Miami County Foundation Infuses $290,000 into the Community

Information and images provided by the Miami County Foundation    
PIQUA – Miami County Foundation’s Spring Grant Celebration was the first event hosted in Miami County Park District’s new Heritage Hall located at Lost Creek Reserve on State Route 41 in Troy. On Friday, May 6, 130 attendees gathered to celebrate the announcement of 84 grants issued to non-profit organizations, local school districts and classrooms and villages in the amount of $290,441.

   The new venue offered comfortable and spacious seating for the guests, grant recipients, community leaders and the foundation’s board of directors. “We try to feature previous grant recipients during our celebrations to share and showcase organizations’ community resources. This one was special because the completion of the construction aligned exactly with the spring grant celebration timing. When you see this venue for yourself, you’ll know just what a gem this is for educational programming, organizational meeting space, personal and corporate parties and even future brides-to-be. The board of directors and I are so thankful to Scott (Myers) and his team for hosting us,” said Natalie Rohlfs, executive director of the foundation.

   Myers, Parks District executive director, presented about the facility at the celebration, and shared, “The Park District has had a long-standing partnership with Miami County Foundation and has always valued the support they provide to not only us, but also to the county as a whole. It was very fitting for the Spring Grant Celebration to be the first event in our new Heritage Hall.”

   Directors of the board, including founding member, Dr. Richard Adams, and president, Dr. Michael Moore, served as co-emcees for the event, alongside Rohlfs. Paying homage to the vision of original investor Mr. Richard Hunt, the grant committees recommended support for programs throughout even the farthest corners of the county. Grants this spring were awarded for purposes such as meal assistance, capital projects, technology upgrades, youth programs, supplemental learning materials and field trips, facility updates, nutritional programs, glucose and health screenings, emergency supplies and ambulance equipment. For example, New Creation Counseling Center was named a new Ongoing Humanitarian organization with $5,000 in funding dedicated to supporting the mental health needs that are prevalent now more than ever. Ongoing Humanitarian funding is considered for renewal every grant cycle versus once per year. And the Village of Covington received a $14,000 grant to sponsor a pavilion in the new Schoolhouse Park.

   In addition to the spring grant awards, John & Jean Dugan Family Fund representatives selected the following organizations to each receive a surprise $1,000 grant: St. Patrick’s Soup Kitchen and Family Abuse Shelter. 

   Congratulations to Miami County Foundation’s 2022 spring grant recipients, who each had an opportunity to present their projects and introduce themselves at the recent event:

  • American Red Cross - Miami Valley Chapter

  • Bethel Local Schools

  • Bradford Local School

  • Bradford Public Library

  • Community Grace Brethren Church

  • Covington Fire & Rescue

  • Covington Exempted Village Schools

  • Dreambuilders Group, Inc. - Clubhouse

  • Friends of Mainstreet Piqua, Inc.

  • Ginghamsburg Preschool & Daycare

  • Girls on the Run of Dayton

  • Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley

  • Johnston Farm & Indian Agency

  • Joint Fire District Pleasant Hill-Newton Township

  • Lehman High School

  • Miami County 4-H Clubs Camp

  • Miami County Educational Service Center

  • Miami County Local Food Council

  • Miami County Park District

  • Miami County Visitors & Convention Bureau

  • Miami East Local Schools

  • Miami Soil & Water Conservation District

  • Miami Valley Veterans Museum

  • Milton-Union Bulldog Bags

  • Milton-Union Exempted Village Schools

  • Newton Early Learning Program

  • Ohio State University Extension

  • Overfield Tavern Museum

  • Piqua Area Chamber Foundation\

  • Piqua Braves Baseball

  • Piqua City Schools

  • Piqua Fire Department

  • Richard's Chapel United Methodist Church

  • SafeHaven, Inc.

  • St. John's United Church of Christ

  • T.L. Baseball Boosters, Inc.\

  • The Barn Ministry-The Barn Youth Center

  • The Edison Foundation (Edison State Community College)

  • The Light Foundation

  • Tipp City Exempted Village Schools

  • Tipp City Public Library

  • Troy Christian Early Childhood Education Center

  • Troy Community FM Power 107.1 WTJN

  • Troy Football Parents Association

  • Troy Recreation Association, Inc.

  • Troy Senior Citizens Center

  • Union Township Life Squad

  • Upper Valley Career Center - Automotive Technologies

  • Upper Valley Medical Center Foundation

  • Village of Covington, Ohio

  • We Love Birthday Parties

  • Wilderness Inquiry, Inc.

  • Young Life

Miami County Foundation Ongoing Humanitarian grants were awarded this grant cycle 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

  • New Creation Counseling Center

  • Partners In Hope

  • St. Patrick's Soup Kitchen

  • The New Path, Inc. 

  • The Salvation Army - Piqua

  • Troy Lions Charities

   It is through the generosity of Miami County Foundation’s investors, benefactors, 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 learn more. 

   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.


Edison State staff receives two grants from Dr. Richard Adams.


John & Jean Dugan Family Fund grant recipients, Family Abuse Shelter and St. Patrick's Soup Kitchen.


Miami County Park District, Scott Myers, Kevin Swanson, and MCF's Richard Adams, Natalie Rohlfs. 


Rev. Kima Cunningham, Richards Chapel United Methodist Church with foundation board member, Shane Carter.

Troy Senior Citizen's Center director, Ashley Herrington and clients receive a grant.jpg

Troy Senior Citizen's Center director, Ashley Herrington and clients receive a grant


Village of Covington, administrator, Kyle Hinkelman presents the Schoolhouse Park project.