The Dayton Foundation has announced two new grants to assist non-profits who are working with older adults. In this December 2016 photo, World War II veteran Clyde Dye, 93, is interviewed by volunteer Suzanne Nichols in Akron. Nichols is working on a veterans history project for The Library of Congress. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal/TNS)

Dayton Foundation announces new awards

The Dayton Foundation announced new grants Monday.

The foundation’s third Del Mar Social Innovation Award for Older Adult Programming recently awarded a total of $125,500 to two area not-for-profit organizations.

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The award, which is presented by the DMH-Fund of The Dayton Foundation, recognizes area nonprofits working to address the needs of those ages 55 and older, the foundation said in an announcement.

Since its inception in 2010, the fund has invested more than $2.7 million in Dayton-area nonprofits, including $909,772 to 11 nonprofits in the last three years.

The latest award recipients and their projects include the following.

Dayton Metro Library, with Rebuilding Together Dayton and WYSO 91.3FM ($100,000): to create a “senior voices” project that will address the physical and mental well-being of older adults, particularly those individuals residing in West Dayton.

The program will focus on training older adults as volunteers to learn home maintenance skills and interviewing skills as lead interviewers for a “senior stories” radio program, the foundation said.

Yellow Springs Senior Center ($25,500): to foster the village of Yellow Springs as a “dementia-friendly city equipped to support individuals with dementia, their family members and friend-care partners,” the foundation said in its statement.

This program will train local businesses on how best to interact with and assist individuals with dementia.

The Dayton Foundation serves the Dayton area. The foundation manages more than 3,500 charitable funds that have provided more than 325,000 grants totaling nearly $860 million to nonprofits locally and nationwide.

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