Bexley Community Fund Grants:
Bexley Recreation and Parks Department: An $81,000 grant, the Foundation’s largest to date, to the Bexley Recreation and Parks Department for the Alum Creek Park Athletic Fields. The grant will fund the development of a 1.5 acre athletic field, parking lot with lighting, connection to the Alum Creek Pathway (a project also funded by the Foundation), a playground, bike racks, portable restroom facilities, trash receptacles, and emergency call boxes.
City of Bexley: A $10,000 grant to the City of Bexley will build a stairway to provide a point of access from Main Street to the Alum Creek Park Pathway, also funded by a Foundation grant in 2014. The pathway can currently be accessed from Astor Avenue and provides a beautiful trail along Alum Creek on the east side of the creek.
Bexley Celebrations Association: An $8,000 grant to the Bexley Celebrations Association will support this year’s 4th of July Celebration. The Bexley Community Foundation will be the Presenting Sponsor of the July 4th evening events on the lawn of Capital University.
Bexley Police Department: A grant was awarded to the Bexley Police Department to purchase an electric motorcycle that will patrol hard to reach paths and alleyways and carry an AED, purchased by a previous Foundation grant .
City of Bexley: A $40,000 grant to the City of Bexley will build a Community Garden in North Bexley.
Bexley Beautification Fund
Streetscaping along Drexel Avenue and Main Street: A $13,725 grant will improve Drexel Avenue and Main Street with flower pots and new curbs.
Bexley Youth and Recreation Fund Grants
Splish, Splash and Dash Youth Triathlon: The Bexley Recreation and Parks Department received a grant of $1,000 for the forth annual Bexley youth triathlon. This unique event, which had over 275 participants last year, was launched in 2013 with a grant from the Fund.
Alum Creek Athletic Fields Soccer Goals: The Bexley Recreation and Parks Department received a grant of $6,000 to purchase four soccer goals for the new Alum Creek Athletic Fields.
Cub Scout Pack 166 and Boy Scout Troop 166: $1,000 was awarded to purchase additional bees and two new hives for the Cubs and Boy Scounts.
DARN Camp Scholarships: DARN received a grant of $2,000 for scholarships for students to attend summer camps in Bexley.
Books for Bedtime: $500 was awarded to Books for Bedtime for the 1st annual Book Bash to be held in May, 2017.
Bexley Community Fund Grants:
Friends of the Drexel Theatre: The Friends of the Drexel Theatre received a $55,530 grant, payable over two years, to restore the marquee of this Bexley landmark. Together with a previous grant of $25,000 for digital projection equipment, the Foundation has provided $80,530 to improve the Theatre.
Bexley Celebrations Association: The BCA received a $20,000 grant to help reduce the cost of BCA’s various events by enabling it to purchase, rather than rent, key equipment. This grant will also support this year’s 4th of July Celebration. The Bexley Community Foundation will be the Presenting Sponsor of the July 4th evening events on the lawn of Capital University.
City of Bexley: A $5,000 grant to the City of Bexley will advance Bexley as an eco-friendly community by covering a portion of the costs of four charging stations for electric vehicles. The charging stations will be located near the new City Hall on the west side of the Bexley Square Center parking lot.
Recreation and Parks Department: A $4,680 grant to the Bexley Recreation and Parks Department will launch a program for neighborhood block parties. The grant funds a Block Party Kit which can be rented from the Department. The Kit includes a trailer filled with block party essentials, such as tables, chairs, pop-up tents, coolers, extension cords, first aid supplies, games and a snow cone machine.
Bexley Police Department: The Bexley Police Department was awarded $15,890 for the purchase of nine new portable defibrillators used in emergencies to treat sudden cardiac arrest.
Bexley Police Department: $1,000 was awarded to the Bexley Police Department to establish the Bexley Honor Guard. The Honor Guard will represent the City of Bexley and the police force in a positive, honorable, and professional light in community events and events outside Bexley.
Bexley Beautification Fund Grants:
Flower Baskets: A $3,000 grant will improve the North Cassady Avenue business district with the addition of flower baskets matching those installed along Main Street.
Holiday Lights: To add to the Holiday Lights that were displayed on Drexel Circle in 2014, we are adding $1,000 to add more lights in 2015/2016. The lights will also be displayed earlier in the season and last throughout the winter.
Replacement Trees: $25,000 to infill the trees that were diseased and damged throughout the City.
Bexley Youth and Recreation Fund Grants
Splish, Splash and Dash Youth Triathlon: The Bexley Recreation and Parks Department received a grant of $1,000 for the third annual Bexley youth triathlon to be held on Saturday, August 15, 2015. This unique event, which had over 250 participants last year, was launched in 2013 with a grant from the Fund.
