Fast Facts: REOPEN Downtown Dayton Grant Starts with $700K to Support Businesses

Mike Colvin Fast Facts

The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Dayton Partnership have launched the REOPEN Downtown Dayton grant program, designed to provide immediate relief to downtown Dayton businesses harmed by the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant program will award between $2,000 and $10,000 to downtown Dayton businesses as a form of gap funding, intended to help businesses keep doors open and lights on until revenue sources recover.

A $500,000 donation from the CareSource Foundation kick-started the program this week and CareSource President and CEO Erhardt Preitauer said he intends to extend a challenge to CareSource leadership to further support the REOPEN Downtown Dayton effort. He also encouraged other companies who are in a position to donate to the REOPEN Downtown Dayton fund to do so. The Downtown Dayton Partnership has also contributed $200,000 to the fund. To find more details on the program, and how small businesses can apply for the grant, visit

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