Mini-Grants

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The City of Dayton neighborhood mini-grant application process for 2021 is underway.

Neighborhood mini grants of up to $5,000 may be awarded for projects and programs benefiting neighborhoods, such as physical improvements, marketing materials, community events, and other initiatives benefiting the community and increasing organizational capacity.

Neighborhood Associations, block clubs, Priority Boards, and other community groups already established and having a public purpose are welcome to apply. Recipient organizations are required to use grant funds to leverage a fifty percent match from other sources and in-kind contributions.

How to have a successful 2021 Mini-Grant Project:

  1. Project must be in the city of Dayton
  2. Attend one of the two training sessions detailed below
  3. Submit or update acting fiscal agents W-9 & Affirmative Action Assurance (AAA) application
  4. Submit a completed project timeline & budget document (You can download our project timeline & budget template here)
  5. Obtain signatures from residents and submit your petition in support of the project (an example petition can be downloaded here)
  6. Complete the Neighborhood Mini-grants application (A link to the electronic form, or hardcopy, will be provided to you after your training session)

Dates for training are Thursday, June 17, 2021 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
City of Dayton, Commission Chambers - 101 W. Third St. - 2nd floor

Please contact Verletta Jackson at 937-333-3288 or verletta.jackson@daytonohio.gov to RSVP.

Applications will be available Wednesday, June 23, 2021, and the deadline to submit your application is Friday, July 23, 2021 at the close of business.

For additional information, contact Verletta Jackson at 937-333-3288 or verletta.jackson@daytonohio.gov.

2019 Mini-Grants

Grants totaling $102,098 were awarded to the following 23 neighborhood projects. 

  • Burkhardt Springfield Community Association: Burkhardt Festival
  • Downtown Dayton Partnership: Urban Arts Intersection
  • Downtown Priority Board: Wagtown Dog Trail and Barking Spots
  • Grafton Hill Association: Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow
  • Grafton Grows Green: Community Garden
  • Greater Old North Dayton Business Association: National Night Out & Taste of Old North Dayton
  • Historic Huffman Neighborhood Association: Spirit of Huffman Tour
  • Innerwest Priority Board: Annual Art Day
  • Linden Heights Neighborhood Association: Highland Park Restoration
  • Oregon District Business Association: Taste of Oregon
  • Oregon Historic District Society: Grand Holiday Tour of Homes
  • Jane Reece Neighborhood Association: Improving Sustainability for the Salem Garden
  • Preservation Dayton, Inc.: Walking Tour Brochure and App
  • Salem Avenue Peace Corridor: Gateway Improvements
  • Twin Towers Neighborhood Association: 2019-A New Beginning
  • Wright Dunbar Business Association: Banner Project

The following 7 projects were extended to 2021 due to COVID-19:

  • Belmont Eastmont Hearthstone Community Council: Nordale Bark Trail and Park Improvements
  • Carillon Civic Council: Rediscover Carillon
  • DeWeese Ridgecrest Civic Association: 7th Annual Art in the Garden Affaire
  • FROC Priority Board: Neighbors Wellness Outreach
  • Greater Edgemont Community Coalition: Children’s Garden 
  • Longest Table Dayton: Longest Table Community Dinners
  • Wesley Community Center: Community Garden