The William Swanston Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley has issued an RFP for its 2019-20 Children First Initiative.
The Swanston Fund is the legacy of a local farmer who cared about his community and who wanted to uplift the well-being of others, especially children. To that end, the fund invites proposals for innovative projects that prevent or reduce risk factors that contribute to disparities and/or create opportunities to thrive for all children in the Ohio counties of Mahoning and Trumbull. Proposals for projects should address prevention and/or immediate needs. Priority will be given to proposals focused in the following areas:
Health and Wellness — Initiatives that by providing early intervention for physical, mental, emotional and/or behavioral health dependencies can result in greater opportunities for children to excel, including mental health and addiction, chronic disease, and maternal and infant health.
Education — Initiatives that address the race and income disparities in education, especially for low-income black and Hispanic youth, in the following areas: kindergarten readiness, third-grade reading proficiency, eighth-grade reading proficiency, and high school graduation/college and career readiness.
Children's Services — Initiatives that address the intersection of child welfare and parental substance abuse and/or parental incarceration, or initiatives that address the needs of youth involved with the juvenile justice system.
To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit organization that is tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Letters of Intent are due by December 13. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by March 13, 2020.
See the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.