Bryan Area Foundation Grants Given

Since its founding in 1969, the Bryan Area Foundation and affiliate Foundations have issued over $11.2 million in grants to a wide spectrum of community-based projects and programs. These encompass recreation, education, athletics, cultural activities, youth and senior citizen programs.

2022 – 2023 Grants

Bryan Soccer Association ($30,000)

Bryan Soccer Association received a grant of $30,000 for goal and field improvements.

Community Advocates for Healthy Families ($15,500)

The Bryan Area Foundation awarded Community Advocates for Healthy Families (CAHF) a grant of $15,500 to purchase 6 new signs with 12 different character traits to replace the old, broken, weathered signs. CAHF signs help to promote positive character traits in the family and community. 

Pictured L to R is Whitney Renard, Hulie Stockman, Lana Newcomer, and Steve Alspaugh, representing CAHF, Mark Miller representing the BAF, Karen Meister CAHF, and Steve Voigt BAF.


2021 – 2022 Founders Grants

Sarah's Friends ($2,500)

Sarah’s Friends was the recipient of a $2,500 Founders Grant to support their new therapeutic horseback riding program for survivors of crime.  Through a new partnership with Lilly Creek Farms Therapeutic Riding Center, clients of Sarah’s Friends can now be referred for this therapy program.  This new collaborative program will provide survivors of crime in Williams County with an additional avenue to receive therapeutic services in their journey of healing emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

Pictured L to R is Katie Shaffer, Executive Director of Sarah’s Friends, Sammi the horse, and Jami Young, Founder and Executive Director of Lily Creek Farms.

Shalom Counseling & Mediation Center ($2,500)

Shalom Counseling & Mediation Services received a Founders Grant for $2,500 to create an attractive and highly functional outdoor space for therapists to offer counseling in a natural setting. The project will require removing landscape gravel, excavating and preparing the area for setting forms, reinforcing mesh wire and pouring concrete. There will be a patio table, chairs and a small water feature & potted flowers on the patio.

Williams County Board of DD ($2,533)

The Williams County Board of DD received a Founders Grant of $2,533 to purchase two Caroline’s Carts. A Caroline Cart was created for special need individuals and provides caregivers an option to transport  individuals through a store while shopping. The carts are available at Chief Supermarket in Bryan and Miller’s New Market in Montpelier.

Pictured L to R is Alex Miller a member of the advocacy group Voices of the People, Tom Eickhoff Chief Manager, Shane Brace an employee of Chief’s and a member of the advocacy group Voices of the People, and Brittany Appel with son Gavin trying out the new cart.

2020 – 2021 Grants

American Legion ($1,080)

A grant of $1,080 was awarded to the American Legion for new American Flags for Bryan’s Downtown Square.

The Bed Brigade ($2,000)

The Bed Brigade, a ministry through Trinity Lutheran Church in Bryan, provides beds and linens to those in need. A $2,000 grant was given to the Bed Brigade for bed building supplies.

Williams County Humane Society ($1,602)

A grant of $1,602 was awarded to the Williams County Humane Society for their Community Cat Program.

Stryker Public Library ($17,000)

A grant of $17,000 was given to the Stryker Public Library to update the current building to reflect the changing needs of the community by adding more gathering space. Renovations also include updating the shelving, furniture, new flooring and paint.

Sandy Cay, Inc. ($24,000)

Sandy Cay, Inc. received a grant of $24,000 for renovations to their facility. The renovations will include replacement of the roof and the sidewalk ramp. The Bryan Center, an educational center through Sandy Cay, Inc., serves children with autism spectrum disorders.

Williams County Parks ($12,000)

The Williams County Parks received a grant of $12,000 to develop a disc golf course at Opdycke Park.

Williams County Sheriff’s Department ($1,500)

A grant of $1,500 was given to the Williams County Sheriff’s Department for training upgrades for their Mounted Division. The Mounted Division provides search and rescue operations, special events, and ground control.

