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Grants & Scholarships

Apply for a Grant

The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley has opened the first round of grant cycles for 2021, with criteria and submission instructions listed under individual grant descriptions below. Key information to note:

  • Applications are due April 19. 2021 by 11:59 p.m. for all current open grant opportunities.
  • The Foundation is using new software for grant application submissions. For help navigating the new online grant portal, please review the resources in the Grantseeker Tutorials and Resources section at the bottom of this page.
  • Before applying, all applicants must review the Grantseeker’s Guide below, which provides important information on eligibility and the application process.

Grantseeker’s Guide

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

Open Grant Opportunities

The Community Foundation has opened a variety of grant opportunities; however, the submission process and applications have changed. Please click the dropdown boxes to read full details and visit the Grantseeker Tutorials and Resources section below for more information on navigating the new grant portal.

(Note: If you are applying for more than one opportunity at a time, you can utilize our new software’s “copy” feature to copy and paste responses from one form to another. Please review the resources in the Grantseeker Tutorials and Resources section below for more information.)

If you have any questions about grant opportunities for CFMV or our affiliated foundations, contact Casey Krell.

2021 Application Deadlines: April 19, July 1, October 1

Funding is available for eligible Mahoning Valley organizations. While there are no specific funding priority areas, requests should address needs of the Mahoning Valley community and its residents. Requests submitted through this application are shared with the Community Foundation’s advised funds that participate in grantmaking, and approved grants reflect our fund holder’s personal philanthropic interests.

To Apply

Organizations must submit an application through our online grant portal here.

2021 Application Deadlines: April 19, July 1, October 1

Funding is available for eligible Mahoning Valley organizations. While there are no specific funding priority areas, requests should address needs of the Mahoning Valley community and its residents. Requests submitted through this application are shared with the First Place Community Fund Distribution Committee for review and consideration.

To Apply

Organizations must submit an application through our online grant portal here.

2021 Application Deadline: April 19

Funding is available for eligible Mahoning Valley organizations. While there are no specific funding priority areas, requests should address needs of the Mahoning Valley community and its residents. Requests submitted through this application are shared with The Young Philanthropist Fund Distribution Committee for review and consideration. The Committee is comprised of members of the Mahoning Valley Young Professionals, with grants made annually from the proceeds of the 25 Under 35 Awards dinner.

To Apply

Organizations must submit an application through our online grant portal here.

2021 Application Deadlines: April 19, July 1, October 1

Please note: a letter of inquiry will no longer be required, as the Swanston Fund moves to a one-step grant application process.

No child is the sum of the challenges and adversities they may have encountered, and all children deserve an equitable chance to pursue success. Reflecting on its commitment to fostering transformative change in the lives of children, The William Swanston Charitable Fund will prioritize grants that align with one or more of the below areas:

  1. Immediate responses that address obstacles for children due to the COVID-19 pandemic
    and/or
  2. Innovative projects that prevent or reduce the risk factors that can create disparities and create opportunities for all children in Mahoning and Trumbull counties to thrive

Proposals that align with category #2 may address prevention and/or immediate needs, with priority given to proposals focused in the following areas:

  • Health and Wellness – Initiatives, that by providing early intervention for physical, mental, emotional and/or behavioral health dependencies, can result in greater opportunities for children to excel
    • Mental Health and Addiction – proposals that address anxiety, especially for low-income youth
    • Chronic Disease – proposals that reduce asthma morbidity, especially for black children under age 18; and, promote healthy weight, especially for low-income youth
    • Maternal and Infant Health – proposals that reduce infant mortality and preterm birth; and, promote prenatal care
  • Education – Initiatives addressing the race and income disparities in education, especially for low-income youth and black and Hispanic youth, that exist in the following areas:
    • Kindergarten Readiness
    • 3rd Grade Reading Proficiency
    • 8th Grade Math Proficiency
    • High School Graduation/College & Career Readiness
  • Children’s Services – Initiatives that address the intersection of child welfare and parental substance abuse and/or parental incarceration, or initiatives that address the needs of youth involved with the juvenile justice system

In addition, the William Swanston Charitable Fund prioritizes proposals that:

  • Address underlying social and economic challenges contributing to poor health outcomes in the communities served, such as poverty, lack of access to healthy foods and absence of parks/recreational centers.
  • Extend past individual behavior or program-related services by modifying policies, systems and environments to help make healthy options practical and readily available.
  • Demonstrate collaboration among sectors, including public health, government, education, healthcare, etc.
  • Prioritize engagement of residents from the communities served.
  • Adhere to existing, evidence-based best practices or promising practices.
  • Leverage additional funding as well as community assets.
  • Provide an established plan for evaluation including measurable outcomes.

