Foundation Awards 26 Grants in Late September

Published Date: October 16, 2019

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Cincinnati, Ohio, October 16, 2019 – The Charles H. Dater Foundation awarded 26 grants totaling $780,000 in late September, including a $50,000 award to the Santa Maria Community Services for its Youth Development Program in Lower Price Hill.

Program activities include social-emotional skills groups, field trips, community dances, camping opportunities, community service projects, structured leadership groups, and a multi-generational oral history project.  Participants in youth/family advocacy sessions identify factors in the family causing problems with the children’s academic and social success, and they are linked to services that help them to address those issues. 
Santa Maria is a catalyst and advocate for Price Hill families to attain their educational, financial, and health goals.  For more than 121 years Santa Maria has helped families help themselves. 

Grants made in late September:

Arthritis Foundation, $20,000.  Kids Get Arthritis Too is a program that includes a JA Days, Fall Family Camp and the JA Power Pack filled with educational materials and other information about resources and support for children with arthritis and their parents.

Beech Acres Parenting Center, $25,000.  Beyond the Classroom at Dater Montessori school will provide full, wrap-around support as service providers work with school staff to understand the needs of each student and all school families.

Children, Inc., $50,000.  Scaling for Impact is a $5 million capital campaign aimed at expanding the organization’s number of programs, projects and services that benefit low income children and families.  Early childhood classrooms will double, scholarships will be available for the neediest families, and an Innovation Lab will focus on research-based tools and practices to enhance programming.

Children Inc., $25,000.  The Service Learning Initiative is a free teaching and learning program that enables teachers to impact their students through participation in high quality learning experiences that benefit others in the community. Students experience the joy and satisfaction that comes from giving of their time and effort.

Cincinnati Art Museum, $50,000.  Family Learning at the Museum includes Art in the Making, Baby Tours, Family First Saturday, Summer Camp, Family ARTventures Young Artist Open Studio, and Wee Wednesday outreach to young people throughout the community. 

Cincinnati Arts and Technology Studios, $25,000.  The CATS high school arts program targets students at risk of not graduating from high school and provides them with additional support so they stay in school, become self-sufficient young adults, and find an educational or career path beyond graduation.

Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, $20,000.  A collaboration with MYCincinnati introduces 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 Children’s Hospital Medical Center, $50,000 (third of five $50,000 grants 2018-2022).  The Hematology/Oncology Research Department’s Translational Core Laboratory is actively involved in moving cell and gene therapies into clinical trials.  The Foundation has made annual grants of $50,000 in this area since 2000.

Cincinnati Observatory Center, $25,000.  Staffing support for the education department ‘s docent program allows for expanded hours to accommodate several thousand additional visitors each year and continued support to the expanded youth outreach program.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, $50,000.   Education outreach tours will take three productions and present 100 performances at 68 area schools, impacting over 25,000 students in grades K through 6.  The focus is on schools that provide little or no access to the arts.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, $25,000.  An in-school education program provides exposure to the works of Shakespeare and other classics through performances and workshops for nearly 40,000 students, including free programs at schools in underserved urban areas.

Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship, $20,000.  Hope Through Inclusive Horsemanship provides “riderships” (scholarships for those unable to afford the full cost of the program) that allow young persons with a wide variety of disabilities to enjoy the benefit of an accredited therapeutic riding experience.

Elementz, $25,000.  The After-School Arts Program for at-risk, inner city children and teens encourages creativity, character building, and improvements in self-esteem.  All participating high school seniors graduated in 2919.

Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati and Columbus, $10,000.  A free-of-charge counseling service for children and adolescents strives to identify specific problems that limit overall independence and teach coping and problem-solving skills.

Fernside: A Center for Grieving Children, $25,000.  Upon the request of school officials, School Grief Support Groups meet weekly for six weeks to assist young people grieving the death of a family member or close friend.   

Inner City Youth Opportunities, $25,000.  A free, intensive after-school academic intervention and youth development program helps 60 inner-city children in kindergarten through Grade 6 develop life and social skills and improve their academic abilities.

Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, $35,000.  Education outreach featuring free 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.

Madisonville Education and Assistance Center (MEAC), $20,000.  Begun in 2009, a free, early literacy program is being expanded after a successful pilot program last year.

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, $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.

Ronald McDonald House Charities, $15,000.  The Family Performance and Activities Program provides games, arts and crafts, shows and entertainment – many of them held in the Charles H. Dater Performance Theatre -- for guests at Ronald McDonald House.  This grant will provide performer stipends and cover a portion of administrative costs. 

Santa Maria Community Services, $50,000.  The Dater4Kids program fosters social skills development and service learning activities that teach youth to contribute to the improvement of their neighborhood.  More than 500 young people participate and benefit.

Starfire, $30,000.  Community Building programs utilize full-time staff “connectors” who work with developmentally challenged Starfire members and their families.  The emphasis is on identifying the particular interests of each member so meaningful work, volunteer and social opportunities can be made available and a network of friends can be developed.
Taft Museum of Art, $45,000.  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.

University of Cincinnati Foundation - Greater Cincinnati Stem Collaborative, $20,000.  Two after-school programs – 3d Printers Club and STEM Bicycle Clubs – meet weekly throughout the school year with the goal of developing and expanding students’ interest in STEM fields.  Over 1,100 middle school students in 120 clubs participated in 2018-19.

Visionaries and Voices, $25,000.  The Teaching Artist Program prepares about 30 artists with disabilities to engage the scholastic and broader community with two and three-dimensional fine arts instruction.  The program aims to reach 4,500 students in schools and 2,000 youth and adults at community centers.

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 $52 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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