Do you have a project that will positively affect the lives of children in the Dayton, Ohio area or an organization that enriches the lives of children? Please fill out a grant application. Do you know of an organization that could use our help? Please pass along our information.
Through the memory of Mark Andrew Kreusch, our mission is to enrich the lives of children by investing in programs, facilities, and services that provide children the opportunities and resources to grow, learn, and play in a safe and healthy environment.
Grant Applications for 2024 are due by January 12, 2024.
Community Service Scholarships
Community Service Scholarship
Starting in 2017, the MAK Memorial Fund has given away scholarships to graduating high school seniors for the commitment to community service. The selection criteria is based on the impact the applicants make in their community through their volunteer service and the realization of how community service impacted their own lives. Or hope is that these students continue to “Leave a MARK” on their community and realize the “Mark” community service leaves on them!
Kids in New Direction
KIND purchased a program that will support their current focus on Faith, Academics, Nutrition, and Social Impact (FANS). This will enhance their learning environment, curriculum, and technology. Thus the children will be able to thrive in their schools both mentally and physically.
Learning Tree Farm
Learning Tree Farm is a traditional, working farm that engages people in hands-on, nature-based education. The farm hosts and educates school children, homeschool groups, parent groups, gardening clubs, families and community members all ages throughout the year with a variety of events. This grant provided free access to the farm’s summer camps for children at no cost!
Children’s Historical Publishing
A mission to empower the lives of grade school children, predominantly minority, low-income, and at-risk youth, this grant provided the funding for the Lincoln, Servant Leader program for 300 students which is designed to demonstrate the importance of servant leadership in addressing challenges that students and their communities face. They study Abraham Lincoln’s work to preserve the union and free enslaved persons.
Therapeutic Riding Institute
TRI is expanding their herd of horses and wanted to purchase a horse for heavier unbalanced riders. THE MAK Fund provided half the funds to purchase the horse!
Once again, the MAK Fund was able to provided funding for the monthly outings that are scheduled for the young men at Victory Project. Each month, the program directors are encouraged to take their team out for a Team Building Activity to encourage comradery and bonding among students and staff. Team Building outings typically incorporate dinner together, followed by a fun activity. We currently have 3 PD’s who are given a monthly budget for their dinner and activity. If all the allotted monies are not spent, the remaining balance rolls over, giving the PD an opportunity to take the boys out for a larger (or more costly) activity. This grant paid for the entire year of outings for each “positive gang”!
Christ Child Society of Dayton
This grant supported the Clothe-a-Child Program, which provides coat vouchers ($40), shoe vouchers ($40), and school uniform vouchers ($50) to the neediest children of the Miami Valley. Social Workers and school principals vet the families and distribute the vouchers to them for redemption at local JC Penny stores. Their goal is to provide as many children in fragile economic circumstances with vouchers for much needed clothing.