Miami County Foundation Celebrates Local Grant Recipients
Information and images provided by the Miami County Foundation    
PIQUA – The bleachers in Lincoln Community Center’s new gymnasium were filled with leaders, key volunteers and board members, non-profit directors, development staff, teachers, superintendents and elected officials during Miami County Foundation’s Fall Grant Celebration on Friday, November 12. Eighty-eighty grants were awarded to non-profit organizations, municipalities and schools throughout Miami County totaling $306,855.  

   Directors of the board including Dr. Richard Adams and newly-elected president, Dr. Michael Moore served as the co-emcees for the event, alongside executive director, Natalie Rohlfs. More than 120 people were in attendance and each recipient spoke about their funded project.


   The foundation’s grant cycle tradition to gather in celebration was upheld, with the additions of a post reception and the dedication of this fall’s awards to the memory of Joanna Hill Heitzman, a co-founding trustee of Miami County Foundation. Ms. Hill Heitzman passed away in August 2021 at the age of 90 and was posthumously named Director Emerita of the foundation. Her daughter Marla Evans and friend Mark Earhart attended. Former board member and Director Emeritus Doug Murray joined Adams to award a surprise $1,000 gift in memory of Ms. Hill Heitzman to Indian Nation Station (formerly Public Access Channel), yet another organization that she proudly served and helped launch. A.J. Ganger, Indian Nation’s station manager was in attendance to film the festivities. He accepted the award and said, “I am really surprised! Although I didn’t get to know her personally, I would hope she would enjoy what we have done with the station at the (Piqua) high school. I promise this gift will be put to great use continuing to improve the Indian Nation Station.” 

   To watch the recorded event and hear of the good work and projects that organizations do to serve others in our community, search “2021 Fall Miami County Foundation” at or visit for a post with the link. 


   Miami County Foundation has consistently granted programs that support humanitarian needs, performing arts, nature enhancement, capital upgrades, health services and educational materials. Grants this fall awarded requests such as meal assistance, mental and behavioral health training certification, capital projects, technology upgrades, improving safety hazards, supporting foster families, school program supplies, shoes for children and literacy support.

Congratulations to Miami County Foundation’s 2021 fall grant recipients:

Benevolence Fund of Trinity Church
Bethel Athletic Boosters
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami Valley
Bradford Community Club
Bradford Exempted Village School District
Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum
Brave Breed Rescue
Council on Rural Services Program
Countryline Christian Association
Covington Exempted Village Schools
Covington-Newberry Historical Society
Downtown Tipp City Partnership
DREAM Pet Rescue
First United Church of Christ
FISH, Inc. of Troy
Fletcher Volunteer Fire Dept.
Friends of Piqua Library
Good Shepherd Lutheran Nursery School
Habitat for Humanity of Miami/Shelby Counties
Health Partners Free Clinic
Isaiah's Place Inc.
J.R. Clarke Public Library
LifeCare Alliance
LifeWise Academy, Newton
Lincoln Community Center
Lockington Volunteer Fire Association
Miami County Animal Shelter
Miami County Dental Clinic
Miami County Educational Service Center
Miami East Local Schools - Trailblazers
Miami East Music Boosters
Milton-Union Exempted Village Schools
Milton-Union Senior Citizens & Community Club
National Inventors Hall of Fame
New Creation Counseling Center
Newton Local Schools - Music Department
Ohio's Hospice of Miami County
Pink Ribbon Girls
Piqua Catholic School
Piqua City Schools - Washington Primary
Piqua Civic Band
Piqua Neighborhood Improvement
Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development
Ronald McDonald House Charities, Central Ohio
Ronald McDonald House Charities, Dayton
RT Industries
Seeds of Hope
St. Patrick Catholic School
Summer Smiles Inc.
The Hope Scholarship Corp.
Tipp City Exempted Village Schools
Tipp City Preschool Learning Center
Troy Christian - Junior High & High School
Troy Christian Church
Troy Christian Early Childhood Education Center
Troy City Schools, Cookson Elementary School
Troy-Miami County Public Library
Union Township Life Squad
Upper Valley Career Center - Aspire
Village of Potsdam
Wee Care Childcare

   Twelve organizations were awarded the foundation’s “ongoing humanitarian” grants in recognition of the services they provide in the areas of food, shelter, medical and transportation needs. Ongoing humanitarian grants were awarded to:

Bethany Center
Covington Outreach Association
Family Abuse Shelter
FISH Union Township
GIVE Medical Ministry
Health Partners Free Clinic
Miami County Continuum of Care/Rides to Work
Miami County Dental Clinic
Partners in Hope
The New Path, Inc. 
The Salvation Army - Piqua
Troy Lions Charities

   Separately recognized at the celebration were recipients of two of Miami County Foundation’s donor-designated funds’ awards totaling $2,800. Miami County Agriculture Leadership Fund selected The Ohio State University Extension Office’s Community Garden Program and Miami Soil & Water Conservation District’s Tire Recycling Program, and the Jean & John Dugan Family Fund selected Miami County Recovery Council for a grant.

   It is through the generosity of Miami County Foundation’s investors, annual donors and business partners, that the foundation is able to support the community by providing grants for local non-profit organizations, schools and municipalities. The foundation conducts two grant cycles per year. More than $9 million in grants have been awarded by Miami County Foundation since inception. Scholarships are also awarded through Miami County Foundation annually. Visit to apply. 

   Miami County Foundation was founded in 1985 by Richard E. Hunt to honor his wife, mother and children. A Troy native, Mr. Hunt incorporated the Miami County Broadcasting Co. in 1946 and founded the county’s first radio station, WPTW, in Piqua. It had long been his dream to establish a local foundation to serve the entire county. Miami County Foundation effectively assists, encourages and promotes the health, education and welfare of the citizens of Miami County by soliciting, receiving and administrating assets exclusively for their charitable needs.

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