Is My Organization Eligible for a Grant?

Please take a moment to review the following discretionary grant eligibility qualifications and guidelines to determine whether or not your organization is eligible to apply for a discretionary grant from The Dayton Foundation.

To be eligible for a grant, your organization must:

  • be recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, according to the Internal Revenue Code, and be established for at least two years and have a track record of sustainability,
  • benefit the citizens in the Greater Dayton Region, (Montgomery, Miami, Greene, Darke, Preble and Warren (north) counties),
  • have a diversity/inclusion policy,
  • demonstrate systemic collaboration, and
  • address needs that are not met fully by existing organizational or community resources.

DISCRETIONARY GRANT GUIDELINES

The Foundation gives priority to projects that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • provide for more efficient use of community resources, promote coordination, cooperation and sharing among organizations and reduce the duplication of services in our community;
  • test or demonstrate new approaches and techniques for solving important community problems;
  • promote volunteer participation and citizen involvement in community affairs; and
  • strengthen not-for-profit agencies and institutions by reducing operating costs, increasing public financial support and/or improving internal management.

We generally do not award discretionary grants for:

  • general organizational operations and ongoing programs, operational deficits or reduced or lost funding
  • individuals, scholarship, travel
  • religious/sectarian causes
  • fundraising drives
  • special events
  • political activities
  • public or private schools
  • endowment funds
  • hospitals and universities for internal programs
  • hospitals and universities for internal programs
  • matching grants (unless local dollars are needed to fulfill a condition for a state or federal grant)
  • neighborhood or local jurisdiction projects
  • newly organized not-for-profit organizations
  • publications, scientific, medical or academic research projects, research papers

 

In addition, multi-year commitments rarely are considered.

Now that you know if your organization is eligible for a Dayton Foundation discretionary grant, learn how you can apply.

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File date: 10.25.16

HERE TO HELP

Barbra Stonerock

“We encourage those organizations planning to apply for a discretionary grant to attend our discretionary grants program orientation. There also are a number of endowed funds at The Dayton Foundation that not-for-profit organizations may apply to for grants. Click here for more information.”
Barbra Stonerock, vice president, Community Engagement, (937) 225-9951

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