Connections: Grantmaking Opportunities from The Dayton Foundation to Help You Help Others

Connections provides information about Foundation initiatives and new programs and continuing needs of local charities.

Listed within this issue are those organizations that received a discretionary grant during the last discretionary grant cycle. 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.

Aviation Heritage Foundation – Dayton Aviation Heritage Redevelopment Project
$4,000,000 Total Project Budget
$50,000 Granted

The National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) is working to continue the Wright Brothers’ legacy by acquiring the Wright Factory Unit in West Dayton as a center for aviation heritage, tourism and aerospace innovation. NAHA and community leaders believe this project will transform a neglected area of Dayton by bringing cultural and educational activities, as well as commercial development. Funds will be used to purchase the 20-acre parcel in which the five factory buildings and two historic buildings are located.

Anthony Sculimbrene, Executive Director, (937) 475-7627,

Clothes That Work – Mission Possible: Strategic Growth 2016
$129,000 Total Project Budget
$32,250 Granted

Clothes That Work is striving to be in a better position to support local workforce initiatives by providing professional clothing, education and coaching services to 2,000 clients, who seek employment annually, by 2018. In addition, a launch of the Clothes That Work Workplace Image Institute is planned, as well as a shift of its current revenue mix for optimal sustainability. Funds will be used to help the organization with its first year of strategic growth, to increase development and programming staff to meet the increased number of clients served and move it to the next level of service to the community in the coming decade.

Paula Cosby, Executive Director, (937) 222-3778,

Culture Works – Arts Exploration Search Platform
$60,000 Total Project Budget
$15,000 Granted

Funds will be used to help Culture Works develop a web-based search platform to provide teachers with centralized access to arts education exploration opportunities from all providers throughout the Dayton Region. These listings also will provide easy access to the state education learning standards met by each activity and will include in-school explorations and performances, offcampus field trips and performances, and teaching artist residencies.

Martine Collier, Executive Director, (937) 222-2787,

Daybreak – Project Rescue: The Campaign to Save Young Lives
$5,000,000 Total Project Budget
$50,000 Granted

Project Rescue: The Campaign to Save Young Lives is a $5 million campaign to deepen the services to homeless youth to ensure their ability to become self-sufficient by expanding education, employment and safety programs. The Dayton Foundation grant and other funds will be used to help build a youth-friendly employment and education center to address the barriers to employment that homeless and disconnected youth face, as well as helping to create a new wing in the emergency shelter specifically for minors. Funds also will increase cash reserves to cover costs resulting from the expansion and safeguarding the stability of Daybreak for generations to come.

Linda Kramer, CEO, (937) 395-4600,

Dayton Society of Natural History – Boonshoft Museum of Discovery STEM Education Wing
$7,000,000 Total Project Budget
$50,000 Granted

Funds will be used to help the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery refurbish and expand its existing building, upgrade outdated exhibits and add a new STEM education and multipurpose wing. The expansion will provide flexible space for after-school and weekend programs; offer a dedicated area for summer camp; create additional capacity for field trips; increase the First Lego League Robotics program; and generate additional revenue through special events and private rentals.

Mark Meister, President and CEO, (937) 275-7431,

The Foodbank – Providing Produce: Access Within, and Beyond a Food Desert
$192,741 Total Project Budget
$48,185 Granted

Funds will be used to help The Foodbank build a drive-thru and walk-up market where fresh and canned produce will be distributed to individuals in need to increase their access to affordable produce. The market will be on located The Foodbank’s property, where access to grocery stores and healthy food options are limited, and easily can be accessed by car and pedestrians using the bus line. The Foodbank estimates 12,000 people will use this produce market within the first year.

Michelle Riley, Executive Director, (937) 461-0265,

Homefull, Inc. – Homefull Solutions Capital Investments and Capacity Expansion
$344,059 Total Project Budget
$20,000 Granted

Funds will help purchase a truck and equipment trailer for the workforce development and social enterprise division of Homefull, which provides homeless men and women with job training skills through property maintenance and landscaping work. By expanding into snow removal and additional landscaping work, the program will add year-round employment opportunities to generate additional revenue for the organization, as well as provide essential skills to their clients.

Tina Patterson, CEO, (937) 293-1945,

Mission of Mary Cooperative – Backyard Garden Program
$35,000 Total Project Budget
$7,540 Granted

Funds will support a community garden located at Lincoln Hill, as well as the Backyard Garden Program, which works to encourage residents to grow and eat their own food. Up to 40 families in east Dayton neighborhoods, an area that is in an urban food desert, will receive free backyard gardening infrastructure and mentorship.

Michael Schulz, Executive Director, (937) 823-1308,

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File date: 07.25.16


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