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Grants & Scholarships

Apply for a Grant

The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley has opened its grant cycles for 2022, with criteria and submission instructions listed under individual grant descriptions below. Key information to note:

  • Applicants should check out the recently added Frequently Asked Questions in the Grantseeker Tutorials and Resources section at the bottom of this page.  
  • 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.

Grant Opportunities

The Community Foundation has a variety of grant opportunities; however, the submission process and applications changed in 2021. 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.

2022 Application Deadlines: January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1*

*Rolling application submission allows applicants to work on and submit their grant request at any time; all completed applications will be considered following the next deadline after submission, and funding decisions are typically made within three months of each grant cycle deadline. 

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.

2022 Application Deadline: July 1

The advisory committee of the International Institute Funds considers both general grants and mini-grants during the same cycle. The same application form is used for both grant opportunities.

General IIF Grant Focus:

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

Mini-Grant Focus:

The International Institute Funds also offers mini-grants ($500 or less) 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, mini-grant funding cannot be used for general operations or to sponsor/underwrite an event. Mini-grants will be made in the amount of $500 or less.

To Apply

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

2022 Application Deadlines: January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1*

*Rolling application submission allows applicants to work on and submit their grant request at any time; all completed applications will be considered following the next deadline after submission, and funding decisions are typically made within three months of each grant cycle deadline. 

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 their grantmaking in 2022 for 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 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.

Printable 2022 Swanston Grant Focus Areas

To Apply

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

2022 Application Deadlines: January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1*

*Rolling application submission allows applicants to work on and submit their grant request at any time; all completed applications will be considered following the next deadline after submission, and funding decisions are typically made within three months of each grant cycle deadline. 

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 2022 grantmaking will prioritize grants that align with one or more of the below areas:

  1. 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
  2. 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, throughout all areas of its grantmaking, 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.

About The Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation and Printable 2022 Grant Focus Areas

To Apply

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

2022 Application Deadlines: January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1*

*Rolling application submission allows applicants to work on and submit their grant request at any time; all completed applications will be considered following the next deadline after submission, and funding decisions are typically made within three months of each grant cycle deadline. 

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 2022 grantmaking will prioritize grants that align with one or more of the below areas:

  1. 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
  2. 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.

Printable 2022 WRHF Grant Focus Areas

To Apply

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

2022 Application Deadline: October 1; This grant opportunity is not yet open

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.

2022 Application Deadline: April 1; This grant opportunity is closed for 2022. 

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.

There is no longer a separate application for this opportunity. Instead, the advisory committee for the First Place Community Fund will review applications that come through the CFMV General Grant application. 

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.


Grantseeker Tutorials and Resources

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

Q- Who’s eligible to receive grants from the Community Foundation?

A- We make grants to organizations that are deemed not-for-profit by the IRS, such as 501(c)3s, religious organizations, schools and government entities. If you’re not registered with the IRS, you may apply through a fiscal sponsor.

Q- Which fund should I apply to?

A- There are a few options, highlighted in bold below. Our biggest opportunities have a quarterly deadline – though the Young Philanthropist Fund, International Institute Funds and the Hospice Trust of Trumbull County have just one every year.

  • The Community Foundation General Grant Fund and the First Place Community Fund don’t have specific priorities, but should projects address the needs of Mahoning Valley residents.
  • The Western Reserve Health Foundation and Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation focus on projects that address the physical and mental health needs of Mahoning County (for the Western Reserve Health Foundation) and Trumbull County (for the Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation).
  • The William Swanston Charitable Fund supports projects and initiatives addressing the disparities facing children in the Valley, including health, education and children’s services.
  • The Young Philanthropist Fund awards grants once per year, with recipients chosen by members of Mahoning Valley Young Professionals. This grant fund doesn’t have a focus area, but projects/initiatives should address community needs in the Valley. Funding comes from the proceeds of the annual 25 Under 35 Awards dinner.
  • The International Institute Funds supports organizations that focus on foreign-born people in the Mahoning Valley.
  • Finally, the Hospice Trust of Trumbull County is a competitive grant process. Awards are made to organizations the promote hospice services, care or education in Trumbull County.

Q- What kind of projects does the Community Foundation support?

A- We like to support a wide range of projects, so as long as your initiative is aimed at making the Mahoning Valley a better place and you meet our other eligibility criteria, your project is up for considerations. Beyond just funding individual projects, the Community Foundation also offers operational grants that you can use however you need to help achieve your mission.

Q- Do I need to meet with the Community Foundation before applying for the first time?

