DP&L Foundation awards $322,500 in grants


DAYTON – The Dayton Power and Light Company Foundation awarded four mid-year Power Grants and five Community Impact Grants on Aug. 9 to area partner organizations totaling $322,500 that support new or continued innovative growth and education initiatives that will make a long-lasting impact on the people and communities in the Dayton region.

“These grants feel special, to myself and the board, in the wake of this past weekend’s tragic events that affected our region,” said Holly Wiggins, director for DP&L Foundation. “The grants help lift our community and accelerate the healing and recovery that will continue for years to come. With the DP&L Foundation’s support, children and families can take advantage of programs that include education, workforce development, economic development, poverty reduction and community support. I am proud to say the DP&L Foundation distributes every dollar locally.”

The recipients of the 2019 Mid-Year DP&L Foundation Power Grants are:

• Dayton Performing Arts Alliance – The fifth of five grants $100,000 totaling $500,000 for Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts to continue its focus on innovation, integrating the arts, education and community outreach while maintaining the highest artistic quality.

• Omega Community Development Corporation – The third of four $50,000 grants totaling $200,000 for the redevelopment of a 30-acre site for the Hope Center for Families focused on early child education, work training programs and health and wellness support.

• ThinkTV (Public Media Connect) – $50,000 to bring to the Dayton market the program American Graduate: Getting to Work. This program provides information about well-paying jobs and a path forward that does not require a four-year degree. Overall support for ThinkTV programs has spanned more than 20 years.

• WYSO (Miami Valley Public Radio) – The $50,000 grant is for continued funding for a local economics and business reporter covering the Dayton region. Since 2013, the programs supported have produced award-winning coverage engaging listeners on the critical issues affecting the local economy.

Additionally, The DP&L Foundation Community Impact Grants for mid-year were awarded to: Muse Machine – $30,000, Five Rivers MetroParks Foundation – $20,000, the Fisher~Nightingale Houses – $10,000, Victory Project – $10,000 and The Light Foundation – $2,500.

Since 1985, The DP&L Foundation has given more than $38.5 million in grants. Annually, DP&L employees generously volunteer more than 5,600 hours giving back to the community.

The DP&L Foundation has awarded 70 Power Grants to 28 of DP&L’s community partner organizations around the Miami Valley totaling more than $5 million.

For more information about investments The Dayton Power and Light Company Foundation makes in the community, visit www.dpandl.com.