Community Foundation Seeks Applicants for Health Grants

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Western Reserve Health Foundation and the Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation are seeking proposals for community health and recently launched issue-specific grant programs.

The foundations, affiliates of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, support projects that serve the health needs of Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

“Both foundations support programs that might not otherwise exist,” noted Shari Harrell, Community Foundation president. “In assessing the applications, the foundations give strong consideration to the needs specified in the community health assessments as well as alignment with the foundations’ restricted funds.”

The grant programs support projects that address priorities and goals identified in the Mahoning and Trumbull community health assessments. Requests to Western Reserve should align with Mahoning County health priorities including promoting healthy living and eating and addressing infant mortality, unhealthy birth outcomes and diabetes. Trumbull Memorial requests should align with Trumbull County health priorities including improving access to health care, reducing crime and drug abuse and protecting the environment, Harrell said.

Both foundations this year launched issue-specific grant programs for proposals that align with their restricted funds. Sample areas available for funding include oncology, eye care and orthopedics. A complete list of issue-specific funds isavailable on the Community Foundation website in the TMFH and WRHF sections.

The programs have an Aug. 12 deadline for the initial letters of inquiry. The required forms, along with additional information about funding priorities, are available at the WRHF and TMHF sections of the Community Foundation’s website. Those invited to submit a full proposal will be notified in September.

The deadline for submitting an application for the issue-specific grant program is 4 p.m., Sept. 30. No letters of inquiry are required. Those applications also are available at the WRHF and TMHF sections of the Community Foundation’s website.

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