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CFMV Announces Grants for 2nd Quarter 2014

Community Foundation of the Mahoning ValleyYoungstown/Warren, Ohio – The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley today announced the award of $124,800 in grants to 29 nonprofit organizations across Mahoning and Trumbull counties for the quarter ended June 30.

The largest grant was $45,000 for the Stambaugh Auditorium Capital Campaign, a community-wide effort to renovate the landmark Youngstown performing arts center. These funds came from the Kennedy Family Fund and the John S. and Doris M. Andrews Memorial Fund, two of the funds managed by the Community Foundation. Other large grants included:

  • $18,000 for the YWCA of Warren’s Summer Day Camp, a five-week program for middle school-aged girls with curriculum focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). Funds came from the Kennedy Family Fund, the Ralph E. and Esther K. Meacham Memorial Fund and other funds.
  • $12,300.00 for the Student Aspirations Project in the Youngstown City School District, a three-year plan to change the culture in the schools. (Fund for the Youngstown City Schools Foundation.)
  • $10,000 to Neighborhood Ministries for after-school and summer children’s programs at its Rockford Village community center in Youngstown and its Kirwan Homes center in Campbell. (Kennedy Family Fund)

(For a PDF of our news release, click here.)

The CFMV awards grants each quarter to organizations that enhance quality of life for residents and future generations of the Mahoning Valley. More information about Community Foundation grants is available at the foundation’s website,

These additional organizations also received grants of $1,000 or more from one or a combination of the funds the Community Foundation manages:

  • The Salvation Army – Warren Corps: $8,000 for the Warren Drop-In Center (The Kennedy Family Fund and the Ralph E. and Esther K. Meacham Memorial Fund)
  • Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County: $7,500 for the 2014 Summer Reading Program (The Kennedy Family Fund)
  • Girl Scouts of North East Ohio: $5,000 for the Low Ropes Challenge Course at Camp Sugarbush (Kennedy Family Fund)
  • Junior Achievement of the Mahoning Valley: $5,000 for Junior Achievement K-12 programs JA Graduation Pathways (The Community Foundation Unrestricted Fund)
  • OCCHA, Inc.: $5,000 for the OCCHA Youth Program-Afterschool and Summer Day Camp (The Kennedy Family Fund)
  • Tabernacle Baptist Church: $5,000 for the Children’s Defense Fund Summer Freedom School Project.
  • Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County: $3,000 for The Robins Project – “The Sign of Change” Campaign (Ralph E. and Esther K. Meacham Memorial Fund)
  • Ballet Western Reserve: $1,000 for BWR Scholarships for financially challenged students and families (Kennedy Family Fund)

These organizations received smaller grants:

  • Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley
  • Angels for Animals
  • Beatitude House
  • Boardman Rotary Association
  • Greater Western Reserve Council, Boy Scouts
  • Humility of Mary Health Partners Development Foundation
  • Mahoning County Juvenile Court Advisory Board
  • Mahoning Valley Historical Society
  • Men’s Garden Club of Youngstown
  • Neil Kennedy Recovery Center
  • Philanthropy Ohio
  • Rich Center for Autism
  • Salineville Southern Alumni Community Scholarship Foundation
  • Senior Independence Senior Center
  • United Way of Youngstown/Mahoning Valley
  • Westminster College
  • The Youngstown Playhouse

The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley enhances the quality of life for residents and future generations of the Mahoning Valley by managing donor assets, distributing grants and advancing philanthropy and good works. The foundation and its affiliates hold nearly $45 million in assets and distributed nearly $1 million in grants during its 2013 fiscal year. It is the only local foundation with certification from the Community Foundation National Standards Board. More information is available at the foundation’s website,

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