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Grants to Ohio Nonprofits to Meet a Wide
Range of Community Needs in Greater Dayton

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The Dayton Foundation

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Deadline Date:

10/04/19 Postmarked by Midnight or Hand-delivered by 4:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $7,500 to $75,000 to Ohio nonprofit organizations for programs and projects in the Greater Dayton area that address a wide range of community needs. A letter of inquiry is required prior to submission of a full application. The programs considered for discretionary support are located primarily in Montgomery, Miami, Greene, Darke, Preble, and Warren (north) counties.

The Dayton Foundation awards grants to help organizations help others in Greater Dayton. Grants for public charitable purposes are awarded to a full spectrum of 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations - from social services and the arts to health and the environment - based upon worthy community efforts and the greatest community need.

Three types of grants are generally funded:

Capacity-Building Grants: To provide for more efficient use of community resources, promote coordination, cooperation and sharing among organizations and reduce the duplication of services in the community. To strengthen not-for-profit agencies and institutions by reducing operating costs, increasing public financial support and improving internal management. To help build organizational capacity so that the charity can work more efficiently and effectively and raise more dollars.

Capital Campaign or Capital Improvement Grants: To help an organization expand services and capacity.

Special Projects or Program Expansion Grants: To fund new projects or initiatives, provide seed funding for strategic growth or an expansion of an existing project or initiative to help an organization test or demonstrate new approaches and techniques for solving important community problems. To help established organizations launch new projects for special purposes, representing a unique and unduplicated opportunity and meeting a significant community need. To promote volunteer participation and citizen involvement in community affairs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165850

Estimated Size of Grant:

Discretionary grant requests range from $7,500 to $75,000. Typically, the Grants Committee awards grants for no more than 25 percent of a total project budget, not to exceed $75,000; however, it reserves the right to increase or decrease the amount awarded if circumstances warrant.

Term of Contract:

The grant cycle takes place over a six-month time frame. Projects may not begin before the funding decision date. Multi-year commitments rarely are considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for a grant, an organization must:

- Be recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, according to the Internal Revenue Code, and be established for at least two years and have a track record of sustainability
- Benefit the citizens in the Greater Dayton Region, (Montgomery, Miami, Greene, Darke, Preble, and Warren (north) counties)
- Have a diversity/inclusion policy, demonstrate systemic collaboration
- Address needs that are not met fully by existing organizational or community resources

The Foundation generally does not award discretionary grants for:
- General organizational operations and ongoing programs, operational deficits or reduced or lost funding
- Individuals, scholarship, travel
- Religious/sectarian causes
- Fundraising drives
- Special events
- Political activities
- Public or private schools
- Endowment funds
- Hospitals and universities for internal programs
- Matching grants (unless local dollars are needed to fulfill a condition for a state or federal grant)
- Neighborhood or local jurisdiction projects
- Newly organized not-for-profit organizations
- Publications, scientific, medical, or academic research projects, research papers

Pre-proposal Conference:

To learn more about the grant process, there are two grant orientations offered each year in June and November. The orientation is recommended for all organizations that are planning to apply for a grant; however, it is not required. Orientations typically last about 90-minutes.

The June 7, 2019 grants orientation will take place at Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley beginning at 9:00 AM. Goodwill is located at 660 South Main Street, Dayton, OH 45402.

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Pre-Application Information:

2019 Funding Cycles:

-1st Cycle
LOI deadline: January 11, 2019
Application deadline: March 22, 2019
Proposal review: May
Funding decision: June 12, 2019

-2nd Cycle:
LOI deadline: July 19, 2019
Application deadline: October 4, 2019
Proposal review: November
Funding decision: December 11, 2019

All Letters of Intent (LOI) and grant applications are due by 4:00 PM on the deadline date.

The LOI provides the Foundation with an overview of a funding request. After the Grants Committee has reviewed an LOI and determined that a project falls within the funding guidelines, a full grant application will be sent out.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Michelle Brown, Community Engagement Officer,
(937) 225-9965

Please mail all of the documentation to:
The Dayton Foundation
Grants and Programs Department
40 N. Main Street, Suite 500
Dayton, Ohio, 45423

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: Montgomery, Miami, Greene, Darke, Preble, and Warren (north) counties

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