How To Apply

The Youngstown Foundation is your community foundation. We work in partnership with nonprofit organizations to meet community needs. Applying is a multi-stage process and requires the use of our online grant portal:

  1. Create an organizational profile.
  2. Submit a full application.


The online portal reduces paperwork, increases transparency and makes organizing and submitting letters of inquiry, applications and support materials easier. Through the portal, nonprofits may check the status of applications, communicate directly with the Foundation and submit grant agreements, interim progress and final reports.



Get Acquainted Meetings

Please review our Eligibility and Grant Opportunities pages to learn about our funding priorities and determining if you are a fit.  We welcome the opportunity to schedule a meeting in advance of your application preparation.


Proposal Deadlines

The Youngstown Foundation will offer four grant cycles as part of its grant-making program. Please be aware of application deadlines and decision dates when considering the timing of your application.

  Full application Funding decisions
Winter 2022 Jan. 14th (6:00pm) March 2022
Spring 2022 April 8th (6:00pm) June 2022
Summer 2022 July 8th (6:00pm) September 2022
Fall 2022 Oct. 7th (6:00pm) December 2022

*Dates may be subject to change.


Required Application Attachments

In addition to the written proposal, required documents will include budget form, organizational chart, most recent audited financial statements and a current board list.


Site Visit

A site visit may be part of the process. We will contact you to schedule.


Grant Agreement and Reporting

Approved applicants receive email notification and an electronic grant agreement for signature on the online portal. All payments are made by electronic check.


Final reports are an integral part of grantmaking at The Youngstown Foundation. Please make every effort to answer each question fully. Your follow-up reporting requirements are part of the grant agreement. For questions or technical issues, please contact our Grants Manager at 330-744-0320


Fiscal Sponsorship

Fiscal sponsorship refers to a relationship in which one organization that is tax-exempt serves as the official recipient of charitable donations for another organization that is not yet recognized as tax-exempt. In this relationship, the organization that has tax-exempt status is the "fiscal sponsor" and the organization that does not have tax-exempt status is the sponsored organization.


Fiscal sponsors are the actual applicants and must complete the application on the online portal. It is up to the fiscal sponsor to alert the sponsored organization as to the results of the grant decision and, if successful, help disperse grant funds to the sponsored organization. The fiscal sponsor is ultimately responsible to ensure the funds are spent and a report completed as outlined in the terms of grant agreement.