January 06, 2016


The Dayton Foundation is beginning the New Year with the launch of Greenlight Grants, a program for Greater Dayton not-for-profit organizations seeking quick funding opportunities for special projects, program expansions, capital improvements or capacity building.

Greenlight Grants will have four competitive grant cycles per year and fund projects, based on available funding, from $500 to $7,500. The grants will have a quick award process and be announced within two weeks after the deadline date.

“Last year, The Dayton Foundation surveyed Dayton-area nonprofits to find out how we could better serve our nonprofit partners. As a result, we found that there was a need for more funding opportunities for small, grassroots organizations, as well as a shorter time period between application deadline and the announcements of the award,” said Michelle Brown, program officer of the Foundation. “This is our way of showing the community that we are listening, and we want to help our region’s nonprofits make a greater impact.”

To be eligible, an organization must be a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization and located primarily in Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Warren (north) counties.

Greater Dayton nonprofits are encouraged to apply for the Foundation’s first Greenlight Grant Cycle beginning now through March 1, 2016. Full eligibility requirements, guidelines and application are available at www.daytonfoundation.org/greenlightgrnts.

The Dayton Foundation’s Greenlight Grants program is made possible thanks to donors who have provided unrestricted or largely unrestricted funds to the Foundation to be able to act on opportunities for the community and address pressing needs throughout the region. Grants are approved to promote efforts in the areas of arts and culture, health, education, human services, philanthropy and other community-building endeavors

For more information about Dayton Foundation grant opportunities, visit www.daytonfoundation.org, or contact Michelle Brown, program officer, at (937) 225-9965 or mbrown@daytonfoundation.org.

About The Dayton Foundation

Established in 1921, The Dayton Foundation is the regional community foundation for Greater Dayton that helps people to help others. The Foundation manages more than 3,300 charitable funds which have provided over 290,000 grants totaling three-quarters of a billion dollars to nonprofits over its 94-year history. More information about The Dayton Foundation, visit our website at www.daytonfoundation.org or follow the Foundation on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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Debbie Wright

“The Dayton Foundation has been wonderful to work with. Their communication with donors is strong, and they really care about our scholarship fund.” – Debbie Wright, Dayton Foundation donor since 2006

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