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New Challenge Grants Available for Arts and Culture Organizations

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley released on Monday a new Arts and Culture Challenge Grants program. Applications are due June 1, 2020.

Intended to support the limited capacity of smaller arts and culture organizations, eligible applicants must have an operating budget of $250,000 or less. Those selected to participate will have 30 days to raise funds, which the Community Foundation will then match up to $2,500.

CFMV recognizes that arts and culture organizations will play an important role in the Mahoning Valley’s rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic. Faced with canceled fundraising events, performances and arts education activities, these organizations are struggling now more than ever.

“The Foundation has very limited funds earmarked for arts and culture, but we know how important these organizations are to maintaining and strengthening community,” said Casey Krell, the Foundation’s director of supporting organizations and donor services. “Hopefully, our matching dollars will incentivize community donors to support their favorite arts and culture nonprofits and increase the impact we can have on these cultural institutions.”

More information and the application form can be found at

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.