Local non-profits and schools are almost $98,000 richer after officials with the Grove Rotary Club and Rotary Club Foundation presented the 2019 grants.

From monies for both the Grove and Jay Backpack programs, to funds for the annual Easter Egg hunt, this year members gave out $97,529 in the form of 43 awards during the Wednesday, Jan. 30 meeting.

"This is the most we've ever awarded in a single year," said Pete Churchwell, chairman of the Rotary Club's Charitable Contributions Committee. "We are fortunate to have such a giving community."

Churchwell said without volunteers, sponsors, donors and others working together, grants benefiting community organizations would not exist.

"We in Grove Rotary want to make a difference in the community and these grants clearly make a difference," Churchwell said. 

This year's recipients came from a pool of 52 applications asking for $155,000. Funding comes from the annual LobsterFest, the Grove Rotary Golf Tournament and contributions from community businesses and organizations.

The club began presenting grants in 2010. The first grant was awarded to the Grand Lake Family YMCA in the amount of $35,000. 

This year's grants ranged in size from $500 to $8,280. Four grants were awarded as Challenge Grants. The organizations were required to raise matching funds in order to receive the monies.

Two of the matching fund grant organizations had completed the task as of Wednesday's presentation and received their money from the Rotary Club. 

School officials from Grove, Jay, Turkey Ford and Cleora, received funds for a variety of projects ranging from security cameras, library projects, a cross walk and classroom supplies. 

Since 2010, the Grove Rotary Foundation has awarded more than $668,000 in funds. A goal of surpassing $1 million has been set for future years.

The Grove Rotary Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit entity which supports the mission of the Grove Rotary Club by fostering education and charitable purposes.

The Grove Rotary Club has 173 members, whose primary objective is to serve in the community, workplace and throughout the world. 

2019 grants

Be the Change, $950: Install and stock food donation boxes, back-to-school supplies backpacks, warm clothing for the needy, Angel Tree at Christmas, prom attire

Boy Scout Troop 78, $700: Provide troop equipment, transportation, summer camp scholarships

Christian Help Center, $1,300: Provide more effective signage for the facility

Christian Medical Clinic, $5,000: Purchase pharmaceuticals for the clinic

Cleora Public Schools, $2,649: Purchase robotics electronic equipment

Community Crisis Center, $1,550: Purchase supplies for Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)

Delaware County Children’s Special Advocacy Network, $1,317: Provide educational materials for expanding the “Play It Safe” body safety program for area schools

Disabled American Veterans, $500: Organize and hold a picnic for veterans and their families

Grand Lake Area Robotics Education, $5,000: Pay for entry fees and electronic parts for robotics competitions

Grove Early Childhood Center, $2,106: Purchase educational materials for new pre-kindergarten program in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)

Grand Lake Quilt Guild, $1,000: Purchase fabric and materials for community service projects

Grand Lake Shrine Club, $1,500: Provide patient transportation, food and lodging going to Shriners hospitals

Group 33 Motorcycle Club, $750: Purchase supplies for Easter Egg Hunt for children in need

Grove Backpack Program, $5,000: Purchase food to be taken home in students’ backpacks for healthy nutrition on weekends

Grove Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, $2,000: Provide funding for Citizens Police Academy, VIPS Academy and Memorial Youth Police Academy

Grove Community Playmakers, $1,695: Provide hearing aid technology to enhance audience experience at productions

Grove Early Childhood Center, $4,400: Install crosswalk from ECC across busy street

Grove Early Childhood Center, $500: Purchase learning tools in engineering, music and robotics for pre-kindergarten classroom

Grove Early Childhood Center, $1,372: Purchase membership in “Dazzle” online program to create personalized, targeted teaching materials

Grove High School Band, $1,500: Provide scholarships for students to attend summer music camp

Grove Lower Elementary and Early Childhood Center, $1,100: Purchase five iPads for enhancing music education

Grove Lower Elementary, $794: Purchase equipment for encouraging physical activity among children

Grove Middle School, $6,105: Purchase three security cameras for Grove Middle School building

Grove Middle School, $2,799: Upgrade robotics equipment for competitions, cover league and competition fees, purchase workstation stools and other materials

Grove Middle School, $2,529: Fund local science fair and send students to state science fair

Grove Middle School, $4,250: Purchase science tables for Middle School labs

Laundry Love, $2,400: Provide support for disadvantaged individuals to obtain laundry services

Grove Public Schools, $1,248: Purchase software to assist English language learners in Grove Public Schools

Grove Springs Cultural District, $1,710: Purchase signs, banners and other marketing items to promote the Cultural District and related activities

Grove Veterans Ritual Team, $1,000: Help offset uniform and van expense, rent and insurance, and purchase blank ammunition for rituals

Har-Ber Village Museum, $8,280: Purchase equipment for an educational Sandy Creek mining sluice station on the Village’s Nature Trail

Home of Hope, $3,000: Provide funds to support the 2019 Golf Program for clients with developmental disabilities

Jay Backpack Program, $2,500: Purchase food to be taken home in students’ backpacks for healthy nutrition on weekends

Jay Elementary School, $3,000: Assist in funding construction of a new playground area for the school

Santa’s Old Broads, $1,500: Provide Christmas gifts and clothing for disadvantaged children

Turkey Ford Elementary, $1,011: Purchase equipment and materials to enhance education in science, technology, engineering and math

Turkey Ford School, $1,778: Purchase library books for third- and fourth-grade classrooms and the special education library at the school

Women’s Auxiliary of Monkey Island, $1,000: Purchase fabric to create handmade baby blankets for newborn babies at Integris Grove Hospital

YMCA, $2,000: Provide youth scholarships for summer day camp program

Grove Public Schools Baseball Program, $3,770 (challenge grant): Provide support for renovating the baseball field, including functional netting, bullpens and batting cages

Second Chance Pet Rescue, $2,005 (challenge grant): Replace and upgrade cat cages and enclosures to meet state and federal regulations

Grove Public Schools track and cross country, $1,050 (challenge grant): Purchase laptop computer to run software for cross country meets and athlete data

Grove Ridgerunner Wrestling Booster Club, $1,910 (challenge grant): Purchase wrestling gear and equipment