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Arts & Culture Challenge Grants

The Community Foundation recognizes the important roles that arts and culture organizations will play as the Mahoning Valley rebounds from the COVID-19 pandemic. With these organizations struggling now more than ever, we are offering a new challenge grant opportunity.

To support the limited capacity of smaller arts and culture organizations (those with operating budgets of $250,000 or less), the Community Foundation is accepting applications for $2,500 challenge grants. Intended to incentivize community giving since donors’ gifts will be matched, a limited number of applicant organizations will be selected and “challenged” to raise funds within 30 days. The Foundation will then match all dollars raised up to $2,500.

*Applications Due June 1, 2020*


Organizations eligible to apply for this grant opportunity MUST:

    • Be public charities as designated in section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code, government agencies, public schools, or churches
    • Have as their primary mission to provide arts and cultural programming, including but not limited to performing arts, visual arts, museums, art education, etc.
    • Have an operating budget of $250,000 or less (based on most recent 990 or year-end financial statements)
    • Serve the Mahoning Valley

Application Process

  1. Complete the Arts & Culture Crisis Relief Challenge Grant Application here.
    (If you need the PDF version of the application, access it here.)
  2. Submit your completed application to Tara C. Walker-Pollock at on or before June 1, 2020.
    (If your organization completed a fundraising campaign between March 15 and June 1 to make up for revenue lost due to COVID-19, please let us know when you email your application. The advisory committee will consider a small number of retroactive matching grants if appropriate.)
  3. Wait to hear from us! We will contact you via email as quickly as possible with decisions or if we have additional questions. Organizations selected will receive instructions and will have 30 days to raise up to $2,500 to be matched by CFMV.

Contact Us

If you have questions about this unique matching grant opportunity, please contact Casey Krell, the Foundation’s director of supporting organizations and donor services.