Foundations expand grant-making efforts

Three Valley foundations have expanded their collaborative grant-making to include stabilization efforts and support for organizations working toward the region’s re-emergence from the COVID-19 health crisis.

The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, the Raymond John Wean Foundation and the Youngstown Foundation released an updated application earlier this week. The common form, renamed the COVID-19 Crisis Relief and Stabilization Application, is still available on all three foundation websites.

Focused almost solely on crisis relief efforts over the past few months, the three foundations collectively invested more than $877,000 in the Mahoning Valley through 64 grants since mid-March. Foundation leaders noted that emergency response requests, while still crucial, have recently declined. Meanwhile, they recognized a need for greater investment in the Valley’s resurgence efforts, hoping this new phase of funding will help sustain local nonprofits while ensuring the community begins rebuilding.

As before, the application link allows charitable organizations to submit the same proposal to any one of the foundations or all three at the same time. In addition, the Community Foundation’s three affiliated foundations — Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation, Western Reserve Health Foundation and William Swanston Charitable Fund– also are actively participating in the collaborative review and grantmaking process.

Applicants should ensure their total request amount reflects their organization’s entire need as funded proposals may receive a combination of funding from one or more of the foundations. More details about each funder’s specific priority areas around crisis relief and stabilization grants can be found on their individual websites: www.cfmv.org; www.rjweanfdn.org; www.youngstownfoundation.org.


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