The Dayton Foundation Announces New, Quicker Grantmaking Portal and Updates to Discretionary Grants Process

(May 29, 2024) The Dayton Foundation announced today changes to its discretionary grant application process, making it easier for Greater Dayton area not-for-profit organizations to apply and receive funding for new projects or special efforts.

  • New Grant Application Portal: Nonprofits may now electronically apply for a discretionary grant through the Foundation’s new grant application portal available at Through the portal, nonprofits can quickly and easily start and save an application before submitting it, upload supporting documents and follow the progress of the grant award.

  • New Application-Only Process: A Letter of Intent is no longer a prerequisite to applying for a discretionary grant, and the Foundation has added a third yearly grant application cycle that will offer an additional opportunity for nonprofits to receive funding. The next application deadline is Monday, July 8, 2024, at 4:00 p.m.

“The Dayton Foundation is pleased to offer this less burdensome application process that enables us to be more responsive and flexible in awarding our unrestricted and lightly restricted dollars to organizations working tirelessly for our community’s collective well-being,” said Tania Arseculeratne, senior Community Engagement officer for The Dayton Foundation. “As the region’s oldest and largest community foundation, we strive to be a more effective grantmaker and a better partner to our region’s nonprofits, while upholding our fund holders’ charitable intents.”

Also available on the portal are applications for the Foundation’s quarterly Greenlight GrantsSM program, which assists nonprofits seeking quick, small grants for special projects, program expansions, capital improvements or capacity building, and the Basic Human Needs Grants process. The next application deadline for a Greenlight Grant is Monday, June 3, 2024, at 4:00 p.m.

In the past decade, more than $9.6 million in discretionary and Greenlight Grants has been awarded to nonprofit organizations located in the Greater Dayton region. Funding for these grant opportunities is made possible thanks to individuals who have established unrestricted or lightly restricted charitable funds through the Foundation. Grants are awarded to a full-spectrum of IRS-approved, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organizations based upon worthy community efforts and the greatest community need.

More information about The Dayton Foundation and its competitive grants programs is available at or by calling (937) 222-0410.

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