Grants – 2021

The Disability Foundation, a supporting organization of The Dayton Foundation, is pleased to offer a Request for Proposal for FY 2021 seeking competitive grants for organizations that provide direct services, to people living with disabilities. Eligible applicants include 501(c)(3) organizations, governmental non-profit agencies, and academic institutions. 

Grants will be awarded to vetted community-based nonprofits and 501(c)(3) charitable organizations serving individuals living with disabilities that are focused on:

  • Direct services to individual living with disabilities
  • Expansion of Services
  • Purchase of equipment for accessibility
  • Remodeling to enhance accessibility
  • Housing
  • Lasting Equipment

An organization may only submit one grant request. The value of grant(s) awarded to the same organization may not exceed $10,000 in a grant-cycle year.

Proposal Preparation Instructions – Please see application for details.

The deadline for proposal submittal is 5 PM on February 26, 2021.  You must submit your proposal by email.

  • Please email the completed application in Word format to Greg Darling (
  • Please email the required documents in PDF format with the application to Greg Darling.
  • You will receive an email confirmation when your application has been successfully submitted.
  • If there are additional questions about your application, staff will contact you.
  • An organization may only submit one grant request for a maximum of $10,000.
  • Applications will only be considered from organizations serving people living with disabilities in the state of Ohio, with preference to southwest Ohio.
  • If your organization was awarded a grant from The Disability Foundation in July 2020 for COVID Focused needs, your project is not complete, and your report has not been submitted, you may still apply for a grant in this cycle as long as it is not a continuation of the specific July 2020 awarded grant project.
  • Application must be received no later than 5 p.m. Friday February 26, 2021..

Applicants will be notified of funding decisions no later than April 30, 2021.

If you are interested in learning more or applying for a grant you will need to review and  submit
the following 2021 forms:

Funds for this effort come from investment growth of Retained Funds (the Deceased Beneficiary

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