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3 Valley foundations simplify grant requests to address coronavirus

Charitable organizations can submit the same proposal to any one of the foundations or all three at the same time.
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YOUNGSTOWN/WARREN — Three Mahoning Valley foundations have teamed up to create the COVID-19 Crisis Relief Application to simplify the grant request process for nonprofits addressing impacts of the health crisis.

The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, the Raymond John Wean Foundation and the Youngstown Foundation released the application last week.

The common form can be accessed on all three foundation websites and allows charitable organizations to submit the same proposal to any one of the foundations or all three at the same time. Foundations will then review applications collaboratively, so applicants should ensure their total request amount reflects their organization’s entire need. Funded proposals may receive a combination of funding from one or more of the foundations.

This joint application follows a pledge by all three foundations and other local funders to work together and leverage funding made in response to the novel coronavirus. The three foundation leaders regularly met before the COVID-19 outbreak, but all three said they believe expanded collaboration is now imperative in order to strengthen the regional response to COVID-19 and better support local nonprofit organizations, according to a news release.

In addition to the coordinated application, the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley launched the Mahoning Valley Community Response Fund. With commitments from CFMV’s three affiliated foundations, several component funds and outside donors, the Response Fund has already made several grants to address immediate needs. Those wanting to support this emergency fund can contribute online here.

The Youngstown Foundation also is seeking donations for its Crisis Assistance Fund and Support Fund program, the latter of which adds 10 percent to any donation made to the program’s participating nonprofits. More information on both opportunities can be found here.
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