January 16, 2018

Dayton Foundation Donors Award $26.4M in Grants

In the first half of The Dayton Foundation’s fiscal year (July 1, 2017, through December 31, 2017), fund holders awarded 10,515 grants totaling $26.4 million to not-for-profit organizations locally and across the country. This is a seven percent increase in dollars awarded over the same time period in 2016.

Among these were discretionary and Greenlight Grants awarded by the Foundation’s volunteer Grants Committee and approved by the Foundation’s Governing Board to address emerging community needs and opportunities. Recent discretionary and Greenlight Grant awards totaled $398,250 and promoted efforts in the areas of arts and culture, health, education, human services, philanthropy and other community-building endeavors.

Discretionary grants totaling $357,500 were awarded to the following organizations.

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. ($50,000): to assist in hiring additional lawyers to serve an increased number of low-income clients, as well as build community partnerships.

Agape for Youth, Inc. ($7,000): to aid in launching the Bridging Hope and Futures program that will prepare youth for emancipation as they transition out of foster care.

CityWide Neighborhood Development Corporation ($25,000): to help fund the final phase of the Lakeside Lake restoration project.

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio ($22,000): to assist in piloting a program for economically disadvantaged girls in kindergarten through fourth grade.

Greater Dayton Union Cooperative ($75,000): to assist in building a new cooperative grocery store in a designated food desert area.

Omega Community Development Corporation ($75,000): to aid in building the Hope Center that will host generational poverty reduction programs.

Partners in Hope, Inc. ($25,000): to help build a new facility to expand relief, education and development services for families in need.

Toward Independence, Inc. ($12,500): to assist in facility renovations in order to expand adult day habilitation programs.

We Care Arts, Inc. ($31,000): to help expand studio space for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Wesley Community Center, Inc. ($35,000): to assist with renovations to the Center and its food pantry to better serve individuals and families in need.

The Foundation’s Greenlight Grants program assists organizations seeking quick, small grants for special projects, program expansions, capital improvements or capacity building. In recent months, $40,750 in Greenlight Grants were awarded to the following organizations.

Alzheimer’s Association ($2,000): to purchase a grants management software license.

B-W Greenway Community Land Trust ($4,000): to train staff and volunteers on Geographic Information Systems to develop maps and reports for conservation easements.

Beaver Creek Wetlands Association, Inc. ($4,000): to create additional youth education programs, wetlands signage and new educational materials.

Bike Miami Valley ($1,250): to purchase bike helmets and provide bike safety classes.

Centerville Washington History ($2,500): to purchase mannequins for displaying historic textiles.

Daybreak ($5,000): to create a youth-appropriate alcohol and drug rehabilitation outpatient clinic.

Dayton Crayons to Classrooms ($3,000): to conduct a feasibility study for starting a mobile distribution program.

Dayton Visual Arts Center ($2,000): to purchase a modular office system, partition and software.

Learning Tree Farm ($5,000): to install a hard-top parking lot.

League of World War I Aviation Historians ($2,000): to help construct a World War I Airman Monument.

Life Essentials, Inc. ($2,000): to implement a cloud-based health records system.

Miami Conservancy District ($2,000): to create an interactive website for the Great Miami River.

Piqua Arts Council ($3,000): to conduct a facility needs assessment to determine future space and location needs.

Rebuilding Together Dayton, Inc. ($2,000): to upgrade computer software.

South Community, Inc. ($2,000): to help purchase exercise clothing, gym memberships and healthy cooking supplies for InShape program participants.

Funding for these two competitive grants programs is made possible by individuals who have established unrestricted or lightly restricted charitable funds, enabling the Foundation to act on opportunities for the community and address pressing needs throughout the region.

More information about The Dayton Foundation and its competitive grants programs is available at www.daytonfoundation.org or by calling (937) 222-0410

Read more about Dayton Foundation grants at work in the community on our Grants in Action page.

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File date: 06.28.17


Fred Setzer

“Few people understand The Dayton Foundation’s central role in numerous community efforts, including education, The Job Center, the Schuster Center and RiverScape, to name a few. The Dayton Region might look very different were it not for the Foundation and its more than 3,500 donors and their charitable funds.” – Fred Setzer, Jr., donor and former Governing Board chair

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