Local COVID-19 Response Fund awards first grants


DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Dayton Foundation and United Way of the Greater Dayton Area (UWGDA) announced in a press release on Tuesday, March 24, that the first grant distributions from the COVID-19 Response Fund for Greater Dayton were awarded.

A grants distribution committee composed of representatives from The Dayton Foundation, UWGDA and the initial funders approved grants totaling $70,500 to five local not-for-profit organizations. These funds will aid them in providing emergency, basic human services to individuals and families throughout Greater Dayton.


These grants include:

  • Senior Resource Connection ($30,000) to assist in purchasing 8,000 frozen, home-delivered meals for senior citizens.
  • Hannah’s Treasure Chest ($15,000) to assist in providing care packages of essential items for children in need.
  • Health Partners Free Clinic ($15,000) to aid in meeting the needs of an influx of patients needing supplies and medications.
  • Dayton Right to Life ($6,000) to help fulfill an increased need for diapers and infant formula.
  • Victory Project ($4,500) to help in providing weekly care packages of food and cleaning supplies to families in need.

Hannah’s Treasure Chest says since the closure of schools, they’ve received more than 100 requests for care packages. The organization relies on the public to help supply basic necessities, strollers and comfort items for children.

“Because everybody is staying at home, those donations have dwindled significantly so the funds from The Dayton Foundation will be used to purchase items to fill those care packages,” said Murphy.

The additional work comes at time when the organization is limiting the number of volunteers in it’s building. Many of those volunteers are elderly and are staying home as a precaution.

The organization is asking people to call ahead before they arrive and most employees are working from home. Gloves, hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies have been made available to volunteers.

“We don’t want to have to close our doors. We want to make sure we’re getting those items to children and families that need them,” said Deanna Murphy, executive director at Hannah’s Treasure Chest.

Murphy says they want to ensure they’re keeping people safe and healthy so they can continue their mission.

J. Thomas Maultsby, president and CEO of the United Way of the Greater Dayton Area, was quoted in a press release saying, “The COVID-19 Response Fund for Greater Dayton is an excellent start to what will be ongoing efforts to remedy the impact of COVID-19 on our community.”

The Dayton Foundation encourages non-profit organizations that are helping individuals and families with immediate, basic needs, such as food, housing, mental health and safety, in response to COVID-19, to apply for a grant at www.daytonfoundation.org. Applications are being reviewed by the distribution committee on an on-going basis to meet immediate funding needs. 

Contributions to the fund currently total nearly $700,000 but The Dayton Foundation believes it will need more.

“We have shown time and time again over the past 10 months that we are a resilient and caring community, and all of our support and generosity is needed during this crisis. No gift is too small,” said Michael M. Parks, president of The Dayton Foundation.

To read the entire press release from The Dayton Foundation click here.

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