Grants Awarded from the Unrestricted Funds Approved by the Board of Trustees
Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati – ($15,000) These funds provided assistance to the Legal Aid Society with the Stabilizing Neighborhoods Through Secure Housing and Foreclosure Program in Butler County. This program worked with area residents to help them remain in their homes and avoid foreclosure.
Community Counseling and Crisis Center Rape Crisis Center – ($6,000) These funds allowed the Rape Crisis Center to continue to provide education, advocacy, counseling , outreach and crisis intervention services to residents in Butler County.
LifeSpan – ($25,000) This Foundation grant provided needed dollars for LifeSpan’s Foreclosure Mitigation Program which provides education and counseling to assist homeowners in understanding their options as they try to avoid foreclosure and remain in their home. This program works in conjunction with Legal Aid’s Stabilizing Neighborhoods Program.
Hamilton Boys and Girls Club – ($50,000) This grant provided needed funds to support the Boys and Girls Club in providing services homework assistance, art programming, prevention programming, technology skills and physical education to area youth at their facilities on East Avenue and Grand Blvd.
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park – ($50,000) These grants provided support for this 265 acre park to assist with programs and activities. Pyramid Hill offers a beautiful setting, spectacular outdoor sculptures, a holiday lighting display, a new antiquities museum, programs and activities for all ages. It is listed as the second most popular tourist attraction in Butler County.
Hamilton Vision Commission – ($5,000) The funds were provided to assist with the creation of a mural on the side of the building at Second and Court Streets in downtown Hamilton. This was a collaborative project between the Hamilton Vision Commission and ArtWorks, an organization utilizing the talents of area youth to create pubic art.
Great Miami Rowing Center (up to $25,000) This grant matched funds raised by the GMRC to support their educational and rowing programs. Foundation dollars also created scholarships to assist area youth with financial need to participate in rowing programs.
Partners in Prime – ($18,000) This grant provided funds for several capital needs at Partners in Prime. $12,000 was provided for kitchen equipment needed to continue food service programs for area seniors. As additional $6,000 matching grant was provided to assist with the purchase of exercise equipment for the Hamilton location.
Living Water Ministries (up to $25,000) This is a matching grant to assist with the installation of air conditioning in Living Water’s facility the former Jefferson Elementary. Living Water provides a wide range of services to youth in the community.
Cancer Family Fund – ($10,000) This is a grant to expand services by opening a fifth office in Butler County to serve individuals and families throughout northern Hamilton County and Butler County by providing one part-time counselor for Cancer patients and their families. The counselor will provide support to adults, children, and families who are affected by cancer through individual and family counseling, support groups, education, advocacy, and information libraries.
Great Miami Valley YMCA- Operation Splash Program − ($25,000) In collaboration with the Hamilton Central YMCA, Fitton Family YMCA, and Camp Campbell Gard, the Greater Miami Valley YMCA will provide swim lessons to 100 disadvantaged youth in grades K-6 from four area elementary schools. Upon completion of the swim lessons and aquatic safety instruction classes, those children who are successful will be rewarded with a two week session at Camp Campbell Gard where they can put their swimming skills to use.
Fitton Center for Creative Arts − ($25,000) Children’s programs that enhance and improve the quality of life for area youth are supported through this grant. Children of all ages in our community are offered classes in pottery, dance, painting, drawing, photography, and much more to develop creativity and self-expression.
SELF, Inc.− ($15,000) This grant will assist SELF, Inc. and their partners, BizTech and Neighborhood Housing Services with the development and implementation of a program that will help low and moderate income entrepreneurs successfully open small businesses, allowing them to improve their credit, overall future, and self-sufficiency.
People Working Cooperatively – ($15,000) Project Hamilton Emergency Home Repair will provide emergency home repair services to low income homeowners in Hamilton. This project is part of People Working Cooperatively’s effort to help low-income homeowners remain in their homes and live independently in a safe, sound environment.
Hamilton Community Foundation 60th Anniversary Gifts – ($60,000) Immediate needs of food, shelter and emergency financial assistance were the focus of the grant. The following agencies received the funds.
- $20,000 JournalNews Food Relief Campaign/Shared Harvest
- $20,000 Support Emergency Housing ($12,500 to Serve City, $7,500 to Haven House)
- $20,000 Support Emergency Needs ($10,000 Emergency Money Fund,$10,000 Salvation Army)
Big Brothers Big Sister of Butler County – ($20,000) The grant will support the collaboration between Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County and the Hamilton Boys and Clubs to develop and expand mentoring opportunities at the two Boys and Girls Club locations on East Avenue and Grand Boulevard. Part of the mentoring program is spent on Project Learn, focused on academic skills, while part of the time is spent just having fun. Up to 50 children will be paired with mentors.