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Grants to Ohio Nonprofits in Eligible Counties
to Meet a Wide Range of Community Needs

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The Dayton Foundation

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Deadline Date:

10/01/21 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $75,000 to Ohio nonprofit organizations in eligible counties for programs and projects 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/or 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.

For examples, see pages 3-4 of the Guidelines:

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 (established for at least two years and have a track record of sustainability) or have a fiscal agent with such status;
- Benefit citizens in the Dayton Region;
- Have a diversity/inclusion policy (Please note, in most cases, this is different from the non-discrimination policy. To review The Dayton Foundation’s diversity policy, please visit;
- Address needs that are not met fully by existing organizational or community resources; and
- Demonstrate systemic collaboration.

Discretionary grants are not for ongoing operations.

For a list of what the Foundation generally does not fund, see

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Schedule:
- Letters of Intent Due: July 9, 2021, by 4:00 p.m.
- Full Grant Application Due (Invitation only): October 1, 2021, by 4:00 p.m.
- Grants Program Orientation: November 3, 2021

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 the applicant's 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.

Only one LOI per organization per grant cycle may be submitted for consideration.

If you are new to The Dayton Foundation’s grant application process, or if you have any questions, you are encouraged to contact Tania Arseculeratne, Community Engagement Officer to find out if your organization is eligible to apply for a grant and/or for a preliminary discussion of your planned request/project idea.

Letter of Intent:

Contact Information:

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

Please email the completed LOI form and required documents (PDF preferred) to Tania Arseculeratne at

Please use the following subject line when emailing the LOI form and required documents: “TDF LOI Packet 2021 July Cycle.”

If you have questions about the grantmaking process, please contact Tania Arseculeratne, program officer, at (937) 225-9966 or the above email address.

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Geographic Focus:

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

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