The Middletown Community Foundation Board approved $15,000 for roof replacement at the Performing Arts Academy on Lewis Street. Here, Nina Markle, executive director of the Performing Arts Academy, stands inside the facility. The Performing Arts Academy offers individual lessons in voice, piano, guitar, drums and other instruments and performs up to 10 plays a year serving several hundred students. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

These 14 Butler County projects will split $83K in new grant funding

The largest grant in this cycle, of $20,000, was made to People Working Cooperatively for home repair projects in low income homes.

The board approved $15,000 for roof replacement at the Performing Arts Academy and $12,000 for sponsorship of the 2019 Middletown Lyric Theatre season.

Nina Markle, executive director of the Performing Arts Academy, said replacing the roof is estimated to cost $210,000, and she’s “thankful” for the continued support from the MCF. She said the roof leaks and that means tiles constantly need to be replaced and sometimes, during thunderstorms, the water falls on seats in the theater.

“We really can use the money,” Markle said.

The Art Central Foundation received a $5,000 grant to support its Artists @ Work program, said Sue Wittman, director. She said the ACF is supported through grants, fundraisers and donations from individuals and companies.

A grant from the MCF is “special,” she said, because it comes from a local organization supported by local residents.

Wittman said the Artists @ Work program provides a studio at the Pendleton Art Center for the students to work and sell their wares. She said about 20 students participate in the program.

The next grant cycle deadline is 5 p.m. June 1.

Additional grants were awarded to the following:

  • Downtown Middletown Inc.: $5,000 event sponsorship for Hocus Pocus Halloween
  • Edgewood Band Boosters: $2,000 for a new amplifier
  • Fenwick Association for Musical Arts: $4,000 for new instruments
  • Friends of MetroParks: $1,000 for bicycle repair stations along bike trail
  • Miami University Regionals: $2,000 for “Perk Up Middletown”
  • Middletown Arts Festival: $2,500 for event sponsorship
  • Middletown Civic Chorus: $800 for 2019 production of Handel’s “Messiah”
  • Middletown Historical Society: $2,000 for improvements to Canal Museum
  • SORG: $10,000 for season sponsorship
  • Warren County Theater Project: $2,000 for “I Will Wait” performance

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