Mayor Nan Whaley has announced four winning community projects to receive $500 grants from the Dayton Mayor's Fund, a special resource supported by private donations to celebrate the culture, creativity and diversity of Dayton neighborhoods. Funding applications were reviewed by a selection committee of community volunteers and ranked on criteria. The winning projects for 2016, selected from 10 applicants, are:
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.
University Row Neighborhood Association: University Row Tour of Homes - A community event promoting effective means of renovation and beautification, as well as sharing best practices for decorating, renovating, and home repair.
Established Through Donations
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.
Guidelines and deadlines for the 2016 program will be announced soon.