Supporting resident-centered, equitable and viable solutions
The Wean Foundation believes a healthy community is one where residents are engaged, civic organizations are operating at a level of excellence, and strong networks form alliances around shared interests and ambitions.
A key principle guides our work: Resident engagement is essential for authentic, lasting change to occur. Led by our values, we fund the development and implementation of viable solutions led by organizations whose leadership reflects the racial demographics of the communities they serve.
We focus support on viable solutions well-aligned with our mission, values, racial equity outcomes and the strategic priorities of:
- Community Revitalization
- Economic Opportunity
- Educational Opportunity
- Public and Civic Sector Leadership
Race Equity & Inclusion
We prioritize principles of racial equity to focus attention and resources on the Mahoning Valley’s most entrenched challenges. Our grantmaking seeks to address long-held assumptions, redistribute decision-making power, and challenge the lack of equitable access to resources, knowledge and opportunity.
We support the development and implementation of viable solutions and organizations whose work strongly aligns with our values and whose leadership reflects the racial demographics of the communities in which they work.
We support the sustainability (strong leadership, thoughtful strategy and impact) of organizations with a focus on Black and Hispanic/Latinx-led organizations. The WeanFolio, when reviewed by staff, includes the identification of potential capacity building opportunities including best practices, networking opportunities and leadership development.
What grant should I apply for?
Community Investment Grants
$5,000 and over
Funding for the development and implementation of viable solutions (correct analysis, sound tactics and well-designed end results) aligned with our values and strategic priorities.
- Nonprofit / 501(c)(3) status
- Values and mission alignment
- Sound and thoughtful approach to addressing at least one of our strategic priorities
- Evident indicators that the organization has the capacity to carry out the work
The initial step in the Community Investment Grants process is to contact Fallon Peterson here or call 330-394-5600.
Submissions are reviewed year-round for quarterly board review.
Resident Engagement Grants
$500 to $5,000
Funding in support of the strategy, leadership and impact of resident-led efforts seeking to:
- Center race equity and inclusion in the project, from start to finish
- Expand meaningful participation and leadership of residents
- Leverage financial, human and material resources
- Grassroots organizations and groups in Warren and Youngstown
- Nonprofit 501(c)(3) status or operates under the fiscal sponsorship of a valid 501(c)(3) or qualifies as a place of worship
- Participation in pre-requisite workshop(s). For information on next workshop, email or call 330.394.5600.
- During workshops, grantseekers will have the opportunity to refine their narrative and budget to submit their application for funding.
- Submissions are accepted two times a year, in the spring and fall
- Award decisions are made, in most cases, within one month of receiving an application
Click here to register for the next Resident Engagement Grant workshop on October 21, 2023.
Application deadlines will be announced during the workshops.
Completion of the WeanFolio is the entry point for all grantmaking, capacity building and community building engagement.
The WeanFolio is an efficient tool to share a snapshot of your organization. All information is stored securely online and once created, can easily be updated with your leadership, programs, reports or other important information. All submissions are reviewed by Foundation staff who will respond with appropriate next-level engagement.
The Wean Foundation utilizes Candid to help its grantees, partners and resident-led initiatives access information to support their work. Through research, collaboration, and training, Candid connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to do it by providing data tools on nonprofits, foundations, and grants. Visit www.candid.org to learn more.
Neighborhood SUCCESS Resource Portal
The Neighborhood SUCCESS Community Resource Portal showcases the work and wisdom of grassroots organizations working in the urban core of Warren and Youngstown. Members of these groups share creative approaches, successful strategies and skills that are valuable tools for others doing similar resident-led work.
The Portal serves as a connection point for neighborhood groups in the Mahoning Valley to:
- Become informed of what other groups are doing
- Find new groups and ways to partner with others
- Leverage existing human and material resources
- Communicate and collaborate effectively
- Share ideas, strategies and contacts with other neighborhood groups
- Maintain a web presence to which members can direct funders, stakeholders and volunteers
- Locate essential resources and develop meaningful partnerships
- Share and leverage Neighborhood SUCCESS grant practices and resources
Funding the development and implementation of viable solutions led by organizations whose leadership reflects the racial demographics of the communities in which they work.
Supporting the strong leadership, strategy and impact of Black and Hispanic/Latinx-led organizations.
Convening and Partnerships
Defining challenges, formulating solutions and taking collective action, with Black and Hispanic/Latinx-led organizations who have a stake in the decisions being made.