Mayor's Fund for Neighborhoods

The fund was established through donations made at a community celebration held in January 2014, following Mayor Whaley’s election. Successful applicants must be IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations or must apply through a suitable fiscal agent. Funding applications will be reviewed by a selection committee of community volunteers and ranked on criteria. The Dayton Mayor’s Fund is administered by The Dayton Foundation

2016 Winners
  • African American Visual Artists Guild (AAVAG): Exposition Through Art - A new, ongoing program that gives homage to ideas, places and facts that have built and are building positive cultural perspectives for coming generations of African Americans.
  • McCook Field Neighborhood: Summer Reading Under the Winnie the Pooh Tree - A summer reading program that includes sending books home with children.
  • Twin Towers Neighborhood Association: The East Dayton Easter Egg Hunt - A spring activity that includes entertainment, food and cultural crafts, and an Easter egg hunt.

2017 Winners


  • African-American Visual Artists Guild: Art Day Program
  • Dayton Urban Ministry Center: Neighborhood “Chat N’ Chew” Program
  • Roosevelt Neighborhood Collaborative: “Bring Back the Funk” Festival
  • Twin Towers: “Spring Fling” Festival
  • Walnut Hills: Community Festival