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Health Foundations Seek Proposals for Grant Awards

Health Chart ImageYoungstown/Warren, Ohio – The Western Reserve Health Foundation and the Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation are welcoming proposals for grants they provide for innovative programs that serve health-related needs in Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

The foundations, affiliate funds of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, collectively manage more than $28 million.

The foundations have set deadlines of Monday, Aug. 17 for initial letters of inquiry. The required forms and more information about funding priorities are available at the WRHF and TMHF sections of the Community Foundation website at

Those invited to submit full proposals will be notified in September.

“Both foundations have provided support – including seed money that’s very difficult to arrange — to programs that might not otherwise exist,” said Shari Harrell, president of the Community Foundation. “In weighing applications, the foundations give strong consideration to the needs specified in the community health assessments published by the Mahoning and Trumbull county health departments.”

For example, the priorities in the Mahoning County assessment include promoting healthy living and eating and addressing infant mortality, unhealthy birth outcomes and diabetes.

Priorities in the Trumbull County document include improving access to health care, reducing crime and drug abuse and protecting the environment.

Both foundations are successors to organizations that supported local hospitals. The WRHF was established in the 1980s by Western Reserve Care System but enlarged 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 with a countywide scope, also as a Community Foundation affiliate.

The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley enhances the quality of life for residents and future generations of the Mahoning Valley by managing donor assets, distributing grants and advancing philanthropy and good works. The foundation and its affiliates hold more than $56 million in assets and distributed more than $1 million in grants during the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014. The CFMV is the only local foundation with certification from the Community Foundation National Standards Board. More information is available at the foundation’s website,