COVID-19 Grantseeker and Grantee Update
The Western Reserve Health Foundation has been considering how to best address the changing needs of our community and support residents in Mahoning County during these trying times. We all find ourselves in a very different reality, and recognize that we must adjust and shift alongside our nonprofit partners. Below are several new updates for grantseekers, as well as those with current or pending grants with us.
Nonprofits with pending grant applications:
The WRHF Board has made the difficult decision to not consider applications through their regularly scheduled spring grant cycle in order to adapt to the evolving needs of nonprofits and balance the many uncertainties we are facing. We are aware a great deal of time and energy went into the letters of inquiry and proposals for consideration, and acknowledge the inconvenience this may create for some organizations.
Presently, organizations have the opportunity to solicit support for emergency, crisis-related needs, as well as ongoing programming and operating needs through the Mahoning Valley COVID-19 Crisis Relief and Stabilization Grants application. This short, common application was created in collaboration with the Raymond John Wean Foundation and the Youngstown Foundation, and Western Reserve Health Foundation will participate in the collaborative review of applications received through the COVID-19 application. Additional information as well as the link to the form is available on our Apply for a Grant page.
Nonprofits with a current grant:
We are implementing flexibility for those with current grants from the Western Reserve Health Foundation. We are aware the crisis is disrupting activities and programming for our nonprofit partners, and we will consider that when evaluating outcomes and projections that were set before COVID-19 emerged. Please contact us once normal operations resume if you need to adjust timelines or have additional concerns about meeting projected goals.
In addition, if you have funds from a current grant that are not expended and need to request to repurpose their use, please contact us at anytime to discuss options.
Nonprofits seeking funding:
Collectively, the Community Foundation and its affiliated foundations launched the Mahoning Valley Community Response Fund and the corresponding COVID-19 Crisis Relief and Stabilization Grant application to provide support and resources to organizations working with those disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The common application is simple and was created in conjunction with the Youngstown Foundation and the Raymond John Wean Foundation to streamline submission times for those applying to all participating funders. If your organization is in need of funding, please visit our Apply for a Grant page for more information on how to apply. Decisions will be made as quickly as possible to expedite support.
If you have questions about the shifts to our grantmaking efforts or the COVID-19 Crisis Relief and Stabilization Grant application, please contact Casey Krell, Director of Supporting Organizations and Donor Services.