Community Foundation Awards More than $550,000 in Grants

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio ­– The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley and its supporting organizations awarded $557,800 in grants as part of the second-quarter grant cycle.

In total, the Community Foundation’s general grant program awarded $164,000 to 22 organizations in the second quarter, while the Young Philanthropist Fund – led by Mahoning Valley Young Professionals – awarded $5,000 to Potential Development School for Students with Autism.

The Community Foundation’s three supporting organizations combined to award $388,800 in grants. The Western Reserve Health Foundation awarded seven grants for $253,400 to projects aimed at improving health in Mahoning County, while the Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation awarded four grants for $63,400 to health-focused projects in Trumbull County. The William Swanston Charitable Fund, which focuses on community projects supporting the Valley’s kids, awarded four grants for $72,000.

“We’re excited to be able to support so many impactful projects and organizations in the Valley,” says Shari Harrell, president of the Community Foundation. “This work is much-needed and vital to building a Mahoning Valley that’s the best it can be for all of us.”

The Community Foundation and its supporting organizations have quarterly deadlines for grant applications. The final grant application deadline for the Community Foundation general grants, the Swanston Charitable Fund, Western Reserve Health Foundation and Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation is Oct. 1. For more information on grant opportunities, visit

Here is a breakdown of grant recipients:

Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley

Action, $10,000.      

Alta Care Group – $17,500.

Building Neighborhoods of Youngstown,$10,000.         Fairhaven Foundation,$7,500.         

Friends of 91.3 – $3,000.        

Grace AME Church Nursing Guild, $6,000.         

Habitat for Humanity Mahoning Valley, $10,000.         

Home for Good Re-Entry Resource Referral Center, $10,000.          Oak Hill Collaborative, $5,000.         

Ohio Living Home Health and Hospice, $3,000.         

Opera Western Reserve, $7,000.

Potential Development, $7,500.        

Stambaugh Auditorium, $10,000.         

Brite Energy Innovators, $5,000.         

The English Center of Youngstown, $5,000.        

The Ryan Giambattista Helms Foundation, $7,500.         

The Salvation Army,$5,000.        

The Youngstown Playhouse, $5,000.         

YMCA of Youngstown, $5,000.

Youngstown Cityscape, $5,000.        

YSU Campus Recreation, $10,000.         

YWCA Mahoning Valley, $10,000.

Western Reserve Health Foundation

Boulevard Park Block Watch, $35,000.         

Friends of 91.3 – $5,000.       

Mahoning County Public Health, $40,000.         

The Carter House, $25,000.         

The Ryan Giambattista Helms Foundation, $25,000.         Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp., $100,000.          YSU Campus Recreation, $23,400.

William Swanston Charitable Fund

Alta Care Group, $20,000.        

The Ryan Giambattista Helms Foundation, $15,000.          Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, $17,000.          Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp., $20,000.

Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation

Fairhaven Foundation, $10,000.

Friends of 91.3, $5,000.         

The Ryan Giambattista Helms Foundation, $25,000.        

YSU Campus Recreation, $23,400.

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