Recent Discretionary Grants

The Foundation recently awarded $459,125 in discretionary grants that were approved by the Foundation’s Governing Board to assist Greater Dayton charities. Additionally, grants totaling $36,056 were awarded through the Foundation’s Greenlight GrantsSM program to benefit area nonprofits. The Foundation’s discretionary and Greenlight Grants programs are made possible by donors who have provided unrestricted or lightly restricted funds. These funds enable the Foundation to act on opportunities for the community and address pressing needs throughout the region.


Agraria Center for Regenerative Practice

Agraria Center for Regenerative Practice ($25,000) to support the construction of a bike and walking trail that connects Agraria with the Village of Yellow Springs and the existing network of bike paths in Ohio.

Boys & Girls Club of Dayton ($21,250) to hire its first resource development professional to help strengthen the organization and its programming.

Clothes That Work ($12,500) to help construct a vehicle to house an inventory of work-appropriate clothing, two dressing rooms and a small client meeting space for its new mobile outreach initiative that seeks to eliminate barriers to employment.

The Co ($25,000) to support construction-related costs at its new location in the Dayton Arcade, which will help the organization double its exhibition space.


Co-op Dayton-Greater Dayton Union Cooperative Initiative

Co-op Dayton-Greater Dayton Union Cooperative Initiative ($75,000) to help launch the pilot space for the Westside Makerspace cooperative in the West Branch Dayton Metro Library which will offer a range of hands-on, project-based courses for the community.

Dayton Society of Natural History ($75,000) to support the Bieser Room of Wonders, an exhibition at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery that will create a visual storage exhibition, making the collection accessible on multiple platforms in order to enhance both its educational impact and research value.

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio ($75,000) to construct a Green Program Shelter, including sustainable energy features, a community garden and a green careers learning station at Camp Whip Poor Will.

Good Neighbor House ($75,000) to expand their current space to include six exam rooms, a lab, a dispensary, a wellness and physical therapy room and a counseling office.

Learning Tree Farm ($11,375) to build an equipment barn so the organization can hold programming and events in the bank barn to increase accessibility for people with mobility disabilities.


Miami Valley Meals

Miami Valley Meals ($39,000) to purchase a new walk-in freezer for additional meal storage.

Overfield Tavern Museum ($25,000) to repair the historic log building in order to improve the structural integrity and overall condition of the museum, protect its irreplaceable artifacts, safely offer historical programming and services to visitors, and preserve the building.

Greenlight Grants Awards


Dayton Peace Museum

Dayton Peace Museum ($4,000) to digitize the Peace Heroes Stories in a permanent exhibit and create an interactive experience at the museum’s new location.

Fisher-Nightingale Houses, Inc. ($4,500) to construct a storage building for everyday supplies and equipment.

4C for Children ($5,000) to furnish and equip its new location in order to continue to help families find quality childcare and offer training and services to childcare providers.


Isaiah’s Place, Inc.

Isaiah’s Place, Inc. ($1,984) to purchase books and sensory items that can help the foster children it serves to self-regulate when in a heightened state of emotion.

League of Women Voters of the Greater Dayton Area ($960) to increase the capacity and efficiency of its data storage system.

Miamisburg Historical Society ($3,500) to help obtain a state-of-the-art scanner to read, scan and print all film styles, and convert and digitize old film reels.

Operation 2000 Cherry Trees ($2,580) to purchase and plant cherry trees for a cherry blossom trail spanning from the Dayton Art Institute to Carillon Historical Park.


Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development

Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development ($532) to support neuroeducational classroom activities for clients with disabilities that focus on their sensory needs.

Senior Resource Connection ($5,000) to purchase insulated food bags that hold temperatures for approximately four hours during route delivery.

Trinity Community at Miami Township ($3,000) to help decrease isolation and increase social interaction through interactive programming for residents of this senior living community.

YES! For Youth ($5,000) to purchase a network server system to securely back up data, access data from remote locations, increase capacity for data storage and virtual training content, as well as provide GED tutorial and IT training certificate programs.