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Annual Grants

Thanks to the generosity of many individuals, families and businesses in our community, The Women's Fund of Stark Community Foundation awarded over $21,000 in grants to Stark County nonprofits to assist local underserved women and children in 2020.

In light of the pandemic, the agencies that received 2020 grants will be given the opportunity to amend their grants to best serve their clients, with approval by the Fund’s Advisory Board.

Learn about this year’s grant recipients by watching this 7-minute video »

This year’s grant recipients include:

Canton Calvary Mission
$3,000 to support CAPS (Calvary after-school program) for children in kindergarten through high school. The program provides homework assistance, various activities and graduation action plans. Funds will be used for program supplies and materials as well as field trips and special events.

CommQuest Services
$2,000 to support the Vocational Recovery Housing and Employment Program designed to assist women who have been identified with substance abuse disorder, are working a recovery program and seek economic stability through employment. The program includes interviewing skills, increasing coping skills as a recovering employee, fiscal management of personal finances and overcoming barriers such as transportation and childcare. The grant will cover the cost of participant journals and bus passes.

Domestic Violence Project
$2,500 to support the Domestic Violence Education program, 10-week courses at both CommQuest and Stark Regional Community Corrections Center. Courses include Safety Planning, Recognizing the Cycle of Violence and How to Break It and Stalking and Technology Use. Funds will be used for curriculum supplies and mileage costs.

Girls on the Run East Central Ohio
$1,402 to help provide transportation from five schools in the Canton City School District to the Eric Snow YMCA for middle school age girls to participate in the Girls on the Run Heart & Sole Program.

Pathway Caring for Children
$2,500 for the Activity Fund for community and school-based clients. The fund assists with miscellaneous expenses such as fees to participate in extracurricular activities, or for the costs of vital papers such as drivers licenses and social security or identification cards.

Stark County Diaper Bank
$4,500 to cover the National Diaper Bank minimum order cost. The Stark County Diaper Bank distributes diapers to families by partnering with social service agencies. Providing diapers through these agencies aids in keeping parents coming back to social programs that will help them break the cycle of poverty.

Stark Library
$3,000 to support the Dolly Parton/Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library. A free new book is mailed each month to participating children from birth to age five. Books are selected by experts in the educational and writing fields garnered through The Dolly Foundation. $5 million has been appropriated within the State of Ohio’s budget to provide matching funds to counties implementing this program. The grant will be used to purchase books.

Stark County Hunger Task Force
$2,500 to support Backpack for Kids at the Stark Library, a program that provides adequate and appropriate weekend meals to food-insecure children.

View our grant history since 2007.

Focus Areas

In the spring of 2017, The Women's Fund held a community forum with representatives from nearly 30 nonprofits, local government agencies and schools to determine the grantmaking focus areas for 2018-2021. While many issues and needs were discussed, three focus areas emerged:

  • Economic Stability and Advancement
  • Mental and Emotional Health Support
  • Neighborhood Based Programming

Grant Seekers

The Women's Fund awarded its first grant in 2007. Grants are awarded on an annual basis and to date The Women's Fund has awarded more than $140,000 to area organizations in support of women and children in Stark County.

Grant Application

Online applications for The Women’s Fund will be accepted until Friday, October 15, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. If you are a past recipient of The Women's Fund, you must submit all final reports by their respective deadline dates to be eligible for future funding. The Women's Fund Grants Advisory Committee will review all grant requests and may require a site visit or in-person applicant interview prior to finalizing its decision. Apply online »

Grant recipients will be notified in January 2022. All projects must be completed by December 31, 2022.

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