Bryan Area Foundation Grants Given

Since its founding in 1969, the Bryan Area Foundation and affiliate Foundations have issued over $10.1 million in grants to a wide spectrum of community-based projects and programs. These encompass recreation, education, athletics, cultural activities, youth and senior citizen programs.

2019 – 2020

United Way of Williams County ($10,000) – The United Way of Williams County Ohio COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund was launched on March 19, 2020, to help ensure individuals, children and families in need are supported during this pandemic. United Way of Williams County and their partners are working with the human services sector to identify immediate needs and make emergency funds available to organizations working directly with vulnerable populations. 100% of donations go directly to Williams County organizations who are serving those in need due to the pandemic.

Given the increased needs in our community, the Bryan Area Foundation responded with a matching dollar-for-dollar $10,000 grant to the United Way of Williams County for the COVID-19 Economic Relief Fund.

Alzheimer’s Association of Northwest Ohio ($12,000) – The Alzheimer’s Association of Northwest Ohio was awarded a grant of $12,000 from the Ralph A. and Helen C. Miller Memorial Alzheimer’s Field of Interest Fund.  The Alzheimer’s Association provides care and support for those affected by Alzheimer’s.  This grant will help to recruit and support the training of volunteers that will represent the Alzheimer’s Association at community events, facilitate caregiver support groups and present evidence-based educational programs.

Project 2020 ($253,609) – A grant was awarded to Project 2020 for their Amphitheater with Interactive Fountain Project that will be located in Bryan’s Recreation Park.  The amphitheater will offer a new venue for various outdoor community activities, events, and entertainment.  The fountains provide visual and interactive engagement with lighted jets.  Project 2020 Giving Circle Members donated the seed money for this project.

   Rendering of amphitheater with interactive fountains.




Edgerton Local School ($15,000) – The Edgerton Local School was awarded a grant of $15,000 for their Athletic Capital Campaign. This capital campaign will renovate several of their athletic facilities including the track, the football press box and bleachers, the softball and baseball cages, and the archery range.

Williams County Humane Society ($1,034) – The Williams County Humane Society was awarded a grant of $1,034 for their Community Cat Program.  The program offers spay and neuter vouchers to the public to help control the community cat population.  Cats are also given a rabies vaccination to help the spread of the disease and then returned to their area.

Kiwanis Foundation of Bryan, Ohio ($10,000) – A grant of $10,000 was awarded to the Kiwanis Foundation of Bryan to purchase outdoor musical playground equipment for Roseland Park and the East End Park in Bryan.  The musical playground equipment has many educational benefits and provides children greater music exposure.

Bryan Park & Recreation Department ($20,000) – A grant of $20,000 was awarded to the Bryan Parks & Recreation Department to renovate the current tennis courts at the East End Park in Bryan into 6 pickleball courts.  The project would include new asphalt surfaces, new nets, improved fencing as well as electrical updates for the lighting system.

Pictured in front with paddles in hand are Miles and Riley Miller. Second row is Amy Miller and Connie Tipton from the Bryan Area Foundation, Deb Pietrykowski, Bryan Mayor Carrie Schlade, Ben Dominique Bryan Parks and Recreation Director, and Gabe Pietrykowski.

Bryan Baseball Association ($50,000) – The Bryan Baseball Association was awarded a grant of $50,000 for their Bryan Baseball Capital Campaign.  The grant will be used to improve facilities at Garver Park including the press box, batting cage, pitching mound and to purchase a new scoreboard.

Bryan Development Foundation ($5,000) – The Bryan Development Foundation was awarded a grant of $5,000 to purchase tents and tables for use of the Farmers Market and for other downtown events.

Bryan Music Boosters ($10,000) – A grant of $10,000 was awarded to the Bryan Music Boosters to purchase new high school choir robes and band raincoats for the high school band.

2018 – 2019

Wesley United Methodist Church ($9,148) – Wesley United Methodist Church was awarded a grant of $9,148 to establish the Northwest Plains Freedom School.  This program is a six-week summer literacy retention program for elementary students designed to prevent summer learning loss.  The program provides an integrated reading curriculum with enrichment opportunities and field trips to broaden the student’s perspective and experiences.

Sauder Village ($25,000) – Sauder Village was given a grant of $25,000 for Phase II of their 1920s Main Street Community project.  This project will recreate an authentic 1920s streetscape with key businesses typical of Northwest Ohio during that era and will serve as a permanent educational resource that will benefit generations to come.

Williams County Habitat for Humanity ($20,000) – A grant of $20,000 was given to the Williams County Habitat for Humanity for their 2019 Build.  This program addresses the need for families, who are below the poverty level, to have simple, decent, affordable housing.  Families must complete personal finance courses as well as receive home maintenance education and are required to spend 250 hours of “sweat equity” in building their home.