2020 – 2021 Founders Grants

Making a Splash with Founders Grants totaling $25,407!

The Bryan Area Foundation initiated Founders Grants in 2021, to support nonprofit projects and programs up to $2,500. Eleven organizations received a Founders Grant in FY2021.

Pictured L to R, is Amy Miller BAF President/CEO; Kevin Maynard, Bryan Development Foundation; Denver Henderson, Fountain City Festival; Jenny McKarns, Williams County Community Garden Association; Daniel Tinch, YMCA; Gary Arnos, Williams County Bed Brigade; Janet Bosserman, A Renewed Mind; Chantel Dominique, Bloom Kids Closet; Mark Pitman, CPC Women’s Health Resource; Kathleen Ewonus, Sandy Cay, Inc.; Tracy Koenig, St. Patrick Catholic School. Missing from photo is Alan Stouder from Ohio Operation Lifesaver.

Bryan Development Foundation ($2,500)

A grant of $2,500 was awarded to the Bryan Development Foundation for their High Five to Thrive Campaign.

Fountain City Festival ($2,500)

Fountain City Festival was awarded a grant of $2,500 for their 2021 musical, Cinderella.

CPC Women’s Health Resource ($2,132)

A grant of $2,132 was given to CPC for new EWYL curriculum updates for clients.

A Renewed Mind ($1,975)

A Renewed Mind, a behavioral healthcare provider, was awarded a grant of $1,975 to purchase a defibrillator and training.

Sandy Cay, Inc. ($2,500)

Sandy Cay, Inc. was awarded a grant of $2,500 to purchase four new doors for their facility.

The Bed Brigade ($2,500)

The Bed Brigade was given a grant of $2,500 for bed building supplies.

St. Patrick Catholic School ($2,100)

St. Patrick Catholic School in Bryan was awarded a grant of $2,100 for their summer reading program.

Williams County Family YMCA ($2,500)

The Williams County Family YMCA was awarded a grant of $2,500 to replace the lighting in the gym with LED lights.

Ohio Operation Lifesaver ($2,500)

Ohio Operation Lifesaver, a national nonprofit for rail safety education, was awarded a grant of $2,500 to promote railroad safety through a PSA Campaign in Williams County.

Bloom Kids Closet ($2,500)

A grant of $2,500 was awarded to Bloom Kids Closet for their Hanger Program. Bloom Kids Closet’s mission is to encourage self-worth and dignity for youth experiencing hardship and provide them with clothing and hygiene products.

Williams County Community Garden Association ($2,500)

A grant of $1,700 was awarded to the Williams County Community Garden Association to purchase fencing for the Edon Community Garden.

2019 – 2020

United Way of Williams County ($10,000)

The United Way of Williams County Ohio COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund was launched on March 19, 2020, to help ensure individuals, children and families in need are supported during this pandemic. United Way of Williams County and their partners are working with the human services sector to identify immediate needs and make emergency funds available to organizations working directly with vulnerable populations. 100% of donations go directly to Williams County organizations who are serving those in need due to the pandemic.
Given the increased needs in our community, the Bryan Area Foundation responded with a matching dollar-for-dollar $10,000 grant to the United Way of Williams County for the COVID-19 Economic Relief Fund.

Alzheimer’s Association of Northwest Ohio ($12,000)

The Alzheimer’s Association of Northwest Ohio was awarded a grant of $12,000 from the Ralph A. and Helen C. Miller Memorial Alzheimer’s Field of Interest Fund. The Alzheimer’s Association provides care and support for those affected by Alzheimer’s. This grant will help to recruit and support the training of volunteers that will represent the Alzheimer’s Association at community events, facilitate caregiver support groups and present evidence-based educational programs.

Project 2020 ($253,609)

A grant was awarded to Project 2020 for their Amphitheater with Interactive Fountain Project that will be located in Bryan’s Recreation Park. The amphitheater will offer a new venue for various outdoor community activities, events, and entertainment. The fountains provide visual and interactive engagement with lighted jets. Project 2020 Giving Circle Members donated the seed money for this project.

