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Health Foundations Issue Requests for Letters of Inquiry, Applications for Spring Grant Cycles

The Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation and the Western Reserve Health Foundation are welcoming proposals for their Community Health and Issue Specific grant programs. The health foundations, supporting organizations of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, fund innovative projects that address the health needs of Mahoning and Trumbull counties and specifically address social and economic challenges proven to contribute to poor health outcomes.

Organizations interested in the Community Health grant programs must submit a letter of inquiry by Friday, February 15, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. Those invited to submit a full proposal will be notified in late March 2019 and final grant decisions will be made in June 2019. Detailed information, including the required LOI form, can be found in the TMHF and WRHF sections of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley website, Both foundations will also have a fall grant cycle with request for proposals to be released in July.

The priorities for the Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation’s spring 2019 Community Health grant program align with the updated Trumbull County Combined Health District Community Health Assessment. Requests should focus on reducing the prevalence of chronic disease, reducing drug abuse, improving maternal/child safety, reducing infant mortality and/or improving the integration of physical and mental/behavioral health.

Requests to Western Reserve Health Foundation’s spring 2019 Community Health grant program should align with one of Mahoning County’s health priorities, which include promoting healthy eating and active living, addressing infant mortality and birth outcome inequity, reducing diabetes diagnoses and morbidity, decreasing deaths due to substance use disorders and/or eliminating  racial and ethnic health outcome disparities.

Applicants interested in the Issue Specific grant programs can submit a full proposal by Friday, March 29, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. Application forms for the Issue Specific grant programs are available on each health foundation’s page at No letter of inquiry is necessary for the Issue Specific grant programs, but requests must align with one of the issue specific funds available through each foundation.

Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation Issue Specific grant funds:

  • Oncology Fund
  • Hospice Fund
  • Rose Hughes Diabetes Fund
  • Orthopedics Fund
  • Wean Foundation Fund for Women’s and Children’s Health

Western Reserve Health Foundation issue specific grant funds:

  • Cancer Fund
  • Tod Children’s Hospital Pediatric Fund

Both 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. Beginning as the Trumbull Memorial Hospital Foundation in 1976, TMHF separated from the hospital and has operated as a supporting organization of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley since 2012.

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.