March 06, 2024

McCullough-Hyde Foundation Grants $100,000 to Address Community Health Needs

McCullough-Hyde Foundation Grants $100,000 to Address Community Health Needs

The McCullough-Hyde Foundation approved grants totaling nearly $100,000 that address significant health needs of local communities to 11 community organizations throughout Butler and Preble counties in Ohio and Franklin and Union counties in Indiana.

The Community Granting Committee reviewed 16 applications and the McCullough-Hyde Foundation’s Board of Trustees awarded Community Grants to the following organizations:

Coalition for a Healthy Community-Oxford Area ($30,000) to support the Coalition for a Healthy Community-Oxford Area’s mission to promote a healthier community by making the healthiest choice the easiest choice for residents of all ages in the City of Oxford, Hanover Township, Milford Township, Oxford Township, Reily Township and Miami University;

Oxford Seniors ($25,000) to support greater Oxford’s specialized transportation program, which provides hundreds of rides annually to those who no longer drive or who are temporarily unable to do so;

Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio ($10,000) to support FastTrack Home, a program that provides transitional care for Butler County older adults being discharged from hospitals and nursing facilities, helping to prevent unnecessary readmissions;

TOPSS ($7,000) to purchase hygiene products for families in the Talawanda School District to be available alongside good and nutrition items, enhancing self-esteem and healthy hygiene;

College Corner Union Elementary School ($5,000) to restart the BackPack Program which provides weekend food to students, leading to improved academic performance, reduced stress, and a positive impact on overall health;

PARACHUTE: Butler County CASA ($5,000) to support Every Child Has a Chance, a program providing court appointed special advocates (CASAs) for children who enter the child welfare system due to allegations of abuse or neglect;

Union County Youth League ($5,000) to improve and maintain baseball fields in Union County, allowing for more than 30 games a week to be played and encouraging healthy behaviors for children and youth throughout the community;

Play in the Park ($5,000) to provide daily healthy lunches and weekly groceries to children who participate in Play in the Park, a free summer recreation program for Union County residence, helping to fight hunger and promote healthy eating habits;

Oxford PFLAG ($3,000) to increase educational resources available to the Oxford community to increase the number of affirming adults in the lives of LGBTQ+ youth.

Union County High School ($2,000) to support Union County High School’s After-Prom activities, providing a safe and substance free space for students after prom;

Adult Day Services ($1,500) to update and expand the activities department, providing enrichment through cognitive games and crafts, building fine motor and communication skills, and improving the overall health of aging adults.

“Through their individual missions and unwavering commitment, the grant recipients exemplify the strength of coming together to foster healthier and thriving communities,” said Travis Robinson, Community Granting Committee Chair. “Their collective impact is a testament to the transformative power of diverse efforts working in harmony, paving the way for a brighter, healthier future.”

The Community Granting Program is a grant-making initiative that invests in organizations which address significant health needs of local communities. The McCullough-Hyde Foundation partners with and provides funding to local organizations that lead the way in building healthier communities. The program launched in 2022 and has awarded more than $350,000 to community organizations.

Community Grants encompass support for education, prevention programs, awareness efforts, wellness opportunities and direct care which focus on mental health, alcohol and drugs abuse, access to healthcare, food insecurities and healthy behaviors. The funding priorities align with the significant health needs identified in the Community Health Needs Assessment, published triennially by McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital/TriHealth. The Community Health Needs Assessment incorporates input from a wide variety of sources, identifies the greatest health needs in Butler, Franklin, Preble and Union counties and provides location-specific data points related to health.

“With a belief in the power of local voices and solutions, the McCullough-Hyde Foundation’s Community Granting Program reflects McCullough-Hyde's unwavering commitment to fostering positive change at the grassroots level,” said Tyler Wash, Executive Director. “Through strategic partnerships with community organizations, the Foundation aims to make a lasting impact on addressing the significant health needs of our local communities."

The Community Grant Application is available online at Additional information and material such as the Request for Proposals, granting guidelines, deadlines and best practices are also available on the Foundation’s website. The annual funding cycle deadlines are April 15, August 15 and December 15.