Dater Foundation Awards 30 Grants in February

Published Date: April 5, 2021

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Cincinnati, Ohio, April 5, 2021 – The Charles H. Dater Foundation awarded 13 grants totaling $510,000 in February for programs benefitting young people and an additional 17 grants totaling $425,000 to non-profit organizations that are on the frontline in providing life-sustaining services to persons directly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.  

The recipients of $25,000 Covid-19 special grants are Bethany House Services, BLOC Ministries, Childhood Food Solutions, City Gospel Mission, Freestore Foodbank, Inter Parish Ministry, Interfaith Hospitality Network, LaSoupe, Lighthouse Youth and Family Services, Our Daily Bread, St. Francis Seraph Ministries, St. Vincent de Paul - Cincinnati, St. Vincent de Paul - Covington, Santa Maria Community Services, Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank, Valley Interfaith Community Resource Center, and Upspring.

Programmatic grants made in February:

1N5, $25,000.  Mental health screening and education at nearly 100 schools combats the growing mental health epidemic which affects an estimated one in five young people

BLOC Ministries, $25,000.  General operating support for underserved and at-risk families, students, and individuals in need in the  Price Hill area.

Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship, $20,000.  Riderships (scholarships for those unable to afford the program) allow young persons with a wide variety of disabilities to enjoy the benefit of an accredited therapeutic riding experience.

East End Adult Education Center, $25,000.  Free GED education and job readiness skills instruction is available to young people and adults who have dropped out of school and need credentials to improve their opportunity for success in life.

EDGE Teen Center, $25,000.  An after-school program for some 750 teens in the Liberty Township and West Chester area focuses on community service, healthy living, life skills and academic success and career exploration.  Teens performed 2,373 hours of community service last year despite dealing with Covid-19 handicaps.

Greater Cincinnati Foundation (Learning Links and Summertime Kids), $250,000.  The Learning Links program funds small grants of up to $1,250 to teachers and other educators allowing them to provide creative programs or special events for more than 30,000 area students.  Summertime Kids of up to $1,000 are administered through a volunteer committee and enable local nonprofit organizations to provide summer activities such as field trips, day camps, gardening, arts and crafts for deserving some 12,000 young people.  

Lydia’s House, $25,000.  Homeless women with children in transitional housing learn the importance of nutrition regarding health and physical development.

Milestones Inc., $25,000.  The Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program teaches basic horsemanship skills and grooming to nurture emotional health and improve cognitive, physical and psychological function for young people with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome and other similar diagnoses.  

Parachute: Special Advocates for Children of Butler County, $25,000.  Community volunteers go through rigorous training to become Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), and then advocate for foster children, ages birth to 18, who are often abused, neglected, abandoned, or lost in the child protective system.
Price Hill Will/MYCincinnati, $25,000.  The MYCincinnati program uses music to promote social change and youth development in Price Hill through a free, daily orchestra program for over 90 students during the school year.  The free four-week summer camp program that serves about 100 young people and the two-day Price Hill Creative Community Festival use collaborative arts to build a more creative, equitable and connected community.

St. Vincent de Paul - Northern Kentucky, $25,000.  The Sweet Dreams Bed Program follows up in-home visits by volunteers and provides a twin bed to economically disadvantaged children and youth.

Xavier University, $15,000.  The summer service internship program fosters young people’s commitment to community service by placing 12 college students in full-time, eight-week internships at non-profit organizations, and hundreds of community members benefit from the work they do.

The Dater Foundation makes grants to non-profit organizations in the Greater Cincinnati area to carry out programs that benefit young people and focus in the areas of arts/culture, education, healthcare, social services and other community needs.  Information about the grantmaking process and guidelines and links to an online grant application website are available at

The private foundation was established by fourth-generation Cincinnatian, businessman and philanthropist Charles Dater (1912-1993) to ensure that his resources would continue to fund worthwhile community programs after his death.  The foundation has made more than 3,300 grants totaling over $58 million since its inception in 1985. 


For additional information regarding this news release, contact Roger Ruhl (513/598-1141).
The Charles H. Dater Foundation, Inc. is located at 700 Walnut Street, Suite 301, Cincinnati, OH 45202.  

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