Dayton awards $99K in grants to neighborhood groups

Mural at Triangle Park, created using a mini grant by the DeWeese Ridgecrest Neighborhood and was painted by K-12 students. CONTRIBUTED
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Mural at Triangle Park, created using a mini grant by the DeWeese Ridgecrest Neighborhood and was painted by K-12 students. CONTRIBUTED

The City of Dayton has awarded mini-grants totaling $99,161 to 25 local groups to help support efforts to improve their neighborhoods, according to the city.

“The grants used have increased participation in neighborhood events and introduced community members to those outside of where they live,” said Connie Nisonger with the city Planning and Development Department. “It’s also increased community awareness that these clubs and associations exist.”

Forest Ridge Association received a $5,000 grant, it’s second from the city, to help improve a community park, said Chris Hummer, president of the homeowners association

“Earlier this month, we had a ribbon cutting ceremony for the playground equipment that we were able to use the first grant on,” Hummer said. “We plan to use the second grant we received on a picnic pavilion,” Hummer said.

First year recipient The Longest Table was awarded a grant to aid in providing meals for an event on the Third Street Bridge in Dayton.

“The Longest Table is a community project designed to connect diverse neighbors and neighborhoods during this time,” Bryan Stewart, founder of The Longest Table Dayton, said. “We serve meals at different locations in the community to get conversation started,”

The group served over 300 people at the Third Street Bridge event in October. They held another event last week.

The grants range from $2,500 to $5,000. The city has awarded nearly $445,000 in grants since 2008.


City of Dayton 2017 Neighborhood Mini-Grant Program recipients

$5,000 awards

Belmont Eastmont Hearthstone Neighborhood Association

Dayton Inspires

DeWeese Ridgecrest Civic Association

Five Oaks Neighborhood Improvement Association

Forest Ridge Association

Historic Huffman Neighborhood Association

Grafton Hill Association

Patterson Park Civic Association

Twin Towers Neighborhood Association

Westwood Collaborative

Wesley Community Center

The Longest Table Dayton

The Roosevelt Neighborhood Collaboration

Pineview Neighborhood Association

Roosevelt Neighborhood Collaborative

Wright Dunbar, Inc.

$3,000 to $4,500 awards

Historic South Park, Inc.

GAITS (Third Street Business Association)

Grafton Grows Green

Greater Old North Dayton Business Association.

$2500 or less awards

Edgemont Neighborhood Coalition

FROC Priority Board

Old North Dayton Neighborhood Association

Southern Dayton View Area Association

Southwest Priority Board Community Development Corporation.

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