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Local Health Foundations Seek Grant Proposals

(Youngstown / Warren, Ohio) – The Western Reserve Health Foundation and the Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation are welcoming proposals for their newly launched Issue Specific grant programs. The foundations, affiliates of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, support innovative projects that serve the health needs of Mahoning and Trumbull Counties.

New in 2016 are Issue- Specific grant programs launched by both foundations to request proposals that align with their restricted funds. Sample areas available for funding include oncology, eye care and orthopedics. A complete list of issue-specific funds for both health foundations are available on the Community Foundation website in the TMFH and WRHF sections.

The deadline for submitting an application for the Issue-Specific grant program is March 25, 2016, at 4pm. No letters of inquiry are required. The applications are available at the WRHF and TMHF sections of the Community Foundation’s website as well.

“Both foundations support programs that might not otherwise exist”, noted Shari Harrell, president of the Community Foundation. “In assessing the applications, the foundations give strong consideration to the needs specified in the community health assessments as well as alignment with the foundations’ restricted funds.”

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. 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 making investments in the Mahoning Valley that improve the quality of life for all residents. The Foundation and its affiliates hold more than $56 million in assets and distributed over $2.1 million in grants and distributions in 2015. The Community Foundation is the only local foundation with certification from the Community Foundation National Standards Board.