Susan Southard will be discussing her book, “Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War”, through a partnership with the Tipp City Library, Tipp City Schools, and Dayton Literary Peace Prize.Perhaps it was because many nonprofits were on hiatus in the last quarter. Perhaps it was because mid-cycle emergency grants had already been awarded. Whatever the reason, the smallest pool of grant applications in memory was considered at the Tipp City Foundation quarterly meeting in June.

Though small in number, the needs presented were profound. Ultimately, four organizations were chosen to receive four awards serving a broad spectrum of needs. Grants totaled $16,500.00.

The following is a list of recipients, award levels and the impact grants will make. The additional support that donor advisors gave through their grantmaking is included.

Tipp City Public Library, $2,000.00, explores the challenge of creating peace through literature with author Susan Southard. “Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War”, (a history told through the eyes of Japanese teenagers), will be used in Tippecanoe High School in the upcoming year. This grant underwrites an interactive high school lecture by Southard to uncover her research process as well as her passion for disarmament issues. Creating a more worldly generation is the goal of this partnership between the Library, Tipp City Schools and Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Additional support was given from the Robinson-Walters Family Fund and the Tippecanoe Educational Endowment Fund.

Tipp City Parks Department, $4,500.00, repurposes an area near the Nature Center by building a 12’ X 24’ open-air picnic shelter. With easy access from the bike path, this will make a welcome rest stop. Additional support from Lucky 13 Fund advisors rounds out this request for a total of $5,000.00. This grant is awarded, in part, through the following funds established by nature and recreation enthusiasts: Warren E. Miltenberger Parkland Fund, June Kyle Family Fund, and Outdoor Experiences Fund iho Abby Kessler Bowling.

Isaiah’s Place, Inc., $5,000.00, trains new foster families in Trust-Based Relational Intervention and creates sensory rooms in their homes. When children come from hard places such as neglect, trauma, or abuse, it alters their brain chemistry, which makes it difficult for them to trust caregivers and results in behavioral issues. TBRI training addresses the trauma by building trust. At any given time, Miami County has between 35 and 50 children in foster care.

Miami County Recovery Council, $5,000.00, defrays operating expenses for Hope House, a residential opiate withdrawal management program. Located in Troy, it was the first facility of its kind in the Miami Valley. MCRC works closely with the courts, UVMC, employers and families looking for a safe location where a person can successfully withdraw from opiates or methamphetamine. The overwhelming majority of admissions are self-referrals.

The deadline for 3Q grant submissions is September 1. Jim Ranft is available for your grant-related questions at 937.528.2482. Applications are available online at



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