Local Philanthropic Collaborative Announces Round 3 COVID-19 Funding

A local philanthropic collaborative recently awarded its third round of COVID-19 emergency grants. Four organizations received a total of $100,500 in the third round, bringing the collaborative’s collective response to nearly $600,000 in support of nonprofit partners serving Stark County’s most vulnerable.

Third round grant recipients include:

Aultman Women's Board Child Care Center – $25,000 to serve as a pandemic childcare site for Aultman Hospital's first responders

Coleman Professional Services – $7,500 to help purchase cleaning supplies, personal protective equipment, laptops and mobile phone cards for clients

JRC – $20,000 to support fixed operating costs for the Adult Day Center and operational expenses for staff working remotely

United Way of Greater Stark County – $48,000 to provide rent or mortgage assistance to Stark County households that have suffered a job loss due to COVID-19

The local philanthropic collaborative, led by Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton and Stark Community Foundation, works together to review grant applications and makes funding decisions. Third round of funding was generously provided by the Deuble Foundation, Gessner Family Foundation, William and Minnette Goldsmith Foundation, Hoover Foundation, North Canton Medical Foundation, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, Stark Community Foundation and Timken Foundation of Canton. In addition, funding was provided by Stark Community Foundation’s Immediate Impact Alert Fund, a flexible funding source that mobilizes resources quickly to organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fourth round of funding is currently underway and will be announced next week along with additional contributors to this community-wide effort.

Apply for help
Local 501(c)(3) organizations, schools, churches and government entities affected by COVID-19 are eligible to apply for future rounds of emergency funding. Currently, priority is given to programs that provide:

  • assistance to homebound seniors
  • pandemic childcare
  • mental health services
  • shelter and homeless services
  • other documented emerging needs

The local philanthropic collaborative has responded to the increased need for food through a partnership with the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank to serve Stark County partner sites. In addition, individuals seeking emergency financial assistance with rent and mortgage payments should contact United Way of Greater Stark County.

The COVID-19 funding opportunity is intended to fill needs that are currently not being addressed through federal, state and local governmental resources. For application instructions, contact Anne Savastano, grants and operations manager at the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, at asavastano@scfcanton.org or (330) 454-5800, ext. 304.

Support your community
While local foundations are funding these emergency grants from their own endowments, Stark Community Foundation is currently accepting donations of any size to its Immediate Impact Alert Fund. Donations to this fund will continue to support organizations affected by COVID-19. Here’s how people can support their community during the COVID-19 crisis:

  • Make a gift online with your credit or debit card at www.starkcf.org
  • Write a check to Stark Community Foundation with Immediate Impact Alert: COVID-19 Response written on the memo line. Checks can be mailed to Stark Community Foundation, 400 Market Avenue North, Suite 200, Canton, Ohio 44702.
  • Donate stock by calling the Foundation at 330-454-7992.

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