Chamber Foundation awards grants

Staff report

SIDNEY — The trustees of the Sidney-Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Foundation met in early November to review education grant applications for the 2015-16 school year.

“The Foundation is an extension of our mission that supports education improvement initiatives that 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 based programs throughout Shelby County. These are educator driven initiatives that might not otherwise occur if not for the funding from our Foundation,” said Jeff Raible, Chamber president.

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.

This year the Chamber Foundation Trustees approved 22 grant requests submitted by Chamber member schools and organizations involved with education of Shelby County youth. A total of nearly $18,100 was granted to the following: Sidney City Schools, Hardin-Houston Schools, Botkins Schools, Anna Schools, Lehman Catholic High School, Midwest Regional Educational Service Center, Gateway Arts Council, Russia Schools, Jackson Center Schools, Shelby County Historical Society, Shelby County Libraries, Catholic Social Services, the Salvation Army, and Big Brothers – Big Sisters.

In addition, the Chamber Foundation has pledged its ongoing support to the Workforce Partnership of Shelby County with a three-year operating grant and to the Shelby County Libraries with a gift to their capital campaign.

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

Staff report