All Community Engagement Grants are currently suspended due to COVID-19.

Since 2008, the City of Dayton has awarded over $730,000 to neighborhood groups and business associations through the Neighborhood Mini-Grant program. 

Mini-grants of up to $5,000 may be awarded for projects and programs benefiting neighborhoods, such as physical improvements, marketing materials, community events, and other initiatives benefiting the community and increasing organizational capacity.

Recipients are required to use mini-grant funds to leverage a 50 percent match from other funding sources and in-kind contributions. Applications are reviewed by a selection committee and ranked on standardized criteria.

Training sessions for the 2020 application process will be held Saturday, April 18, at 10 a.m., or Monday April 20, at 5:30 p.m., at the Lohrey Recreation Center, 2366 Glenarm Ave. Following mandatory training session attendance, applications will be mailed to applicants on May 1. 

For more information, contact Verletta Jackson, Community Engagement Supervisor, at or 937-333-3288.


Grants totaling $102,098 were awarded to the following 23 neighborhood projects. 

  • Belmont Eastmont Hearthstone Community Council: Nordale Bark Trail and Park Improvements
  • Burkhardt Springfield Community Association: Burkhardt Festival
  • Carillon Civic Council: Rediscover Carillon
  • DeWeese Ridgecrest Civic Association: 7th Annual Art in the Garden Affaire
  • Downtown Dayton Partnership: Urban Arts Intersection
  • Downtown Priority Board: Wagtown Dog Trail and Barking Spots
  • FROC Priority Board: Neighbors Wellness Outreach
  • Grafton Hill Association: Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow
  • Grafton Grows Green: Community Garden
  • Greater Edgemont Community Coalition: Children’s Garden 
  • Greater Old North Dayton Business Association: National Night Out & Taste of Old North Dayton
  • Historic Huffman Neighborhood Association: Spirit of Huffman Tour
  • Innerwest Priority Board: Annual Art Day

Neighborhood Mural Mini Grant

  • Linden Heights Neighborhood Association: Highland Park Restoration
  • Longest Table Dayton: Longest Table Community Dinners
  • Oregon District Business Association: Taste of Oregon
  • Oregon Historic District Society: Grand Holiday Tour of Homes
  • Jane Reece Neighborhood Association: Improving Sustainability for the Salem Garden
  • Preservation Dayton, Inc.: Walking Tour Brochure and App
  • Salem Avenue Peace Corridor: Gateway Improvements
  • Twin Towers Neighborhood Association: 2019-A New Beginning
  • Wesley Community Center: Community Garden
  • Wright Dunbar Business Association: Banner Project