Fall 2018

Connections provides information about community initiatives, new programs and nonprofit organizations that recently received a discretionary grant from The Dayton Foundation. Included in this edition are recently awarded Greenlight Grants, which are small grants awarded to local nonprofits in need of quick funding to help their projects come to fruition. 

All of these organizations have been researched by our Grants Department, and a summary of their grant proposals is included. 

As you may see, for many of these requests, we were able to fund only to a certain level. The organizations may still have needs associated with their specified programs.

If you would like additional information about these programs, please feel free to contact the charities directly.

Greenlight Grants

County Corp | Greater Dayton Regional Community Land Trust Program

$14,550 Total Project Budget | $3,000 Granted

County Corp

Funds will be used to help County Corp and Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc., bring community partners together to more effectively create a long-term solution to affordable housing by studying the effectiveness of establishing a Community Land Trust (CLT). A CLT has the potential to balance the interests of the community and local governments by protecting the public's investment in affordable housing and expanding and preserving access to homeownership for low- and moderate-income families.

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Courtney Schneider, Housing Program Manager, (937) 531-7046, https://countycorp.com

Good Shepherd Ministries | Renovation and Expansion of Recovery House
$12,000 Total Project Budget | $2,500 Granted

Good Shepherd Ministries currently runs an accredited housing program that has grown to include three sober houses to help individuals get back on their feet and break the cycle of addiction. Funds will be used to help complete the renovation and expansion of 261 Linden Avenue in East Dayton for additional recovery housing to better serve individuals who are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. As the need grows in the community, the four new beds will potentially save more lives from the deadly drug epidemic taking place in the region.

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Edward Leiffer, Executive Director, (513) 816-8089, www.thegsm.net

Homefull | Housing, Food and Jobs Project
$13,600 Total Project Budget | $3,000 Granted


Funds will be used to complete the first phase of Homefull's Community Planning Process with a vision of developing a community where a food enterprise system exists in conjunction with affordable housing and food-related skills training programs. The project will transform 16 acres of the former Carlson Elementary School on Gettysburg Avenue, revitalizing an area where investment and opportunity is critical to moving the needle on poverty and hunger issues. With this project, Homefull hopes to create new affordable housing units, address the food insecurity issues through urban farming and educational initiatives, and build stronger community collaboration with shared space for urban gardeners to buy and sell their products to West Dayton residents.

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Tina Patterson, Executive Director, (937) 293-1945, www.homefull.org

Oak Tree Corner | Program Software
$4,800 Total Project Budget | $4,800 Granted

For 22 years, Oak Tree Corner has supported grieving children who have experienced the death of someone important to them. The number of clients served by Oak Tree Corner has increased due to opioid-related deaths in Greater Dayton. The number one reason families come to Oak Tree Corner now is because they have lost a loved one to a drug overdose, and the latest census data indicates Ohio is in the top 25% of states where children might experience the death of a parent before the age of 18. To better track families, as well as new donors to help support programming, funds will be used to purchase new software.

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Vicki Braun, Executive Director, (937) 520-2881, www.oaktreecorner.org

St. Mary Dayton Food Pantry | Commercial Refrigerator
$5,000 Total Project Budget | $5,000 Granted

St. Mary Dayton Food Pantry, a volunteer-run organization, helps feed 8,000 hungry people in need each year in the East Dayton community. Funds will be used to purchase a commercial, three-door refrigerator so that St. Mary Dayton Food Pantry may offer milk, eggs and fresh produce to its clients, many of whom are living in a "food desert" and don't have access to healthy food options. The Food Pantry also provides basic hygiene and cleaning supplies, such as laundry detergent, shampoo and toothpaste.

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Rita Long, Executive Director, (937) 256-5633

Therapeutic Riding Institute, Inc.| Integrated Sensory Learning Course
$5,000 Total Project Budget | $3,000 Granted

Therapeutic Riding Institute, Inc.

Funds will be used to help Therapeutic Riding Institute with the construction and installation of a sensory course to enhance student and families' experiences at the barn. A sensory course is a rich learning environment that incorporates man-made obstacles and activity stations into the natural environment. The obstacles and activity stations, combined with the natural sights, sounds and feel of the riding trail, provide an intense learning environment that challenges students' balance, stimulates their senses and encourages interaction with the world.

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Jean Masthay, Executive Director, (937) 619-7577, https://triohio.org

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File date: 07.22.18


Janet and Don Grieshop

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