All the Lonely People Grants to Reduce Loneliness and Social Isolation


This past June multiple Miami Valley community organizations came together to sponsor the Ohio premiere of the documentary film, All the Lonely People, highlighting the global epidemic of social isolation and loneliness, its causes, and illustrations of solutions from around the world. A Miami Valley Resource Guide was compiled for that event.

Thanks to the event sponsors (see the list at the end of the email), more than $9,000 has been set aside for the All The Lonely People Grant Fund. Grant applications are now being accepted from greater Dayton nonprofit organizations to offer programs or projects aimed at overcoming loneliness and isolation.

The Grant Committee is looking to fund programs that connect individuals through technology, in-person events, or through other means such as the simple, yet creative, installation of a Happy to Chat Bench.

Grants will be awarded between $1,000 and $3,000 for new programs or projects. This can include programs which are currently not functioning due to funding restraints or for a creative new idea you haven’t yet had the financial resources to implement.

Propose an idea for a population that is a part of your mission or reach out to others. Help connect people through educational, social, spiritual, arts or wellness programming. Connection is one of the primary ways to overcome loneliness and isolation—so tell us about your idea.

The grant application can be found HERE and submitted online.

The deadline for grant proposals is November 1st. Awardees will be notified by December 10 and the grant money will be distributed by the end of 2022. Funded projects must begin in 2023 with completion no later than the end of 2023. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Kim Moeller (

We look forward to hearing about your ideas and hope that together these funds will help foster connections for individuals across our communities.

Dayton All the Lonely Grant Committee:

  • Richelle Frabotta, LGBTQ Health Initiatives Project Manager, Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County
  • Kery Gray, Commissioner’s Assistant, Commissioner Carolyn Rice
  • Gloria Hurwitz, VP Advancement, United Church Homes
  • Beth Long-Higgins, VP Engagement and director, Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging, UCH
  • Becky King, Director of Spiritual Care, Trinity Communities of Greater Dayton, UCH
  • Olivia Long, Grant Development Coordinator, UCH
  • Kim Moeller, Project and Special Event Coordinator, UCH

Download the All The Lonely People Program!

Download your free copy of the
Miami Valley Loneliness Resource Guide!

“All The Lonely People,” is a documentary which explores the increase of chronic loneliness and social isolation affecting individuals all over the world.

Director Stu Maddux and Producer Joe Applebaum have gathered personal stories of chronic loneliness affecting people everywhere. They explore unique solutions and programs that are helping to reduce social isolation and build community. These solutions can be helpful in our own neighborhoods. Director Maddux states, “Social isolation is a danger to health, comparable to the risks of smoking, high blood pressure, and obesity. COVID-19 has increased the epidemic of social isolation and loneliness worldwide. In our film we demonstrate some solutions.”

Proceeds from the screening will support on-going national awareness of loneliness and isolation through film screenings and fund grants for projects in the Miami Valley addressing the issue.

All the Lonely People PDF