July 05, 2016

Greater Dayton Nonprofits Receive $300K in Dayton Foundation Grants

Fifteen Greater Dayton nonprofit organizations recently were awarded grants totaling $301,975 through The Dayton Foundation’s discretionary grants and Greenlight Grants programs.

Funding for these two 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.

In June, The Dayton Foundation awarded $272,975 in discretionary grants to the following organizations. This amount includes a grant that will be announced at a later date.

Aviation Heritage Foundation ($50,000): to assist in acquiring the historic Wright Factory site to develop a center for aviation heritage, tourism and aerospace innovation.

Dayton Society of National History ($50,000): to assist in refurbishing and upgrading the Boonshoft Museum’s exhibits and adding a new STEM education/multipurpose wing.

The Foodbank ($48,185): to aid in building a drive-through market to make affordable produce more accessible for area residents.

Homefull, Inc. ($20,000): to help purchase equipment and expand the workforce development program that provides job-training skills for the homeless.

Clothes That Work ($32,250): to assist local workforce initiatives by providing professional clothing, education and coaching services to 2,000 clients annually by 2018.

Culture Works ($15,000): to help develop a web-based system for teachers to search for regional arts education opportunities that meet state learning standards.

Mission of Mary Cooperative ($7,540): to support the Backyard Garden Program and create a community garden to encourage residents in Dayton’s inner east neighborhoods to grow their own food.

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 June were Greenlight Grants totaling $29,000 to the following organizations.

The Brunner Literacy Center ($7,500): to begin literacy services at two Catholic Social Services locations.

Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area ($2,500): to assist with building repairs.

Dayton Visual Arts Center ($4,000): to help purchase donor management software.

HomeOwnership Center of Greater Dayton ($2,000): to develop and implement a Financial Capabilities coaching program.

The Salvation Army ($6,000): to support a new after-school reading program for families.

Town & Country Fine Art Gallery ($2,000): to support an awareness and education campaign.

United Theological Seminary ($3,000): to assist in the Center for Urban Ministry’s renovations.

UpDayton ($2,000): to support the Success Organics project.

More information about The Dayton Foundation and its competitive grants programs is available at www.daytonfoundation.org, or by calling (937) 222-0410.

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

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File date: 07.25.16


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 nearly 3,000 donors and their charitable funds.” – Fred Setzer, Jr., donor and former Governing Board chair

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