(Feb. 8, 2018, Warren, Ohio) – The Raymond John Wean Foundation awarded $105,736 to 27 resident-led organizations seeking to transform their neighborhoods and communities. The funds were awarded as part of Neighborhood SUCCESS, a program of the Foundation which supports grassroots organizations seeking to develop resident participation and leadership, promote communication and collaboration among residents and build on existing resources in their communities. Neighborhood SUCCESS provides annual grants of $500 to $5,000 to projects aligned with the Foundation’s strategic priorities of community revitalization, economic opportunity, educational opportunity and public service leadership.


“The 2018 Neighborhood SUCCESS grantees are leveraging existing resources and engaging residents to implement innovative solutions for their neighborhoods,” said Corrie Adams, program officer for the Foundation.


Organizations seeking grants participate in a process that includes an orientation, technical assistance workshops and interviews.  Funding decisions are made by a council composed of residents from Warren and Youngstown. Those seeking grants must match the amount they are seeking with volunteer labor, cash and in-kind donations.


Among the 2018 grantees are the Junior Organizers, a group of Warren G. Harding students, working to create meaningful opportunities to support other youth in Warren through mentoring and enrichment.


In Youngstown, West Princeton Block Club is working to transform a vacant lot into a Peace Corner for neighbors to gather, recreate and meditate.


Since 2008 Neighborhood SUCCESS has awarded $1.6 million to more than 485 projects in the Mahoning Valley.


2018 Neighborhood SUCCESS Grant Awards 

Name Project Title
A Bridge from Coal to Diamond Girls ABC Diamond Girls
Boulevard Park Block Watch Beautiful Boulevard Park Neighborhood
Brownlee Woods Neighborhood Association Lynn Park Playground Improvements
Citizens Uniting Citizens, Inc. Family Ties
Crandall Park South Neighborhood Association Neighborhood Safety and Tree Planting
Dave Grohl Alley Committee Dave Grohl Alley – ReFRESH
Downtown Youngstown Partnership Downtown Youngstown Street Tree Replacement
Earth Angel Farm Earth Angel Farm Earth Tub and Recycle Room
Friends of the Mahoning River 7th Annual RiverFest
Historic Perkins Homestead Neighborhood Assoc. Perkins Rose Garden Revitalization Project
Junior Organizers Operation Outlet
Know Your Neighbor Block Watch VOICES
Martin Luther Lutheran Church Hope For Newport Community Garden
Mount Hope Veterans Memorial Park, Inc. Mount Hope Cemetery – Maintenance and Beautification
Northeast Homeowners and Concerned Citizens Association Verona Avenue Neighborhood – Improvement and Beautification
Quilts from the Heart Quilts from the Heart
Rocky Ridge Neighborhood Association Mahoning Ave. Corridor Connections
St. Patrick’s Church of Youngstown South Side Orchard
Stop One Place Help is Available, Inc. General Assistance to Families
T.N.R. of Warren, Inc. A Purrfect Solution for Neighborhoods and Community Cats
The Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the Past Sojourn to the Past
The Upton Association 4th Grade Ohio History Tour
Trumbull County Historical Society Look Here: Warren’s Past in the Present
Upper North Heights Neighborhood Association UNA Beautification Project
Urban Farm Cooperative Urban Farm Cooperative Beginning Farmer Initiative – Annual/Perennial Project
West Princeton Avenue Block Watch Club Peace Corner
YSUscape Community Painting Day