Trustees approve 16 grant applications

SIDNEY — The Trustees of the Sidney-Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Foundation met late last year to review education grant applications for the 2020-21 school year.

According to Jeff Raible, Chamber President, “The Foundation is an extension of our chamber’s mission that supports education improvement initiatives to better prepare the youth of our community for their eventual entry in the workplace of our members. Through the generosity of Chamber members, each year we are able to support many wonderful education enrichment programs throughout Shelby County. These are educator driven initiatives that might not otherwise occur if not for the funding from our Foundation.”

In addition to member contributions, support for the Chamber Foundation also includes a substantial $5,000 annual donation from Honda of America that significantly assists the Chamber Foundation with funding education-based projects throughout the county.

Chamber Foundation Trustees approved 16 grant requests submitted by Chamber member schools and organizations involved with the education of Shelby County youth. An amount just under $14,100 was granted to the following: Midwest Regional Education Service Center, Sidney City Schools, Botkins Schools, Fort Loramie Schools, Fairlawn Schools, Hardin-Houston Schools, the Sidney Police Department, Sidney-Shelby County YMCA, Shelby Hills Preschool, Upper Valley Career Center and Holy Angels School.

In addition, the Chamber Foundation has renewed its pledge for ongoing support for the Workforce Partnership of Shelby County with an annual operating grant.

Information about the Sidney-Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Foundation may be obtained by calling Raible at 937-492-9122 or the chamber web site at