(October 3, 2017, Warren, Ohio) – Since 2008 Neighborhood SUCCESS, a program of The Raymond John Wean Foundation has funded just north of $1.5 million towards the development and implementation of more than 450 grassroots projects. The resulting improvements in the quality of life can be seen in neighborhoods across Warren and Youngstown where the projects must be located.
Central to the Foundation’s work is the belief that resident engagement is essential to authentic and lasting change. The Neighborhood SUCCESS grants program empowers resident-driven projects within the Foundation’s strategic priorities of community revitalization, economic opportunity, educational opportunity and public sector leadership.
Grants of $500 to $5,000 are awarded to support grassroots groups for the most promising projects designed to:
- Expand meaningful resident engagement and leadership
- Encourage communication and collaboration among residents and organizations
- Build on the financial, human and material resources that exist in the community
A maximum of 30 projects are funded each year. All new and returning grantseekers must attend one of the seven orientations held in various locations in Warren and Youngstown. The sessions, held October through December, provide grantseekers with application and submission guidelines, fiscal management protocols and networking opportunities with peers.
In addition to a new online application for 2017, the Foundation welcomed six new members to its Resident Council. Representing the diverse cultures of Warren and Youngstown, the Council reviews grant applications based on program-established criteria and makes final recommendations for funding. The current members are Nick Chretien, Deborah Cunningham, Greg Davner, DeAudra Edgerson, Neil Heller, Kim Kitchen, Karen Schubert, Sarah Smith and Joan Sullivan.
For orientation details, visit www.rjweanfdn.org