Local Philanthropic Collaborative Mobilizes $1.46 Million in COVID-19 Relief

Over the course of nine weeks, a local philanthropic collaborative including Stark Community Foundation mobilized $1.46 million in COVID-19 relief to area organizations serving Stark County’s most vulnerable. Of the $1.46 million awarded, $491,000 came directly from the Foundation's Immediate Impact Alert Fund, a flexible funding source that directly supports organizations affected by COVID-19.

From March to May, the philanthropic collaborative funded more than 30 organizations on the frontline of the COVID-19 response. Funding provided food, pandemic childcare, mental health services, shelter and homeless services and assistance to homebound seniors. The collaborative was intended to fill needs that were not currently being addressed through federal, state and local governmental resources.

COVID-19 grantees included:

  • ABCD
  • Access Health Stark County
  • Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
  • Alliance Family Health Center
  • Aultman Women's Board Child Care Center
  • Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health
  • Coleman Professional Services
  • CommQuest Services
  • Domestic Violence Project, Inc.
  • Early Childhood Resource Center
  • Epworth Nursery School
  • Faith In Action of Western Stark County
  • Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio
  • Greater Stark County Urban League
  • ICAN Housing
  • JRC
  • Massillon Family YMCA
  • Pathway Caring for Children
  • Project REBUILD
  • Siffrin
  • Stark Community Support Network
  • Stark County Catholic Schools
  • Stark County Community Action Agency
  • Stark County Diaper Bank
  • Stark Housing Network
  • Stark State College Foundation
  • TWi
  • United Way of Greater Stark County
  • VANTAGE Aging
  • YMCA of Central Stark County
  • YWCA of Canton

The local philanthropic collaborative, led by Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton and Stark Community Foundation, worked together each week to review grant applications and make funding decisions. Other foundations involved in the collaborative were Austin-Bailey Health and Wellness Foundation, Paul and Carol David Foundation, Deuble Foundation, Gessner Family Foundation, William and Minnette Goldsmith Foundation, Health Foundation of Greater Massillon, Hoover Foundation, Massillon Rotary Foundation, North Canton Medical Foundation and Timken Foundation of Canton.

Although this funding collaborative is no longer accepting applications, eligible organizations can still apply for a Stark Community Foundation COVID-19 Responsive Grant. To learn more and apply, visit www.starkcf.org.

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