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Grants to Ohio Grassroots and Faith-Based Organizations in Eligible Locations to Address Community Priorities and Promote Racial Equity

Resident Engagement Grants


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Funding Source
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Geographic Focus
USA: Ohio: Warren and Youngstown

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/18/22 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
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
  • Neighborhood safety
  • Community cohesion and unity
  • Digital inclusion
  • 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.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Application Process:
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

For more details and registration links:

Pre-Application Information
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.


Number of Grants
A maximum of 30 projects will be funded each year.

Estimated Size of Grant
$500 - $5,000

Term of Contract
Projects must be completed by March 31, 2023.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

For questions regarding any of the Neighborhood SUCCESS Spring 2022 Guidelines, you may contact Tara Walker-Pollock at or 330-394-5600 x105.

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

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