Grant recipients support Wean initiatives

By William K. Alcorn


The Raymond John Wean Foundation awarded $112,500 in grants to three local organizations: Community Solutions Association, Power of The Arts, and the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp.

The grants support initiatives that focus on early education, economic development and community revitalization.

“This round of grant awards represents our foundation’s continued focus on a set of key priorities that are building organizational and community capacity for change,” said Jeffrey M. Glebocki, foundation president.

“We are proud to engage in these initiatives that explore solutions to educational barriers during early childhood, the growth of our local arts and culture sector as an economic force, and efforts to revitalize distressed areas of the community,” he added.

According to the Wean report, Community Solutions Association, a Warren service agency that provides services and programs designed to strengthen and improve the well-being of children, adults, families and the community, received up to $52,500 to continue its work through two initiatives: Project KIND will allow CSA to help kindergarten students in Youngstown City Schools overcome impediments to learning, and Warren SPARK, which helps families better prepare children age 3 to 6 for kindergarten.

Power of the Arts received $40,000 for its Moving Forward initiative, which aims to create and sustain a collaborative structure for the arts and culture community to effectively participate in our region’s revitalization and economic development. The Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County is the fiscal sponsor.

Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp., which works to strengthen economic development and strategic reinvestment in Youngstown’s neighborhoods, was awarded $20,000.

The grant will be used to ensure effective community engagement in the U.S. Route 422 Corridor Redevelopment Plan study, which will evaluate about three miles of the corridor from the Madison Avenue Expressway in Youngstown to Liberty Street in Girard.

The redevelopment study will consider opportunities for economic development, neighborhood revitalization and restoring public access to the Mahoning River.

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