What 15 area projects are doing for the community that just earned them cash awards

7:00 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 Local
Middletown Division of Police Detective Beth Stewart sits in the seat of a driving simulator during a training session given by The Attorney General’s Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy Wednesday, Feb. 1 at the police department in Middletown. The department received a $10,000 grant from the Middletown Community Foundation for training. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Fifteen area charitable organizations will receive nearly $88,000 in funding from the Middletown Community Foundation’s quarterly grants cycle, the nonprofit agency announced this week.

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The largest grant of 2018’s first cycle was to Dayton Children’s Hospital for $15,000, which will be used to provide rehab services to Middletown patients, said Carole Schul, Foundation Board President.

Three organizations — Middletown Division of Police for training, Middletown Kiwanis Foundation for Baskets of Hope to 500 participants of Sojourner Rehabilitation Center and Junior Achievement for career exploration efforts for Edgewood and Middletown 6th graders — each received $10,000.

Other grants funded this quarter were:

• 3R Development: $7,500 to help finance Masterminds Chess Club travel and fees for two tournaments.

• Art Central Foundation: $7,000 for a free art workshop for children who have an interest in visual arts but lack the financial resources.

• St Vincent DePaul: $6,000 to provide community outreach for people in need.

• Butler County Educational Service Center: $5,000 for a pilot program to provide development of three teaching units for grades four and five targeted elementary schools within Middletown City Schools.

• Girl Scouts of Western Ohio: $5,500 to provide financial assistance for girls to participate in local troop activities, local programs and outdoor camping.

• American Red Cross: $5,100 to provide fire disaster relief services, community outreach/smoke alarm installation, young engagement and public relations outreach in the Middletown area.

• Middletown Area Neediest Youth (MANY): $2,000 to provide clothing to students.

• Dan Beard Council, Boy Scouts of America: $1,500 for afterschool Cub program.

• Franklin City Schools: $1,000 for STEM program.

• Madison Jr/Sr High School: $1,000 for rocketry program for 8th grade STEM.

• Hope House Rescue Mission, Inc.: $1,000 for food and other supplies for the homeless.

The next grant application deadlines are March 1 for the arts, recreation, community development and festivals and June 1 for human needs and quality education. Nonprofit organizations, churches (for non-religious purposes), governmental bodies and schools in Middletown, Monroe, Trenton, Franklin, Madison Twp. or Lemon Twp. may apply.

Complete guidelines and application materials are available at mcfoundation.org.