Dater Foundation Awards 11 Grants in Early November

Published Date: November 13, 2023

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Cincinnati, Ohio, November 17, 2023 – The Charles H. Dater Foundation awarded 11 grants in early November totaling $490,000, including a $25,000 award to the University of Cincinnati Foundation for two Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative programs.

The 3d Printers and STEM Bicycle Clubs are 10-week, hands-on, STEM focused programs to expand students’ problem-solving skills and expose them to STEM career possibilities utilizing mentors. Both programs strengthen critical thinking and resiliency skills as the students follow curricula that are aligned to math and science standards taught during the school day. 

Students are immersed in the design process as they either use 3D printers to solve problems they’ve identified in their community or reverse engineer a new bicycle that they get to keep when rebuilt. 

GCSC partners with schools in the Tri-state area who have a critical need for high-quality afterschool programming and encourages club leaders to seek out and include students that are underrepresented in STEM fields. 

Grants made in early November:

Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center, $35,000.  Community outreach programs provide art making opportunities and positive outlets to youth after school and at summer art camp.

Beech Acres Parenting Center, $50,000.  Beyond the Classroom provides full, wrap-around mental health support as service providers work with school staff to understand the needs of each student and all school families.  The program will expand to six inner-city schools in the current school year.

Butler Philharmonic, $25,000.  Take It To Youth is a two-pronged project: (1) to reach to reach middle and high school students with mini-concerts and discussions, and (2) a two-day Spring Music Weekend offered at one school each year.  An overnight retreat for the orchestra will be a new part of the program.

Cancer Support Community, $20,000.  The Children’s Cancer Support Program helps young people and their families confront the impact of cancer by encouraging them to share their feelings and experiences with others as they deal with the change that a cancer diagnosis brings in their lives.

CET – Greater Cincinnati Television Educational Foundation, $100,000.  Quality, trustworthy and entertaining educational programming is the hallmark of CET’s outreach to children of all backgrounds.  This happens 70 hours a week on flagship station WCET, 24/7 on a dedicated Kids Channel, and through Internet streaming and other features on the station’s web site.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, $50,000.  CSO’s core educational and community engagement programs provide low-cost or free comprehensive, standards-based learning to over 10,000 students at Young People’s Concerts at Music Hall, through visits by musicians to classrooms and community centers, and at educator and career workshops.  

Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, $35,000. Education outreach featuring free, in-person and live-streamed concerts for over 4,000 students is designed to introduce and showcase classical music, assist educators in teaching core concepts in the arts and humanities, and offer impactful ways to inject music into cross-cultural lesson plans.

ProKids, $50,000.  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, $75,000.  The Dater4Kids program fosters social skills development and service learning activities that teach youth to contribute to the improvement of their neighborhood.  

Springer School and Center, $25,000.  Springer’s Dianostics Center is launching a year-round community tutoring program for students with learning disabilitie., A financial aid fund will provide tutoring for 40-plus students.

University of Cincinnati Foundation - Greater Cincinnati Stem Collaborative, $25,000.  See above as well.  Two after-school programs – 3d Printers Club and STEM Bicycle Clubs – meet weekly during the school year with the goal of developing and expanding students’ interest in STEM fields. 

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 3,600 grants totaling over $73 million since its inception in 1985.


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