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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 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

2021 Mini-Grants

Grants totaling $81,983 were awarded to the following 17 neighborhood projects.

  • African American Visual Artists: Art Day in the Park
  • Aviation Heritage: The Fifth Wright Cycle Shop Outdoor Workspace Project
  • Dayton African American Cultural Festival: Annual Cultural Festival
  • DeWeese Ridgecrest Civic Association: 7th Annual DRCA Art in the Garden Affaire
  • Gander Road Home Association: Green space improvement with benches & picnic tables
  • Grafton Hill Association: Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow 2022   
  • Historic Huffman Neighborhood Association: Historic lighting to Jamieson Memorial Victorian Garden
  • Historic South Park, Inc.: Beautification of two (2) neighborhood parks
  • Hook Estate Homeowner’s Association: Irrigation System Hook Estate
  • Linden Heights Neighborhood Association: Highland Park Gateway Project
  • Oregon Historic District Society: Newcome Park Revitalization
  • Jane Reece Neighborhood Association: National Register for Historic Designation
  • Preservation Dayton Inc.: PDI Advanced Marketing Plan
  • St. Anne’s Hill Historic District: Bomberger Park Enhancement
  • Twin Towers Neighborhood Association: Twin Towers Call to Action
  • University Row Neighborhood Association: University Row Beautification Project
  • Walnut Hills: Walnut Hills Park Hillside and Arena Improvement