Dayton Foundation Funds that Accept Grant Requests from Not-for-Profit Organizations

There are a number of funds established at The Dayton Foundation that not-for-profit organizations may apply to for grants. Brief descriptions and contact information for these funds are listed below.

The Allegro Fund

The Allegro Fund is dedicated to the memory of Hermene Louise Schwarz, a pioneer in performing arts education in Dayton. This fund provides grants for performing arts organizations to enrich the Dayton community through dance, theater and music. Priority will be given to organizations that show collaboration with other groups, projects that utilize residencies or guest artists and performances that engage the whole community. Requests for proposals will be issued in the summer, generally on a bi-annual basis. For more information, please contact Beth Geiger, associate program officer for The Dayton Foundation, at (937) 225-9964.

Click here to review the Allegro Fund criteria, and click here for the LOI application.

The Brighter Tomorrow Foundation Fund

Every fall, the Brighter Tomorrow Foundation opens its grant process to applicants representing Montgomery County (Ohio) agencies that serve people with developmental disabilities. The application period extends over two months, from mid-September until the first Friday in November each year. Grant decisions are made in January and grantees are notified at that time. Grants have been awarded to 501(c)(3) organizations, local governmental agencies and academic institutions that serve individuals with developmental disabilities. Click here if you are interested in learning more or would like to apply for a grant.

Greater Dayton Conservation Fund

The Greater Dayton Conservation Fund now is accepting applications for its 2015 grants cycle. The application deadline is Wednesday, July 15, 2015.

The Kuntz Foundation Fund

Since its inception in 1946, the Kuntz Foundation has contributed over $6 million to charitable organizations in the fields of education, religion, healthcare, civic and cultural affairs, and human services. The foundation will consider grant proposals with a local focus (Dayton Region) for special projects, typically with durations of one year, and faith-based projects with a Catholic emphasis. All grants are one-time awards, unless otherwise stipulated. Grants for individuals will not be considered. Applying organizations must be recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Grant proposals must be received by June 30 of a given year. Notification of funding will be provided by December 31 of the same year. Click here to review the grant proposal guidelines. For more information, please contact Rose Ann Eckart, assistant to the president, The Dayton Foundation, at (937) 225-9961.

The Centerville-Washington Foundation Fund

The Centerville-Washington Foundation, a fund family of The Dayton Foundation, accepts and reviews grant requests for programs that meet the following criteria: to launch new projects that represent a unique and unduplicated opportunity for the community, to support established organizations for special purposes and to generate matching funds from government or nonprofit organizations that benefit the citizens of Centerville and Washington Township. Click here for additional information.

The Community Foundation for Kettering Fund

Projects and activities supported by the Community Foundation for Kettering must benefit residents of the Greater Kettering area. Applicants must be recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The foundation generally makes grants to support start-up or new projects currently not addressed by existing organizations, or special efforts by existing organizations to undertake unique activities or projects. For more information and to receive a grant application, please contact Janice McLefresh, donor relations officer for The Dayton Foundation, (937) 225-9971.

The Della B. Gardner Fund

The Della B. Gardner Fund of The Dayton Foundation will provide grants for the care and aid of worthy aged, sick and needy persons residing within the City of Middletown. Once per year, The Dayton Foundation will issue an Request for Proposal (RFP) to senior-serving organizations in the Middletown area and will award up to $12,000. For more information, please contact Beth Geiger, associate program officer for The Dayton Foundation, at (937) 225-9964.

The Del Mar Healthcare Fund

This fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations that serve or support senior citizens in the six-county areas, including Montgomery, Miami, Greene, Darke, Preble and northern Warren counties. Projects may be broad in nature and may include home care options, adult day services, long-term care, senior centers, home-delivered meals, respite care, social activities, etc. The Dayton Foundation's regular discretionary grantmaking guidelines do not apply to this RFP, and organizations may apply to this fund and the Foundation's discretionary process concurrently. For more information and an application, please contact Beth Geiger, associate program officer for The Dayton Foundation, at (937) 225-9964.

The Fund for Higher Education

Former NCR chairman Robert S. Oelman established The Fund for Higher Education at The Dayton Foundation in 1988 to permanently endow funding for projects that will improve the quality of and access to higher education in the Dayton Region. The Dayton Foundation issues an RFP to area colleges and universities for projects that will increase the range of higher educational services to students in the region, or which offer the promise of substantially improving the quality of these services. Grants range in size from $9,000 to $12,000 depending upon the earnings generated by the fund. For more information, please contact Beth Geiger, associate program officer for The Dayton Foundation, at (937) 225-9964.

The Robert and Helen Harmony Fund for Needy Children

This fund was established at The Dayton Foundation in 1993 by Robert and Helen Harmony for the purpose of providing quality camping opportunities for children in Montgomery, Greene, Clark, Darke, Miami, Preble, Butler or Warren counties in Ohio, who otherwise would not be able to attend camp because of financial need. In order to receive Harmony campership funds, a camp must be a resident camp and offer a broad range of nature and recreational programs (as opposed to nature camps only) utilizing properly trained staff. Medical/specialty camps offering residential programs for children also are encouraged to apply. Eligible camps must be accredited for the camping season by the American Camping Association or by a comparable accrediting agency. Awards are made annually. For more information, please contact Beth Geiger, associate program officer for The Dayton Foundation, at (937) 225-9964.

Click here for the grant application letter, and click here for the grant application guidelines.

Huber Heights Foundation

Projects and activities supported by the Huber Heights Foundation must benefit residents of the greater Huber Heights area. Applicants must be recognized as tax-exempt organizations under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Huber Heights Foundation, a fund of The Dayton Foundation, generally makes grants to support start up or new projects in the areas of the arts and humanities, education and youth, conservation and the environment, health and social services and citizenship. These projects or programs are ones that are not currently being addressed by existing organizations, or they are special efforts by existing organizations to undertake unique activities or projects. The Huber Heights Foundation has one grant cycle per year. For more information or inquiries about the grant process, click here or contact Janice McLefresh at (937) 225-9971.

Rike Family Scholarship Fund

The Rike family established this fund at The Dayton Foundation in 1987 to make awards to one or more private K-8 schools in the Greater Dayton Region. Awards are made on a biennial basis and cover a period of two school years. The size of awards varies from $1,500 to $1,900 annually. Applicants must be a private school, accredited by the State of Ohio and offer a general course of studies within Montgomery or Greene counties. The next announcement of an RFP will be in March of 2017. For more information, please contact Diane Timmons, vice president of Grants and Programs for The Dayton Foundation, at (937) 225-9966.

The Vandalia-Butler Foundation

Nonprofit organizations that benefit citizens in the Vandalia-Butler community may apply to the Vandalia-Butler Foundation. The Vandalia-Butler Foundation is a fund of The Dayton Foundation. To be eligible for a grant, an organization must be recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, be nondiscriminatory and address needs that are not met fully by existing organizational or community resources. For more information and an application, click here.

The VISIONS Endowment Fund

The VISIONS Endowment Fund accepts grant requests from any teacher or staff member in the Vandalia-Butler City School System for a project or program for the students in a particular school or classroom. No request is “too large” or “too small.” Grant applications may be received at any time during the year. The committee reviews grant requests in September, January and April. Funds are disbursed shortly after the committee meets. For more information, click here.

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File date: 08.06.15

IN THEIR WORDS

Adam Lutynski and Joyce Bowden

“My husband and I chose to establish an unrestricted endowment fund because we felt that The Dayton Foundation is in a better position than we are to monitor our charitable fund and determine where need is greatest.” – Adam M. Lutynski and Joyce M. Bowden, donors

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