June 25, 2018

Dayton Foundation Donors Award $24.3M in Grants

In the first half of 2018, fund holders of The Dayton Foundation awarded more than 6,800 grants totaling $24.3 million to not-for-profit organizations locally and across the country.

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 $368,203 and promoted efforts in the areas of arts and culture, health, education, human services, philanthropy and other community-building endeavors.

Discretionary grants totaling $313,953 were awarded to the following organizations.

The Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions ($50,000) to assist in constructing a new facility to provide education, training and research on regenerative land use practices.

Five Rivers MetroParks Foundation ($50,000) to aid in kitchen renovations to better serve West Dayton students participating in the Adventure Central youth development program.

Miami Valley Community Action Partnership ($50,000) to assist in expanding services to help remove common barriers to employment and self-sufficiency.

Miami Valley Fair Housing Center ($50,000) to help sustain education and outreach programming.

Miami Valley Leadership Foundation ($25,000) to aid in expanding mentorship programming to 14 schools.

Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra ($13,953) to help purchase percussion instruments for this all-volunteer group.

Senior Resource Connection ($75,000) to help replace the commercial kitchen’s HVAC system to improve staff efficiency and better meet the needs of aging clients.

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, $54,250 in Greenlight Grants were awarded to the following organizations.

CA Group ($3,070) to purchase furniture for a new office located in Greenville.

Caesar’s Ford Theatre ($3,400) to assist in conducting a feasibility study to lead the development of an outdoor theatre.

Clothes That Work! ($6,680) to expand the out-of-season inventory storage.

The Conscious Connect Redevelopment ($7,500) to help fund book exchanges in Dayton.

Daybreak ($5,000) to grow private label baking under Lindy’s Bakery, which provides job training for homeless youth.

Dayton Sewing Collaborative ($6,300) to replace outdated equipment for workforce development training.

The Foodbank ($4,800) to expand food production using aquaponics.

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greene County ($2,900) to replace mattresses and dining chairs in the homeless shelter.

Project READ ($3,600) to purchase bins for collecting donated books.

Reach Out of Montgomery County ($3,000), in partnership with the University of Dayton, to enhance physical therapy services to underserved populations.

Sunlight Village ($6,000) to help facilitate office renovations for a more user-friendly experience.

Wild Hearts African Farm ($2,000) to construct an educational site for sixth through eighth grade STEM programming.

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: 06.25.18


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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