Community Contributions

The DP&L Foundation and The Dayton Power and Light Company (DP&L) donate more than $2 million annually to the community.


The DP&L Foundation and The Dayton Power and Light Company (DP&L) donate more than $2 million annually to organizations that enhance the quality of life, promote economic development and protect the environment for our residents.

We understand the importance of being a good corporate citizen. We are committed to making a difference through our contributions for our customers and for the communities where our employees live, work and volunteer.

The DP&L Foundation was established in 1985 to reinvest in our communities and contribute to the improvement of the overall quality of life.

The Dayton Power & Light Company was founded in 1911 and supplies electricity to more than 500,000 customers in central and southwest Ohio. DP&L and its employees have a long tradition of community support. DP&L employees volunteer their time, talents and treasure by serving on non-profit boards, volunteering at local non-profit agencies and contributing personal funds to local charities.

Annually, DP&L employees routinely rank among the top contributors to the Greater Dayton United Way campaign.

The Difference Between a DP&L Foundation Grant and a DP&L Corporate Contribution


DP&L Foundation grants promote economic development that makes an engaged, vibrant community a great place to live and work; support health and human services to improve the quality of life for all; and heighten the impact of arts and culture.

DP&L Corporate contributions invest in the community to make a vibrant community a great place to live and work; advance education and training to improve outcomes and promote excellence in secondary and post-secondary education; encourage economic development within DP&L’s 24 county service area and around DP&L’s power plants along the Ohio River; and protect the environment by supporting organizations that conserve or improve the natural world around us.

Where Organizations are Eligible for a DP&L Foundation Grant or a DP&L Corporate Contribution


This map (below) shows the geographic area where our grants and contributions are concentrated. The area includes our 24-county service territory and a few counties around our power plants located along the Ohio River.

Requesting organizations must also fit our philosophy of giving and meet our key principles.

The Overall Philosophy of DP&L Foundation Grants and DP&L Corporate Contributions


The DP&L Foundation and DP&L are committed to emphasizing programs and supporting activities that are sustainable, rather than making financial donations to a general operations fund or an event providing short-term benefits for a limited number of people.

We do NOT fund
• Organizations without 501(c)3 public charity status from the IRS or classified as private foundations
• Organizations that discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, age, veteran status or any federal, state or local laws
• National or state health organizations
• Organizations that only benefit a few people
• Organizations raising money for second-party giving to a non-profit
• Churches
• Individuals
• Travel funds for tours, expeditions or trips
• School yearbook and/or calendar ads
• School or civic sports teams, events or supplies (t-shirts, etc.)


How the DP&L Foundation and DP&L Decide to Make a Grant or Contribution to an Organization

DP&L Foundation Grant Principles

The following are the key principles the Board uses when evaluating grant applications.

• Improving the quality of life for our community – Does the organization enrich the quality of life in our communities? Grants must be directed to local organizations for local needs.

• Enhancing the sustainability of the organization – Is the organization sustainable regardless of any ongoing financial commitment from the DP&L Foundation? Will the grant expand programs or services offered by the organization?

• Engaging DPL people in partner organizations – Do DPL people volunteer for and support the organization?


DP&L Corporate Contribution Principles

The following are the key principles we will use when evaluating applications.

• Benefiting the community with long-term effects – Does the program or organization have a long-term impacts, particularly those that make a community stronger economically, socially or environmentally?

• Emphasizing programs and supporting activities sustainable in nature – Does the program/event utilize training, education, and capacity-building to make a longer-term positive impact?

• Employee engagement – Does the non-profit organization encourage employees to serve on boards and volunteer with the organization?

To Apply for Funding

Thank you for your interest in partnering with the Dayton Power & Light Foundation and Dayton Power & Light Company. Each year we receive hundreds of applications and proposals from worthy organizations. We are only able to fund a portion of those received.

A new addition for 2013 is the DP&L Foundation Signature Grant. A Signature Grant is the opportunity to ask for a grant to support a larger project which may include, but is not limited to capital projects. Signature grants are aimed at special projects (such as a new or innovative program) and long-time partners in DP&L's community efforts.  Our commitment for a Signature Grant is for a one-year period. Requests for multi-year grants will be reviewed annually. There will be at least two signature grants given each year, one at the $100,000+ level and one at the $50,000+ level. Additional information may be requested as background for these grant requests.

We have developed an online application to reduce the amount of paper for the application process, which aligns with our commitment to protect the environment.

This year, all DP&L Foundation grant applications will only be accepted through our online portal (see instructions and link below). The deadline for applying for a 2013 Foundation grant is November 1, 2013.

Beginning January 1, 2014 DP&L Corporate Community Contribution applications will only be accepted through the online application link. Through the end of 2013, you may email DPL Community Relations to get a DP&L Corporate Contribution application form.

Before Getting Started with the Online Form

NOTE: You must complete the application and click submit prior to closing your browser or it will not be saved. You must submit an electronic copy of the following along with your application:

• List organization’s Board of Directors.
• Program or project budget or the organization’s current year budget.
• IRS Letter of Determination (must have a 501(c)3 status).
• W-9 form, required only for Corporate Community Contributions.
• Organization’s most recent audited financial statements or most recently filed Form 990 (if your organization’s financials are only available in hard copy or too large to submit as a part of the form, it may be submitted separately).

Individual file sizes must not exceed 2MB, if they do please send those files in a separate email to DPL Community Relations and include your organization's name in the subject line of the email.

Click here for online form.