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 2016 grants will be accepted starting in January 2016. Download a copy of the application here.

Since its creation in 2005, $900,000 in $25,000 grants have been awarded.

Grant recipients are sponsored by Messer employees, recommended by a committee composed of Messer employees, and approved by the Foundation Board of Trustees. After awarding three $25,000 grants per year from 2005-12, the Foundation began awarding up to four per year beginning in 2013.


2015 Messer Construction Co. Foundation grant recipients


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler Co.

As the leader in one-on-one youth services, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County works to provide a mentor for every child, ages 7 to 18, who wants or needs one. Their mission is to provide children facing adversity with enduring and professionally supported relationships that change their lives for the better. Six-hundred youth, many living in areas of high poverty or crime in Butler County, go through their program annually. Despite many of the challenges these children face, there is evidence that this program has helped to improve youth’s attitudes regarding relationships, risky behavior, and education.

With its grant money, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County plans to upgrade the technology in its offices to more efficiently serve its clientele. Improving technology will allow for expansion in the organization, thus allowing it to serve a greater number of children. READ MORE



Redwood offers the most comprehensive range of disability services in Greater Cincinnati, serving more than 800 people through more than 450,000 hours of service in 2014. Redwood believes that every child and adult, regardless of the severity of disability, has the ability to grow and develop. Its mission is to guide children and adults with severe/multiple disabilities to achieve independence and reach their highest potential throughout life. This is accomplished through providing enriching educational, therapeutic, and vocational services.

With its grant money, Redwood plans to replace aging specialized playground equipment and provide a safe, accessible, and engaging play environment to serve about 100 youths. The new barrier-free playground will allow Redwood to better meet community needs by helping children with all degrees of disabilities to develop improved physical, cognitive, social and sensory-motor skills. READ MORE


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee

A leader in youth mentoring, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee’s mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. This organization has a strong commitment toward holding themselves accountable for each child and helping them achieve success in a variety of areas: higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships, avoidance of risky behavior, and education successes. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee is using the grant money to renovate a portion of its current office space into a multi-use training/meeting room. This will allow the organization to bring children, parents, and volunteer mentors on site for activities and training on a larger scale than the organization can currently accommodate. The new space will host over 12,000 individuals in its first year.


Simon Kenton Council, Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. BSA provides a program for young men that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. Its mission is to instill in its members the values of the Scout Oath Law, which will help them prepare to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes.

Simon Kenton Council, one of the largest BSA councils in the nation, will use the grant to replace “Oak” cabin at Camp Lazarus to create a new cabin called “Messer Lodge,” which will include an adjoining multi-purpose pavilion. This venue will be utilized as a classroom that will include scout and visitor training/programs, merit badge workshops, and more.



2014 Grant Recipients:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County, Nashville, TN
  • Lawn Life, Cincinnati, OH
  • Newton's Attic, Lexington, KY

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