Four Steps to Give Your Grant Application a Boost

Step 1: Read and watch.

Before getting started on you application, be sure to review The Dayton Foundation's grant eligibility qualifications and guidelines and watch our orientation video here. This is your first step in learning about what the Foundation does and doesn't fund, application deadlines, funding limitations and other relevant information.

Step 2: Talk to us.

Contact Tania Arseculeratne, senior community engagement officer for The Dayton Foundation, at (937) 225-9966 to share information about your project. Regardless if you're a previous grant recipient or new to our process, we encourage you to reach out. This step is a great opportunity to discuss your project in detail, ask questions and ensure you have all of the necessary information and documentation ready for your application. Tania is happy to help!

Step 3: Be clear and get straight to the point.

Many applicants make the mistake of not reading the questions carefully or answering the questions fully. Some questions contain multiple sub-questions. It's important to answer all sub-questions rather than try to focus on just one or two. Since our questions have a character limit, be clear and concise. No need to use elaborate words, adjectives or longer sentences. Instead, try to provide as much information about the project in as few words as possible.

Step 4: Edit, proofread then read it again.

Once you've answered all of the questions, read the full application from start to finish. See if you sound repetitive, have answered all sub-questions and can edit your responses to be more concise and informative. It might be helpful to have another staff member or friend who is unfamiliar with the project read your application and provide feedback.