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Neighborhood SUCCESS, a program of The Raymond John Wean Foundation, awards $500 to $5,000 to support grassroots groups in Warren and Youngstown with the most promising efforts to address Resident Identified Priorities and:

  • Center race equity and inclusion in the design, implementation and impact
  • Expand meaningful participation and leadership of residents closest to the challenge
  • Build community by encouraging communication, collaboration and connection among residents and organizations
  • Leverage the financial, human and material resources that exist in the community

Resident Identified Priorities

  • Race equity and inclusion
  • Blight remediation and housing conditions
  • Job training and entrepreneur development
  • Food security and healthy food access
  • Youth employment, training and recreation
  • Neighborhood safety
  • Community cohesion and unity
  • Digital inclusion
  • Effective and accountable government and civic leadership

COVID Response

For 2021 the Neighborhood SUCCESS Grants Program has been adapted to be responsive to the pandemic. In addition to a streamlined application process and on-demand orientation and technical assistance; a rolling timeline and expedited review process have been implemented.

Within the Resident Identified Priorities above requests will be considered for:

COVID Response - efforts related to needs caused or made worse by the pandemic

Program/Operations - resources to bolster organization operations or programs


Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on the following dates and reviewed by the Resident Council the following week. Most applications will be reviewed and processed within two weeks. Organizations may only receive one Neighborhood SUCCESS Grant per year. If an application is unsuccessful it can be amended and submitted for consideration at a later date. 

January 21

February 4

February 18

March 4

March 18

The Foundation Does Not Fund:

  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability
  • Individuals, businesses/for profit entities
  • Individual scholarships or grants, even if through an otherwise qualified organization
  • Religious organizations for religious or evangelical purposes
  • Government agencies or departments
  • Endowment funds or capital campaigns
  • Fundraising event sponsorship
  • Political campaigns or promotion of issues
  • Debt reduction
  • Foreign operations or expenditures
  • National fundraising campaigns or mass mailing campaigns
  • Veterans' organizations or fraternal societies

Grantee Project Management

Should a grant be awarded:

Grantee Orientation

Grantees and fiscal sponsors are required to complete the Grantee Orientation before funds are released. The orientation outlines the program/staff grantee relationship and provides support for the implementation of the project.


Projects must be completed by September 15, 2021.

Racial Equity Institute

The grantee's primary and secondary contacts are required to participate in the Race Equity and Inclusion two-day Phase I Workshop within the grant period at no charge to the grantee. Due to COVID safety guidelines the training is virtual until further notice.


Funds that are not expended or committed for approved purposes during the grant period must be returned to the Foundation.

Grantee Check-ins

Foundation staff and grantees share the responsibility of maintaining contact: in person, by phone or online.

Share the Learning

At the end of the grant period, grantees share successes and key learning from their projects through either:

  • Completion of the Budget Form and participation in an opportunity to showcase their work or
  • Completion of the Share the Learning Narrative and Budget Form.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.