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 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 four weeks 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
  • Grants or Loans to Individuals
  • Organizations Outside of the United States

Grant Submission Deadlines

In 2024, the Board of Trustees will meet three times to review grant applications.

The Grant Submission Deadlines are:

  • April 8, 2024
  • July 8, 2024
  • September 9, 2024

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.