The Youngstown Foundation welcomes applications and inquiries from local nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charities that serve the people of Youngstown and vicinity (Mahoning and Trumbull Counties) and does not discriminate in the hiring of staff or service providers. Because of the volume of requests and limited resources, we are unable to fund all requests submitted. Please review our Grant Restrictions and Preferred Qualifications sections before applying for a grant.


Grant Restrictions

Grants are generally not awarded for:

  • Film, video, radio or television projects
  • Endowments, debt reduction or budget deficits
  • Political projects
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Grants or loans to individuals
  • Short-term events (conferences, festivals, fundraisers, award programs)
  • Travel, tours or trips
  • Sabbatical leaves; scholarly research


Applications Per Agency

We will review one (1) grant application per agency per calendar year so that we can help as many organizations as possible.


Preferred Qualifications

In recent years, the Youngstown Foundation’s grantmaking has reflected innovative proposals that:

  • Originate from a local office of the applying organization
  • Target a population that lives in Youngstown and vicinity
  • Demonstrate strong volunteer leadership and involvement
  • Promote collaboration and reduce duplication of services
  • Strengthen the ability of our community to respond effectively to needs
  • Build on strengths of the community
  • Apply the Foundation’s resources optimally
  • Confirm the agency's sustainability/strategic plan, with no expectation of annual funding from the Youngstown Foundation