Local Philanthropic Collaborative Surpasses $1.1 Million in COVID-19 Relief

Through a local philanthropic collaborative, nearly $500,000 in COVID-19 emergency relief was recently awarded during the collaborative’s fourth round of funding. To date, more than $1.1 million has been deployed to area organizations affected by COVID-19.

Fourth round grant recipients include:

Alliance Family Health Center – $10,000 to provide medical services to the Stark Housing Network

Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio – $480,000 to cover fixed operating costs including the Ken Weber Community Campus

Stark State College Foundation – $7,500 to provide emergency financial support for students in need

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. Fourth round of funding was generously provided by the Austin-Bailey Health and Wellness Foundation, Deuble Foundation, Gessner Family Foundation, Health Foundation of Greater Massillon, Hoover Foundation, North Canton Medical Foundation, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, Stark Community Foundation and Timken Foundation of Canton. Funding was also 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. Many individuals, families and businesses have donated to this fund.

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

Learn more about prior rounds of COVID-19 funding:

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
  • 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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