Foundation Makes 17 Grants Totaling $475,000 in early September

Published Date: September 22, 2019

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Cincinnati, Ohio, September 23, 2019 – The Charles H. Dater Foundation awarded 20 grants totaling $585,000 in early September, including a $75,000 award to the Civic Garden Center for continuing support of youth education program and providing transition funding for a new youth education position to expand school programming.

The Civic Garden Center builds community through gardening, education and environmental stewardship.  Families and neighbors are brought together and taught how to take responsibility for their environment and develop a strong sense of community.   Dater grants have funded Youth Education, which includes a robust hands-on experiential school garden program that connects and supports botanical education at over 100 school and youth organizations.  The program includes outreach visits to schools and community centers, professional development workshops for teachers, and a free garden-to-table family summer camp experience conducted in several community gardens around Greater Cincinnati.  In 2018, 303 youth education classes and field trips reaching 6,596 children took place.

Grants made in early September:

Alliance for Catholic Urban Education, $25,000.  A new junior high math and science curriculum in both textbook and digital formats will be introduced in the Covington Diocese where half of the students are at or below the poverty line.

Breakthrough Cincinnati, $25,000.  A six-week summer academic program in which 200-plus select inner-city middle school students are taught by high school and college students interested in pursuing careers in education.  The year-round program features intensive one-on-one attention.  There is no charge to students accepted into the program. 

Children’s Home of Cincinnati, $25,000.  A Child Nutrition and Culinary Services program brings an emphasis on fresh and nutritious meals for students on the Children’s Home campuses and expands nutrition and health education.  Older youth and young adults gain job skills in the food service industry.

Cincinnati Landmark Productions (Madcap Puppets), $25,000.  Madcap’s giant puppets and professional actors entertain and educate student young audiences at school assemblies.  This grant will enable underserved schools in Greater Cincinnati to benefit.    

Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, $25,000.  Jobs for Cincinnati Graduates provides almost 1,000 at-risk youth with the essential knowledge, training, foundational employability skills and business resources necessary to ensure successful, retainable employment.

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

Civic Garden Center, $75,000.  The Youth Education Program enables young people to foster an appreciation and respect for nature and the environment, understand where food comes from, and engage in healthy, outside activity.  Offsite programs at schools and during the summer at community gardens is a major part of the outreach, and this grant includes one-time funding for a new youth education staff member who will work to implement an expanded school program. 

Comprehensive Community Care, $20,000.  The Ramp Up for Quality program will provide training and coaching to networks of childcare providers, who must be quality rated by a 2020 deadline in order to serve families who pay through state assistance.

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

Every Child Succeeds, $25,000.  Now in its 20th year, the infant-to-age-three home visitation program plans to expand its reach to 3,800 new at-risk families over five years.

Family Nurturing Center, $25,000.  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.

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, $25,000.  The Environmental Education Program delivers an impactful message about litter prevention and environmental stewardship to elementary school children in the region.  There is no cost to schools.

Notre Dame Urban Education Center, $25,000.  A new early learning program will address pre-reading and kindergarten readiness skills among underserved children in Covington.

School New Technology Initiative (Starfire), $10,000.  With Starfire serving as its fiscal agent, this program provides new computer equipment and its installation to economically challenged schools. 

Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, $20,000.  Two AmeriCorps volunteers work with students at Corryville Catholic Elementary School, where inner-city students in a Choices for Children mentoring program excel.

Square1, $20,000.  The Startup Scholars program helps students in low income areas develop the key skills of leadership, entrepreneurship, goal setting, critical thinking, time management and teamwork as they start their own company and compete against teams from other schools.

St. Aloysius Orphanage Foundation, $20,000.  The Integrated Music Therapy through Melodic Connections program delivers a trauma-responsive approach through music and helps children heal, cope and return to a healthy and manageable environment where they can thrive.

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 3,100 grants totaling over $50 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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