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.
2023 – 2024 Grants
Black Swamp Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America ($25,000)
The Bryan Area Foundation awarded the Black Swamp Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America a $25,000 grant to build a new lodge/dining hall at Camp Lakota. Thanks to the Field of Interest Walter and Esther Jackson Faben Memorial Fund requesting their monies be used for Boy Scout activities or programs, the future Cooper Lodge will serve as the only four-season building for large gatherings at the 640-acre camp. Once the construction is complete, the lodge will also host volunteer and youth trainings, including STEM and climbing courses.
Pictured left to right during the check presentation are Bryan Area Foundation President/CEO Amy Miller and Black Swamp Area Council Scout Executive Marc Kogan.
LifeWise Academy Bryan Matching Grant ($25,000)
The Bryan Area Foundation has committed a grant of up to $25,000, matching community contributions dollar for dollar. A Field of Interest Fund will provide the matching grant at the Foundation. Due to a shortage of licensed school bus drivers, LifeWise Academy Bryan will transition from their red school bus to using two 15-passenger shuttles that do not require a CDL license to drive. These shuttles will transport students from the Bryan City Schools to the LifeWise Academy Bryan facilities.
Pictured left to right during the check presentation are LifeWise Academy Bryan teacher Summer Fernihough, Bryan Area Foundation President/CEO Amy Miller, LifeWise Academy Bryan teacher Tina Shirkey, LifeWise Academy Bryan Director Jack Brace, and LifeWise Academy Bryan Bus Driver Larry Harsila.
2023 – 2024 Founders Grants
Williams County Habitat for Humanity ($2,500)
A $2,500 grant from the Bryan Area Foundation was given to the Williams County Habitat for Humanity for their 2023 Joe Pilarski Memorial Build in Bryan. The monies were used to purchase the home’s flooring. Since 1991, Williams County Habitat for Humanity has built 36 residences in Bryan, Montpelier, Edgerton, Edon, Pioneer, West Unity, and Stryker, and none of this would have been possible without the generosity of vendors, volunteers, and donations.
Standing on the home’s porch accepting the check are left to right Williams County Habitat for Humanity Board Member Duane Knisely, Williams County Habitat for Humanity Board President Steve Collins, Mark It Done Contractor Mark Vetter, Williams County Habitat for Humanity Board Member Lisa Wert, Bryan Area Foundation President/CEO Amy Miller, Williams County Habitat for Humanity Board Members Ross Widney and Roz Wendorf, and Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Mary Ann Peters.
Sarah's Friends, Inc. ($2,500)
A $2,500 grant was awarded to Sarah’s Friends, Inc., for installation costs of new LED lay-in fixtures that replaced existing fluorescent lighting in their offices, which will result in long-term maintenance savings. This small non-profit, founded in 1991, is Williams County’s leading crime victim services organization, serving more than 175 individuals annually. The Bryan Area Foundation grant helped pay for the new lighting, alleviating the need to pull funding from program support.
Pictured left to right during the check presentation are Bryan Area Foundation Grant Making Committee Chair Mark Miller, Bryan Area Foundation President/CEO Amy Miller, Sarah’s Friends, Inc. Executive Director Katie Shaffer, and Sarah’s Friends, Inc. Survivor Advocate Cathy Schmidlin.
Bryan Bear Bags ($2,500)
The Bryan Bear Bags program started in 2010, exists to provide nutritious food over the weekend to Bryan City School students and their families with food insecurity. Entirely funded by individual donations and community food drives, during the 2022-2023 school year, the average number of weekly bags sent home was nearly 40. This school year, the number of bags has increased to 75 per week. The Bryan Area Foundation awarded the Bryan Bear Bags a $2,500 grant, enabling the program to continue providing access to needed food, which will improve the quality of life for all in our community.
Pictured during the check presentation are, left to right, Bryan Bear Bags volunteer Julie Cummins, Bryan Area Foundation President/CEO Amy Miller, and Bryan Area Foundation Grant Making Committee Chair Mark Miller.
CPC Women's Health Resource ($2,500)
The Bryan Area Foundation gave the CPC Women’s Health Resource a $2,500 grant to help them with their Earn While You Learn (EWYL) program. Expectant and new parents can attend free EWYL sessions, and after each participant has completed the course, they earn baby bucks, enabling them to “purchase” new equipment, such as cribs, car seats, diapers, formula, and more. The grant monies will assist CPC Women’s Health Resource purchase updated curriculum literature and DVDs in English and Spanish.
