Did you know that the Vandalia-Butler Foundation awards funds for worthwhile community projects and provides a small business with an annual grant to boost innovation and productivity?

Applications will be accepted Aug. 15-Sept. 30, with grant recipients notified of awards by Oct. 15.

The Foundation makes discretionary grants to help launch new projects or support special efforts of established non-profit organizations. Proposals must represent unique and unduplicated opportunities that will benefit a substantial number of people in Vandalia and/or Butler Township. In the past, the Foundation has helped replenish the Vandalia-Butler Food Pantry, provided literacy kits to the library, helped sponsor youth theatre — and more.

To be eligible for consideration, an organization must be recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, be nondiscriminatory, and plan to address needs not fully met by existing organizational or community resources.

The Foundation also is encouraging Vandalia and Butler Township businesses to apply for its annual Small Business Opportunity Grant, established in memory of long-time Butler Township resident, local businessman and Board of Education member Ron Gearhart.

The $1,500 Small Business Opportunity Grant reimburses expenses incurred with specific projects such as:

  • Supplementing labor costs (internships, temporary employees, signing bonuses)
  • Implementation of employee health and wellness programs
  • Supporting continuing education (seminar/webinar costs, training courses)
  • Supplementing business retreats
  • Enhancing marketing/advertising efforts
  • Augmenting technology (software, operating systems)
  • Funding licensing or permits

“The Vandalia-Butler Foundation recognizes the vital role our small businesses play in creating jobs and growing the economy, and a Small Business Opportunity Grant can help in so many ways,” said Candice Farst, Vandalia-Butler Foundation co-chair.

Apply for discretionary grants here or the Small Business Opportunity Grant here. Completed applications can be submitted by email to info@vandalia-butlerfoundation.org or by mail to: Vandalia-Butler Foundation, P.O. Box 722, Vandalia, OH 45377.

The Vandalia-Butler Foundation and its funds are components of The Dayton Foundation. Leadership for the Vandalia-Butler Foundation rests in our own community, while fiscal oversight of our funds is maintained by The Dayton Foundation, which serves the Dayton/Miami Valley area. This partnership allows for the Vandalia-Butler community to benefit from local leadership and profit from resources pooled with others for investment growth.