CFMV Opens Grant Cycle with Improved Application Process

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley announces a handful of changes to improve the application process as it opens its first grant cycle for the new year.

Non-profits serving Mahoning and Trumbull counties are eligible to apply HERE.

The most notable change for 2023 will be the new quarterly deadlines, moved to the 15th of the month – Jan. 15, April 15, July 15 and Oct. 15. Other changes affect the application, including simplified language, options for grant periods longer than a year and a balance sheet requirement.

Requirements for the financial part of the applications as well as the Community Foundation’s webinar for Putting Your Best (Financial) Foot Forward both are linked on the foundation’s website, as well as the grant seeker’s guide to the process. For those unfamiliar with applying for grants, the Community Foundation has added a glossary of terms commonly used in grant applications at

“After collecting feedback from grant seekers throughout 2022, we worked to make this year’s application process as accessible and easy to complete as we could” said Shari Harrell, president of the Community Foundation. “We recognize that nonprofits should be dedicating their time to their mission, not spending hours writing grants to support that work. If Valley nonprofits have input on how we can make our processes simpler, we’re always open for feedback.”

Four grant opportunities – the CFMV general grant, William Swanston Charitable Fund, Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation and Western Reserve Health Foundation ­– are available each quarter. Other 2023 opportunities include the Young Philanthropist Fund (due April 15), the International Institute Funds (due July 15) and the Hospice Trust of Trumbull County (due Oct. 15).

Applicants should be aware of changes to the focus areas of the Western Reserve Health Foundation, which supports health-focused efforts in Mahoning County, and the Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation, which is dedicated to Trumbull County. These two health foundations will now prioritize applications that address the three focus areas laid out in the plans: mental health and substance abuse, access to care, and community conditions and safety.

Applications also are open for the William Swanston Charitable Fund, which prioritizes youth-focused projects that reduce disparities in health, education and children’s services.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.