February 03, 2020

Dayton Foundation Fund Holders Award $48M in Grants

Since July 1, 2019, The Dayton Foundation’s fund holders have awarded 12,579 grants totaling $48.2 million to not-for-profit organizations locally and across the country.

Among these grants were discretionary and Greenlight Grants totaling $580,500 that were awarded by the Foundation’s volunteer Grants Committee and approved by the Foundation’ss Governing Board. Funding for these two competitive grants programs is made possible by individuals who have established charitable funds with little or no restrictions so that they may address the greatest opportunities and emerging needs in the Greater Dayton region.

Discretionary grants were awarded to the following organizations.

Dayton Crayons to Classrooms ($10,000): to assist in hiring a Director of Development and Marketing to expand the organization’s donor base and explore additional funding opportunities.

Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund ($100,000): to support the victims and families of the August 4, 2019, mass shooting.

Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County, Inc. ($25,000): to aid in building a new facility to provide emergency shelter and support services for families in need.

Victoria Theatre Association ($25,000): to help create a new brand incorporating all aspects of the Theatre Association’s venues and operations.

Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund ($400,000): to aid organizations that are helping to rebuild the most impacted areas following the Memorial Day tornados.



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, $20,500 in Greenlight Grants were awarded to the following organizations.

Beaver Creek Wetlands Association ($2,500): to distribute free trees to area residents and educate them on care and maintenance.

CityWide Neighborhood Development Corporation ($5,000): to help hire a coordinator for out-of-school youth programs at two public housing communities.

Dayton International Peace Museum ($4,000): to make repairs to the museum’s historic 1865 Isaac Pollack House.

Learning Tree Farm ($5,000): to purchase Customer Relationship Management software to help develop relationships with current and future stakeholders.

Ronald McDonald House Charities Dayton ($4,000): to purchase new kitchen equipment to better serve clients.

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: 02.13.20

IN HIS WORDS

Jeffrey Sorrell

“We had gone a year in our new building without serving meals. Because of a discretionary grant from The Dayton Foundation, we’re serving meals again to people.” – Jeffrey Sorrell, executive director, Life Enrichment Center

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