Wean Foundation awards $98K in Neighborhood SUCCESS grants
The Raymond John Wean Foundation recently awarded $98,988 in 2017 Neighborhood SUCCESS grants to 30 resident-led organizations seeking to transform their neighborhoods and communities.
Neighborhood SUCCESS is a program that supports grass-roots organizations seeking to develop resident participation and leadership, promote communication and collaboration among residents and build on current resources in the community.
Neighborhood SUCCESS provides annual grants of $500 to $5,000 to projects aligned with the foundation’s strategic priorities of community revitalization, economic opportunity, educational opportunity and public service leadership.
“Neighborhood SUCCESS grantees are driving positive change in Warren and Youngstown,” said Corrie Adams, the foundation’s program officer. “The projects engage residents in creating and implementing real solutions for their neighborhoods and develop leadership skills and expand capacity within their groups.”
Organizations seeking grants participate in a process that includes an orientation, technical assistance workshops and interviews.
Funding decisions are made by a council composed of residents from Warren and Youngstown. Those seeking grants must match the amount they are seeking with volunteer labor, cash and in-kind donations.
Among the 2017 grantees is the Urban Farm Cooperative in Warren. The project will create viable agricultural co-ops for farmers to explore crops and services that increase economic opportunity for those with disabilities.
These opportunities will serve a dual purpose for participants by increasing independence and providing a more intensely developed skill set.
In Youngstown, YSUScape seeks to engage local artists and students in creating murals at designated public art sites across the city.
The project will include five to 10 art installations in downtown Youngstown in an effort to promote a more vibrant, artistic community in highly trafficked areas, Adams said.