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Grants & Scholarships

Apply for a Grant

The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley offers a variety of grant opportunities throughout the year. Before applying for any opportunities below, all applicants must review the Grantseeker’s Guide, which provides important information on eligibility and the application process. Additional criteria will be listed under individual grant descriptions below.

Grantseeker’s Guide

All applicants must review the Grantseeker’s Guide before submitting a request to the Community Foundation. The Guide contains information on eligibility, the application process, grant conditions and the non-discrimination policy for grantees.

Open Grant Opportunities

Currently, our primary focus is on proposals coming through the Mahoning Valley COVID-19 Crisis Relief and Stabilization Grant application listed below; however, there are still several other opportunities available as well.

Please click each dropdown box below for full details, and if you have any questions about these opportunities or how to submit funding requests to CFMV or our affiliated foundations, contact Casey Krell.

2020 Application Deadline: Rolling

Applications received by the end of each month will be reviewed in the following month.

The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley will continue accepting grant applications that address the social and economic impacts of the novel coronavirus outbreak through the renamed Mahoning Valley COVID-19 Crisis Relief and Stabilization Application, a collaboration with the Raymond John Wean Foundation and the Youngstown Foundation.

Affiliate foundations and component funds within the Community Foundation—including the Mahoning Valley Community Response Fund, Western Reserve Health Foundation, Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation, William Swanston Charitable Fund, and various donor advised funds—will all review requests received through the joint application. (Note, there are not separate applications for the listed Community Foundation funding entities at this time.)

Funding will support nonprofit organizations ensuring essential services and support are available to those most adversely affected by the negative consequences of COVID-19. Grants can cover organizations’ direct service costs and/or operating costs.

Current Granting Priorities

1.) Submitted proposals should focus on one of the following:

    • Meeting basic needs (including but not limited to food security, stable housing, emergency financial assistance) of those disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 (low income, people of color, etc.) and/or of youth
    • Addressing social determinants of health or factors impacting residents’ health and wellbeing (including but not limited to transportation, physical environment, education), specifically for those disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 (low income, people of color, etc.) and/or for youth

2. ) In addition, priority will be given to organizations that:

    • Have implemented cost savings measures to adjust to current circumstances (budget cuts, submitted applications for other assistance) and/or can demonstrate a significant need for increased capacity to address the needs of Mahoning Valley residents
    • Demonstrate engagement of and connection to the communities they serve as evidenced by one or more of the following:
      • leadership representative of those they serve
      • history of service and data reflecting demographic reached
      • clear engagement of community to identify needs/gaps and create solutions
    • Specifically address and work to eliminate racial and economic inequities for the residents they serve

Application Request Amount

Applications are reviewed collaboratively, so your request amount should reflect your organization’s entire need. If you would have traditionally made individual requests to any of the funders considering COVID-19 Crisis Relief and Stabilization grants (Wean, Youngstown Foundation, CFMV, TMHF, WRHF, Swanston, etc.), include the total of those request amounts on the collaborative application form. Funded proposals may receive a combination of funding from one or more funding partners.

Additional Notes

The strongest applications will be those that speak directly to the priorities listed. Requests received through the COVID-19 Crisis Relief and Stabilization Application that do not fit the above focus areas and priorities, but that provide an important service or add to the quality of life of Mahoning Valley residents, may be shared with other sources of funding under CFMV’s umbrella that have related interest areas.

Application Process

  1. Access the common COVID-19 Crisis Relief and Stabilization Application here.
  2. At the end of the application form, choose one or more of the three foundations (Community Foundation, Wean Foundation, Youngstown Foundation) to review and consider your request. Each foundation selected will evaluate your proposal based on their specific priorities and guidelines. (Reminder: Foundations are reviewing applications collaboratively, so your request amount should reflect your organization's entire need. See above "Application Request Amount" for more information.)
  3. Submit completed application and wait to hear from us. We will contact you via email as quickly as possible with funding decisions or if we have additional questions.

Application Process Overview

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much should I ask for in my grant request?

Applications are reviewed collaboratively, so your request amount should reflect your organization’s entire need. Therefore, if you would have traditionally made individual requests to funders under CFMV’s umbrella (CFMV, Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation, Western Reserve Health Foundation, William Swanston Charitable Fund, etc.) or our outside partners (Raymond John Wean Foundation, Youngstown Foundation), include the total of those request amounts on the collaborative application form. Funded proposals may receive a combination of funding from one or more funding partners.

  • What if I have more than one project or program that needs funding?

If you have requests that fit more than one of the grantmaking focus areas, you can submit multiple applications to ensure each proposal is fully described and reviewed.

However, if your organization has multiple projects or programs, but they all align with one of the focus areas, you should submit only one application, explaining all of the activities that fit within that focus area.

If necessary, please contact Casey Krell (ckrell@cfmv.org) to discuss options before submission.

  • What if my request doesn’t fit within the funding focus areas or priorities?

The most successful proposals will be those that strongly align with the priorities of the Mahoning Valley COVID-19 Crisis Relief and Stabilization Grants program.

Requests received through the COVID-19 Application that do not fit the listed funding focus areas and priorities, but that provide an important service or add to the quality of life of Mahoning Valley Residents, may be shared with other sources of funding under the CFMV umbrella that have interest areas related to the specific requests. If you believe your request does not directly align with the outlined focus areas but still provides an important service or contributes to residents’ quality of life, we encourage you to contact us to discuss options before submitting a proposal.

  • When can I expect to hear back about the status of my request?

Applicants will be contacted within two (2) weeks of submission, with either a status update or else a request for additional information. Decisions will be made as quickly as possible, but depending on the request, additional information and extended review may be required.