Pictured left to right during the check presentation are Bryan Area Foundation President/CEO Amy Miller and CPC Women’s Health Resource Executive Director Mark Pitman.
2022 – 2023 Grants
Bryan Swim Team ($13,000)
The Bryan Swim Team was awarded a $13,000 grant from the Bryan Area Foundation to buy an additional set of six new starting blocks and twelve block covers. Used and housed permanently at the Williams County Family YMCA for the winter swim season, this purchase will eliminate the need to transport the starting blocks to Moore Memorial Pool during the summer swim session.
Pictured left to right during the check presentation and swim practice is Bryan Area Foundation President/CEO Amy Miller, Bryan Swim Team Treasurer Natalie Smith, Bryan Swim Team members Griffin Davis and Ava Moore, Bryan Swim Team Coach Makenzie Luce, and Bryan Dive Team member Kaedyn Ward.
Lincoln Park Inclusive Playground ($100,000)
The Bryan Area Foundation awarded a $100,000 grant to the Lincoln Park Inclusive Playground being built at the former Lincoln Elementary School site in Bryan, Ohio. A groundbreaking ceremony is being planned and will be announced soon. Once the construction is complete next spring, the playground will provide children and families of all physical, mental, and social abilities with an environment where they can learn, play, and grow together.
Pictured left to right during the check presentation are Bryan Parks and Recreation Board Member Paula Kline; Bryan Area Foundation President/CEO Amy Miller; Bryan Area Foundation Grant Making Committee Chair Mark Miller; City of Bryan, Director of Parks and Recreation Ben Dominique; and Bryan Area Foundation grant-making committee members Larry Harsila and Jodi Tinkel.
Williams County Community Theater ($100,000)
Thank you to everyone that answered the Bryan Area Foundation challenge and donated to the Williams County Community Theater (WCCT) renovation project! In February of 2023, the Foundation awarded the WCCT a $100,000 grant and said it would give them another $100,000 if the WCCT could raise $100,000 themselves. They chose to accept the mission and succeeded in this goal which is helping them build a new lobby, restrooms, stage location, and theater office and install new windows and doors.
Standing in front of the newly painted WCCT exterior during the matching check presentation are left to right WCCT Trustees Vice President Crystal Bowers; WCCT Trustees President Mary Beth Snider; WCCT Trustees Treasurer Kim Semer; Bryan Area Foundation President/CEO Amy Miller; and Bryan Area Foundation Grant Making Committee Chair Mark Miller.
Lily Creek Farms ($50,000)
Lily Creek Farms received a $50,000 grant from the Bryan Area Foundation to help them cover the costs of improvements, including bathrooms, upgraded arena heating, parking, and outdoor arena rehabilitation. Once complete, these enhancements will allow participants to physically, cognitively, and emotionally benefit from their equine-assisted activities. Currently, 40% of Lily Creek Farms participants are from Williams County.
Participating in the check presentation from left to right are Lily Creek Farms Belgian/Andalusian horse Sir Chancelot; Bryan Area Foundation Grant Making Committee Members Larry Harsila and Bill Martin; Lily Creek Farms Haflinger horse Sammi; and Lily Creek Farms Founder/Executive Director Jami Young.
Williams County Community Theater ($100,000)
Rain or shine, the show must go on! The Williams County Community Theater (WCCT), which has been bringing live theater to Northwest Ohio for 70 years, is being renovated! The Goldsmith Theatre at 208 West Butler in Bryan will have a new lobby, restrooms, stage location, theater office, windows, doors, and much more. The goal is to have all construction complete by fall of 2023.
The Bryan Area Foundation kicked off this project by challenging the community and businesses to match their $100,000 grant. Anyone that would like to donate and make the restoration a reality can visit the theater’s website. Pictured receiving the check from left to right are Kim Semer, WCCT Trustees Treasurer; Crystal Bowers, WCCT Trustees Vice President; Mary Beth Snider, WCCT Trustees President; and Amy Miller, Bryan Area Foundation President/CEO.
Center for Child and Family Advocacy, Inc. ($5,000)
The Bryan Area Foundation presented a $5,000 check to the Center for Child and Family Advocacy, Inc. for the Northwest Ohio Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Symposium. The grant will help pay for crime victim service professionals in our area to attend a two-day training that increases awareness, education, and advanced instruction on dealing with and recognizing survivors of sexual assault. Guests and presenters from various fields, including legal, law enforcement, medical, education, social workers, and victim advocates, will participate in the program, enabling them to learn and implement the training in their businesses.