Bryan Athletic Boosters ($200,000) – A grant of $200,000 was given to the Bryan Athletic Boosters to construct six tennis courts located on the Bryan school campus.  The new courts will allow the tennis team to host tournaments and will also be used for K-12 PE curriculum.

NOCAC Head Start ($2,015) – The Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission (NOCAC) Head Start was awarded a grant of $2,015 for the Conscious Discipline Program.  This program specifically addresses self-regulation and social-emotional development in children and will prepare them to enter kindergarten and continue on a successful path.

Village of Edon ($5,000) – The Village of Edon was awarded a grant of $5,000 to replace the 40-year-old basketball court at Walz Park.  The project will replace the court and include new basketball posts, rims and backboard.  Lighting will also be installed creating a safe court for the community.

Four County Career Center ($20,000) – A grant of $20,000 was used to establish the Drug Free Club at Four County Career Center.  The club empowers students, parents and educators with effective strategies to stay drug-free.  Students are recognized and rewarded for healthy decisions, creating an environment for growing and encouraging a positive community culture.

2017 – 2018

Sarah’s Friends ($12,288) – Sarah’s Friends is a safe haven for those harmed by crime in Williams County. They assist men, women and children who are victims of domestic violence, abuse, stalking or other crimes.  A grant of $12,288 was awarded to Sarah’s Friends to renovate an apartment which will provide transitional housing for victims of crime.

Williams County Humane Society ($1,008) – A grant of $1,008 was awarded to the Williams County Humane Society for their Spay and Neuter Barn Cat Program.  This program helps prevent the over population and euthanasia of cats and allows adoption to outdoor homes.

Four County Career Center ($35,000) – A $35,000 grant was awarded to Four County Career Center to purchase a robotic training cart for their SMART Lab. This additional training will allow students to receive additional certification and credentials to provide area manufacturers with a more skilled and certified pool of employees.

David Betts Double Play Diamond ($14,000) – The David Betts Double Play Diamond received a grant of $14,000 to purchase Hit Trax, a virtual hitting and pitching video training simulator. Youth will be able to develop their skills through this technology and will even be able to compete virtually with a team miles away.

Martina picks tomatoes from the garden.

First Lutheran Church ($8,000) – A grant of $8,000 was awarded to First Lutheran Church for their Food & Fellowship program. The program serves Bryan residents through their community garden and Sunday Supper Speaker Series.  Participants learn how to plan, shop and prepare a nutritious meal.  Various speakers will cover topics such as nutrition, exercise and budget planning. The grant will help with expenses for the garden and speaker series.

City of Bryan Parks & Recreation Department ($75,000) –  The Parks and Recreation Department through the City of Bryan was awarded a $75,000 grant to build a concrete pathway around Recreation Park. This pathway will provide a safe avenue for pedestrian traffic around the park.

Student and teachers in front of their new school.

Sandy Cay, Inc. ($34,500) – Sandy Cay, Inc. was awarded a grant of $34,500 for The Bryan Center, a school for children with autism. Recently a new building was purchased to house the expanding programs and many improvements were needed to bring the building up to code.  Renovations included installing a new fire alarm system, exit signs and renovations to the bathrooms and kitchen.

Bryan Swim Team Association ($30,000) – A grant of $30,000 was awarded to the Bryan Swim Team Association to replace the 35 year old outdated and unsafe starting blocks and scoreboard. Collaboration between the Bryan City School Swim Team and the YMCA Waves Swim Team allows this new equipment to be used in both the Moore Pool and the YMCA pool for greater benefit without the need to duplicate equipment.

Artist’s rendering of the 1920’s Main Street Project.

Sauder Village ($25,000) – Sauder Village received a $25,000 grant for their 1920’s Main Street Project. This project will replicate a 1920’s era main street community typical of Northwest Ohio. Plans include relocating the Erie Express Train along with the construction of a community plaza, bandstand, barbershop and livery stable. Sauder Village provides a unique living history that will keep our past preserved for future generations.

2016 – 2017

4-H Camp Palmer ($12,000) – 4-H Camp Palmer received a $12,000 grant for their new High Ropes Challenge Course.  The new course will allow for challenge adventure programs including 15 physical elements located 25 feet in the air.   The course also includes two zip wires and a central spiral staircase.

Bed Brigade ($5,000) – A grant was awarded to the Bed Brigade for bed building supplies.  The Bed Brigade provides twin or full-size beds to those in need in Williams County.  They also provide a new mattress, linens and include a teddy bear and a story book for children.