Bexley Community Foundation + 23 Grants Totaling $194,066 + 30 Partners = Community-Wide Impact
Bexley Community Fund Grants - $94,711
Montrose Playground: The Montrose PTO received a $12,000 grant to create an ADA accessible school/community playground area at Montrose Elementary School. Our grant funded ADA accessible play structures. We partnered on this project with the Bexley Public Schools, the Bexley Education Foundation, local businesses and other donors.
The Main Event: The City of Bexley received a grant for $18,025 to purchase movie equipment for the City’s highly successful summer program, The Main Event.
Youth Technology Workshops: Our $4,500 grant to Tech Corps, a local nonprofit, funded three Bexley-based workshops for 3rd – 6th graders consisting of four 1-hour modules on robotics, programming, coding and application development. Tech Corps partnered on the project with the Bexley Public Library, Bexley Public Schools, Columbus School for Girls, Capital University and the Bexley Recreation and Parks Department.
Alum Creek Pathway: The Bexley Recreation and Parks Department received a grant for $20,000 to create a pedestrian path along Alum Creek between Main Street and Livingston Avenue, as part of a plan expanding recreational facilities trhoughout our community.
Bexley Community Foundation Conference Room: The City of Bexley received a grant of $8,550 to create a community conference room in the new City Hall. The Bexley Community Foundation Conference Room will be a first-class conference space serving community organizations, as well as the City. It will be ADA accessible and available for after-hours use, with seating for 14-16 people, comprehensive audio/visual equipment, coffee and beverage service and access to restrooms.
The Big Think: The Bexley Public Library and the City of Bexley received a grant for $5,736 to create a new speaker series. The program will showcase Bexley as a community of learners by presenting experts who live in or have other connections to Bexley.
Summer Food Program: The Developmental Assets Resource Network (DARN) received a second $4,500 installment of a three-year grant to provide breakfast and lunch for eligible Bexley school children during the summer and school breaks.
Kosher Food Cart: The Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus was awarded a $6,000 grant to help fund a food cart serving Kosher and vegetarian foods at various Bexley community events.
WOSU Neighborhoods: WOSU TV received a $5,000 grant to support its Columbus Neighborhoods: Bexley documentary premiering on February 15, 2015.
Livingston Commercial District Landscaping: The City of Bexley received a grant of $8,600 to improve the Livingston Avenue commercial area by creating a tree lawn. Our grant will fund the purchase of trees, with the City paying legal, surveying and other project costs.
Baseball Pitching Machines: The Bexley Recreation and Parks Department received a grant of $900 to purchase five (5) spring loaded pitching machines for its youth baseball and softball programs.
Bexley Volunteer Organization: The Bexley Volunteer Organization is a newly formed group that provides volunteer opportunities for Bexley residents to work on Bexley community projects. The $900 grant helped fund the group’s start-up costs.
Bexley Beautification Fund Grants - $72,045
Flower Baskets: Bexley in Bloom funded the flower baskets along Main Street and Broad Street and Clifton Avenue bridges.
Trees on Broad Street: Bexley in Bloom funded the planting of 20 trees on Broad Street.
Jeffrey Mansion Entryway: Trees for Bexley program is providing part of the funding for a new Parkview Avenue entryway to Jeffrey Mansion complementing the historic Mansion and the new sidewalk installation also funded by the Bexley Community Foundation.
Drexel Circle: Trees for Bexley funded the treatment of hornbeam trees and purchase of holiday lighting.
100 Replacement Trees: Trees for Bexley planted 100 trees to replace diseased and damged trees throughout the City.
20 Red Buds for Jeffrey Park: Trees for Bexley planted 20 red bud trees in Jeffrey Park along Clifton Avenue.
Bexley Youth and Recreation Fund Grants - $5,210
Splish, Splash and Dash Youth Triathlon: The Bexley Recreation and Parks Department received a grant of $1,000 for the second annual Bexley youth triathlon held on August 16, 2014. This unique event, which had over 250 participants this year, was launched in 2013 with a grant from the Fund.
Bexley Marlins Swim Team: The Swim Team received a grant of $4,210 to purchase of new starting and timing equipment for swim meets at the Bexley Community Pool.
Denise and Barry Blank Tree Fund Grant - $2,500
Jeffrey Mansion Entryway: The Fund is providing part of the funding for a new Parkview Avenue entryway to Jeffrey Mansion.
Jeffrey Mansion and Park Fund Grant - $16,600
Jeffrey Mansion Entryway: The Fund is providing part of the funding for a new Parkview Avenue entryway to Jeffrey Mansion from gifts to the Fund designated for the project.
For information on grants made in prior years, see our 2013, 2012 and 2011 Annual Reports at "ABOUT THE FOUNDATION, Reports and Newsletters".