Edgerton Local School ($15,000)

The Edgerton Local School was awarded a grant of $15,000 for their Athletic Capital Campaign. This capital campaign will renovate several of their athletic facilities including the track, the football press box and bleachers, the softball and baseball cages, and the archery range.

Williams County Humane Society ($1,034)

The Williams County Humane Society was awarded a grant of $1,034 for their Community Cat Program. The program offers spay and neuter vouchers to the public to help control the community cat population. Cats are also given a rabies vaccination to help the spread of the disease and then returned to their area.

Bryan Park & Recreation Department ($20,000)

A grant of $20,000 was awarded to the Bryan Parks & Recreation Department to renovate the current tennis courts at the East End Park in Bryan into 6 pickleball courts. The project would include new asphalt surfaces, new nets, improved fencing as well as electrical updates for the lighting system.

Kiwanis Foundation of Bryan, Ohio ($10,000)

A grant of $10,000 was awarded to the Kiwanis Foundation of Bryan to purchase outdoor musical playground equipment for Roseland Park and the East End Park in Bryan. The musical playground equipment has many educational benefits and provides children greater music exposure.

Bryan Baseball Association ($50,000)

The Bryan Baseball Association was awarded a grant of $50,000 for their Bryan Baseball Capital Campaign. The grant will be used to improve facilities at Garver Park including the press box, batting cage, pitching mound and to purchase a new scoreboard.

Bryan Music Boosters ($10,000)

A grant of $10,000 was awarded to the Bryan Music Boosters to purchase new high school choir robes and band raincoats for the high school band.

Bryan Development Foundation ($5,000)

The Bryan Development Foundation was awarded a grant of $5,000 to purchase tents and tables for use of the Farmers Market and for other downtown events.

2018 – 2019

Wesley United Methodist Church ($9,148)

Wesley United Methodist Church was awarded a grant of $9,148 to establish the Northwest Plains Freedom School. This program is a six-week summer literacy retention program for elementary students designed to prevent summer learning loss. The program provides an integrated reading curriculum with enrichment opportunities and field trips to broaden the student’s perspective and experiences.

Sauder Village ($25,000)

Sauder Village was given a grant of $25,000 for Phase II of their 1920s Main Street Community project. This project will recreate an authentic 1920s streetscape with key businesses typical of Northwest Ohio during that era and will serve as a permanent educational resource that will benefit generations to come.

Williams County Habitat for Humanity ($20,000)

A grant of $20,000 was given to the Williams County Habitat for Humanity for their 2019 Build. This program addresses the need for families, who are below the poverty level, to have simple, decent, affordable housing. Families must complete personal finance courses as well as receive home maintenance education and are required to spend 250 hours of “sweat equity” in building their home.

Bryan Athletic Boosters ($200,000)

A grant of $200,000 was given to the Bryan Athletic Boosters to construct six tennis courts located on the Bryan school campus. The new courts will allow the tennis team to host tournaments and will also be used for K-12 PE curriculum.

Four County Career Center ($20,000)

A grant of $20,000 was used to establish the Drug Free Club at Four County Career Center. The club empowers students, parents and educators with effective strategies to stay drug-free. Students are recognized and rewarded for healthy decisions, creating an environment for growing and encouraging a positive community culture.

NOCAC Head Start ($2,015)

The Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission (NOCAC) Head Start was awarded a grant of $2,015 for the Conscious Discipline Program. This program specifically addresses self-regulation and social-emotional development in children and will prepare them to enter kindergarten and continue on a successful path.

Village of Edon ($5,000)

The Village of Edon was awarded a grant of $5,000 to replace the 40-year-old basketball court at Walz Park. The project will replace the court and include new basketball posts, rims and backboard. Lighting will also be installed creating a safe court for the community.