Bryan Area Soccer Association ($75,000) –  The Bryan Area Soccer Association received a $75,000 grant for their Junior/Varsity Field Lighting System.  New LED lights will be installed on the field allowing for more playing and practice time.

Pictured (L to R) Dustin Fuller from NOCAC reviews class materials with Jack Brace and Betty Franks from the BAF.

Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission ($5,000) – A  $5,000 grant was awarded to Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission for their Financial Empowerment Program. The program offers low-income families in Williams County financial classes to develop positive money management habits.  The services are designed to reduce poverty by providing the tools and resources to facilitate long-term positive change in the community.

Sara’s Garden ($6,850) – Sara’s Garden received a $6,850 grant for their Expanded Sensory Integrations Experience Project.   This project will provide additional sensory activities such as a cozy canoe, a rock climb wall and a buoy ball swing.  Sensory integration has shown to increase concentration, focus and socialization while reducing aggressive behaviors and improve communication skills in children with autism.

Shalom Mediation and Counseling Center ($50,000) –  A $50,000 grant was awarded to Shalom Mediation and Counseling Center to purchase a new facility in Bryan.  The new facility will assist them in meeting the increasing demand for mental health counseling and drug/alcohol addiction treatment services in Williams County.

The Ability Center of Greater Toledo ($10,000) – The Ability Center received a $10,000 grant for their Home Accessibility Program.  This program will provide disabled individuals in Williams County home accessibility by installing needed modifications such as ramps, stir lifts, hand rails or grab bars.  This grant will allow individuals to stay in their homes and maintain their independence safely.

Williams County Humane Society ($1,500) – A  $1,500 grant was awarded to the Williams County Humane Society for their Spay/Neuter Program.  The aim of the program is to decrease the stray and homeless cat and dog population in Williams County.

Williams County Historical Society ($3,500) –  The Williams County Historical Society received a $3,500 grant for their Quaker Meeting House Renovation Project.  The 2017 Leadership Williams County Class selected the renovations as their community service project to help preserve the rich history of Williams County and ensure the safety of visitors. Renovations included painting the exterior, replacing steps, repairs to the foundation along with some interior repairs.

2015 – 2016

Williams County Hillside Country Living ($4,000) – This grant was awarded to the Williams County Hillside Country Living for a new program, the Virtual Dementia Tour.  This program is a method for building a greater understanding of dementia through the use of patented sensory tools and instruction.  The Virtual Dementia Tour will educate and bring an awareness of dementia to families and caregivers.

Bryan Development Corporation ($5,000) – The Bryan Development Corporation was awarded a grant for the beautification of Bryan.  Streetscape beautification is an ongoing effort of the Bryan Development Corporation to make downtown Bryan inviting for shoppers and visitors.

Williams County Agricultural Society ($20,000) – A grant was awarded to the Williams County Agricultural Society to install fencing and gates around the track to ensure the safety and security of patrons.  The fence will also accommodate special events on the track and simplify gate entry.

United Way of Williams County ($1,700) – A grant was awarded to the United Way of Williams County to purchase shelving and tables for their “We Care Cabinet” program.  Personal care items such as soap, shampoo and toothpaste are collected and distributed to the food pantries in Williams County for those in need.

Williams County Family YMCA ($500,000) – The largest grant in the Foundation’s history was awarded to the Williams County Family YMCA for their 2.5 million dollar capital campaign to expand and renovate the facility.  Improvements include a new cardio strength training fitness center, an indoor children’s play area, a group exercise and wellness studio, a multi-purpose room and updates to the locker rooms.

Williams County D.A.R.E. Program

Pictured (L to R) Mike Shaffer, BAF; Paul McCord, Williams County D.A.R.E. Officer; Dave Schumm, BAF.

Williams County D.A.R.E. Program ($7,000) – The D.A.R.E. program was awarded $7,000 to purchase a foam archery set that will be used at their out of school events. Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) is a substance abuse prevention education program that seeks to prevent the use of controlled drugs, membership in gangs, and violent behavior. All fifth grade students in Williams County have instruction in the D.A.R.E. curriculum.

Baskets of Care, Inc. ($2,500) – Baskets of Care, Inc., was granted $2,500 for Comfort Care Bags to distribute to men and women who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer in Williams County.  They provide individuals with educational materials, and comfort-care products, as well as hands-on support throughout their battle.

Baskets of Care, Inc.

Williams County Humane Society

Pictured (L to R) Jack Brace, BAF; Tracy Dopp and Shirley Bard,Humane Society; Chip Wood, BAF; Scott Sullivan, Humane Society.

