Apply for a Better Tomorrow Foundation Grant

GRANT AWARD DEADLINE: Proposals must be received by 5:00 PM on October 28, 2022.

Steps to complete

Complete the Application

  • An electronic signature is acceptable.

  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

  • Your answers are limited to the space provided. Please use an 11 point font, and do not alter the format of this application.

Required Documentation

  • IRS letter of determination of tax exempt status – (Eligible applicants include 501(c)(3) organizations and governmental nonprofit agencies.)

Application Submission

  • Please email the completed application in Word format to Greg Darling

  • Please email the required documents in PDF format with the application to Greg Darling.

  • You will receive an email confirmation when your application has been successfully submitted.

  • If there are additional questions about your application, staff will contact you.

  • Application must be received no later than 5 p.m. Friday October 28, 2022.

Final Decision and Notification

  • Once a decision has been made, you will be contacted.

Final Narrative and Financial Report

  • Final report will be due October 15, 2023. We understand this date may change and are happy to grant and extension if you make an advanced request.

  • Please submit a paragraph explaining how the funds were used and a brief financial report to Greg Darling (


The Brighter Tomorrow Foundation (BTF), a nonprofit foundation, and Committee Advised Fund under The Dayton Foundation, was established in 1989 for the benefit of children and adults with developmental disabilities living in Montgomery County. 

The Brighter Tomorrow Foundation is pleased to offer a Request for Proposal for FY 2023 for competitive grants that address the needs of organizations that serve persons with Developmental Disabilities.

Consideration will be given to proposals addressing needs in the following priority areas, specified in rank order:

  1. Housing: Assistance ranging from emergency or permanent shelter to enhancement of day-to-day living conditions by providing safe living environments, improving personal care options, or fulfilling requests for specialized equipment.

  2. Lasting Equipment: Adaptive and other equipment that makes daily life easier and safer such as accessible vans for local transportation, battery powered lifts, kids car seats, exercise and therapy equipment, and special tools.

  3. Education: Items such as, computers, software, cameras, projection and recording equipment, art supplies, etc. which encourage and make possible new learning and working options.

  4. Recreation: Socialization and physical fitness activities for persons with developmental disabilities, including programs that teach families how to incorporate physical exercise for their family member into their daily routines. Also includes funding for field trips, music and dance exploration and artistic creativity.

For 2023, The Brighter Tomorrow Foundation can award grants up to a maximum of $10,000. The grant projects may focus on one or more of our four priority areas.

Grant Guidelines

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants include 501(c)(3) organizations, local governmental agencies, and academic institutions.

Non-allowable projects and expenses

Brighter Tomorrow Foundation will not provide support for:

  • Capital campaigns
  • Operating Expenses
  • Retroactive funding for activities that have already taken place
  • Basic research
  • Staff development
  • Supplanting of projects or activities that have existing funding from other sources
  • Staff salaries or wages
  • Activities and projects that are directed to individuals with Developmental Disabilities living outside of Montgomery County
  • Individual applicants
  • Carry over funding

Submission Instructions

The deadline for proposal submittal is 5 PM on October 28, 2023. You may submit your proposal by email, by hand delivery, or by regular mail. If by hand or regular mail, please submit the proposal by the deadline. Please fasten proposals with binders or butterfly clips rather than staples.

Mailing Address: Brighter Tomorrow Foundation

1401 S Main St, Suite 100
Dayton, Ohio 45409
Phone: (937) 225-9939
Fax number: (937) 222-0636

Download Proposal instructions
Click here for PDF
Click here for Word document (.doc)

DEADLINE for 2022 RFP’s is 5:00 PM October 28, 2022.

Deadlines are firmly observed. Materials must be received in the office of the Brighter Tomorrow Foundation no later than 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date.

Notification of Grant Awards

Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by February 28, 2022. Please do not call BTF to inquire about the status of your application.

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