(Feb. 15, 2019, Warren, Ohio) – Neighborhood SUCCESS Grants, a program of The Raymond John Wean Foundation, awarded 23 resident-led organizations a total of $94,416 in support of projects improving the quality of life in Warren and Youngstown neighborhoods.

Central to the Foundation’s work is the belief that resident engagement is essential for authentic lasting change to occur in our communities. Through the Neighborhood SUCCESS Grant program annual grants of $500 to $5,000 are awarded to community groups, block watches and neighborhood associations for projects addressing the Foundation’s strategic priorities of community revitalization, economic opportunity, educational opportunity and public service leadership.

“Strong, thriving neighborhoods are made up of passionate and resourced residents. Here in the Mahoning Valley, our neighborhoods are the backbone of our Valley’s health, vibrancy and future,” said Corrie Adams, program officer for the Foundation. “Our neighborhood leaders are improving public spaces and bringing residents together in innovative ways, so it’s an honor to partner with them in the work they do.”

Through orientation, technical assistance workshops and the review of an online application, the program’s Resident Council, Warren and Youngstown community members, learned about many meaningful community development projects and the dedicated people who lead them. The Council’s consideration for funding were for those projects most closely aligned with the program’s goals of resident engagement, collaboration and building on the valuable resources that exist in neighborhoods.

Among the 2019 grantees are Hunger Helpers, a group of Warren students seeking to promote healthy lifestyles with neighborhood residents by sharing fresh produce and offering nutrition and cooking classes. In Youngstown, Handel’s Neighborhood Association will be conducting a neighborhood branding and storytelling campaign as well as providing aesthetic improvements to their community spaces.  Other projects funded range from gardening and park beautification to art installations, historic neighborhood tours, and self-empowerment workshops for women.

Since 2008 Neighborhood SUCCESS has awarded nearly $1.7 million to more than 508 projects in the Mahoning Valley.

 2019 Neighborhood SUCCESS Grant Awards

Organization Project Title
Boulevard Park Block Watch Boulevard Park Projects
Citizens Uniting Citizens, Inc. Changing Lives 101
Downtown Youngstown Partnership Downtown Youngstown Street Tree Installation Project – Phase 2
Friends of the Mahoning River 8th Annual RiverFest
Handels Neighborhood Association Handels Neighborhood Engagement & Enhancement Project
Hunger Helpers Living My Healthiest Life
Know Your Neighbor Block Watch Gen II: Neighbor Helping Neighbor
Martin Luther Lutheran Church Hope for Newport Community Garden
Mount Hope Veterans Memorial Park Maintenance and Beautification of Mount Hope Cemetery
Northeast Homeowners and Concerned Citizens Association McGuffey Corridor Improvement
Oakhill Neighborhood Association Oakhill Neighborhood Walking Trail and Beautification Project
Quilts from the Heart Quilts From the Heart
Rocky Ridge Neighborhood Association Maple Modernization Project
SID Neighborhood Association Pemberton Park Pavilion Safety Upgrades
Stop One Place Help is Available, Inc. SOPHIA Assistance Program
SWAG Sisters SWAG Sisters Self-Empowerment Workshops
T.N.R. of Warren, Inc. The Humane Solution Trap, Neuter and Release
The Loop Group Meet Me In the Circle
The Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the Past Sojourn to the Past
The Upton Association Historic Tours for Warren City Students
Trumbull Art Gallery TAG Underground
Urban Farm Cooperative Urban Farm Cooperative Pollinator Project
YSUscape Made By Youngstown For Youngstown: A Year of Public Art