Foundation awards grants

SIDNEY — The Community Foundation of Shelby County Board of Trustees recently awarded $34,368 to several local organizations from its community granting funds. Grants are awarded competitively to not-for-profit organizations based upon submitted proposals.

Most grants were supported by the Community Impact Fund, a general granting fund. A small number of grants were awarded by the John Douglas Long Blind Fund, the Shelby County Medical Services Fund and the Roscoe Beanblossom Fund, which focuses upon youth projects.

Four organizations received grants for medical equipment and services, including the largest Community Grant awarded in recent history. Perry Port Salem Rescue was awarded $9,000 to purchase a Lucas CPR compression device, enabling a continuous series of chest compressions from site to hospital.

GIVE Medical Ministry received $700 to purchase a lift chair that may be borrowed by Shelby County residents. The Sidney-Shelby County Health Department received $1,000 to assist residents who have significantly impaired vision. Wilson Memorial Hospital was awarded $4,968 to purchase four HoverMatt air transfer systems to assist in moving patients.

Local kids will benefit from several grants. Girl Scouts of Western Ohio was awarded $2,500 to offset registration and transportation for girls from Sidney’s Longfellow Elementary School to attend summer camp. The Sidney-Shelby County YMCA received $4,000 for the Saturday Night Live youth programs. The OSU Extension Shelby County received $5,000 in support of 4H Manufacturing FUNdamentals that introduce career concepts to students in grades K-6. Sidney Police Department received $1,000 for its second annual Teen Academy. Shelby County Libraries was awarded $1,000 for Imagination Library.

Gateway Arts Council received $2,000 for performances in its Presents Series. Samaritan Works received two grants to battle addiction. A $1,200 grant will support the cost of a speaker at the Mothers Opposing Opioids presentation and $2,000 will assist with the cost of temporary housing, counseling, job transportation and fees to obtain legal identification documents.