DP&L Foundation Power Grants

The DP&L Foundation recently announced $1 million in 2018 grants, including more than $620,000 in Power Grants made to area partners in 2018. Power Grants are strategic investments aimed at area partner organizations supporting new or continued innovative growth initiatives which will make a long-lasting impact on the people and communities in the Dayton Region. Collectively, these projects are transforming the landscape of the Miami Valley – attracting businesses, fueling growth, and improving the quality of life for our families and neighbors.

Over the past six years, The DP&L Foundation has awarded 66 Power Grants totaling nearly $5 million to DP&L’s community partner organizations around the Miami Valley, including (listed in alphabetical order):

American Red Cross

DP&L volunteers with Dayton Red Cross

Six grants totaling $395,000 to support disaster relief services in the Dayton, Northern Miami Valley and Clinton County chapters of the American Red Cross.


Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

child learning at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

$100,000 for expanding educational facilities.boonshoftmuseum.org


Clothes That Work

Clothes That Work Workplace Institute

$50,000 to expand educational programs to include tier two courses for entry-level workers. clothesthatwork.org


Crayons to Classrooms

Crayons 2 Classrooms new facility

$50,000 to renovate and relocate to a larger space to serve a greater number of teachers and students. dc2c.org


Culture Works

Culture Works Dayton

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.cultureworks.org



Daybreak youth homeless shelter

$50,000 to support Project Rescue: a campaign focused on saving young lives and shelter operations. daybreakdayton.org


Dayton Art Institute

Dayton Art Institute rendering

Three grants totaling $305,000 for annual special exhibitions and capital improvements for the museum's 100th anniversary in 2019. daytonartinstitute.org


Dayton Children's Hospital

Dayton Childrens rendering new patient tower

Five $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. daytonchildrens.org


Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

$50,000 to celebrate the 50th anniversary year of Dayton's world-renown dance troup. dcdc.org


Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

Five grants totaling $470,000 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. daytonperformingarts.org


Development Research Corporation

Development Research Corporation - Dayton Development Coalition

The nonprofit arm of the Dayton Development Coalition received a total of $100,000 to fund regional economic development projects. daytonregion.com


Friends of Levitt Dayton

Levitt Pavilion Dayton

$100,000 to "close the gap" on the campaign goal for the construction of the new Levitt Pavilion Dayton supporting community building and economic development through free music and a cultural gathering place in the city center. levittdayton.org


Gem City Market (Greater Dayton Union Co-op)

Future site of Gem City Market

$50,000 to build a community-owned co-op grocery store in the west Dayton food desert. gemcitymarket.com


Goodwill Easter Seals of the Miami Valley

DP&L receives partner of year award from Goodwill Easter Seals

Three grants totaling $150,000 to support the Miami Valley Works program that engages the chronically unemployed to learn skills to obtain and retain employment. miamivalleyworks.org


Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton

Habitat for Humanity

$50,000 to help fund new building renovations, ReStore expansion and increase annual home construction. daytonhabitat.org


K-12 Gallery and TEJAS

K-12 Gallery Ribbon Cutting

$120,000 grant to fund new building renovations and to support youth educational programs. k12gallery.org


Murphy Theatre Company

Murphy Theatre in Wilmington Ohio

$50,000 to support the restoration and preservation of the historic theatre to continue hosting a variety of performances. themurphytheatre.org


The Muse Machine

The Muse Machine

$50,000 to fund arts in education and student performance programming. musemachine.com


Omega Community Development Corporation

Omega Hope Center rendering

Two grants totaling $100,000 for the redevelopment of a 30-acre site into the Hope Center Poverty Reduction Facility focused on early child education, work training programs, and health and wellness support. omegacdc.org


Rebuilding Together Dayton

DP&L volunteers on National Rebuilding Day

Three grants totaling $150,000 grants to expand the Seasonal Safe@Home program revitalizing Dayton's Westwood neighborhood. rtdayton.org


Sinclair Community College Foundation

Sinclair Community College graduation

$60,000 to help support the City Connects Student Services Program, the fourth in a 5-year commitment to the program. sinclair.edu


United Way of Greater Dayton

United Way Dayton

Six grants totaling $835,500 to support the LIVE United 24/7/365 Fund to support education, income and health initiatives and programs such as Helplink 211. dayton-unitedway.org


University of Dayton

University of Dayton campus

$50,000 grant to fund the Statehouse Civic Scholars and DC Flyers student intern programs. udayton.edu


Victoria Theatre Association

Victoria Theatre Association

Five grants totaling $500,000 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. victoriatheatre.com


Wright State University

Wright State University

Two grants totaling $100,000 of $250,000 commited to fund the College of Engineering and Computer Science Workforce Development, Creative Arts Center and ArtsGala. wright.edu


WYSO Public Radio


Four grants totaling $200,000 to support local business and economics reporting in the Miami Valley. wyso.org


YWCA of Dayton

YWCA is on a mission

Four grants totaling $200,000 for the Girls LEAD program and renovations to the domestic violence shelter. ywcadayton.org


Note to organizations seeking Power Grants:

DP&L Foundation is committed to awarding at least two Power Grants each year, one at the $100,000 level and one at the $50,000 level. Our commitment for Power Grants is for a 1-year period. Requests for multi-year grants will be considered, but must be applied for and reviewed annually. Additional information may be requested as background for these grant applications. See Community Grants for more information.