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Foundation announces $26.4M in grants in past six months

In the past six months, Dayton Foundation fund holders awarded 10,515 grants totaling $26.4 million to not-for-profit organizations locally and beyond.

That’s a seven percent increase compared to the same period last year, the foundation said in an announcement Tuesday.

Grant awards amounting to $398,250 were made in the areas of arts and culture, health, education, human services, philanthropy and other community-building endeavors, the foundation said.

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Discretionary grants totaling $357,500 were awarded to an array of organizations, including $75,000 to the Greater Dayton Union Cooperative to assist in building a new cooperative grocery store in a designated food desert area, the foundation said.

Other recent grants have included:

CityWide Neighborhood Development Corp., $25,000, to help fund the final phase of the Lakeside Lake restoration project.

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Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc., $50,000.

Agape for Youth, Inc., $7,000.

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, $22,000.

Omega Community Development Corp., $75,000, toward building a center that will host poverty reduction programs.

Partners in Hope, Inc., $25,000, to help build a new facility to expand relief, education and development services for families in need.

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The foundation’s “Greenlight Grants” program is aimed at organizations seeking “quick, small grants for special projects, program expansions, capital improvements or capacity building,” the foundation said. Those grants went to the Crayons to Classrooms organization, the Beavercreek Wetlands Association, Daybreak and others.

The Dayton Foundation is the regional community foundation for the Dayton area. Since its establishment in 1921, the foundation has managed more than 3,500 charitable funds that have provided more than $867 million in grants to nonprofits locally and nationwide.

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