Wean Foundation awards grants totaling $263,421


The Raymond John Wean Foundation recently approved five grants totaling $263,421 in its second grant making cycle of 2015, including $100,000 over two years to the newly launched Ohio Transformation Fund.

The Wean Foundation is the first Ohio-based funding organization to partner with the Ohio Transformation Fund, a collaborative developed by national and local philanthropic organizations interested in improving both the short- and long-term outcomes of criminal justice reform, said Jennifer Roller, president of the Wean Foundation.

“Working together with these grantees and other community partners, we believe we can have a significant and sustainable impact across the Mahoning Valley and the state, Roller said.

Grant recipients are:

Ohio Transformation Fund; $100,000 over two years: Work toward criminal justice system policy changes including fair hiring, parole board reform, re-entry and barriers to employment.

Eastern Gateway Community College: $38,000, hire a full-time student resource navigator for one year to help students through college and be a resource in dealing with institutional obstacles.

Warren City School District project, “Effective Transitions: Making a Difference:” $35,421, identify interventions to effectively move students from home to school (1st to 2nd and 8th to 9th grades) and on to college and careers.

Youngstown CityScape: $60,000 over two years, support organizational capacity building, including professional development opportunities for existing and new staff to manage and coordinate several projects.

Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce: $30,000 over three years, support 422 Corridor Redevelopment Project Implementation by hiring a project manager.