The DP&L Foundation and The Dayton Power and Light Company (DP&L) donate more than $2.4 million annually to organizations that enhance the quality of life, promote economic development and protect the environment for our residents.

DP&L Corporate Social Responsibility

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 Dayton Power & Light Company has two streams of giving:

  1. DP&L Foundation Grants
  2. DP&L Corporate Contributions

DP&L Foundation

DP&L Foundation logo

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 DP&L Foundation focuses its contributions in the following strategic contribution areas:

  • Economic Development: creating an engaged, vibrant, welcoming community that is seen as a great place to live and work
  • Arts & Culture: heightening the impact of arts and local culture in our communities
  • Health & Human Services: to improve the quality of life for all
  • Education: improving educational access and outcomes

DP&L Foundation Signature Grants

The DP&L Foundation introduced Signature Grants in 2013 to provide nonprofit organizations the opportunity to request funding for larger projects, including but 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.

Watch to learn more about the 2015 Signature Grant recipients:

Past DP&L Foundation Signature Grant recipients include:

  • American Red Cross Dayton Area – Three grants totaling $210,000 to support disaster relief services in the Dayton, Northern Miami Valley and Clinton County.
  • Boonshoft Museum of Discovery – $100,000 for expanding educational facilities.
  • Crayons to Classrooms – $50,000 to renovate and relocate to a larger space to serve a greater number of teachers and students.
  • Culture Works – Two $50,000 grants to provide matching funds for Power2Give, an online crowd funding initiative empowering individual donors to give directly to a variety of local arts, science and history projects.
  • Dayton Children’s Hospital – Two $100,000 contributions to the Reaching New Heights capital campaign to build a new patient care tower that will transform care for critically ill infants, children and teens. In addition to a $50,000 grant to fund programs to provide car seats and bike helmets to the community and mobile sanitation stations for the safety of hospital staffers and patients.
  • Dayton Performing Arts Alliance –Two grants totaling $170,000 to power innovation in the arts by continuing to energize and engage audiences of all ages through groundbreaking performances. The DP&L Foundation is the Official Innovation Partner of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance.
  • Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley  – Two $50,000 grants to support the Miami Valley Works program that engages the chronically unemployed to learn skills to obtain and retain employment.
  • Habitat for Humanity – $50,000 to help fund new building renovations, ReStore expansion and increase annual home construction.
  • K-12 Gallery for Young People – $120,000 grant to fund new building renovations and to support youth educational programs.
  • Muse Machine – $50,000 to fund arts in education and student performance programming.
  • Rebuilding Together Dayton – Two $50,000 grants to expand the Seasonal Safe@Home program revitalizing Dayton's Westwood neighborhood.
  • United Way of the Greater Dayton Area – Three $150,000 grants to support the LIVE United 24/7/365 Fund to support education, income and health initiatives and programs such as Helplink 211.
  • Victoria Theatre Association – Two $100,000 grants for the Next Stage Campaign assisting with the sustainability of Dayton's well-loved arts facilities as an artistic hub and an economic driver in our community for generations to come. The DP&L Foundation is the Official Energy Sponsor of the Victoria Theatre Association.
  • WYSO Public Radio – Two $50,000 grants to support local business and economics reporting in the Miami Valley.
  • YWCA Dayton – $50,000 for the Teen Services and Girls Inc. programs and renovations to the domestic violence shelter.

View photos from DP&L Foundation Signature Grant receptions

DP&L Corporate Contributions

The Dayton Power & Light Company was founded in 1911 and supplies electricity to more than 515,000 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.

DP&L service area

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.

Grant Applications

If you are a registered non profit organization seeking a contribution from DP&L, see how to apply for a DP&L contribution here.