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COVID-19 Grantseeker and Grantee Update

As the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley continues assessing and responding to the current COVID-19 outbreak, we want to share several updates for grantseekers, as well as those with current or pending grants with us.

Update for nonprofits seeking funding:
We recently launched the Mahoning Valley Community Response Fund to provide support and resources to organizations working with those disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The application is simple and was created in conjunction with the Youngstown Foundation and the Raymond John Wean Foundation to streamline submission times for those applying to all three. If your organization is in need of funding, please visit our Response Fund page for more information on how to apply. Decisions will be made as quickly as possible to expedite support.

Update for nonprofits with a current grant:
We are implementing 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.

Update for nonprofits with pending grant applications:
We will reconnect at a later date with organizations that have a pending application to determine how to best move forward once we shift focus back to operations as usual. We are aware priorities within organizations may be shifting and applications may no longer be as relevant or imperative as they were at submission. For deadlines that have not yet passed, we will be extending the submission period and will clarify expectations once normal operations resume.

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


The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley offers a variety of grant opportunities throughout the year. Before applying for any available here, 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.

Grant Opportunities

All of the grant opportunities listed below are administered by the Community Foundation, but each has its own priorities and requirements. Carefully review the information under each listing before submitting. Keep in mind that late, incomplete and ineligible applications will not be considered.

Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley – General Grant
2020 Application Deadlines: February 1, 2020; June 1, 2020; and October 1, 2020

Before submitting a proposal through CFMV’s General Grant Application, read the full description of the current Focus Areas and Priorities for this opportunity.


First Place Community Fund – General Grant
2020 Application Deadlines: February 1, 2020; June 1, 2020; and October 1, 2020

The First Place Community Fund continues to support community programs and services, just as the First Place Bank foundation has done since 1998. Organizations seeking support from the Fund 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 First Place Community Fund on the Fund Selection drop down menu.


Young Philanthropist Fund
2020 Application Deadline: February 1, 2020

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.


International Institute Funds
2020 Application Deadline: June 1, 2020

The IIF funds organizations, within Mahoning and Trumbull counties, that focus on promoting the interests in and understanding of foreign born people.

2020 Mini-Grant Deadline: June 1, 2020

The International Institute Funds also offers mini-grants for organizations, within Mahoning and Trumbull counties, that seek to preserve and promote cultural heritage. This includes, but is not limited to, music, dance, art, food and education. However, funding cannot be used for general operations or to sponsor/underwrite an event. Grants will be made in the amount of $500.


Hospice Trust of Trumbull County
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.


The Fund for Warren’s Future
2019 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.


The Fund for Women and Girls
2019 Application Deadline: This grant opportunity is currently closed. Check back for the 2020 deadline announcement. 

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 evening event on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. Shareholders of The Fund for Women and Girls will vote on the proposals, and funding decisions will be announced that evening. At least $1,000 will be available for funding that evening, with the possibility of additional support.


Valley Soup: Giving Tuesday Microfunding Dinner
2019 Application Deadline: This grant opportunity is currently closed. Check back for the 2020 deadline announcement. 

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 on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. 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.


Supporting Organizations of the Community Foundation
2019/2020 Application Deadlines: See each page below for specific grant deadlines

The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley partners with three affiliate foundations and oversees grantmaking for each. Grantees are invited to propose projects through a competitive request for proposal (RFP) process, and the current RFPs for each supporting organization can be found on their individual page at the links below.

  • William Swanston Charitable Fund
    The William Swanston Charitable Fund, the legacy of a local farmer, is committed to supporting children in Mahoning and Trumbull counties who have experienced crises, including those who are/have been abused, neglected or dependent (children reliant on others and/or external systems of support, besides parents, for their care). The fund’s current priority areas include Health and Wellness, Education and Children’s Services.
  • Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation
    Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation was established to continue supporting the health care needs and education of Trumbull County residents.
  • Western Reserve Health Foundation
    Western Reserve Health Foundation was established to continue supporting the health care needs and education of Mahoning County residents.

If you are having trouble utilizing the online grant system, please reference the PowerPoint with step-by-step instructions. If you need additional help or information, please contact Casey Krell, Director of Supporting Organizations and Donor Services, at CKrell@cfmv.org or 330.743.5555

Please note: Click here to access your grant profile to view/edit in-progress applications, as well as view applications previously submitted.