WARREN - Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership is one of eight organizations receiving money from the Raymond John Wean Foundation for its work improving neighborhoods in Mahoning and Trumbull counties.
TNP is receiving $150,000 for operational expenses over the next nine months.
"The Wean Foundation has been one of our major foundational donors," Matt Martin, program director at TNP, said. "It provided $200,000 in 2012."
TNP had a total revenue of $309,475 in 2012.
The Raymond John Wean Foundation on Tuesday announced $837,500 in grants to eight organizations for their work in the Mahoning Valley.
Other organizations receiving the bulk of the grants from the Wean Foundation include Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative, $300,000 for general operating support; and Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp., $262,500 for rebuilding market confidence in Youngstown neighborhoods.
A statement released by the Wean Foundation said the three ''Big Bets organizations'' - MVOC, YNDC and TNP - have recorded significant achievements in community revitalization, economic opportunity and public and civic sector leadership.
"The level of our grant support for this core grantmaking strategy remains a remarkable demonstration of how small foundations can create significant change in communities," said Jeffrey M. Glebocki, Foundation president.
''The Foundation's theory is that if residents are empowered to work on high priority issues, and organizations are given financial and technical support to increase their effectiveness, pursue best practices and build networks based on a common agenda, then an adaptive, healthy, vibrant and economically stable Mahoning Valley is likely to follow," Glebocki said.
"The money we are receiving was never seen to be a permanent funding source," Martin said. "We always are looking for other sources."
TNP this week is expected to sign an agreement with the Trumbull County Land Reutilization Corp. for the intake and assessment of properties; preparing demolition specifications; and maintenance of properties taken over by the landbank. TCLRC is also known as the Trumbull County Landbank.
"We tend to deal with vacant properties that either may be rehabilitated or demolished and empty lots," Martin said. "Because we share the same missions of the Trumbull County Landbank working with it is a natural fit."
Under the agreement, TNP will do the the day to day operational work of the Trumbull Landbank. The landbank was created through the Trumbull County Treasurer's Office and the Trumbull County commissioners.
The landbank primarily is staffed with treasurer office employees. As the landbank is expected to do an increasing amount of property transfers, inspections and other actions, Lamancusa suggested that working with TNP will allow it to do more but at a lower cost than hiring a full-time employee in the treasurer's office.
"This is a win-win situation," Martin said. "We are able to absorb some of the costs because this is work we are already doing and is being funded other sources. We are able to increase our scope of services throughout the county."
"We will be taking a larger role in the disposition of properties," Martin said. "When you apply for a lot you'll be applying though us. We will be walking people though application process.''
Martin said TNP will be expanding its six-person staff to seven next month by adding a development specialist whose job will be to find new development opportunities for the program.
The Foundation also awarded $125,000 to five other organizations:
$35,000 to the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley for the Mahoning Valley Economic Competitiveness Project, an initiative to promote inclusive talent development;
$35,000 to The Harwood Institute for the Mahoning Valley Beacon Community project, to build positive organizational and community change and leadership;
$20,000 to Neighborhood Ministries for the Academic Excellence Intensive, to help address educational needs of K-6 children;
$10,000 to the Ohio Organizing Collaborative for organizing around the impacts of fracking in local communities; and
$25,000 to the Warren City School District for support of school improvement efforts.
Raymond John Wean, after having achieved success in the flat-rolled steel processing industry, in 1949 created the foundation that bears his name in Warren. Since then, the foundation has made more than $100 million in grants to non-profits.