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Community Investment Program

Grants to Ohio Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies to Improve
Communities and Neighborhoods in Eligible Regions

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Raymond John Wean Foundation

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Deadline Date:

10/15/20 - for Grants over $5,000; Applications for Grants between $1,000 to $5,000 are accepted at any time


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Grants of up to $5,000 and larger grants of over $5,000 to Ohio nonprofits, schools, agencies, and faith-based organizations to improve local communities and neighborhoods in eligible regions. For larger grants, applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Strategic priorities include community revitalization, economic opportunity, educational opportunity, and public sector leadership. Programs must benefit residents of Mahoning Valley.

More details on the strategic priorities are as follows:

Community Revitalization
- Resourced and sustained physical landscape in Warren and Youngstown neighborhoods

Economic Opportunity
- Increased economic mobility for residents

Educational Opportunity
- School, college and career readiness for Warren and Youngstown City School District students

Public Sector Leadership
- Efficient and effective local government infrastructure

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 130997

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Community Investment Grants: $1,000 to $5,000
- Community Investment Grants: Over $5,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, an organization must be:

- Tax-exempt nonprofit under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or operate under the fiscal sponsorship of a tax-exempt nonprofit under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, including schools, faith-based and public organizations; and

- Primarily serving the residents of the Mahoning Valley (on a case-by-case basis, the Foundation may consider support for regional, statewide, or national public policy efforts that are otherwise aligned with the strategic priorities)

The Foundation does not fund:
- Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or disability.
- Individuals, businesses/for profit entities
- Individual scholarships or grants, even if through an otherwise qualified organization
- Religious organizations for religious or evangelical purposes
- Lobbying/political campaigns or promotion of issues
- Endowment funds or capital campaigns
- Film or video production
- Debt reduction
- Foreign operations or expenditures
- National fundraising campaigns or mass mailing campaigns
- Fundraising event sponsorship
- Membership in civic organizations or trade associations
- Veterans’ organizations or fraternal societies

Pre-Application Information:

Community Investment Grants – $1,000 to $5,000
- One-stage: Letter of Inquiry submission.
- Accepted at any time.
- Within four weeks, advisement of whether funding is approved.

Community Investment Grants – Over $5,000
- Two-stages: Letter of Inquiry submission, followed by a more detailed proposal, if invited.
- Accepted on a quarterly basis.
- Within four weeks, advisement of whether a full proposal is in order and the corresponding due date for completion.
- The Board approves or declines recommendations at quarterly Board meeting.

Letter of Inquiry Deadline: December 1
Proposal Deadline: January 15
Board Meeting: March

Letter of Inquiry Deadline: March 1
Proposal Deadline: April 15
Board Meeting: June

Letter of Inquiry Deadline: June 1
Proposal Deadline: July 15
Board Meeting: September

Letter of Inquiry Deadline: September 1
Proposal Deadline: October 15
Board Meeting: December

Strategic priorities:


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Start a $1,000 to $5,000 application:

Start an over $5,000 application:

The Raymond John Wean Foundation
147 West Market Street
Warren, Ohio 44481-1022
Phone: 330.394.5600
Fax: 330.394.5601
General Email:

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: Mahoning Valley - Mahoning and Trumbull Counties

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