Target Population

The William Swanston Charitable Fund is interested in transforming the lives of Mahoning Valley children confronted with challenges to equitable opportunity. Research shows that children in the below demographics have been most adversely impacted by societal neglect and community disinvestment over time, and are therefore the primary target for support from Swanston:

  • Low-income
  • Non-Hispanic black
  • Hispanic
  • Living in the cities of Youngstown and Warren, as well as a few select disinvested communities
  • Children facing challenges based on their experience(s) with abuse, neglect, dependency, and/or their experience with Children’s Welfare or Juvenile Justice systems.

To Apply

Organizations must submit an application through our online grant portal here.

2021 Application Deadlines: April 19, July 1, October 1

Please note: a letter of inquiry will no longer be required, as Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation moves to a one-step grant application process.

Reflecting its purpose of promoting the health and well-being of the residents of Trumbull County, Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation’s 2021 grantmaking will prioritize grants that align with one or more of the below areas:

  1. Immediate responses that address obstacles to health and wellbeing for residents due to the COVID-19 pandemic
    and/or
  2. Innovative projects that address the current priorities identified by the 2020-2022 Trumbull County Combined Health District Community Health Improvement Plan
    1. Mental Health and Addiction: initiatives that increase mental health and decrease substance abuse
    2. Chronic Disease: initiatives that decrease chronic disease and obesity
    3. Maternal and Infant Health: initiatives that improve maternal and infant health outcomes
      and/or
  3. Organizations and programs that address areas identified by issue-specific funds held by Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation:
    1. Needs of cancer patients and/or their families
    2. Hospice services, care or education
    3. Diabetes care, including prevention programs and education
    4. Orthopedic care and/or support for patients including education

In addition, the Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation gives priority to projects that:

  • Address underlying social and economic challenges contributing to poor health outcomes in the communities served, such as racial inequity, poverty, lack of access to healthy foods and absence of parks/recreational centers
  • Extend past individual behavior or program related services by modifying policies, systems and environments to help make healthy options practical and readily available in an equitable manner to all residents
  • Focus efforts on neighborhoods and communities confronted with challenges to equitable opportunity for health and well-being. This includes areas and individuals most adversely impacted by societal neglect and community disinvestment (low-income, Black, Hispanic, City of Warren)
  • Demonstrate collaboration among sectors, including public health, government, education, healthcare, etc.
  • Prioritize engagement of residents from the communities served
  • Adhere to existing evidence-based best practices or promising practices
  • Leverage additional funding as well as community assets
  • Provide an established plan for evaluation including measurable outcomes

The Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation values the efforts of the Healthy Community Partnership, a regional cross-sector collaborative working to address several of the CHIP’s priorities and strategies. Priority is given to grant seekers who are connected to the Healthy Community Partnership and aligned with the shared vision and goals. If your organization is not currently active in the Healthy Community Partnership, please contact Casey Krell at ckrell@cfmv.org or 330-743-5555 to be connected.

To Apply

Organizations must submit an application through our online grant portal here.

2021 Application Deadlines: April 19, July 1, October 1

Please note: a letter of inquiry will no longer be required, as Western Reserve Health Foundation moves to a one-step grant application process.

Reflecting its purpose of promoting the health and well- being of the residents of Mahoning County, Western Reserve Health Foundation's 2021 grantmaking will prioritize grants that align with one or more of the below areas:

  1. Immediate responses that address obstacles to health and wellbeing for residents due to the COVID-19 pandemic
    and/or
  2. Innovative projects that address the current priorities identified by the 2020-2022 Mahoning County Public Health Community Health Improvement Plan:
    1. Mental Health and Addiction: initiatives that improve mental health status and reduce substance abuse and addiction
    2. Chronic Disease: initiatives that reduce chronic disease
    3. Maternal and Infant Health: initiatives that improve maternal and infant health
    4. Social Determinants of Health: initiatives that improve the economic and social issues impeding health
    5. Health Equity: initiatives that improve health equity
      and/or
  3. Organizations and programs that address needs of cancer patients and/or their families.

In addition, the Western Reserve Health Foundation gives priority to projects that:

  • Address underlying social and economic challenges contributing to poor health outcomes in the communities served, such as poverty, lack of access to healthy foods and absence of parks/recreational centers
  • Extend past individual behavior or program related services by modifying policies, systems and environments to help make healthy options practical and readily available
  • Demonstrate collaboration among sectors, including public health, government, education, healthcare, etc.
  • Prioritize engagement of residents from the communities served
  • Adhere to existing evidence-based best practices or promising practices
  • Leverage additional funding as well as community assets
  • Provide an established plan for evaluation including measurable outcomes

The Western Reserve Health Foundation values the efforts of the Healthy Community Partnership, a regional cross-sector collaborative working to address several of the CHIP’s priorities and strategies. Priority is given to grant seekers who are connected to the Healthy Community Partnership and aligned with the shared vision and goals. If your organization is not currently active in the Healthy Community Partnership, please contact Casey Krell at ckrell@cfmv.org or 330-743-5555 to be connected.

To Apply

Organizations must submit an application through our online grant portal here.

