August 14, 2019

Dayton Foundation Donors Award $20.5M in Grants

In the first half of The Dayton Foundation’s fiscal year (January 1, 2019, through June 30, 2019), fund holders awarded 7,958 grants totaling $20.5 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 $487,500 and promoted efforts in the areas of arts and culture, health, education, human services, philanthropy and other community-building endeavors.

Discretionary grants totaling $437,500 were awarded to the following organizations.

American Veterans Heritage Center ($25,000): to help erect a bronze statue of President Lincoln on the campus of the Dayton VA Medical Center.

Brigid’s Path ($75,000): to assist in funding additional space to help families as they visit and care for their babies in this opioid-dependent recovery center.

Five Rivers Health Centers ($75,000): to aid in developing Montgomery County’s first School Based Health Center to provide medical, dental, behavior health and vision services.

Friends of The Castle($25,000): to assist in improving building and parking accessibility for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness.

Glen Helen Association ($25,000): to help fund new raptor rehabilitation enclosures and a camera system for monitoring the birds and viewing by visitors.

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley ($75,000): to help support the construction of a new facility in Trotwood offering adult day services, skills training, and employment and behavioral health services.

The Human Race Theatre Company ($25,000): to aid in launching the Stages and Stories initiative in partnership with Daybreak to expose at-risk students to theatre, writing and acting activities.

Samaritan Health Center at St. Vincent de Paul ($37,500): to aid in constructing a health care clinic that will assist thousands of individuals experiencing homelessness in Greater Dayton.

YWCA Dayton ($75,000): to help launch an early childhood learning center for residents in the domestic violence shelter, St. Vincent De Paul Gateway Shelter for Women or who are referred by Daybreak.

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, $50,000 in Greenlight Grants were awarded to the following organizations.

Choices in Community Living ($3,000): to upgrade the fundraising database.

Dayton Metro Library ($4,000): to help create a New Americans traveling exhibit.

The Contemporary Dayton (formerly Dayton Visual Arts Center)($3,000): to help facilitate the organization’s strategic planning process.

Episcopal Retirement Services Affordable Living ($1,500): to improve nine garden lots on the grounds of a West Carrollton retirement community that serves low-income older adults.

Family Violence Prevention Center of Greene County ($900): to assist with clinical capacity building, safety and wellness programs.

Five Oaks Neighborhood Association ($4,500): to help encourage residents to live healthier lifestyles through the improvement of a neighborhood park.

Good Neighbor House ($5,000): to help purchase a new equipment sterilizer and additional shelving.

K12 Gallery for Young People($5,600): to create a hot glass studio.

The Learning Tree Farm ($5,000): to repair and relocate water tanks, provide equipment for active water collection and install drainage tiles to improve water runoff.

Memorial United Church of Christ ($4,000): to make capital improvements to the wellness programs.

Mission of Mary Cooperative ($3,500): to create a nursery center as part of the garden outreach program.

United Rehabilitation Services ($5,000): to assist with an empowerment drumming program for children and adults with disabilities.

Wright “B” Flyer, Inc. ($5,000): to upgrade lighting in the Flyer&rssquo;s museum hanger.

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 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: 08.13.19


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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