DP&L Foundation Signature Grants

DP&L Foundation Power Grants


DP&L Foundation introduced Signature Grants in 2013 to provide non-profit organizations the opportunity to request funding for larger projects. Now called Power Grants, these strategic investments are aimed at helping to improve the quality of life, enhancing the sustainability of organizations and engaging DPL people in partner organziations. Through DP&L Foundation Power Grants, we are powering connections and creating positive impacts throughout our communities.

Through 2017, DP&L Foundation has awarded more than $4 million in Power Grants to 24 organizations, including (listed in alphabetical order):

American Red Cross

DP&L volunteers with Dayton Red Cross

Four grants totaling $285,000 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

Two grants totaling $205,000 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

Three $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 $50,000 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


Goodwill Easter Seals of the Miami Valley

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

Three $50,000 grants 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 $50,000 grants to expand the Seasonal Safe@Home program revitalizing Dayton's Westwood neighborhood. rtdayton.org


United Way of Greater Dayton

United Way Dayton

Five grants totaling $725,000 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


Victoria Theatre Association

Victoria Theatre Association

Five $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. victoriatheatre.com


Wright State University

Wright State University

$50,000 grant to fund the College of Engineering and Computer Science Workforce Development, Creative Arts Center and ArtsGala. wright.edu


WYSO Public Radio


Four $50,000 grants to support local business and economics reporting in the Miami Valley. wyso.org


YWCA of Dayton

YWCA is on a mission

Three $50,000 grants for the Teen Services and Girls Inc. programs 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.