December 10, 2009

Foundation awards $955,070 in grants

Canton, Ohio (December 1, 2009) The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton’s Board has announced Responsive and Good Samaritan grants totaling $290,105 to 12 local nonprofit and faith-based organizations and 6 strategic initiative grants totaling $664,965, for a total of $955,070 in grants for the third and fourth quarters of this year. 

Board chair, Jackie Bollas Caldwell stated, “The Responsive and Good Samaritan grant program allows us to be responsive to our community and provide support as needs arise. These grants help us fulfill the Foundation’s mission of providing services to the poor and underserved.” 


Responsive and Good Samaritan Grants


A Community Christmas            $6,000

Christmas voucher and gift program over two years


Alliance Area Habitat for Humanity        $16,250

Support for ¼ home in Alliance



Coming Together Stark County            $14,100

Support for a collaborative network to strengthen partnering agencies



Family Economic Success Program            $15,000

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program



Friends of the Homeless of Tuscarawas County, Inc.            $15,000

Program operating support for the homeless shelter



Hammer and Nails, Inc.            $52,000

Support for salaries and professional development in fundraising over 2 years   



Liberty Center Connections, Inc.            $5,000

Part-time case manager for transitional housing program



National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) of Stark County            $5,505

Funding for educational  programs


New Beginnings Foursquare Church            $6,000

Faith House Re-entry program



Rainbow Repertory Company, Inc.            $250

Grant from retiring board officer



Salvation Army of Massillon, Ohio            $125,000

Support for new family life center


SPARK (Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids)            $30,000

Partial funding for services in Minerva


“In addition to traditional responsive grant making, the Foundation responds to issues and needs through strategic initiatives, such as the Quality Child Care Initiative, Bethlehem Project for Oral Health and SPARK (Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids),” stated Joni Close, President of the Foundation. “These initiatives represent long-term efforts to address the root causes of poverty and create systemic change.”   Toward that end, the Foundation recently awarded $664,965 for the following:


Health Care Access Grants

Community Services of Stark County            $129,366

Expansion of oral health program to children participating in the SPARK program



Mercy Medical Center            $150,000

Support and equipment for the dental clinic and General Practice Residency in Dentistry Program



Ohio Department of Health            $9,000

Support for Stark County’s portion of state survey



Early Childhood Grants           

Early Childhood Resource Center            $316,679

Operating support for 2010



Foundation to Advance Childhood Education            $49,920

Project management for Ohio’s ready schools effort



Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families            $10,000

Support for the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative over 2 years

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, established in 1996, is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.  Based on the vision of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, the Foundation is committed to addressing the needs of the poor and underserved by understanding the root causes of poverty, nurturing the growth of healthy communities, emphasizing youth and family, and measuring the outcomes of these efforts.

For more information on the application process visit the Foundation’s web site at www.scfcanton.

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