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.


  • Technical support to explore significant collaborations or mergers with other not-for-profit organizations
  • 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 Barbra Stonerock at 937-225-9951.


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File date: 11.16.19


Jeffrey Sorrell

“We had gone a year in our new building without serving meals. Because of a discretionary grant from The Dayton Foundation, we're serving meals again to people.”
– Jeffrey Sorrell, executive director, Life Enrichment Center

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