June 25, 2021

The Dayton Foundation to Close COVID-19 Response Fund and Relaunch Discretionary and Greenlight Grants Programs for Area Nonprofits

With immediate and urgent needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic coming to an end in the Greater Dayton region, The Dayton Foundation has announced that it will be closing the COVID-19 Response Fund for Greater Dayton and resuming its Discretionary and Greenlight Grants programs.

The COVID-19 Response Fund was established in March 2020, in partnership with the United Way of the Greater Dayton Area and a coalition of philanthropic, governmental and other organizations, to provide flexible resources to nonprofits at the frontlines of the region’s pandemic response.

“Thanks to generous and compassionate donors who contributed to the COVID-19 Response Fund for Greater Dayton, $1,890,424 has been awarded to date to nonprofits that worked tirelessly to respond and assist, effectively and efficiently, during the outbreak,” said Barbra Stonerock, vice president of community engagement for The Dayton Foundation.

The deadline for area nonprofits to apply for funding from the COVID-19 Response Fund is Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at 5 p.m. For more information or to apply, visit www.daytonfoundation.org/covid-response-fund.html.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created an ever-evolving situation with varied impacts around our region on individuals, families and the organizations that serve their emergency needs. With our focus shifting to vaccination and the influx of federal pandemic relief dollars, we have decided to close this emergency fund. We will continue to monitor and partner with The Dayton Foundation on addressing our community’s most pressing issues and ensuring basic needs are met,” said Tom Maultsby, president & CEO for the United Way of the Greater Dayton Area.

Regional nonprofits may begin applying again for the Foundation’s Discretionary and Greenlight Grants programs, both of which are awarded to support special projects, program expansions, capital improvements or capacity building.

The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent for a Discretionary Grant is Friday, July 9, 2021, at 4 p.m. Applications for the next Greenlight Grant cycle are due Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at 4 p.m. More information, including eligibility, is available on the Foundation’s website at www.daytonfoundation.org/typeofgrnts.html. You also may contact Tania Arseculeratne, Community Engagement officer, at Tania Arseculeratne or (937) 225-9966.

About The Dayton Foundation

Established in 1921, The Dayton Foundation is the largest grantmaker in Greater Dayton, exceeding $64 million in grants in fiscal year 2020 (July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020). Since its founding 100 years ago, more than $1 billion in grants have been awarded from nearly 4,000 charitable funds at the Foundation with assets totaling $653 million as of June 30, 2020. For more information about The Dayton Foundation or to follow our 100 Gifts to the Community, visit Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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File date: 07.15.21


Tania Arseculeratne

“Have a question about our grants process or other resources for your nonprofit? Contact our Grants and Programs department.”
Tania Arseculeratne, community engagement officer, (937) 225-9966

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