Greater Dayton Conservation Fund Grant

The Dayton Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $5,000

Anticipated deadline: Jun 29, 2020

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Counties in Ohio: Auglaize County, Brown County, Butler County, Champaign County, Clark County Show all

Location of residency: United States

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NOTE:  In 2019 the GDCF board has decided not to have a grant cycle since they are pursuing a special project. GDCF plans to resume their normal grant cycle in 2020.

The Greater Dayton Conservation Fund (GDCF) is soliciting grant proposals from organizations that benefit the natural environment of the communities in the Great Miami and Little Miami River watersheds --19 counties in Southwest Ohio-- and that are recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our goal is to support work that safeguards our natural environment through education, restoration, scientific research, and other activities. GDCF has a special interest in innovative and original projects, especially those that include collaboration and cooperation between organizations.

The Partners for the Environment assists the GDCF by managing the grant application process and soliciting questions related to the grant and the application. The GDCF Advisory Committee will select the grantees at their discretion based on the guidelines below.

The GDCF of The Dayton Foundation has traditionally helped launch new projects not addressed by existing organizations or helped to support special efforts of already established nonprofit conservation organizations. Proposals should represent a new project (one that is not a duplication of an existing project or program) that will affect a substantial number of people. 

In 2018 the GDCF will award funds to eligible projects for up to $5,000 to one or more organizations. Projects that benefit water may also apply for additional funds of a match equal to or less than their GDCF request (see page 5 for details on eligibility for matching funds). 

The fund is particularly interested in projects that:

  • Preserve or restore natural habitats.
  • Assess/measure water quality, species, etc.
  • Encourage regional cooperation and are consistent with regional objectives.
  • Support/stimulate sustainable agriculture.
  • Result in permanent protection of land via purchase or conservation easement.
  • Involve people of all ages, especially youth.
  • Educate the general public on the value of conservation principles.
  • Provide nature experiences for urban residents.
  • Include an objective in a watershed action plan.
  • Encourage and/or implement conservation design principles for construction projects.
  • Address needs that are not fully met by existing organizational or community resources.
  • Benefit one or more of the 19 counties of the Great Miami River and Little Miami River Watersheds (see map on page 4).(see map)

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Your organization must meet the following requirements:
    • Be a current paid member of Partners for the Environment (membership form enclosed).
    • Be recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization with a primary program focus on conservation, earth stewardship, or environmental education.
    • Benefit the greater Miami Valley region defined as the 19 counties of the Great Miami River Watershed and the Little Miami River Watershed
    • Have a diversity/inclusion policy.
    • Demonstrate that it has or will have the financial resources and expertise to complete the project.

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member.


  • Government organizations are not eligible.
  • The fund does not award grants for:
    • general organizational operations
    • ongoing programs
    • individuals
    • scientific, medical, or academic research projects
    • operational deficits or reduced or lost funding
    • sectarian activities of religious organizations
    • scholarships and travel grants
    • annual fundraising drives, ceremonies, special or one-time events
    • public or private schools
    • administrative costs that exceed 10% of the total project budget (grant should not be a burden to staff of organization)
    • endowment funds