Neighborhood SUCCESS, a program of The Raymond John Wean Foundation, supports grassroots groups with the most promising projects to:
- Expand meaningful resident participation and leadership
- Encourage communication and collaboration among residents and organizations
- Build on the financial, human and material resources that exist in the community
- Enhance neighborhoods – physically, socially or economically
Grants of $500 to $5,000 are awarded to support efforts within the Foundation’s strategic priorities of:
The Foundation has focused considerable support toward critical efforts to revitalize neighborhoods in the most distressed communities of the Mahoning Valley: the cities of Warren and Youngstown, Ohio. Along with a comprehensive organizing effort in 2007, the Foundation introduced the Neighborhood SUCCESS Grants program.
Using a grassroots grantmaking program in the region as a model, this effort was intended to provide support to resident-driven projects that had the potential to improve the quality of life in Warren and Youngstown neighborhoods. Groups of residents, as well as neighborhood-based organizations were encouraged to submit applications for small community development projects that built on the assets and resources that existed in their neighborhoods.
Since 2008, Neighborhood SUCCESS has funded nearly $1.7 million in grants to more than 481 grassroots projects.