Participants in the check presentation from left to right are Katie Shaffer, Executive Director at Sarah’s Friends and planning committee member for the symposium; Sharla Young, Coordinator for the SART Clinic of Northwest Ohio; Amy Miller, Bryan Area Foundation, President/CEO; and Mark Miller, Bryan Area Foundation Grant Making Committee Chair.
Williams County Port Authority ($100,000)
The Bryan Area Foundation presented a $100,000 check to the Williams County Port Authority (WCPA) to assist them in developing resident housing in Northwest Ohio. In response to a Williams County assessment indicating our area needs 300 to 450 additional housing units to help the county economically grow and aid local employers in finding new workers, the Foundation agreed to support WCPA in their efforts. As the funds become available, the WCPA will use them to construct affordable single-family homes, develop multi-family apartments, and purchase land for new housing developments.
Participants in the check presentation from left to right are WCPA Board Member Stacy Lillard; WCPA Board Member Bill Martin; Bryan Area Foundation President/CEO Amy Miller; WCPA Vice Chair, Clerk, and Treasurer Dawn Fitzcharles; WCPA Board Member Tyson Stuckey; WCPA Board Member Sean Rupp; and WCPA Board Member Dick Reed.
Williams County Humane Society ($7,000)
The Williams County Humane Society received a $7,000 grant from the Bryan Area Foundation to install a disposal trough and build two new fenced-in dog grass play areas. From left to right, pictured during the check presentation are Mark Miller, Bryan Area Foundation Grant Making Committee Chair; Alicia Strup, Williams County Humane Society Operations Manager; and Amy Miller, Bryan Area Foundation President/CEO.
Bryan Athletic Boosters ($100,000)
The Bryan Athletic Boosters received a $100,000 grant from the Bryan Area Foundation for phase one of the community athletics capital improvement project. Monies will be used to upgrade the Golden Bear Football Stadium, Bryan High School Girl’s Softball facilities, the soccer field at the former Washington Elementary School site, and Bryan Middle School baseball field number 4. All these enhancements will support the many programs, teams, and student-athletes of all ages that compete in Bryan, providing them with the best opportunities for success. It will also increase the economic development of the community.
Pictured left to right, Bryan Area Foundation Grant Committee Member Kirk Vashaw; Bryan Area Foundation Trustee Michael Shaffer; Bryan Area Foundation President/CEO Amy Miller; and Bryan Athletic Booster Committee Members Shelly Smith, Jason Brown, Tasha Muehlfeld, and Dave Batt.
Wabash Cannonball Trail ($10,000)
The Bryan Area Foundation, Millcreek-West Unity Area Foundation, and Montpelier Area Foundation independently agreed to financially support an engineering study for the Wabash Cannonball Trail. Once the study results are evaluated, the Friends of Montpelier Parks can apply for grants and capital funds to pay for the paving of the trail from County Road 13 to the Fulton County line, east of West Unity. Improving the Wabash Cannonball Trail would give Williams County a safe and well-maintained outdoor space for walking, biking, and equestrian use. It would also provide an economic benefit for the region.
Realizing the significance of paving the trail, all three Foundations collaboratively gave a total of $10,000 to the study. Its results should be received in the fall of 2023, so additional funding can be secured. The goal is to complete the paving in the future, enhancing a recreational area for all community members to enjoy.
Pictured Left to right: Patsy Miller, Millcreek-West Unity Area Foundation President; Jenny Horn, Bryan Area Foundation Director of Communications and Programs; Chris Kannel, Village of Montpelier City Council Member; Amy Miller, Bryan Area Foundation President/CEO; Barb Watson, Montpelier Area Foundation President; Sandy Gordon, Village of Montpelier Parks and Recreation Department; Jason Rockey, Village of Montpelier Manager; and Nate Thompson, Village of Montpelier City Council President.
Christkindl Market ($5,000)
The Bryan Area Foundation awarded a $5,000 check to the Bryan Development Foundation and Christkindl Market to purchase heating stations. Pictured left to right is Amy Miller, President/CEO of the Bryan Area Foundation, presenting the check to Ann Spangler and Russ Davies, representing the Bryan Development Foundation and Christkindl Market.
