Foundation Awards 24 Grants in September

Published Date: October 29, 2017

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Cincinnati, Ohio, October 29, 2017 – The Charles H. Dater Foundation awarded 24 grants totaling $575,000 in September, including a $20,000 award to Elementz to engage inner-city teens in positive after-school activities.  

Creative expression is taught using art forms relevant to the inner-city youth, such as hip hop, visual arts and poetry.  The organization is a catalyst to transform teens in the urban core, enabling them to find their artistic voice, engage in community, learn to give back, and carve a path for a successful future.   A Dater grant supported inner-city teens in their after-school hours, helping them to develop their creative skills and helped them identify a pathway to a post-high school career.  On average, 250 teens participate.

Grants made in September:

Art Academy of Cincinnati, $10,000.  Programs for Schools uses Smart ART (art integration) to reach 1,500 schoolchildren during the instruction day and 300 after school, incorporating art fundamentals with academic curriculum to provide free, enriching instruction to at-risk students in Grades 1-12.  

BLOC Ministries, $20,000.  The Lower Price Hill Mural Project connects middle and high school students with commercial artists as they learn design and drawing skills and then work with community volunteers to paint eight large murals throughout the Price Hill.

The Carnegie, $15,000. Arts Integration Workshops fill an artistic cultural gap, enriching a school’s core curriculum while developing creativity in decision making and risk taking for students Pre-K to Grade 5. 

Catholic Inner-city Schools Education Fund, (CISE), $60,000.  After School Study and Sports Program in conjunction with the Friar’s Club. Youngsters in kindergarten through the Grade 8 at six CISE inner-city schools learn respect, responsibility, good sportsmanship and leadership through their participation in sports activities. 

Children’s Theatre, $50,000.  The 2017-18 Main Stage season features four productions and 60 performances that will be seen by an expected 100,000 students, children and families at the Taft Theatre. Students from low income families attend weekday school performances free or at a nominal charge.

Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, $15,000.  Collaboration with MYCincinnati to introduce young people ages 7-13 in East Price Hill to a structured instrumental classical music program with the goal of engaging young minds, improving individual lives, and impacting an entire neighborhood. 

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, $45,000.  Education outreach will take the touring production of Rapunzel to over 30 elementary schools and community centers in the Spring of 2018. The program is designed to complement classroom curriculum and bring heightened interest in theatre to more than 7,000 young people in kindergarten through Grade 6.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, $30,000.  An in-school education program provides exposure to the works of Shakespeare and other classics through performances and workshops for students at more than 130 schools, including free programs at schools in underserved urban areas.

Gilbert Dater High School (Cincinnati Public Schools), $29,000.  An outdoor education and enrichment area will replace a decades old and defunct eight-court tennis area, turning it into three separate elements – an outdoor theatre, a gardening classroom with aquaponics greenhouse, and basketball courts.

DCCH Center for Children and Families, $10,000.  As part of its care for victims of child abuse, the Center will offer PATH-certified equine therapy in its residential treatment program.  Research shows that interacting with animals has many real and lasting benefits for children in therapy. 

Elementz, $20,000.  An after-school arts program for inner-city teens features visual arts programming and teaches music, poetry and dance to young people who do not have many constructive options in their neighborhoods.

Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati and Columbus, $10,000.  A free-of-charge community education program benefits children and adolescents by increasing knowledge about epilepsy and the public’s acceptance of persons with epilepsy.

Family Nurturing Center, $20,000.  The Kids on the Block program includes a Bullies and School Safety Program and educates children about what constitutes bullying, promotes sensitivity toward peers, provides specific strategies to make schools a safer place, and helps children avoid or cope with bad situations. 

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati, $25,000.  A Child Enrichment Program provides tailored services to the youngest and most vulnerable at an emergency homeless shelter. The program makes extensive use of volunteers and/or the support of 100 area congregations. 

Karen Carns Foundation, $15,000.  Coats for Kids provides more than 1,000 winter coats to young people in need while strengthening the bond between teachers and the students they have nominated to receive a coat.  

Know Theatre, $30,000.  An expanded outreach program will bring an original, comedic, musical touring production to students in Grades K-5 at 40 area schools, community centers and libraries, inspiring them to become more engaged with science and STEM subjects.  

LifeCenter, $5,000.  The Celebrate Life Calendar 2018 is a publication distributed strategically in the community to raise awareness levels about the organ donation network by sharing the stories of donor families and recipients.

Our Daily Bread, $20,000.  Kids Club is a three-days-week afternoon program providing a well-balanced meal, homework assistance, arts and crafts, games, outings and other fun activities for inner-city children ages 5-12. 

ProKids, $30,000.  CASA University is a year-round recruitment, screening and training program for volunteers who serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates on behalf of abused and neglected children involved in child protection situations.

Santa Maria Community Services, $25,000.  The Dater4Kids program fosters social skills development and service learning activities that teach youth to contribute to the improvement of their neighborhood.

Special Olympics Hamilton County, $15,000.  Training Day for special education teachers enables them to bring their students for a day of learning the basics of a sport, how to play by the rules, the value of exercise and the friendships that can come through participation in sports.  

Taft Museum of Art, $40,000.  Taft Museum of Art, $40,000.  Educational programs for children and families, including school tours, Artists Reaching Classrooms, Third Sunday Funday, a Girl Scout program, and Summer Art Day Camp.  Activities impact more than 5,000 children and many programs take place in the Taft’s Dater Education Room.

WRC – The Work Resource Center (Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati), $25,000.  The YouthBuild program’s two-year cycle leverages federal government support and provides 80 at risk young men with necessary skills and part-time introductory work in the construction industry.

YMCA – Clippard Family Branch, $10,000.  The Y’s autism learning programs, which include aquatics and gross motor play, provide children on the autism spectrum with year-round focused instruction, individualized care, and opportunities to interact with peers.  There is also a summer program.

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 2,800 grants totaling over $44 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 602 Main Street, Suite 302, Cincinnati, OH 45202. 

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