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Young Philanthropist Fund

Grants to Ohio Nonprofits and Agencies in Mahoning and
Trumbull Counties to Address the Needs of Local Communities

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Foundation / Corporation

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Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley (CFMV) - Mahoning Valley Young Professionals

Deadline Date:

02/01/19 - Applications accepted until end of day.


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Grants to Ohio nonprofit organizations and government agencies in Mahoning and Trumbull Counties for projects benefitting local residents. Funding is intended to address community needs through youth focused activities while enabling young professionals to engage in funding decisions that positively impact the region.

The Young Philanthropist Fund supports nonprofit organizations in Mahoning and Trumbull counties. Advised by the Mahoning Valley Young Professionals, the Fund provides grants annually from the proceeds of the 25 Under 35 Awards dinner, which honors inspiring young professionals living and working in the Valley. The event proceeds are used to grow the Young Philanthropist Fund and improve the fund’s ability to respond to community needs through increased grantmaking.

The Fund awards grants to area nonprofits while involving the future leaders of the community in philanthropic endeavors through education, mentoring and decision making. Its goal is to introduce the Valley’s younger generation to their roles as our future philanthropists while positively impacting the Mahoning Valley. Over the years, the YPF has distributed grants to youth focused projects in Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

Grantmaking Priorities of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley:

The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley makes community investments in programs that enhance the quality of life of all members of the community. The overarching goal of the Community Foundation is to build a healthy, thriving and vibrant community. It is the Foundation's belief that the most effective way to address the challenges facing the region is to support efforts of continuous improvement and striving for programmatic and management excellence within organizations and to encourage engaged residents in their efforts to improve the community. Preference is given to:

- Programs that demonstrate measurable outcomes.
- Programs that expand meaningful civic engagement and build social capital.
- Programs that build on existing assets
- Programs that address prevention as well as remediation.
- Programs that acknowledge and respect diversity and help bridge differences among individuals, organizations, and communities.
- Organizations that facilitate collaboration among relevant groups.
- Organizations that use or expand upon demonstrated and documented best practices.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182754

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 §501(c)(3) of the tax code, as well as government entities.

The activities contemplated by the requesting organization must directly benefit residents of Mahoning or Trumbull Counties (or the surrounding area).

Organizations that are not public charities may apply through a fiscal sponsor.

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 we do 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:

2019 Application Deadline: February 1

All grants must be submitted though CFMV’s online system. Applications are accepted until end of day on designated deadline dates. Applications received after the deadline will be held until the following grant deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

If your grant was declined, you are welcome to apply again at any time. While the Foundation does not prohibit reapplying in a set period of time, it does not encourage multiple, frequent requests from an organization.

For additional help or information, please contact Casey Krell, Director of Supporting Organizations and Donor Services.

For additional information about the Young Philanthropist Fund:

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

Casey Krell, Director of Supporting Organizations and Donor Services

201 E Commerce St., Suite 150
Youngstown, OH 44503
P: 330.743.5555
F: 330.743.1802

147 W. Market St.
Warren, OH 44481
P: 330.469.6832
F: 330.394.5601


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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: Mahoning and Trumbull Counties