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The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Education & Public Improvement Foundation (EPI) is a business community foundation established in 1984 (501c3).

The foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Dayton region by supporting initiatives and projects enhancing economic development and community awareness.

Economic Development

The EPI Foundation is committed to the concept that a viable, strong economic base directly enhances the quality of life.

  • Transportation Fund
    Funded through a grant from the City of Dayton, the Foundation markets the Dayton International Airport.
  • Workforce Fund
    Through programs like the Ohio Third Frontier Internship Program we can help develop a pool of talented workers for Ohio businesses and assist students in obtaining permanent full-time employment in Ohio after graduation.

Leadership Development

Leadership is a critical element in the vitality of the Dayton region. The development of successful, competent leaders provides an ongoing resource for the community.

  • Legion of Honor Fund
    In cooperation with the President's Club of Dayton, the foundation maintains the Citizen Legion of Honor wall of fame.
  • Leadership Fund
    Provides scholarships for participants in the Leadership Dayton program.

Community Awareness

The EPI Foundation is attuned to the competition our region faces from throughout the U.S. and around the world. Economic stability and growth require a strong commitment to the identity of our community.

What are the guidelines?

EPI welcomes inquiries from all qualified applicants. Certain funds are specifically earmarked to a particular initiative while other funds are administered at the discretion of the Administrative Committee. The committee approves project applications through a review process involving staff and the Administrative Committee. The reviews are done on a quarterly basis.

  • An applicant must first submit a brief letter of inquiry outlining the proposed project. If the project falls within the areas of support, the applicant will be invited to complete a project application request form.
  • Associations, foundations, individuals and non-profit operations are eligible to receive funding.
  • The EPI Foundation does not fund generic non-profit operations or projects not meeting the areas of support.

For more infomation please contact:

Linda Ashworth, Executive Director EPI Foundation