Scioto Foundation announces first quarter grants for 2021

Staff report

PORTSMOUTH — The Scioto Foundation has awarded grants totaling $105,756.54 to ten local nonprofit organizations for the first quarter of 2021.

The American Red Cross: Central Appalachian Region has received a grant of $10,000 from the Mary Ann Burke Fund to support disaster services through its preparedness, response and recovery programs in Scioto County. The funding will be used to provide direct financial assistance to residents impacted by disasters including home fires, to provide emergency housing for disaster survivors and to recruit, train and deploy Disaster Team volunteers.

The Boneyfiddle Project was awarded $4,000 from unrestricted funds to erect a sign at the west end of Second Street identifying the Boneyfiddle District in order to offer an attractive entryway to Portsmouth’s historic district from the west. The sign project is in keeping with the Boneyfiddle Project’s efforts to make the west end of Second Street and the Boneyfiddle District, in general, more appealing to businesses, visitors and shoppers.

A grant of $3,000 went to the City of Portsmouth from unrestricted funds to highlight the location of the Portsmouth Skatepark by contracting local artist Charlie Haskins to paint a mural on the floodwall in the location of the skatepark. The theme of the project would be “Starry Nights.” It is designed to energize the area and be a catalyst for future projects throughout downtown Portsmouth.

The Fourteenth Street Community Center was given a grant of $6,756.54 from the Kathleen Battle Community Center Fund to support the Center’s Summer Outreach Program. The eight-week summer program for kids primarily in the North End community from ages five through twelve will provide a variety of activities and classes, including Wild Wes Equine Stables Therapy horseback riding experiences and art classes taught by the Southern Ohio Museum.

Miami University has received $48,000 from the Bess & Marie Pixley Fund to provide scholarships for Scioto County students enrolled at Miami.

A $1,500 award from the Edmund J. Kricker Unrestricted Fund went to Notre Dame Preschool for a Preschool Diversity Project. The funds will underwrite the costs of materials to help create an environment in which all children feel accepted and represented in the preschool classroom. The diversity materials will be used in creative hands-on experiences offering opportunities to learn about other people, places and cultures.

The Portsmouth Area Arts Council received a grant of $7,500 from the Edmund J. Kricker Unrestricted Fund for its 2021-2022 Outreach & Performing Arts Education Series. PAAC will present theatre experiences for young audiences during the 2021-2022 season that include three performances by the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, as well as outreach shows by touring theatre companies.

Sierra’s Haven for New & Used Pets received $7,000 from the Harold Micklethwaite Fund for its “Preparing Shelter Cats and Dogs for Forever Homes” program. The funds will be used to purchase vaccines, microchips, heartworm tests, feline leukemia tests and drugs for surgeries. The purpose of the program is to continue serving the local community by caring for and controlling the animal population.

A grant of $15,000 from the Bess & Marie Pixley Fund went to the Shawnee State Development Foundation for the Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association’s 2021-2022 performing arts series. Celebrating its 25th anniversary season in 2021-2022, SOPPA, in partnership with the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts and the Shawnee State Development Foundation, requested the grant funds for the sponsorship of two performances out of the seven shows coming up in the next season: international vocalist Helen Welch in December 2021 and The Celtic Angels in March 2022.

A Scioto Foundation award of $3,000 from the CAY Memorial Endowment Fund also went to the Scioto Catholic Youth Summer Camp Fundraising Organization to send Scioto County youth in grades 6 – 12 to the summer camp located in Centerburg, Ohio. The Catholic Youth Summer Camp is a high adventure camp that engages campers into the sacramental life, mission and work of the Catholic Church. It offers 8 weeks of camping for grades 9 – 12 and 10 weeks for campers in grades 6 – 8.

The Scioto Foundation annually awards grants on a quarterly basis in categories of the arts, education, community development, social services and health. Application deadlines are March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31.

SF grant applications and guidelines may be found on the Scioto Foundation’s website,

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