Each year the Civic Foundation receives grant requests from charitable organizations for funding for many different programs.  The Foundation grant committee considers all the applications with regard to how many people will be served, stability of the program, quality of the services offered, and other important factors.  Sometimes the decisions are difficult to make, but without the generosity of the donors who establish funds for unrestricted grantmaking, the Foundation could not administer a discretionary grant program.

To view or download a Grant Application, please click here. 

We are most grateful for these donors who recognized that every year brings different community needs to the attention of our Board:

Robert Beougher (2011)
Walter & Aileen Bernard Fund (2000)
Henry & Louise Drake Fund (1978)
Gertrude Einfalt Fund (1979)
Clista & Hugo Fahncke Fund (1993)
First Financial Bank Fund (2013)
Dr. John & Mary Hattery (1977)
Russell & Hannah Hattery Life Care (1991)
Ralph E. Heffner Fund (1977)
John & Ruth Houts Fund (2007)
George G. & Esther Jetter Fund (1993 & 2012)
Knapke Art Fund (2011)
Mercer Health Care Foundation (2008)
Riley Memorial Fund (1999)
Jack Schenking (2011)
Trenary-Andrews Fund (1979)
Edward & Marcella Werling Fund (2000)

In 2017 the Board of Directors distributed these discretionary grants:

Council on Aging – $25,000
State of Heart Hospice – $4,000
MED (Medical, Educational, Development) Foundation – $9,492
The Arts Place – $2,000
Foundations Behavioral Health Services – Star Retreat – $4,000
Foundations – Mercer Co. Prevention Coalition – $2,000
Private Duty Services – $5,000
St. Anthony Dinner Theater – $2,500
Choosing Life Pregnancy Resource Center – $3,000
Cancer Association of Mercer County – $2,000
Our Home Family Resources – $9,000
A Park 4 All Abilities – $1,000
Mercer Co. EMS – $9,400
Mercer Co. Emer. Response Volunteers – $3,000