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Young Philanthropist Fund Grants

Grants to Ohio Nonprofits, Churches, and Schools in Mahoning
and Trumbull Counties to Improve the Local Quality of Life

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley (CFMV)

Deadline Date:

02/01/18 - Applications accepted until end of day.


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Grants to Ohio nonprofit organizations, churches, schools, and public organizations in Mahoning and Trumbull counties for programs that improve the quality of life for members of the local community. The Funding Source provides grants to area nonprofits while allowing young professionals and the future leaders of the community to partake in the funding decisions through education and mentoring.

As a grantmaker, the Community Foundation seeks to address the challenges facing the region by supporting 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.

The Foundation's vision for a vibrant and thriving Valley is a one that is safe and secure, has equitable access to good schools with effective and nurturing environments; has available and meaningful employment; and provides stable, affordable housing. The community works collectively on continuous improvement of the physical, social and cultural conditions for all residents and is focused on lifting up and building on the strengths and assets of the Valley.

Grants from the Community Foundation will support the Foundation's vision of the community and focus on creating and sustaining programs and services where:

- All children have an equal opportunity to learn, grow and develop;
- Physical, social and cultural conditions are continually enhanced for all residents;
- People have access to meaningful employment and stable, affordable housing;
- Strong city centers are surrounded by vibrant neighborhoods;
- Individuals and families are fully equipped to meet their basic needs;
- All residents have the opportunity to be engaged in the process of defining and achieving the type of community they choose to live in.

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 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.

Pre-Application Information:

The 2018 grant deadline is February 1. 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.

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 they 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.

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:

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