Discretionary Grants - How to Apply
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.
The Dayton Foundation has designed a streamlined process to help you apply for a discretionary grant. Please review the following grant guidelines and application procedures. The size and number of grants awarded varies for each grant cycle. This is directly related to the amount of money available and the restrictions our donors place upon the use of certain funds. Additionally, grant awards typically do not exceed 25 percent of a project’s total budget and/or $75,000.
See a listing of recent discretionary grantees and how they are making a difference in Greater Dayton.
STEPS TO APPLY
1. Ensure that your organization is eligible to apply for a Dayton Foundation discretionary grant.
2. Attend the Foundation’s Discretionary Grant Orientation to learn more about our grant process. Grant orientations are offered twice a year and recommended for all organizations that are planning to apply for a grant. Organizations are NOT required to attend a Grants Orientation in order to apply for a grant.
3. Review the Foundation’s guidelines for discretionary grants.
4. Review the Foundation’s policy for Letters of Intent for Vehicle Purchases.
5. If your organization does not have an audit, please download and review the Audit Exemption Policy.
6. Submit a Letter of Intent (LOI). The LOI provides the Foundation with an overview of your funding request. (Only one LOI per grant cycle is permitted per organization) If, after the Grants Committee has reviewed your LOI and determined that your project falls within our funding guidelines, you will be sent a full grant application.
After completing the Letter of Intent, please email it to Michelle Brown. Check the schedule below for the next deadline for completed LOIs.
Please Note: If your organization has received a discretionary grant from The Dayton Foundation, you must submit a final report on how the grant was used and have it approved by the Foundation’s Grants Department two weeks prior to the LOI deadline before you are eligible to apply for a new grant.
Click here for a list of steps to apply for Greenlight Grants.
Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for a grant that will come from the Harry A. Toulmin, Jr. and Virginia B. Toulmin Fund should follow the Foundation’s existing discretionary grant application process.
Whom to Contact for More Information
If you have questions about our grantmaking process, please contact Michelle Brown, program officer, at (937) 225-9965.
The Dayton Foundation offers two discretionary grant cycles per year. All applicants are encouraged to attend a discretionary grants orientation.
- Grants Orientation
- June 13, 2018
- Discretionary Grant Awards Announced
- June 2018
- Letters of Intent Due by 4:00 pm
- July 20, 2018
- Full Grant Application Due (Invitation only)
- October 5, 2018
- Grants Orientation
- November 1, 2018
Want to know more about our discretionary grants process? Attend an upcoming Grants Program Orientation.
See a listing of Foundation funds that accept grant applications.
HERE TO HELP
“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.”
– Michelle Brown, program officer, (937) 225-9965