What We Fund

Capacity-Building Grants

To strengthen not-for-profit agencies and institutions and provide for more efficient use of community resources, promote coordination, cooperation and sharing among organizations while reducing the duplication of services in our community.


  • Community needs assessments
  • Impact studies
  • Marketing studies and surveys

Capital Campaign or Capital Improvement Grants

To help organizations expand services and capacity.


  • Capital campaign projects, including the purchase of real estate, construction, renovation and furnishings
  • Software for development/fundraising programs
  • Hard goods, such as special equipment, a bus, or a walk-in cooler (Find the policy here.)
  • Office relocation expenses
  • Technology upgrades (Discretionary grants do not fund computer hardware, such as desktop computers or printers.)

Special Projects or Program Expansion Grants

For new projects or initiatives, to seed funding for strategic growth, or for an expansion of an existing project or initiative. Additionally these grants help an organization test or demonstrate new approaches and techniques for solving important community problems.


  • Educational efforts
  • Computer literacy programs
  • Artistic residencies
  • Urban redevelopment projects
  • Youth mentoring expansion
  • Diversity projects

If you have any questions about the form or the discretionary grantmaking process, please contact Tania Arseculeratne at 937-225-9966.


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File date: 03.24.23


Jeffrey Sorrell

“Have a question about our grants process or other resources for your nonprofit? Contact our Grants and Programs department.”
Tania Arseculeratne, senior community engagement officer, (937) 225-9966

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