grant was awarded, in part, through the Bethel Community Fund, established in 2013.

Bethel Local Schools, $2,744.00, stirs the imagination of 100 high school students as they blend art history and worldwide social issues affecting teens into juried artwork. This grant was awarded through the Arts Bethel Fund in the Studebaker Tradition of Giving Back, established in 2014.

Main Street Preschool, $1,500, offsets the cost of a musical pilot program taught by The Manuel Creative Arts Academy of Dayton.

Miami County Educational Service Center, $2,000.00, brings a little monkey business to the serious task of educating preschool students identified as disabled in Bethel Township. This grant supports new playground equipment and was awarded, in part, through the Bethel Community Fund.

Miami County Educational Service Center, $400.00, explores Fulton Farms through the eyes of small children served through this early intervention program. This year’s field trip extends into the evening by including parents in hands-on fun. Science, math and literacy stations will incorporate pumpkins into family-based learning.

New Creations Counseling Center, Inc., $3,000, assists with counseling and psychiatric services for those with financial need. In the next year this organization will see 700 patients over the course of 2,200 sessions.

Tipp City EMS Auxiliary, Inc., $2,135.00, covers the costs of manikins and supplies required to train interested citizens of Tipp City and Monroe Township on the basics of CPR. Classes will be free to the public. This grant was awarded, in part, through the Safety First Fund, established by Chief Steve Kessler in 2017.

Tipp Monroe Community Services, $2,000.00, supports local competitors attending the Destination Imagination Global Competition. Creative thinking skills are put to the test as these Red Devils go head to head with students from 1,400 other teams from across the world.

The deadline for 3Q grant submissions is September 1. If you would like information about how to apply for a grant, please contact Jim Ranft at (937) 528-2482.

Since 1943, the Tipp City Foundation has awarded $2,204,926.44, through December 31, 2018. Members of the Foundation are Heather Bailey, president, Mary Bowman, Jesse Chamberlain, Diana Featherstone, Dee Gillis, vice president, Dave Grim, treasurer, Melissa Keller, Bruce McKenzie, Jim Ranft, distribution chair, Nathan Rentz, Pete Schinaman, Claire Timmer, Jackie Wahl, secretary, and Sarah Worley.

The Tipp City Foundation is a member fund of The Troy Foundation. If you would like information about how to make a tax-deductible contribution, please contact Heather Bailey at (937) 528-2482.

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  • Silver Sponsor – Thrivent Financial (Matt Buehrer)
  • Bronze Sponsors – Advanced Machinery Companies; Dunaway Family Foundation; Dungan & LeFevre; Ever-Green Turf & Landscape; Gibson Law Offices; Monroe Federal Savings and Loan; New Carlisle Federal Savings Bank; Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling; Unity National Bank
  • Friend Sponsors – Captor Corp.; Edward Jones (Neil Nehring); Frings & Bayliff Funeral Home; Minster Bank; RSM US; Turnstone Financial; US Bank

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