Protecting Stark’s Future RFP Released, Community Engagement Session Planned

Protecting Stark's Future, a Stark Community Foundation-led initiative to support collaborative, community-based solutions to reduce child poverty at the neighborhood level, is entering its second year. An RFP was recently released, and an engagement session is planned for May 25.

Request for Proposals
This funding opportunity is a continued response to the 2020 release of Protecting Stark’s Future: A Call to Coordinate Child Poverty Strategies, a research-based report outlining why Stark County needs to intentionally work together to coordinate efforts and target resources to reduce child poverty. The report, commissioned by Stark Community Foundation and United Way of Greater Stark County, also provides seven recommendations on how Stark County can reduce child poverty by working together to increase the earnings of families, improve educational outcomes and break cycles of poverty at the neighborhood level.

One-year planning grants up to $15,000 per project and one-to-three-year implementation grants up to $100,000 per project will be considered.

To be eligible for a planning or implementation grant, applicants must be a tax-exempt private agency, 501(c)(3) organization (that is recognized as a public charity) or government entity located within Stark County or directly benefiting Stark County.

The deadline to submit a proposal is July 1.

To read the full RFP, learn more and submit a proposal, visit

Community Engagement Session
A community engagement session centered on Protecting Stark’s Future will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on May 25 at the Barrette Center at Walsh University. The session aims to create opportunities for community members to build a shared understanding of local childhood poverty and its dynamics, engage people in dreaming together the kinds of new collaborations that could create a future different from the past for Stark children and those who support them and generate new potential collaborations that will propose projects for funding consideration.

The session is open to the public and RSVPs are required. Register by May 23 online at or call 330-454-3426.

About Stark Community Foundation
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