Recent Grant Awards

The Foundation is committed to improving our community through the grants awarded from the Community Grant Fund. In 2012, more than $65,000 was awarded from the Foundation’s Community Grant Fund. Support for this fund is provided by the income generated at the Foundation’s fundraising events - The Shamrock Shuffle and The Community Golf Classic. Donors who participate in these events make it possible for the Foundation's Board of Directors, with assistance from the Foundation’s Grant Committee, to make these grant awards.

During the first round of grant-making for 2013 the Community Foundation awarded more than $33,200 to local non-profits serving our community. We encourage all non-profits serving our area to apply for assistance through the Community Grant Fund.

2013 Grant Awards

The Angel Fund

Ongoing Operational Support - $10,000

To provide one-time emergency assistance to local families in need.

The Arthritis Foundation - Great Lakes Region

Kids Get Arthritis Too - $5,000

To expand programing to residents of West Chester/Liberty area.

Comprehensive Community Childcare Organization, Inc.

Professional Development - $2,500

To bring high-quality professional development to the West Chester/Liberty area, allowing early childhood professionals to participate without the burden of cost and travel.

Miami University

Building Bridges to Possibilities: The Opening Minds Through Art Methodology - $2,500

To support a 3-day training institute at Cedar Village Retirement Community for professionals affiliated with long-term care facilities, adult day programs and other entities serving people with dementia.

Reach Out Lakota, Inc.

Food, clothing and equipment purchases - $12,000

To assist in reaching more residents in need in the Lakota School District.

Supports to Encourage Low-Income Families (SELF)

Jobs Now! - $5,000

To support Jobs Now, a comprehensive employment and skills building program.

UC Health

Congestive Heart Failure Patient Education and Readmission Program - $2,709

To support educational calenders and weight management scales for patients.

The First Tee Greater Miami Valley

The First Tee DRIVE Program - $3,250

To increase a presence in the West Chester/Liberty community o increase interpersonal, self-management, goal setting and resiliency skills in area youth.

One Way Farm

Animal Therapy Education - $5,000

To support One Way Farm's Animal Program to provide youth with a therapeutic advantage in their recovery process.

Paige's Princess Foundation

Occupational Therapy Kits and Sensory Room Equipment for Wyandot Early Childhood School - $5,000

To support more than 80 students at Wyandot with special needs to reach their full potential through the use of adaptive equipment and Occupational Therapy Kits.

Safe Haven Farms, Inc.

Winterizing Equipment for Snow and Ice Removal at Safe Haven Farms - $2,917

To purchase equipment to keep their driveway and parking areas clear of snow and ice to prevent the need to hire an outside company.

Butler County Special Olympics

Bocce Ball Courts for Aging Athletes & Athletes of Varying Abilities - $5,000

To build bocce ball courts in order to pursue an avenue for aging athletes and athletes of various skill levels to have the opportunity to participate in csocialization, community and competition.

City Gospel Mission

Whiz Kids Tutoring & Mentoring - $2,800

Grant dollars provide one-on-one tutoring and mentoring for at-risk children in Lakota Schools. 

Woodland Elementary PTA

The Woodland Playground Project - $1,500

To build new, safer, more accesible playground for Woodland's 540 students and the children in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Axis Teen Center

EDGE Teen Center Community Service Program - $5,000

Support provides ongoing community service opportunities, transportation and supervision to high school students to gain experience serving the under-resources people in the own community.

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement Programming - $5,500

To give students relevant experience and role models in the business community, and provide local schools with curriculum free of charge.

Companions on a Journey Grief Support, Inc.

Companions on a Journey Grief Support's Continues Expansion into Lokota Schools - $8,000

To expand the "Mending Hearts" program for grieving children, teens and their families to 14 additional schools in the Lakota District, including junior high and grade schools.

The Center for Family Solutions

Kids Empowered - $2,414

Grant dollars will go toward implementing a new after school program with Lakota Schools. The prgram will provide lessons about a variety of issues such as bullying and body/safety boundaries.

Hearing, Speach, and Deaf Center of Greater Cincinnati

Charitable Services Program - $3,000

Provides services to individuals who traditionall lack access to care.


2012 Grant Awards

Abilities First

Adult Services Sensory Mobility and Adaptive Devices - $3,740.85

Grant dollars allowed the addition of 43 assorted sensory, mobility and adaptive devices to use by individuals with disabilities, visual impairment or other physical limitations at their Adult Day Program or those who utilize their residential services.

Cancer Family Care

Psychosocial Counseling for Cancer Patients and Their Families - $2,000

Support was provided to expand services with the addition of an office in the West Chester area to increase the accessibility of services to residents of our community.

City Gospel Mission

Whiz Kids Tutoring & Mentoring - $2,000

Assistance provides tutor training, supplies, reading materials, healthy snacks and more to students at the eight Whiz Kids sites in West Chester/Liberty Township: Adena Elementary, Cherokee Elementary, Endeavor Elementary, Heritage Elementary, Hopewell Elementary, Independence Elementary, Union Elementary and Woodland Elementary.

Companions on a Journey Grief Support

Mending Hears of Grieving Children/Teens - $8,000

To provide grief support for children and teens in a school setting when proving crisis response upon the death of a student, teach or other staff member.

Axis Teen Centers - Edge Teen Center

Expand EDGE Community Service e Program to Lakota West High School – $5,550

To expand offerings to Lakota West students by providing transportation and supervision to students who wish to provide ongoing community service to those under-resourced members of our community.

Healthy Visions

Safe Teen for Lakota Schools-$5,000

Provides programming to Lakota Schools that works to prevent, reduce and modify behaviors that can lead self-destructive behaviors in area teens.

Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center of Greater Cincinnati

Charitable Services Program– $2,500

To provide services to individuals from the West Chester/Liberty Township community who face obstacles to communication and traditionally lack access to care.

Homeless Animal Rescue Team (HART)

Spay/Neuter Campaign- $1,000

To offset the costs of providing veterinary care, including mandatory spay/neuter services to animals being rescued from our community.

One Way Farm

Animal Therapy Education Program - $1,500

To conduct Animal Therapy to children and youth housed at One Way Farm to help with their recovery and preparation of the basics needed to survive.

People Working Cooperatively, Inc.

Emergency Home Repairs - $5,000

To provide emergency home repairs to West Chester/Liberty homeowners who need assistant and have incomes below 50% of the median income.

Progressive Animal Welfare Society Adoption Centers, Inc. (PAWS)

Wheels for Wags - $5,000

To assist in the purchase of a gently used cargo van to transport shelter animals to and from veterinary appointments, adoption educations and educational outing and schools, festivals and community events.

Reach Out Lakota

Food Purchases- $10,500

To enhance the offering at Reach Out Lakota by supplementing donations and adding the opportunity to provide healthy produce and fruits to clients. Assistance also is used to support the Thanksgiving Program and Adopt-a-Child Christmas Program.

Supports to Encourage Low Income Families (SELF)

Jobs Now! - $5,000

To support SELF’s employment and skills-building program to prepare participants with basic and technical skills needed for employment.

St. Aloysius Orphanage

The Pearson Project - $3,000

To provide continued support to the collaboration of West Chester Police Department and Lakota Schools to provide early interventions to children and families to decrease the intense mental health needs as students age and become reliant on adult services.

UC Health – West Chester Hospital

Vein Illumination Program- $3,974

To purchase a vein illumination device which assists in the location of a patient’s vein during venipuncture, this eliminating repeated punctures and improves patient care.