Health Foundation of Greater Massillon

When Massillon Community Hospital and Akron General Medical Center entered into a joint venture in 1999, the Health Foundation of Greater Massillon (HFGM) was created to ensure resources would always be available to support health and wellness programs and initiatives in Western Stark, Northern Tuscarawas and Eastern Wayne counties.

Since then, more than $3 million has been awarded to local organizations to improve the health and wellness of individuals and families in the community.

HFGM has been part of Stark Community Foundation’s family of donors since 2016, when the private foundation transitioned to a supporting foundation.

Mission and Vision

Mission: To enable health status improvement, wellness activities and community well-being by investing in nonprofit organizations that provide services in our communities.

Vision: To inspire a healthier community.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Eligible applicants must be a tax-exempt private agency, 501(c)(3) organization (that is recognized as a public charity) or government entity.
  • Proposals must directly impact residents living in Western Stark County (Beach City, Bethlehem Township, Brewster, Canal Fulton, East Greenville, Jackson Township, Lawrence Township, Massillon, Navarre, North Lawrence, Perry Township, Richville, Sugarcreek Township, Tuscarawas Township, Wilmot), Northern Tuscarawas County (Bolivar, Strasburg) and/or Eastern Wayne County (Dalton, Orrville, Wooster).
  • Proposals must demonstrate well-planned programs and activities that promote physical, emotional and mental health.
  • Proposals are not normally approved to support overhead and/or administrative costs not directly associated with the proposed project or program, annual appeals or membership drives, fundraising projects, religious organizations for religious purposes, travel for individuals or groups (if that is the primary focus), endowment funds, individuals or groups or lobbying activities.

Important Dates

Spring Grant Cycle
Application Deadline: February 28, 2024
Award Date: May 2024

Fall Grant Cycle
Application Deadline: August 30, 2024
Award Date: October 2024

Grant applicants will be notified by mail of the Board’s decision.


View our Community Fact Sheets to learn about community conditions impacting the Health Foundation of Greater Massillon's geographic funding areas: Western Stark, Northern Tuscarawas and Eastern Wayne counties. These insights can be leveraged to strengthen future projects and grant proposals.

Watch a replay of a webinar that digs deeper into these fact sheets, the data sources used and trends and areas of interest. Presentation slides can also be downloaded.

Application Instructions

Only online applications will be accepted. Apply online through Stark Community Foundation’s Grant Portal.

Evaluation Report

Organizations receiving grant funding from HFGM are required to complete an evaluative report at the end of the grant period, which includes a written narrative on the impact of the grant and financial details of how the grant funds were spent. Failure to submit a final report will impact the organization's ability to secure future funding from Stark Community Foundation.


Contact Grants Administrator Dana S. Johnson at 234-458-2915 or


Donate to the Health Foundation of Greater Massillon and join HFGM in improving the health and wellness of individuals and families in our community.


Health Foundation of Greater Massillon's Board of Directors, made up of local active and retired business professionals, oversees the foundation’s mission and vision, reviews grant proposals and makes critical funding decisions.

Richard Fuller, D.O., Chair
William Leffler, DDS, JD, Vice Chair
Ted Miller, Secretary
Linda Litman, Treasurer
Jeffrey Brest
John Ferrero, Jr., Esq.
Christopher Goff, Esq.
Holly Huth
John McGrath, EdD
Barbara Schumacher
Jeff Sponseller
Barbara Sylvester
Barbara Yingling

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