2022 – 2023 Founders Grants
Hosanna Horse Haven ($2,500)
Hosanna Horse Haven received a $2,500 Founders Grant from the Bryan Area Foundation to replace and reconfigure perimeter fencing for their equine sanctuary. Founded in 2011 by Lisa and Will Allomong, the couple rescue horses in need and provide them with a better life or another forever home. The only equine sanctuary in Northwest Ohio, Hosanna Horse Haven currently has thirteen horses in their care. Pictured during the check presentation is mare Sugar. proprietor Lisa, gelding Yadah, and proprietor Will.
The Bed Brigade of Williams County ($2,500)
The Bed Brigade of Williams County received a $2,500 grant from the Bryan Area Foundation to purchase materials required to build 20 beds for needy children. The all-voluntary non-profit believes everyone, especially kids, should have a warm, safe place to sleep, so they continue constructing beds depending solely on donations and grants. Since its founding in 2014, the Bed Brigade of Williams County has built and delivered more than 1,600 beds and bedding supplies to families in the area, helping to ensure they have a healthier lifestyle.
Village of Edgerton ($2,500)
The Bryan Area Foundation awarded a $2,500 Founders Grant to the Village of Edgerton. The monies will be used to purchase ADA picnic tables and benches that will be installed around Gerhart Park in Edgerton. The new equipment should be in place by the spring of 2023. Pictured left to right accepting the grant are Dawn Fitzcharles, Village Administrator of Edgerton, and Amy Miller, President/CEO of the Bryan Area Foundation.
Sanctuary Homeless Shelter ($2,500)
The Bryan Area Foundation gave the Sanctuary Homeless Shelter a $2,500 Founders Grant to help repair their basement from water seeping in from this past winter and recent thunderstorms. Monies are being used to install drainage tiles to remove the excessive water and make the basement usable for the Sanctuary’s guests. Pictured during the check presentation are Bryan Area Foundation grant-making committee members Steve Voigt, Carolyn Sharrock-Dorsten, Sanctuary Homeless Shelter Director of Spiritual Care Pheba Banerjee-Sam, Bryan Area Foundation grant-making committee member Steve Hess, and Bryan Area Foundation Director of Communications and Programs Jenny Horn.
Storehouse 4 Hope, Inc. ($2,500)
The Bryan Area Foundation awarded a $2,500 grant to Storehouse 4 Hope, Inc., a local nonprofit based in Bryan, Ohio. The centralized financial ministry is dedicated to helping individuals and families with monetary needs. They work with community partners and donors to collect and distribute financial assistance and then coach those recipients on managing their money for the future. The organization’s goal is to immediately relieve the financial crisis and then give the individual and families the necessary tools to help them avoid the problem again. This grant will be used for employees to acquire the expertise, credibility, and resources needed to provide financial management education to their clients.
Pictured left to right participating in the check presentation are Bryan Area Foundation President/CEO Amy Miller, Bryan Area Foundation Grant Making Committee Chair Mark Miller, and Storehouse 4 Hope, Inc., co-founders Jennifer and Isaac Martin.
Williams County Health Department/Grief Recovery Method Program ($650)
The Williams County Health Department received a $650 Founders Grant from the Bryan Area Foundation for their Grief Recovery Method Program. These monies will be used to purchase books for program participants to help them deal with the pain of emotional loss in any relationship. Certified Grief Recovery Specialists lead individuals or groups through a seven to eight-week action-based program or children through a four-week loss course with educational presentations. The grant will help keep the program free for all those in need and provide a support system outside a therapist’s office. Pictured left to right presenting the grant are Cliff Oberlin, Bryan Area Foundation Grant Committee member; Brittany Spotts, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist/Williams County Health Department; and Larry Harsila, Bryan Area Foundation Grant Committee member.
Edgerton Firefighters Association ($2,500)
The Edgerton Firefighters Association received a $2,500 Founders Grant from the Bryan Area Foundation to have an exterior mural designed by Edgerton native Carl Yarger and painted by Auburn, Indiana native and retired art teacher Amy Buchs. Located on the south side of the Rita’s Family Dining building in Edgerton’s downtown square commercial district, this mural features the village’s name and year it was incorporated. An average of 6,500 cars are estimated to pass through the community daily, which will help showcase this new grand-scale artwork. Pictured left to right presenting the check is Bryan Area Foundation President/CEO Amy Miller to Village of Edgerton Fire Department Chief Scott Blue.
