Recent Grant Awards
The Foundation is committed to improving our community through the grants awarded from the Community Grant Fund. In 2013, $96,000 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 Key Event, 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.
We encourage all non-profits serving our area to apply for assistance through the Community Grant Fund during one of our three annual grant cycles.
The following organizations received Community Grant Funding in 2014:
The Center for Family Solutions
Express Yourself - $3,000
To teach children healthy ways to express their emotions and to provide parents with information and resources to continue communication about difficult topics at home with their children.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County, Inc.
Site Based one-to-one mentoring program at Woodland Elementary - $2,000
To provide caring mentors for children in our community to help develop personal and academic skills.
Shared Harvest Foodbank, Inc. – Fiscal agent for Butler Co School Supply Coalition
Kits for Kids Campaign - $5,000
To provide free school supply kits for students receiving free or reduced price lunch in Butler County.
City Gospel Mission
Whiz Kids Tutoring and Mentoring - $2,500
To help fund the seven Whiz Kids sites in the West Chester/Liberty Twp area during the 2013-2014 school year. Providing volunteer tutor training, supplies, reading materials, healthy snacks, and more.
Aubrey Rose Foundation
Medical Financial Assistance Program - $2,500
To provide financial assistance to families in need with hospital bills, doctor bills, and therapy bills.
PARACHUTE: Butler County CASA
A Voice for an Abused Child - $3,100
To train 2 new CASA volunteers from the West Chester area in 2014 who can speak up for more children.
Cancer Family Care
Psychosocial Counseling Services for Cancer Patients and Their Families throughout West Chester/Liberty Twp -$1,500
To support the therapeutic mental health services provided to cancer patients and their loved ones as they cope with the overwhelming stress and anxiety brought on by a cancer diagnosis, related treatments, and grief/bereavement following loss.
Axis Teen Centers
EDGE Community Service Program - $4,000
To support the continued expansion of services to meet the ever-growing need for volunteers in the community.
Hope House Mission
Transportation for Residents of Hope House Rescue Mission - $5,000
To purchase a used passenger van that will provide safe transportation for individuals staying at the mission.
Junior Achievement of OKI Partners, Inc.
Junior Achievement Programs - $7,500
To provide funding for the material and training expenses to cover the additional increase achieved during the 2013-2014 school year. This will allow for continued service as Lakota Local Schools grow.
Maple Knoll Communities
Maple Knoll Radio Network WMKV - $2,500
To develop a radio program for Lakota Local Schools, implement a radio internship for Lakota students, expand relationship and involvement with West Chester Hospital and Voice of America Museum and continue other community outreach programs.
Butler County Educational Services Center
Butler County Success Food Bag Program - $10,921
To send bags of food home weekly with students in need in Lakota Local Schools as a supplement to the family food supplies.
People Working Cooperatively, Inc.
Emergency Home Repair Program - $10,000
To continue to provide emergency home repairs to low-income homeowners in West Chester & Liberty Townships.
One Way Farm
Pantry & Housekeeping Supply Needs - $5,000
To restock the pantry with breakfast foods, canned goods, proteins as well as cleaning supplies.
HART Animal Rescue
2014 Spay & Neuter Campaign - $1,000
To provide veterinary care, including mandatory spay/neuter, for every animal HART rescues.
West Chester & Liberty Townships Financial Education Project - $2,500
To expand financial literacy in the community by offering 25 education programs per year to at-risk populations.