Current Grant Opportunities

The following funds currently are accepting grant applications. For additional information about applying for a Dayton Foundation grant, or services available for local nonprofits, visit the For Not-for-Profits section.

Deadline: July 20, 2018

The Dayton Foundation’s Discretionary Grant Cycle

We award grants to a full spectrum of 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations - from social service to the arts to health and the environment - based upon worthy community efforts and the greatest community need. Generally grants are awarded to help launch new projects not addressed by existing organizations or to support special efforts of already-established not-for-profit organizations in the Dayton Region. The programs we consider for discretionary support are located primarily in Montgomery, Miami, Greene, Darke, Preble and Warren (north) counties.

» Review the grant guidelines and steps to apply

Deadline: July 27, 2018

The African-American Community Fund 2018 Grant Cycle

The African-American Community Fund (AACF) awards grants for public charitable purposes to a variety of organizations: from social services to mentoring and education, from health & wellness to the arts.

» Review the grant guidelines and steps to apply

Deadline: August 24, 2018

The Allegro Fund

The Allegro Fund is dedicated to the memory of Hermene Louise Schwarz, a pioneer in performing arts education in Dayton. This fund provides grants for performing arts organizations to enrich the Dayton community through dance, theater and music. Priority will be given to organizations that show collaboration with other groups, projects that utilize residencies or guest artists and performances that engage the whole community. Requests for proposals will be issued in the summer, generally on a bi-annual basis.

» Download the fund criteria and application.

Learn how to apply for a Dayton Foundation discretionary grant.

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File date: 07.06.18


Michelle Brown

“Have a question about our discretionary grants process or other resources for your nonprofit? Contact our Grants and Programs department.” Michelle Brown, program officer, (937) 225-9965

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