  • I used to apply separately to the Community Foundation and its affiliated foundations (TMHF, WRHF, Swanston). Can I submit individual applications to them?

No, individual applications are not being accepted for the funding partners participating in collaborative grantmaking through the MV COVID-19 Crisis Relief and Stabilization Application. We understand that this joint application process changes the way some organizations approach the Community Foundation and our affiliated foundations for support. We know these changes may affect your internal processes, but we believe that the pooling of resources and collaborative review will provide significant benefits to our local nonprofit partners.

Contact Us

We know this collaborative approach is different than our traditional grantmaking, so if you have any questions about the process or your proposal, please feel free to contact Casey Krell (ckrell@cfmv.org) before submission.

2020 Application Deadline: October 1, 2020

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.

2020 Application Deadline: Monday, September 21, 2020

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 a virtual event on Wednesday, October 28, 2020. Shareholders of The Fund for Women and Girls will vote on the proposals, and the winning project will receive $1,500.

For more information about this initiative, visit the Fund for Women and Girls page.


Closed Grant Opportunities

Due to the current health crisis, CFMV is focused primarily on proposals coming through the Mahoning Valley COVID-19 Crisis Relief and Stabilization Grant application (see under Open Grant Opportunities above). Therefore, most of the below grant opportunities are deferred at this time or else this year’s deadline has passed. Any opportunities that reopen will be moved to the Open Grant Opportunities list above.

Click the dropdown boxes for more information about each opportunity, and if you have any questions, please contact Casey Krell.

2020 Application Deadlines: Remaining 2020 deadlines are deferred at this time. Check back for future deadline announcements. 

Due to the current health crisis, CFMV has shifted its focus to proposals coming through the Mahoning Valley COVID-19 Crisis Relief and Stabilization Grant application (see above). Therefore, the remaining 2020 deadlines for the CFMV General Grant are being deferred at this time, and organizations seeking funding are encouraged to review the COVID-19 grant opportunity above.

2020 Application Deadlines: Remaining 2020 deadlines are deferred at this time. Check back for future deadline announcements. 

Due to the current health crisis, the Community Foundation has shifted its focus to proposals coming through the Mahoning Valley COVID-19 Crisis Relief and Stabilization Grant application (see above). Therefore, the remaining 2020 deadlines for the First Place Community Fund are being deferred at this time, and organizations seeking funding are encouraged to review the COVID-19 grant opportunity above.

2020 Application Deadline: This grant opportunity is currently closed. Check back for future deadline announcements. 

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.

2020 Application Deadline: This grant opportunity is currently closed. Check back for future deadline announcements. 

The IIF funds organizations, within Mahoning and Trumbull counties, that focus on promoting the interests in and understanding of foreign born people. The advisory committee is still accepting applications for their June 1 grant cycle, but there are a few modifications to how requests will be prioritized in light of the COVID-19 outbreak:

  • We recognize that individuals with cultural or language barriers are most likely at a greater risk for negative impacts from this crisis, including loss of employment and disruption to education including English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. All applicants are asked to reflect in their request on how their organization is meeting the changes and needs that have occurred in our community due to the crisis.
  • Events and other programming that require physical interaction will not be supported this year due to the uncertainty of when social distancing restrictions will be removed and public safety will be restored.

Nonprofits with a 2019 Grant from IIF

If your organization received a grant from The International Institute Funds in 2019 and have remaining funds to expend, you are welcome to submit a request to extend your grant or revise use of funds. Please email your request by June 1, 2020 to Casey Krell, and include a description of what has been accomplished, how any spent funds were used, and either a date you are requesting to spend the remaining dollars by or a proposed plan of how you would re-purpose the remaining dollars and a date by which you would like to spend the dollars. Decisions will be made at the advisory committee's early July meeting.

2020 Mini-Grant Deadline: 2020 deadline is deferred at this time. Check back for future deadline announcements. 

Due to the current health crisis, the International Institute Funds' advisory committee has decided to defer the mini-grant program for 2020, as the majority of funding supports programming and events that require physical interaction.

2020 Application Deadline: This grant opportunity is currently closed. Check back for future deadline announcements. 

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.

2020 Application Deadline: This grant opportunity is currently closed. Check back for future deadline announcements. 

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. 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.

Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation • Western Reserve Health Foundation • William Swanston Charitable Fund

2019/2020 Application Deadlines: Original 2020 deadlines are deferred at this time. Check back for future deadline announcements. 

Due to the current health crisis, all three of CFMV's affiliated foundations--TMHF, WRHF, and Swanston--have shifted their focus to proposals coming through the Mahoning Valley COVID-19 Crisis Relief and Stabilization Grant application (see above).

Each of the three supporting organizations have contributed to the Mahoning Valley Community Response Fund and are actively participating in the collaborative review of COVID-19 Crisis Relief and Stabilization Grant applications. Therefore, organizations seeking funding are encouraged to review the COVID-19 grant opportunity above.


Current Grantee Update

Due to COVID-19, we have implemented flexible reporting for those with current grants from CFMV or one of our affiliate foundations. Likely, this health crisis is disrupting activities and programming for our nonprofit partners, and we will consider that when evaluating outcomes and projections that were set before COVID-19 emerged. Please contact us once normal operations resume if you need to adjust timelines or have additional concerns about meeting projected goals.

In addition, if you have funds from a current grant that are not expended and need to discuss the possibility of repurposing the funds’ use, please contact us at anytime to review options.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the shifts to our grantmaking efforts, the Mahoning Valley Community Response Fund, or any of the above funding opportunities, please contact Casey Krell, Director of Supporting Organizations and Donor Services.