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2016 Fall Grant Announcement of $10,000

Dublin Foundation recently awarded grants to Let Me Run, The Dublin Arts Council and The Ohio Wildlife Center.

Let Me Run inspires boys through the power of running to be courageous enough to be themselves, to build healthy relationships, and to live an active lifestyle. The trained coaches combine exercise with fun activities and lessons to help boys learn teamwork, build relationship skills, create friendships, grow emotionally, amplify their self-esteem, empower themselves and others, and live an active lifestyle.

Let Me Run boys leave the program with a sense of accomplishment, a deeper belief in self, and a greater appreciation for their peers.

Through the Dublin Foundation Support, Let Me Run will increase their team base to 25 and more than double the number of participants. With funding, the program will be able to offer ¼ of the participants funding so that more boys can participate.

Donation for $2,500 to the Dublin Arts Council will provide support for Dublin City Schools Fine Arts Standards through experimental learning.

In recognition of Dublin’s large Japanese population and the friendship city declaration with Masiko Japan, the Dublin Art council is bringing a new exhibition, Masajuki Miyajuma, black white, grey and accompanying workshops. This exhibition and work provides cultural enriched that helps students connect with one another through a shared arts experience.

The study of educational field trips found that enriching field trips contribute to the development of students into civilized men and women who posses more knowledge about art, have strong critical thinking skills and exhibit increased historical empathy.

The Ohio Wildlife center allows Dublin area schools, Dublin Residents and Dublin Employed parents and children to participate in engagement with animals and learning.

The new initiative, supported with $2,500 from The Dublin Foundation, is Wild Discovery Days. This program utilizes the newly created Learning Center. With the Dublin Foundation’s support, Dublin Residents will be granted free admission to the session. Topics will likely include Butterfly Census, Celebrate Urban Birds, Monitor Water Quality, Frog and Toad Population, Garlic Mustard Field Survey or Photograph Living things.

The Dublin Foundation accepts grant proposals two times each year, in February and August, and the amount of money available for grants varies but supports programs and projects that promise to affect a broad segment of the citizens of the Dublin area or that tend to help those who are not being adequately served by the community’s resources.

2016 Spring Grant Announcement of $8,920

Dublin Foundation recently awarded grants to Welcome Warehouse and KidsSMILES during the Spring giving season.

Michelle Cramer, CFRE, President, Board of Governors comments on importance of these partnerships; “Community Foundations across the country are serving as conveners and catalyst in their communities, bringing various organizations together to achieve common goals and leverage dollars.  The Dublin Foundation is no different and we look forward to sharing our vision to positively impact Dublin through community partnerships.”

A grant to Welcome Warehouse of $4,500 will provide 450 students with school supplies and assist with cost of calculators as well as ACT and SAT registration fees. This year, with the Dublin Foundation Grant, Welcome Warehouse will assist 100 more students than last year. The program was created to serve people in the Dublin City School District who are struggling to meet basic needs because of job loss, underemployment, health crises, or other challenges.

KidsSMILES was presented a grant of $4,420 to educate in early dental health and provide a free dental clinic to children in need. KidsSMILES is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality dental care and education to children at an affordable cost to their families.

The Dublin Foundation accepts grant proposals two times each year, in February and August, and the amount of money available for grants varies but supports programs and projects that promise to affect a broad segment of the citizens of the Dublin area or that tend to help those who are not being adequately served by the community’s resources.

Donation for $3,000 Provides Supplies for KidSMILES Program: Promoting the Importance of Good Dental Hygiene

KidSMILES began in 2010 as an energetic and informative educational outreach program teaching elementary school children the importance of good dental hygiene. Since inception, the program has expanded through partnership with the United Way of Central Ohio and Smart Start to provide the same, exciting forms of education, to local preschools.

Through school-age educational programs as well as expansion into the community, the organization has served approximately 11,000 children as of December 2013. Every child who receives a KidSMILES educational presentation also receives a take-away bag of dental supplies. Through its donation, The Dublin Community Foundation will fund “goody bags” for approximately 1,200 children who will participate in the presentation through Dublin’s local Welcome Warehouse program.

Donation of $1,800 to CoolTechGirls/ROX: Engaging Young Women in the fields of STEM

 CoolTechGirls are the girls of today, creating the world of tomorrow through science, technology and engineering (STEM). The initiative of the group is to provide a supportive and collaborative environment to school age girls to ignite their passion in science and technology. 

 The core of the program parallels with ROX, which provides girls critical learning opportunities during their formative years, preparing them for challenges they will face in high school and beyond. By exposing young women to ideas, information and people that may be outside of their typical environment, ROX helps to instill a sense of worth and value.

 ROX and CoolTechGirls have teamed up to build both confidence and competence during the most influential years. This unique project, with supporting funds from The Dublin Foundation, will take place at a Dublin City School with 50 middle school girls and 100 parents.

Donation for $1,800 to Dublin Library: Supporting Annual Dublin Literacy Day for Students of Daniel Wright Elementary

Author Meghan McCarthy inspired the students of Daniel Wright Elementary during the third annual, Dublin Literacy Day by reading her book, Pop: The Invention of Bubblegum with a little help from local community leaders.

A bubble gum blowing contest topped the Literacy day, where community leaders took part in a fun competition. Although the event lasted three days, the third grade classes at Daniel Wright will incorporate the book and other works by Meghan McCarthy into a more detailed lesson plan as part of their curriculum. Literacy events, partnered with innovative lesson plans, better prepare students for success in school as well as help to support them in the “I can be an author” section of the Common Core.

Through The Dublin Foundation’s contribution, each third grader was given their own personal copy of the book. Owning a copy of the book will encourage at-home reading as students share their excitement with their family.