January 26, 2017

Dayton Foundation Awards $25 Million in Grants in Second Half of 2016

From July 1 through December 31, 2016, The Dayton Foundation and its more than 3,500 donors awarded nearly $25 million in grants to not-for-profit organizations in Greater Dayton and throughout the United States. Included among these grants were $1.03 million awarded to 21 area nonprofits through the Foundation’s discretionary grants and Greenlight Grants programs.

In December, The Dayton Foundation awarded $1,011,000 in discretionary grants to the following organizations. This amount includes a grant that will be announced at a later date.

The Dayton Art Institute ($75,000): to assist with facility renovations as part of the museum's Centennial Campaign in 2019.

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company ($40,000): to aid strategic marketing and advertising campaigns leading up to the company's 50th anniversary in 2018.

Friends of Levitt Pavilion Dayton ($100,000): to help support the building of a new amphitheater in downtown Dayton that will host free, family-friendly concerts.

Greater Dayton Public Television ($10,000): to assist in renovating a meeting space to host gatherings by local nonprofits and to conduct remote meetings.

House of Bread ($50,000): to help with facility renovations and expansions to better serve the growing number of individuals and families in need.

Humane Society of Greater Dayton ($15,000): to support a capital campaign to increase the capacity of the adoption center and create a spay and neuter clinic, among other services.

Mary Scott Nursing Center, Inc. ($75,000): to help fund facility renovations, including fire code compliance upgrades, roof support system repairs, technology upgrades and volunteer programing expansions.

SICSA ($15,000): to support the building of a new facility with added veterinary services, kenneling options and other services.

Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services ($25,000): to aid in constructing a new facility for mental health, addiction, recovery, public health and other support services in Miami County.

Victoria Theatre Association ($40,000): to help in building a state-of-the-art creative space for classes, performances, programming and rental by other arts organizations.

Woodland Arboretum Foundation ($50,000): to support the restoration and preservation of the historic, Tiffany designed chapel, administration building, front gate and other significant structures.

The Foundation’s Greenlight Grants program launched in early 2016 to assist organizations seeking quick, small grants for special projects, program expansions, capital improvements or capacity building. Also awarded in December were Greenlight Grants totaling $19,000 to the following organizations.

Bach Society of Dayton ($2,000): to help collaborate with downtown small businesses to provide unconventional spaces for monthly concerts.

Blue Star Mothers of America ($2,500): to help upgrade their website and provide an online donation option.

Dare to Defy Productions ($2,000): to help purchase microphones for better sound quality.

Friends of Aullwood ($1,500): to construct a moveable chicken coop.

Historical Society of Vandalia Butler ($4,500): to help relocate the first log cabin built in Butler Township to the Historical Society's property.

Miamisburg Community Foundation ($1,000): to help purchase a cargo trailer to assist with a neighborhood enhancement project.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Dayton ($1,000): to assist in producing a promotional video for recruiting volunteers and donors.

Senior Resource Connection ($4,500): to purchase new food warmers to deliver hot meals to elderly and disabled individuals.

Funding for the Foundation’s Greenlight Grants and discretionary grants, both competitive grants programs, is made possible by donors who have provided unrestricted or lightly restricted funds to the Foundation to act on opportunities for the community and address pressing needs throughout the region. All grants are approved by the Foundation’s Governing Board to promote efforts in the areas of arts and culture, health, education, human services, philanthropy and other community-building endeavors.

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

Read more about Dayton Foundation grants at work in the community on our Grants in Action page.

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File date: 01.26.17


Fred Setzer

“Few people understand The Dayton Foundation’s central role in numerous community efforts, including education, The Job Center, the Schuster Center and RiverScape, to name a few. The Dayton Region might look very different were it not for the Foundation and its more than 3,500 donors and their charitable funds.” – Fred Setzer, Jr., donor and former Governing Board chair

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