Basic Human Needs Grants for Non-Profit Organizations in Ohio

The Dayton Foundation awards Basic Human Needs Grants to help your organization help people in need of basic necessities in Greater Dayton.

Donor Name: The Dayton Foundation

State: Ohio

Counties: Selected Counties

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline: 02/10/2023

Size of the Grant: up to $15,000


Grants are awarded to 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations – that focus on basic human needs such as food, shelter, healthcare, and clothing. The organizations they consider for support are located primarily in Montgomery, Miami (south), Greene, Preble and Warren (north) counties.

Funding Information

Basic Human Needs Grants are designed to fund qualified grant requests up to $15,000.

Organizations Generally Fund

The Basic Human Needs Grants support nonprofit organizations that focus on the following, but not limited to:

  • food
  • clothing
  • housing and/or rental assistance
  • utilities assistance
  • transportation assistance
  • medical and/or prescription assistance
  • domestic violence support
  • basic toiletries and hygiene products
  • basic educational assistance (for example, GED)

The Basic Human Needs Grants also support nonprofit organizations that need funding for:

  • appliances or equipment (necessary to provide direct services for your clients)
  • facility or infrastructure improvements
  • general operating expenses (under special, extraordinary, and emergency situations, and when an unforeseen issue arises, organizations can apply for general operating support. However, any organization receiving general operating support through Basic Human Needs Grants must wait two years to apply for another grant after the current-grant is closed).

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for a grant, your organization must:

  • be recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, according to the Internal Revenue Code (established for at least two years and have a track record of sustainability) or have a fiscal agent with such status;
  • provide direct assistance to those in need of basic physiological needs such as food, shelter, healthcare, clothing, etc.;
  • benefit citizens who are homeless, poor, or hungry in the Dayton Region;
  • demonstrate systemic collaboration with other human needs service providers; and
  • demonstrate commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in organizational strategic plans, policies or other documents such as an equity statement.

When evaluating projects for funding, they consider the following factors.

  • Comprehensive program design that addresses unmet basic human needs
  • Realistic expectations and the capacity to implement the project
  • Appropriately trained staff and/or volunteers
  • Financial resources to start and continue the project
  • Unique and unduplicated opportunity that will affect a substantial number of people
  • Size and potential impact of the project

For more information, visit Basic Human Needs Grants.