Grants of up to $5,000 to Ohio nonprofit grassroots organizations and faith-based organizations in eligible locations for programs that respond to community needs and promote racial equity. Funding is intended to address the needs and priorities identified by the local community. Eligible grassroots groups must be from Warren and Youngstown.
Funding in support of grassroots groups in Warren and Youngstown with the most promising efforts addressing resident-identified priorities that:
Center race equity and inclusion in design, implementation and impact
Expand meaningful participation and leadership of residents closest to the challenges imposed by systemic racism
Build community by encouraging communication, collaboration and connection among residents and organizations
Leverage the financial, human and material resources that exist in the community
Resident Identified Priorities
Race equity and inclusion
Blight remediation and housing conditions
Job training and entrepreneur development
Food security and healthy food access
Youth employment, training and recreation
Community cohesion and unity
Effective and accountable government and civic leadership
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
Additional Eligibility Criteria
- Grassroots organizations and groups in Warren and Youngstown
- Nonprofit / 501(c)(3) status, or operates under the fiscal sponsorship of a valid 501(c)(3), or qualifies as a place of worship
- Match the amount it seeks with contributions that may include volunteer labor, cash or in-kind donations of goods and services
- Operates with little or no paid staff and usually without large budgets or revenue reserves
- Works with a clear understanding that the group is a vehicle for the collective action of the members
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
- Government agencies or departments
- Endowment funds or capital campaigns
- Fundraising event sponsorship
- Political campaigns or promotion of issues
- Debt reduction
- Foreign operations or expenditures
- National fundraising campaigns or mass mailing campaigns
- Veterans' organizations or fraternal societies
Organizations may only receive one Neighborhood SUCCESS Grant per 12-month funding cycle.
Grantseeker Orientation (virtual only): Participation in a virtual Grantseeker Orientation session is highly encouraged to learn pertinent details about applying for Neighborhood SUCCESS and connect with Foundation staff and peer groups.
- Tue. Jan. 18, 5:30-6:30pm.
- Thu. Jan. 20, 5:30-6:30pm
- Tue. Jan. 25, 5:30-6:30pm
- Thu. Jan. 27, 5:30-6:30pm
Technical Assistance (in-person and virtual): Technical Assistance opportunities are strongly recommended for grantseekers to receive an in-depth review of their application prior to submission. Data supports that grantseekers who participate in Technical Assistance sessions increase the likelihood of receiving a Neighborhood SUCCESS grant.
- Tue. Feb. 1, 5:30-7:00pm
- Thu. Feb. 3, 5:30-7:00pm
- Thu. Feb. 8, 5:30-7:00pm
- Tue. Feb. 15, 5:30-7:00pm
Deadline: Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on February 18, 2022
Required Match: Grantseekers are required to match the amount they are seeking with contributions.
Resident Council Review: The Resident Council reviews grant applications based on program-established criteria and goals as well as supporting documentation.
Grantseeker Learning Conversations: Grantseekers may be invited to a 30-minute Learning Conversation to learn more about your group, project and neighborhood.
Grant Decisions and Awards:
- Grantseekers will be notified of award decisions within six weeks of the application deadline.
- Organizations may only receive one Neighborhood SUCCESS Grant per 12-month funding cycle.
Racial Equity Institute: The grantee's primary and secondary contacts are required to participate in the Race Equity and Inclusion two-day Phase 1 Workshop within the grant period at no charge to the grantee. Due to COVID safety guidelines the training is virtual until further notice.