Dayton Foundation awards $1.2 million in grants to 43 charities

YMCA of Greater Dayton ($100,000), in partnership with CountyCorp, CareSource, Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley, The Homeownership Center, Premier Health, United Way of the Greater Dayton Area and Wright State University, to build a one-stop health and wellness center in northwest Dayton.

Montgomery County Ohio College Pledge ($100,000) to support the Extend the Promise campaign to help an additional 500 students, over the next 10 years, attend college at little or no cost to them or their families.

WYSO Public Radio ($75,000) to help build a satellite location at the Dayton Arcade for broadcasts and educational opportunities.

The food bank ($75,000) purchase a new freezer to increase the organization’s ability to respond to future emergencies.

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio ($75,000) to build a green program shelter, including sustainable energy features, a community garden and a green careers learning station at Camp Whip Poor Will.

Good Neighbor House ($75,000) to expand its current space to include six examination rooms, a laboratory, a dispensary, a wellness and physiotherapy room and a counseling office.

Co-op Dayton-Greater Dayton Union Cooperative Initiative ($75,000) to help launch the Westside Makerspace Cooperative located in the West Branch Dayton Metro Library which will offer a range of hands-on, project-based classes.

Dayton Art Institute ($70,000) to help create a life-size sculpture of Paul Laurence Dunbar to educate and inspire visitors to the West Branch Dayton Metro Library.

Habitat for Humanity Greater Dayton ($62,500) to help replace the roof of his downtown facility.

Beaver Creek Wetlands Association ($50,000) Create a regional trail network connecting parks and reserves along the Beaver Creek Wetland Corridor.

Miami Valley Meal ($39,000) to purchase a new walk-in freezer for additional meal storage.

Overfield Tavern Museum ($25,000) repair and preserve the historic log building to improve its structural integrity, protect irreplaceable artifacts, and safely provide historic programming and services.

Agraria Center for Regenerative Practice ($25,000) to support the construction of a bicycle and walking path connecting Agraria to the village of Yellow Springs and the existing network of bicycle paths in Ohio.

The Co ($25,000) to support the costs of building its new location in the Dayton Arcade, which will help the organization double its exhibit space.

Friends of Aullwood ($25,000) to help with renovations that will make Aullwood more accessible to the public.

Boys and Girls Club of Dayton ($21,250) to hire its first resource development professional to help strengthen the organization and its programming.

Clothes that work ($12,500) to help build a vehicle to house an inventory of work-appropriate clothing, two locker rooms and a client meeting space for its new mobile outreach initiative that aims to break down barriers to employment.

Learning Tree Farm ($11,375) build an equipment barn so that the organization can hold programs and events in the bank’s barn, increasing accessibility for people with reduced mobility.

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The Foundation’s Greenlight Grants program helps organizations seeking small, quick grants for special projects, program expansions, capital improvements, or capacity building. Over the past few months, $76,881 in Greenlight grants have been awarded to the following organizations:

Places Inc. ($7,500) to purchase appliances and furniture for adults living with mental health issues.

St. Anne’s Hill Historical Society ($6,844) to purchase handicap-accessible playground equipment for Bomberger Park.

4C for kids ($5,000) to furnish and equip its new premises in order to offer training and services to childcare service providers and to continue to help families find quality childcare services.

Senior Resource Connection ($5,000) to buy insulated food bags that maintain the temperature during delivery.

YES! For youth ($5,000) to purchase a network server system to securely back up data, access data from remote locations, increase storage capacity for data and virtual training content, as well as provide GED and certificate courseware programs computer training.

Fisher-Nightingale Homes, Inc. ($4,500) construct a storage building for supplies and equipment.

Gem City Kittens ($4,239) to replace and upgrade equipment at the Gem City Vet office located in Trotwood, helping the organization reduce energy bills.

Dayton Peace Museum ($4,000) to digitize the stories of the heroes of peace in a permanent exhibition and create an interactive experience in the new location of the museum.

Dayton Premier Little League ($4,000) to help improve the dugouts, restrooms, parking lot, concession stand and playground.

Miamisburg Historical Society ($3,500) to help get a state-of-the-art scanner to read, digitize and print all styles of film and convert and digitize old film reels.

The Germantown Historical Society ($3,000) to help repair and preserve the exterior walls of the building.

Greene County Domestic Violence Prevention Center ($3,000) to develop and update the organization’s current telephone operating system.

Trinity Community at Miami Township ($3,000) to help reduce isolation and increase social interaction through interactive programming for residents of this senior community.

Brukner Nature Center ($2,847) Improve fencing that separates visitors and Wildlife Ambassador Program participants.

Operation 2000 Cherry Trees ($2,580) to purchase and plant cherry trees for a cherry blossom trail from the Dayton Art Institute to historic Carillon Park.

Rebuild Dayton Together ($2,500) to purchase a work truck to provide services that help seniors stay in safe and healthy housing.

Yellow Springs Home, Inc. ($2,500) to hire an accounting and consulting firm.

Planned2Give ($2,000) to upgrade its Network for Good subscription, allowing the organization to support more nonprofit fundraising events.

Isaiah’s Place, Inc. ($1,984) purchase books and sensory items that can help foster children self-regulate when they are in a state of intense emotion.

ventureLINX ($1,200) to purchase equipment that will help students become more employable upon graduation.

OneFifteen ($1,195) provide fitness programs for people recovering from addiction.

League of Women Voters of the Greater Dayton Area ($960) increase the capacity and efficiency of its data storage system.

Rehabilitation Center for Neurodevelopment ($532) support neuro-educational activities in the classroom for clients with disabilities.

Funding for these two competitive grant programs is made possible by individuals who have established unrestricted or lightly restricted charitable funds. More information about the Dayton Foundation and its competitive grant programs is available at or by calling (937) 222-0410.

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