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 2015 grants will be accepted starting in January 2015. Download a copy of the application here.

Since its creation in 2005, $800,000 in $25,000 grants have been awarded.

The 2014 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:


Lawn Life

Lawn Life is a Cincinnati-area nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide disconnected youth with an opportunity to gain real work experience and transferable skills. Lawn Life strives to provide under-resourced communities with detailed landscapes and professional home renovation services. Funds from Messer’s grant will go toward transforming the unfinished second and third floors at Lawn Life’s headquarters into training classroom space. READ MORE


Newton’s Attic

Newton's Attic, a Lexington-area nonprofit founded in 1998 by Bill Cloyd, is dedicated to providing students with highly unusual educational experiences and providing STEM (Science Technology, Engineering Mathematics) educational resources to parents, students and teachers. Its mission is to stimulate interest in science and engineering through exciting hands-on projects, classes and summer camps. Funding will go toward renovating and finishing the interior space of Newton’s Attic’s instructional building. READ MORE


Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County

Founded in 1986, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County strives to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. Located in metro Nashville, BGCRC is a non-profit, privately-funded 501(c)(3) organization and depends on private donations and volunteers to accomplish its mission. BGCRC clubs annually serve more than 3,000 youth and are dedicated to ensuring that the community's young people have greater access to quality programs and services that provide promise, hope and opportunities to ensure that they may become productive adults. Funds from Messer’s grant will go toward a bathroom/locker room renovation project at the Clubs, which will include new tile, sinks, automatic faucets, hand dryers, toilets and paint. READ MORE


Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis have served the Indianapolis community since 1983. With 11 Club locations, the Clubs provide programs for over 7,000 youth in the areas of career exploration and educational enhancement, citizenship and leadership, the arts, and health and fitness. Funds from Messer’s grant make up part of BGCI’s $909,000 renovation project that will expand the kitchens and cafeterias at its four freestanding Clubs. READ MORE

2013 Grant Recipients:

  • The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana, Louisville, KY
  • Columbus Collegiate Academy, Columbus, OH
  • The Hearing Speech and Deaf Center of Greater Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
  • Thompson Child and Family Focus, Charlotte, N.C.

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