The Charles D. Berry Foundation requires applicants to submit their grant application online and create an account in our grant portal to complete the process. Before you start the process, carefully review the eligibility, focus areas, types of accepted requests, and grantmaking process for 2021.
The Charles D. Berry Foundation is committed to supporting programs in the following Focus Areas, primarily in the Greater Dayton Region:
Arts (Performing, Visual, Educational Programming)
Community Enrichment (Public Radio, Public Television, Museums, Parks & Recreation)
Education (Early Childhood Education, Elementary, Secondary, Post-Secondary, and Community Initiatives)
Health & Human Services (Individuals with Disabilities, Food Insecurity, Diseases, Improved Health Outcomes, Disaster Relief, Services for Underserved Populations, Poverty Reduction, Animal Welfare)
If you are unsure whether your project fits our Focus Areas, please contact the Foundation.
Types of requests
The Foundation will accept requests for the following areas:
Program or Project
Multi-year grants will be considered only for capital requests.
Requests are not considered for:
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
Political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns
Churches and Religious Organizations
Mass Funding Appeals
Grants or Loans to Individuals
Organizations Outside of the United States
The Board of Trustees will meet four times per year to review grant applications.
The Submission Deadlines are:
February 8, 2021
May 3, 2021
August 2, 2021
November 1, 2021
The process for receiving funding if your grant is approved is approximately two months after the submission deadline and is contingent on signing a grant agreement.
Grantmaking Process Flow Chart
Apply for Funding
Your Final Report for the grant funding received in 2020 must be submitted to the Foundation before you can submit a new grant application in 2021.
Review the Grantmaking Flow Chart to determine where you begin.
For new organizations, those not funded in the past two years, and/or previously supported organizations that are requesting funding for a new program, please submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) as the first step in the process. The Foundation will review your LOI within three weeks and will invite you to submit a full grant application if your project meets our focus areas.
For previously support organizations (within the past two years), requesting funding for the same project, complete the grant application below for requests of $50,000 or less. If your request is over $50,000, please contact Vivian O’Connell at firstname.lastname@example.org to set an appointment to discuss your project. If approved, the link to the grant application will be emailed to you.
If you are returning to the grant portal to complete an “in progress” Letter of Interest or Grant Application, review the status of a previously submitted application, or view your grant requirements, you can access your portal one of these ways: 1) Click the “Resume Application” at the bottom of this page in the footer; 2) Use the link in the email you received confirming your saved application; 3) Click the link below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the Foundation fund multi-year grants?
The Foundation does not fund multi-year grants as a rule, but consideration is given to capital requests.
How often can I apply for a grant to the Charles D. Berry Foundation?
Organizations can submit one grant application per calendar year. A Final Report must be submitted for an active grant within one month following the completion of the program/project before you can submit a new application.
If I start an online application, can I return to it later?
You may start your online application, save it, and return to it later. Be sure to use the “save and finish later” button. If you are applying for the first time, you will be asked to create an account using your e-mail address and a password. You must create an account in order to save your application.
Can I make changes to my online application after it has been submitted?
No. Once you have submitted an application, you can view it by logging back into your account, but you cannot make any changes to it.
Who can I contact with questions about the grantmaking process or technical difficulties in the portal?
Contact Vivian O’Connell at email@example.com or 937-993-0404.