Together with our partner organizations, we strive to positively impact communities in the Dayton Region.


The Charles D. Berry Foundation requires applicants to create an account in our grant portal and submit their grant application online. Before you start the process, carefully review the eligibility, focus areas, types of accepted requests and grantmaking process.


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 program/project fits our Focus Areas, please contact the Foundation.


The Foundation will accept requests for the following areas:

  • Program or Project
  • Operating Support
  • Capital Campaign

Multi-year grants will be considered only for capital requests. Organizations can submit one grant application in a 12 month period. 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.

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
  • School District Projects
  • Sports Organizations
  • Individuals
  • Mass Funding Appeals
  • Sponsorships *see Frequently Asked Questions below
  • Grants or Loans to Individuals
  • Organizations Outside of the United States

Grant Submission Deadlines

The Board of Trustees will meet four times per year to review grant applications.

The Grant Submission Deadlines are:

  • February 6, 2023
  • May 1, 2023
  • August 7, 2023
  • October 9, 2023

If your grant is approved, the process for receiving funding is approximately two months after the grant submission deadline and is contingent on signing a grant agreement.

Grantmaking Process Flow Chart
Your Final Report for the grant funding received in 2021 must be submitted to the Foundation BEFORE you can submit a new grant application in 2022. Please visit the link below to log into your grant portal to complete the Final Report.
grantmaking chart

Apply for Funding

Applications for 2023 will be available beginning Friday, December 16, 2022.

For new organizations, those not funded in the past two years, and/or previously supported organizations that are requesting funding for a new program:

Step #1: Reach out personally to introduce yourself and set up a meeting before completing the Letter of Interest. Contact Vivian O’Connell at or 937-993-0404.

Step #2: Submit a Letter of Interest (LOI). 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 supported organizations (within the past two years), requesting funding for the same project:

Step #1: Reach out personally to discuss your program/project before completing the grant application. Contact Vivian O’Connell at or 937-993-0404.

Step #2: For requests of $50,000 or less, complete the grant application below.

If you need to return 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 and submit your grant requirements:

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:
Click Here to Return to a Saved Grant Application or Submit a Final Report
Frequently Asked Questions