Flair on the Square ($2,500)
The Bryan Area Foundation awarded a $2,500 grant to Flair on the Square, a juried Fine Arts Festival that includes live entertainment, delicious culinary treats, and a fresh local market. Happening on the scenic downtown Bryan, Ohio, Courthouse Square on Saturday, July 29, the monies will be used to help pay for start-up costs associated with the event. This first annual festival aims to cultivate, encourage, and develop public appreciation and support of the visual arts for the enjoyment of the tri-state area.
Pictured left to right at the check presentation are Tammy Wood, Flair on the Square Committee Member; Mark Miller, Bryan Area Foundation Grant Making Committee Chair; and Kathy Smith, Flair on the Square Committee Member.
2021 – 2022 Grants
Bryan Soccer Association ($30,000)
Bryan Soccer Association received a grant of $30,000 for goal and field improvements.
Sarah's Friends ($17,850)
Founded in 1991, Sarah’s Friends, is a non-profit in Williams County providing non-judgmental support for those harmed by crime. Operating with the mission to empower victims of domestic violence and abuse to heal emotionally, physically, and spiritually, Sarah’s Friends delivers a continuum of care in a manner that promotes individual and family safety, autonomy, and dignity. Serving 175 people each year, they offer compassionate aid, advocacy and referrals, and supportive in-house services.
Sarah’s Friends also has four transitional housing units and recently the Bryan Area Foundation granted them $17,850 to renovate unit 114. The newly remodeled apartment will give the individual moving in the opportunity to become economically stable, gainfully employed, and independently sufficient. All survivors and their independents can be housed for a minimum of six months, with possible extensions up to twenty-four months, until they reach a point of sustainability.
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, Juliet Stockman, Lana Newcomer, and Steve Alspaugh, representing CAHF, Mark Miller representing the BAF, Karen Meister CAHF, and Steve Voigt BAF.
City of Bryan Parks and Recreation Department ($50,000)
The City of Bryan Parks and Recreation Department received a $50,000 grant from the Bryan Area Foundation to install an electronic sign at the entrance of Recreation Park off of Center Street, to announce upcoming events, particularly at the Fountain City Amphitheater. The grant also helped cover the costs of additional stage lighting for smaller amphitheater events and the placement of lights in trees to create a safe and beautiful ambiance for exiting patrons. Pictured presenting the check and showcasing the new electronic sign are left to right Bryan Area Foundation President/CEO Amy Miller and the City of Bryan, Director of Parks and Recreation Ben Dominique.
Williams County Veterans Memorial Building ($90,000)
The Bryan Area Foundation awarded the Williams County Veterans Memorial Building a $90,000 grant to repair and concrete their parking lot. Photo shows (left to right) Stacey and Bob Walkup, representing the Williams County Veterans Memorial Building, accepting the check from Bryan Area Foundation President/CEO Amy Miller.
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.
Joyful Bird Ministries ($2,500)
Joyful Bird Ministries received a $2,500 grant from the Bryan Area Foundation to install a doorway between their side-by-side buildings located in downtown Edgerton. The door now gives Joyful Bird Ministries’ office, which assists women dealing with life issues, privacy from their supporting gift shop and boutique that serves the community.
Shown receiving the grant from left to right are Joyful Bird Ministries Board Members, Steve Wilmot and Cindy Fry, Bryan Area Foundation President/CEO Amy Miller, Joyful Bird Ministries Chair Janet Francis, Joyful Bird Ministries President/Executive Director Tara Stiver, and Joyful Bird Ministries Board Members Patty Crisp and Cheryl Yarger.
Shalom Counseling & Mediation Center ($2,500)
Shalom Counseling & Mediation Center 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 required removing landscape gravel, excavating, and preparing the area for setting forms, reinforcing mesh wire, and pouring concrete. There are now patio tables with umbrellas, chairs, and a small water feature with potted flowers that provide staff and clients with a tranquil setting.
Edon Ministerial Association ($500)
This summer the Edon Area Ministerial Association received a $500 grant to pay for supplies needed to run their summer food lunch program. Children, ages 1-18, were invited to the Harold C. Baker Park in Edon for a free lunch and activities hosted by community volunteers and the Edon High School Basketball and Cheerleading teams. In its fourth year, this program allows adults and youth to interact in a positive way, along with receiving a healthy meal.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.