Williams County Humane Society ($20,000) – This grant will allow the Williams County Humane Society to add an exterior addition that will add more outdoor dog runs and a cat enclosure.

2014 – 2015

Williams County Regional Airport Authority ($75,000) – This grant will be used for airport improvements which will be matched 10-1 by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Williams County Regional Airport Authority

Williams County Senior Support Fund

Williams County Senior Support Fund ($42,000) -This grant was made possible by the William S. Clark Family Fund and the Bryan Area Foundation Community Fund for the purchase of a “Meals on Wheels” Hot Shot vehicle.

Williams County YMCA ($24,000) – The Williams County YMCA was awarded a grant for Natatorium capital improvements.

Open Hands Caring Heart ($10,000) – The Open Hands Caring Heart Food Pantry was awarded a grant to purchase a walk-in refrigerator for the pantry.

Williams County YMCA

Bryan City Band

Sufficient Grace Ministries ($3,750) – A grant was awarded to Sufficient Grace Ministries for Perinatal Bereavement Services and staff training at the Bryan Hospital.

Bryan City Band ($1,000) – The Bryan City Band was awarded a grant to purchase a permanent sound system for the stage.

Sara’s Garden ($25,000) – This grant was awarded to build an accessible, all-inclusive playground where children of all abilities can play at Sara’s Garden.

Sara’s Garden

Bryan Baseball Association

Bryan Baseball Association ($35,000) – The Bryan Baseball Association was awarded a grant for field improvements and building of a new concession stand.

American Red Cross of Williams County ($5,000) – The American Red Cross of Williams County was awarded a grant to provide disaster services supplies for Williams County, including two First Aid cabinets, new cots and linens.

Williams County Public Library ($75,000) – A grant was awarded to the Williams County Public Library to replace the roofs on the West Annex and Main Library buildings.

American Red Cross of Williams County

Bryan Development Corporation

Bryan Development Corporation ($2,000) – A grant was issued to the Bryan Development Corporation for Leadership of Williams County for finishing of the new Santa’s House used on the Courthouse Square during the Christmas Season.

2013 – 2014

Ronald McDonald House Charities ($10,000) – This grant was awarded to fund the Family Connections Center located in the new Ronald McDonald House in Toledo which is scheduled to open in the Spring/Summer of 2015. The Center will provide technology resources including computers, laptops, tablets and telephone services to guest families so they can stay in touch with loved ones while their child is receiving medical care.

NOCAC ($1,500) – The Northwest Ohio Community Action Commission was awarded a grant for their “Caring with Confidence” project. This health literacy program offers learning opportunities to Head Start parents to meet the needs of their children’s healthcare.

Black Swamp Area Council ($25,000) – A grant was awarded to the Black Swamp Area Council to help fund a new dining hall at Camp Lakota. Serving over 7,200 kids in Ohio, the new hall will be a year-around dining/conference and training center.

Williams County Public Library

The Ability Center ($1,005) – This grant will help to provide training, food and equipment for an ADAI dog (Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence) to be placed in Bryan.

Williams County Public Library ($15,000) – The Library was awarded a matching grant of $15,000 to purchase the Edgerton Branch Library building.

4-H Camp Palmer ($25,000) – 4-H Camp Palmer was awarded a grant towards replacement of their pool facility. The new pool will provide recreational swimming and safety water training.

2012 – 2013

Bryan Rotary Foundation ($2,000) – The Prairie Creek Memorial Tree Project for beautification of the Bryan Retention Pond was awarded a grant to plant trees and wildflowers along with the addition of benches and birdhouses.

Bryan Athletic Boosters ($75,000) – A grant was awarded for replacing the Press Box at Bryan Golden Bear Stadium. This entire project was funded through generous donations from the Bryan community.

Community Advocated for Healthy Families ($3,800) – Rachel’s Challenge, an anti-bullying program for the Bryan City Schools was held for teachers, administrators, students and the community.

Bryan Athletic Boosters

Community Advocated for Healthy Families ($3,800) – Rachel’s Challenge, an anti-bullying program for the Bryan City Schools was held for teachers, administrators, students and the community.

Sons of the American Revolution ($500) – The design and installation of a memorial marker to honor and acknowledge Revolutionary War Hero, Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski was placed in Pulaski, for which the village was named after.

Bryan Girls Softball ($25,000) – Improvements to the Girls’ Softball field consisting of new dugouts, a press box and scoreboard as well as upgrades to the field drainage system and bullpen areas.

Bryan Soccer Association ($23,871) – Upgrade the High School Soccer field with an irrigation system, player shelters and a PA system.

Sons of the American Revolution

Bryan Girls Softball