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Community Foundation Revises Grant Process and Implements Flexibility to Address COVID-19 Effects

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – In light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the Community Foundation and its three affiliated foundations have made changes to their grant processes.

The Community Foundation will forego it’s regularly-scheduled June 1 deadline for its General Grant and First Place Community Fund cycles. The June 1 deadline for the International Institute Funds will remain in place, but granting priorities for that fund will be updated in light of the pandemic.

The June 1 deadline for the International Institute Funds will remain in place, but granting priorities for that fund will be updated in light of the pandemic.

Instead, nonprofits seeking funding are encouraged to apply to the Mahoning Valley Community Response Fund, to which all three affiliated foundations have contributed assets, using the COVID-19 Crisis Relief Application on CFMV’s website. While grants are currently awarded for emergency, crisis-related needs, the foundations plan to update priorities in the near future to include grants for ongoing operations and sustainability.

“These are unprecedented times for all of us,” said Shari Harrell, president of the Community Foundation. “We hope these changes, along with the streamlining of our grant application and review process, will aid nonprofits in this time of need.”

Additionally, the foundation boards are instituting flexibility for organizations with current grants, recognizing that the current health crisis is likely disrupting activities and programming for nonprofit partners. Grantees can contact Casey Krell, at ckrell@cfmv.org, to discuss their organization’s needs, including extended final report deadlines and the possibility of repurposing unspent grant funds.

“The foundation is using research as well as input from our nonprofit partners to shape our response,” added Harrell. “We encourage all organizations, whether or not they have received funding from us in the past, to reach out and update us on what they are seeing and experiencing as we begin setting priorities for the next phase of COVID-19 response funding.”

More details about the steps each of the four foundations is taking to support nonprofits affected by COVID-19 can be found on their individual pages of CFMV’s website at www.cfmv.org.

The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley is a leader and advocate for strategic philanthropy, partnering with donors to anchor a permanent and growing endowment and making investments in the Mahoning Valley that improve the quality of life for all residents. The Community Foundation is the only local foundation with certification from the Community Foundation National Standards Board.

 

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