(Youngstown/Warren, OH) – Together, three Valley foundations created the COVID-19 Crisis Relief Application to simplify the grant request process for nonprofits addressing impacts of the current health crisis.
The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, the Raymond John Wean Foundation and the Youngstown Foundation released the application Friday morning. 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 last week 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 believe expanded collaboration is now imperative in order to strengthen the regional response to COVID-19 and better support local nonprofit organizations.
“Years of sharing information and building a familiarity with one another’s giving has provided the strong foundation needed to execute this coordinated effort. My hope is that beyond the crisis, and we will get beyond it, we use this model and begin to look toward this as a promising practice for future collective grantmaking,” said Jennifer Roller, president of the Wean Foundation.
In addition to a 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 at www.cfmv.org/response-fund.
The Youngstown Foundation is also seeking donations for their Crisis Assistance Fund and Support Fund program, the latter of which adds 10% to any donation made to the program’s participating nonprofits. More information on both opportunities can be found at https://www.youngstownfoundation.org/give/donate-now.aspx.
The foundation leaders and staff extend their sincere gratitude to the local nonprofit community for their efforts to respond rapidly and efficiently to those who are being most deeply impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. This coordinated funding approach is intended to strengthen support for those front-line organizations and the Valley residents they serve.