Funding Available for Youth Summer Programs

Stark Community Foundation is accepting grant proposals for its SummerTime Kids initiative until 4:30 p.m. on March 11.

SummerTime Kids provides grants up to $2,000 to imaginative and unique summer programs. Guided by a volunteer committee and Foundation staff, SummerTime Kids awards approximately $70,000 each year to fund various programs, including museum trips, day camps, summer reading programs and backpack giveaways.

In order to be considered for funding, eligible applicants must be a tax-exempt private agency, 501(c)(3) organization (that is recognized as a public charity) or government entity and provide services to the Stark County community. Preference will be given to summer programs that:

  • address mental health needs of youth
  • help make up for learning deficits due to COVID-19
  • challenge youth to learn, grow and build character through educational programs and activities, virtual as well as in person
  • engage youth in arts, culture and outdoor exploration
  • introduce youth to new experiences on area college campuses
  • reading programs geared toward improving literacy
  • fill a need or gap in a low-income area such as provide healthy summer meals and snacks and provide transportation to and from activities

To apply and learn more about the Foundation’s grantmaking instructions and policies, visit and click on the Grants and Scholarships tab. Grant recipients will be announced in early May.

SummerTime Kids grants are made possible through the generous support of Stark Community Foundation donors who want to make a difference in the community. Since inception in 1992, SummerTime Kids has provided more than $1.5 million in support of youth summer programs.

For more information, contact Grants Administrator Dana S. Johnson at 234-458-2915 or

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