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Grants to Ohio Nonprofits in Eligible Areas to Benefit African-American Residents

African American Community Fund (AACF) Grant


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Funding Source
African American Community Fund (AACF)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Ohio: Dayton/Greater Miami Valley region

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/30/23 5:00 PM - Postmark and electronic receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $1,000 to Ohio nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for programs and projects that benefit African-American communities. Funding is intended to support a variety of public charitable purposes, including social services, mentoring and education, health and wellness, and the arts. Eligible organizations serve the residents of the Greater Miami Valley and Dayton region.

The Foundation generally funds projects that:

  • Provide for more efficient use of community resources;
  • Promote coordination, cooperation, and sharing among organizations;
  • Promote volunteer participation and citizen involvement in community affairs; or
  • Expand an existing project or initiative.

Examples of Funded Grants:

  • Hard goods (equipment, clothing, school supplies);
  • Youth programming;
  • Educational efforts;
  • Marketing of new services and programs;
  • Cultural events and initiatives;
  • Homeless outreach and support; and
  • Diversity projects.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The African-American Community Fund (AACF) accepts grant applications from qualified 501(c)(3) organizations in the Dayton/Greater Miami Valley area.

Eligible organizations must:
- Be recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization, according to the Internal Revenue Code;
- Benefit the citizens in the Dayton/Greater Miami Valley region;
- Have a diversity/inclusion policy; and
- Address needs that are not fully met by existing organizational or community resources

What the Foundation Generally Does Not Fund:
- General organizational operations;
- Individuals;
- Annual fundraising drives;
- Scholarships and travel grants; and
- Endowment funds.

Pre-Application Information
AACF's FY23 Grant Cycle will open from July 1, 2023, to September 30, 2023.

The original application packet must be postmarked on or before the deadline date; in addition, the emailed copy of the application below must be sent by the deadline date and time.

AACF Grant Writing Assistance:

Estimated Size of Grant
Typically amounts awarded are between $500 and $1,000. The size and number of grants is determined by the amount of money available each year.

Contact Information
Please mail, email, or hand-deliver the application to the attention of (and direct questions to):

Lucy Baker, donor relations officer
African-American Community Fund
The Dayton Foundation
1401 Main Street, Suite 100
Dayton, OH 45409
(937) 225-9960

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