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International Institute Funds (IIF) and Mini-Grant

Grants to Ohio Nonprofits and Agencies in Mahoning and Trumbull
Counties to Assist Foreign-Born People and Preserve Cultural Heritage

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley (CFMV)

Deadline Date:

10/15/18 - Mini-Grant Deadline


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Grants to Ohio nonprofits and agencies in Mahoning and Trumbull Counties for programs that encourage interest in and an understanding of foreign-born people. Funding is intended to support investments in programs that enhance the quality of life of all members of the community.

The International Institute Funds also offers Mini-Grants for local non-profit organizations, including churches and community groups within Mahoning and Trumbull counties that seek to preserve and promote cultural heritage. This includes, but is not limited to, music, dance, art, food and education. However, funding cannot be used for general operations or to sponsor/underwrite an event. Grants will be made in the amount of $500.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179378

Estimated Size of Grant:

Mini-Grants will be made in the amount of $500.

Term of Contract:

Mini-Grants funding must be spent by 12/31/2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations eligible to receive grants from the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley are those determined by the IRS to be public charities. This encompasses most charitable, scientific, social service, educational and religious organizations described in ยง501(c)(3) of the tax code, as well as government entities.

Organizations that are not public charities may apply through a fiscal sponsor. The activities contemplated by the requesting organization must directly benefit residents of Mahoning or Trumbull Counties (or the surrounding area).

The competitive grant program does not support:
- Requests from individuals
- Activities intended to influence specific legislation or election campaigns

The competitive grant program does not usually support requests for:
- Academic or medical research
- Multi-year funding
- Private education and religious organizations except for non-sectarian programs that serve broad community needs
- Retroactive funding for projects that have been completed or will be completed prior to the grant award date
- Fundraising events, the purchase of tickets for benefits, courtesy advertising, etc.
- Short-term programs without evidence of lasting impact
- Replacement of governmental or other public funding requests for multi-year funding
- Sponsoring or attending conferences when that is the central purpose of the request.
- Unnecessary duplication of existing services.
- Annual appeals or membership drives.
- Endowment building or debt reduction.
- Travel for individuals or groups when it is the primary focus of the proposal.
- Capital requests or capital campaigns.*

*Capital projects must help meet a compelling community need, advance Foundation priorities, and offer broad social benefits. Given the finite resources of the Community Foundation, when it does participate in a capital project, support is contingent on funding from other sources. Payment will not be authorized until the organization has raised a significant percentage of its total dollar goal.

Pre-Application Information:

Mini-Grant applications must be submitted by October 15, 2018. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions in mid-December 2018.

Contact Information:

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

Mini-Grant applications must be submitted to the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley be mail:
Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley
201 E Commerce St. Suite 150
Youngstown OH 44503

or email:

Need help or information? Contact:
Casey Krell, Director of Supporting Organizations and Donor Services

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: Mahoning and Trumbull Counties