Messer Foundation

The Messer Construction Co. Foundation was created to administer multi-year gifts from the company and to provide a disciplined approach to larger gifts.

The Foundation seeks to support organizations that advance the interests of society in the areas of economic inclusion, education and workforce development. Learn more about our grant guidelines.

Applications for the 2014 grants will be accepted starting in January 2014. Download a copy of the application here.

Since its creation in 2005, $700,000 in $25,000 grants have been awarded.

The 2013 grant recipients were sponsored by Messer employees, recommended by a committee composed of Messer employees, and approved by the Foundation Board of Trustees. More than 40 applications were received and considered, resulting in the selection of the following organizations:


The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana (BGCK)

The BGCK’s mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those most in need of our services, to realize and develop their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Clubs are open to members – who range in age from six to 18 – every day after school, during school breaks and during the summer. Funds from Messer’s grant have gone toward capital improvements at the Newburg Club, including replacement flooring in all areas (except the gym), internal and external security cameras, new partitions in the restrooms, a new grease trap in the kitchen, and new door hardware and locks. Located in South Louisville, the Newburg Club is one of five BGCK locations throughout Greater Louisville.


Columbus Collegiate Academy (CCA)

The CCA is a charter middle school for disadvantaged youth, with an enrollment of 235. Of its current student population, 92.3% are considered economically disadvantaged, and 13.4% receive special education services. Founded in 2008, the school has quickly garnered national and state recognition for its education model and success. It features a dedicated staff – teachers are available by phone for help with homework every school day until 8 p.m. – that runs a highly structured, highly disciplined learning environment aimed to prepare students for high school, college and beyond. Funds from Messer’s grant are being used to purchase a 12-ton air conditioning unit, complete with ductwork, that will thermally control four sixth-grade classrooms and complete air conditioning for the entire east wing of the school. The improvements are aimed to enhance the school’s learning environment during the summer months.

The Hearing Speech and Deaf Center of Greater Cincinnati (HSDC)

The HSDC aims to strengthen the community through advocacy, and by supporting individuals and families to overcome obstacles of communication, regardless of their ability to pay. The HSDC turns away no one, and in a typical year, they give approximately $500,000 in discounted or free services to low-income clients. Approximately 95 percent of the their speech clients are under the age of six, and about 70 percent of the children who come to the Center seeking speech therapy services are from disadvantaged homes. The funds from Messer’s grant will be used to purchase occupational therapy gym equipment, along with furnishings that will be used in therapy rooms in what will be called Katie’s House – a therapeutic office resembling a home-like environment that is designed to ease the anxiety children feel when visiting a clinical facility.

Thompson Child and Family Focus (TCFF)

TCFF is a Charlotte-based, nationally accredited nonprofit agency with the aim of changing the lives of at-risk children and families through therapy, education and care. In 2012, TCFF served more than 16,000 children and families across North and South Carolina from its four distinct campuses, specializing in clinical and behavioral treatment, developmental education and proactive care. The funds from Messer’s grant went toward the development of a 5,000-square-foot playground and furnishings for child therapy rooms at Thompson’s new Family Services Center in Grier Heights, a low-income neighborhood in Charlotte that has struggled with violence. The décor and playground equipment will serve a specific function in the Center’s provided services, as it houses several specific programs aimed to aid at-risk children and families.

2012 Grant Recipients:

  • The Partnership Initiatives Fund, Knoxville, TN
  • Volunteers of America of Kentucky, Louisville, KY
  • The Y-Build program, Nashville, TN

2011 Grant Recipients:

  • Crossroads of America Council, Indianapolis, IN
  • Emerald Youth Foundation, Knoxville, TN
  • Green Recycling Works, Cincinnati, OH

2010 Grant Recipients:

  • Homeless Families Foundation, Columbus, OH
  • Repairers' Lexington, Lexington, KY
  • YWCA Dayton, Dayton, OH

2009 Grant Recipients:

  • Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Dayton, OH
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
  • The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Cincinnati, OH

2008 Grant Recipients:

  • Easter Seals Central and Southeast Ohio, Inc. Columbus, OH
  • YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
  • YouthBuild Louisville, Louisville, KY

2007 Grant Recipients:

  • Brooklawn Child & Family Services, Louisville, KY
  • Shepherd Community Center, Indianapolis, IN
  • Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County, Lexington, KY

2006 Grant Recipients:

  • Boys and Girls Club of Tennessee Valley, Knoxville, TN
  • Toyota Bluegrass Miracle League, Lexington, KY
  • Woodward Career Technical High School, Cincinnati, OH

2005 Grant Recipients

  • Boys and Girls Club of Columbus, Inc., Columbus, OH
  • ISUS, Inc. (Improved Solutions for Urban Systems). Dayton, OH
  • University of Louisville J.B. Speed School of Engineering, Louisville, KY