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Grants & Scholarships

Apply for a Grant

The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley welcomes grant applications from organizations that are tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Service 501 (c)(3) or that operate under the fiscal sponsorship of a tax-exempt nonprofit, including schools, churches and public organizations.

Grant Opportunities

Because there are so many needs in the Mahoning Valley, our application process is highly competitive. It is therefore essential that applicants read and follow our grant guidelines carefully. Please review carefully the information listed under each grant opportunity and application requirements before submitting. Late, incomplete and ineligible applications will not be considered.


Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley – General Grant
2018 Application Deadlines: February 1, June 1 and October 1

Any Arts, Culture, Humanities, Children, Education, Environmental and/or Animal Related, Health, Human Service, Public/Society Benefit, Religious/Charitable Purposes, Scientific Research.


First Place Community Fund – General Grant
2018 Application Deadlines: February 1, June 1 and October 1

The First Place Community Fund continues to support community programs and services, just as the First Place Bank foundation has done since 1998. Organizations seeking support from the Fund may submit a general application and supporting documents as part of the Community Foundation’s regular grant cycle. All grants must be submitted through CFMV’s online system. Please direct your application to the First Place Community Fund on the Fund Selection drop down menu.


Young Philanthropist Fund
2018 Application Deadline: February 1

The Young Philanthropist Fund supports nonprofit organizations in Mahoning and Trumbull counties. It is advised by the Mahoning Valley Young Professionals, with grants made annually from the proceeds of the 25 Under 35 Awards dinner. Interested applicants may submit a general application as a part of the Community Foundation’s regular grant cycle. All grants must be submitted though CFMV’s online system. Please direct your application to the Young Philanthropist Fund on the Fund Selection drop down menu.


The Fund for Warren’s Future
2018 Application Deadlines: March 23, July 3, October 2

The Fund for Warren’s Future supports nonprofit organizations that implement projects designed to directly increase economic activity in the city of Warren, Ohio. Interested applicants may submit an application through CFMV’s online system.


International Institute Funds
2018 Application Deadline: June 1

The IIF funds organizations, within Mahoning and Trumbull counties, that focus on promoting the interests in and understanding of foreign born people.

2018 Mini-Grant Deadline: October 15

The International Institute Funds also offers mini-grants for organizations, within Mahoning and Trumbull counties, that seek to preserve and promote cultural heritage. This includes, but is not limited to, music, dance, art, food and education. However, funding cannot be used for general operations or to sponsor/underwrite an event. Grants will be made in the amount of $500.


Hospice Trust of Trumbull County
2018 Application Deadline: October 1

The Hospice Trust of Trumbull County invites proposals, under a competitive grant process, and awards grants to organizations promoting hospice services, hospice care, or hospice education in Trumbull County. Interested applicants  may submit a general application and supporting documents as part of the Community Foundation’s regular grant cycle. All grants must be submitted through CFMV’s online system. Please direct your application to the Hospice Trust on the Fund Selection drop down menu.


*NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY*

The Fund for Women and Girls
2018 Application Deadline: September 21

Funding is available for projects and initiatives that benefit women and girls in the Mahoning Valley. Local nonprofit organizations, community groups and individuals working with a qualified fiscal sponsor are welcome to apply.

From the pool of proposals, final applicants will be selected to present their ideas at an evening event on Wednesday, November 7, 2018. Shareholders of The Fund for Women and Girls will vote on the proposals, and funding decisions will be announced that evening. At least $1,000 will be available for funding that evening, with the possibility of additional support.


*NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY*

Valley Soup: Giving Tuesday Microfunding Dinner
2018 Application Deadline: October 12

Funding is available for creative projects and initiatives that benefit the Mahoning Valley. Local nonprofit organizations, community groups and individuals working with a qualified fiscal sponsor are welcome to apply.

From the pool of proposals, four applicants will be selected to present their ideas at Valley Soup, a Giving Tuesday Microfunding Dinner on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. Guests at the dinner will vote on the four proposals and the winner will be awarded the evening’s proceeds to carry out their project. Typical funding ranges from $400-$1200 depending on the number of event guests and outside matching dollars.


Supporting Organizations of the Community Foundation
2018 Application Deadlines: See each page below for specific grant deadlines

The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley partners with three affiliate foundations and oversees grantmaking for each. Grantees are invited to propose projects through a competitive request for proposal (RFP) process, and the current RFPs for each supporting organization can be found on their individual page at the links below.

  • William Swanston Charitable Fund
    The mission of the William Swanston Charitable Fund is to provide support and assistance to abused, neglected, and dependent children in Mahoning and Trumbull counties. The fund’s current focus is on preventing and reducing childhood obesity.
  • Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation
    Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation was established to continue supporting the health care needs and education of Trumbull County residents.
  • Western Reserve Health Foundation
    Western Reserve Health Foundation was established to continue supporting the health care needs and education of Mahoning County residents.

If you are having trouble utilizing the online grant system, please reference the PowerPoint with step-by-step instructions. If you need additional help or information, please contact Casey Krell, Director of Supporting Organizations and Donor Services, at CKrell@cfmv.org or 330.743.5555

Please note: Click here to access your grant profile to view/edit in-progress applications, as well as view applications previously submitted.