41 grass-roots groups seek Wean funds for neighborhood projects


Joan Sullivan is looking forward to beautifying and improving a city park that features a large chess board with 30-inch pieces, so one of her opening moves was to try to secure funding for the ambitious project.

“We’re going to add a greenhouse with recycled composting and a fire pit with picnic tables in the back lot,” the Warren woman said about a park near Mercer Avenue and Washington Street Northeast.

Sullivan, president of the Central City Neighborhood Association, is hoping to receive about $4,800 for the undertaking, which is why she was among those who applied for grants and were interviewed during today’s Neighborhood SUCCESS and Leadership program’s two-hour sessions at the Raymond J. Wean Foundation, 147 W. Market St.

Representatives of 41 Mahoning Valley community grass-roots groups and organizations were on hand for funding consideration via the Wean Foundation’s Resident Council of Youngstown and Warren, noted Eres McKee, the foundation’s program officer for resident engagement.

The SUCCESS and Leadership program aims to transform the Valley’s leadership structure “to include meaningful and informed resident participation in the decision-making processes that affect neighborhood and community by engaging residents and cultivating leaders,” McKee explained.

Grants ranged from $500 to $5,000, she said, adding that notifications regarding funding status will be mailed by Friday.

Read about more of the projects seeking the foundation's help in Sunday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.

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