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Health Foundations Call for Proposals for Fall Grant Cycle, Approve Grants for Spring Cycle

WARREN/YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Two local foundations have funds available for charitable projects focused on the health and well-being of residents in Trumbull and Mahoning Counties.

Letters of inquiry are due August 16, 2019 for the community health grant programs of both the Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation and Western Reserve Health Foundation, each aligned with priorities identified by the county health departments. Strong proposals will address underlying social and economic challenges contributing to poor health outcomes, extend past individual behavior or program related services by modifying policies, systems and environments, and demonstrate collaboration among sectors.

In addition to addressing community health needs, each of the health foundations has several restricted funds available for grantmaking around specific issues. Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation holds funds related to cancer, hospice, diabetes, orthopedics and women’s and children’s health, while the Western Reserve Health Foundation has a cancer fund and a pediatric fund. There is no letter of inquiry required for the issue-specific grant programs, and full applications are due September 27, 2019.

Separate requests for proposals for the community health and issue-specific grant programs are on each foundation’s page, and applicants should use the RFPs to determine eligibility before submission:

At their June meetings, the Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation and Western Reserve Health Foundation approved grants for transportation services, a Mahoning County food access coordinator, Produce Perks legislative campaign and expansion and more. TMHF granted $47,500 and WRHF granted $250,300 during the first cycle of the year, and each are looking for additional projects and programs to support in 2019.

A full listing of charitable projects supported by both health foundations so far can be found at www.cfmv.org/news.

Both health foundations are successors to organizations that supported local hospitals. The WRHF was established in the 1980s as the fundraising arm of the Western Reserve Care System but expanded its mission in 2012 when it became an affiliate of the Community Foundation. The TMHF began as the Trumbull Memorial Hospital Foundation in 1976, but has operated separately from the hospital since 2012, also as a Community Foundation affiliate.

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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