A- It’s up to you! We don’t require meeting with applicants before a grant request is submitted, but we’re more than happy to meet with your organization’s leaders to discuss what funding opportunities are available. If you apply for the first time without talking to any of our staff, someone from our office will likely reach out after the application deadline to line up a get-to-know-you meeting.

Q- What documents do I need to include in my application?

A- Grant applications must include your current annual budget, a year-to-date income statement and a list of board members. If your organization has been audited, you must also include a Copy of Management letter of your most recent audited financial statements.

Q- How much funding should I request?

A- We don’t have many rules or restrictions about the size of our grants or the amount you can ask for. However, keep in mind that we usually don’t provide funding to cover more than half of a project/initiative’s total costs. The Community Foundation general grants typically range from $5,000 to $10,000, while awards from our affiliate foundations typically range from $10,000 to $50,000.

Q- How many grants can I apply for?

A- There’s no limit on how many times you can apply for grants from the Community Foundation, though we do encourage organizations to be strategic about their grant requests.
If you’re seeking money for a project/initiative that’s already been funded by the Foundation, we ask that you complete the final grant report before applying again.

Q- Can I get help with writing my proposal?

A- We don’t help organizations write grant applications. However, to make our grants as accessible as possible, we’ve tried to make our application process as simple and transparent as we can. If you have question about the application or don’t understand something, call us any time at 330-743-5555.

Q- If I’ve had a grant application denied in the past, can I apply again?

A- Absolutely! Each application is judged on its own merits. If you have any questions about how you can improve your application, we’re more than happy to set up a meeting to review the application and offer suggestions for improvement.

Q- Who will review my grant application?

A- If you’re applying to the Community Foundation General Grant Fund, your application will be reviewed by our active fundholders, who each have their own interests and kinds of projects they like to support.

For other grant opportunities, we send your application to the organization’s board or a committee, who will review it and make a decision on whether or not to fund it.

Q- How long will it take for me to find out if I was awarded a grant I applied for?

A- Usually about 3 months after the submission deadline. Be sure to remember that it’s 3 months from the quarterly deadline, not from when you turned in your application.

Q- What happens after my organization receives a grant?

A- First off, congratulations! Before we can send you a check, you’ll need to complete the grant agreement we send over. After that, you can get to work on your project. Within a year of getting your grant, you’ll also need to fill out a final report that tells us what you achieved and, if you didn’t meet your goals, what you learned from the experience.

If you miss the deadline to submit your final grant report, you won’t be considered for any other funds until it’s turned in.

Q- Why does the application ask about the race of my organization’s leadership and who we serve?

A- Our mission is to improve the quality of life for all residents of the Valley. Unfortunately, philanthropic organizations (ourselves included) have historically given preference to long-running and well-resourced groups, which has limited the funding going to community-level organizations – groups that are often led by people of color. We are committed to addressing inequities in our giving and part of that process is collecting information about who’s been supported by our grants.

Your responses in this section of the application won’t disqualify or limit your application, it’s just a tool we’re using to making sure we’re on the path to equitable giving.

And if there’s any part of the demographic information you’re unsure about or aren’t able to collect information on, that’s OK! Just tell us in the application.

Q- What else do I need to know that will make applying easier?

A- There are a couple of features to our application portal that you should know about.

First is the “copy” feature. A short video on how to use it can be watched HERE. The button is in the top right corner on the Apply page and says “copy previous answers.” From there, you’ll select which application you want to copy and it’ll plug all that info into your current application. Once the information has been copied, you’ll still be able to edit it before hitting “submit.”

Since the copy button only duplicates information that’s the same across whichever applications you’re filling out, it’s usually best to fill out the longest application first and then copy your answers from that one.

There’s also the “preview” button on the Apply page of the grant portal. If you haven’t completed the eligibility quiz for a grant, it’ll show what questions are in it. And if you’ve already taken that step, the preview button will show you the application.

Be careful when using this function. While it looks exactly like the eligibility quiz and application form and allows for you to type in information, this IS NOT where you’ll actually fill those out. Make sure your forms are submitted, use either the “Start eligibility quiz” or “Apply” buttons on the right side of the box.

Q- I have more questions!

A- That’s not a question, but OK! Reach out to the Community Foundation at 330-743-5555 and someone on our team will be able to answer any other questions you have.

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 given favor and preference to long-established and well-resourced organizations. This often leaves out organizations rooted in communities of color that are unable to overcome the requirement of having longevity and resources in order to obtain resources and longevity. 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.