2021 Application Deadline: Friday, April 2 (final deadline for this opportunity; applicants should apply as soon as possible)

Applicants will be contacted within two (2) weeks of submission, either with a funding decision or with a request for additional information.

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 Response and Stabilization Application, a collaboration with The Raymond John Wean Foundation and The Youngstown Foundation.

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’ programmatic, general operating, or capital needs.

Current Granting Priorities

1.) Submitted proposals should directly address the most urgent, immediate needs (including but not limited to food security, stable housing, emergency financial assistance) of residents disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 (low income, people of color, etc.) and/or of 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 Response and Stabilization grants (Wean, Youngstown Foundation, CFMV), 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.

Please note that at this time, the Community Foundation's supporting organizations (Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation, Western Reserve Health Foundation, and the William Swanston Charitable Fund) are not reviewing requests through this application process. Their grantmaking cycles are currently closed.

Additional Notes

The strongest applications will be those that speak directly to the priorities listed, but we recognize that many organizations are moving away from COVID-related programs and activities. The Community Foundation is working to roll out the 2021 grantmaking schedule and will release information on additional funding opportunities as soon as plans are finalized.

Application Process

  1. Access the common COVID-19 Response 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.

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. 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 Response and Stabilization Grants program.

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 under the Community Foundation's umbrella at this time. Once grantmaking schedules for 2021 are finalized for each individual funder, they will be announced.

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.


Closed Grant Opportunities

The below grant opportunities are currently closed. As they open, they 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.

2021 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.

2021 Application Deadline: This grant opportunity is currently closed. Check back for future deadline announcements. 

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 event where shareholders of The Fund for Women and Girls will vote on the proposals. For more information about this initiative, visit the Fund for Women and Girls page.

2021 Application Deadline: This grant opportunity is currently closed. Check back for future deadline announcements. 

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.

2021 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 individuals.

2021 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.


Grantseeker Tutorials and Resources

Click each of the below dropboxes for tutorials and resources related to our current grant cycles and new software.

The Community Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life for all residents in the Mahoning Valley. Unfortunately, the funding community in the Mahoning Valley (and nationally) has historically demonstrated a reluctance to adequately support organizations rooted in communities of color. Because our foundation has not been blameless in this harmful disparity, we are committed to emphasizing racial equity in all that we do and stand for. An important aspect of carrying out this commitment is revising the Community Foundation's grantmaking process.

To begin addressing these inequities, it is up to us at the Community Foundation not only to learn from those disadvantaged by our traditional practices and networks, but also to take significant strides toward building meaningful and authentic partnerships. We also recognize that many leaders of color in our community have a unique understanding of the challenges their fellow community members face and how to address them.

One of the first steps we are taking in redesigning CFMV’s grantmaking processes is to begin collecting more data. Going forward, you will see questions on the demographics of leadership and equitable practices incorporated into our grant process to better understand who the organizations applying for funding are.

To fully examine where we have missed the mark of CFMV’s mission to improve the quality of life for all Mahoning Valley residents, we are committed to ongoing dialogue throughout our community about what emphasizing equity looks like in action. We do not have all of the answers, and we certainly welcome community feedback about the best way to achieve our equity goals. We urge you to join us on the journey to improve the lives of all Mahoning Valley residents.

Creating your online account can be simple, if you start with a few things prepared in advance. Our online grants portal will allow you to track the status of your application, as well as file grant reports from your account, and you’ll be able to save, edit and submit applications.

All applicants are required to create an account, and we recommend you do this well before any actual grant application deadline. Here is what you will need to create an account:

  • Contact information for the point person, and a username that is a frequently used email address (we will use this email address to communicate with you on your grant status)
  • Contact information for your organization, including your EIN/Tax ID number
  • Contact information for the Executive Director
  • Information on your leadership team and the equitable practices of your organization

Many of our grant rounds require different documentation, so depending on your organization’s status and the specific guidelines for the application you are working on, you may also be required to upload specific documents.

For grants made after May 1, 2021, final grant reports are in electronic form and must be submitted in our online grant portal. Please logon here and view outstanding items under Follow-Up Forms on your dashboard.

For grants made before April 30, 2021, please use the appropriate form below:
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  • Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley
    • CFMV Final Report Form (WORD) (PDF)
    • CFMV COVID-19 $5K+ Final Report Form (WORD) (PDF)
  • William Swanston Charitable Fund
    • Swanston Final Report Form (WORD) (PDF)
    • Swanston COVID-19 $5K+ Final Report Form (WORD) (PDF)
  • Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation
    • TMHF Final Report Form (WORD) (PDF)
    • TMHF COVID-19 $5K+ Final Report Form (WORD) (PDF)
  • Western Reserve Health Foundation
    • WRHF Final Report Form (WORD) (PDF)
    • WRHF COVID-19 $5K+ Final Report Form (WORD) (PDF)

Contact Us

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