January 15, 2019

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton awards more than $2.2 million in grants

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton awarded more than $2.2 million in grants for the third and fourth quarters of 2018. The grants “reflect our mission to focus on social justice issues affecting the poor and underserved,” said foundation President Joni Close.

The awards fell into three categories: responsive efforts for commitment to respond to specific or short-term community needs ($209,946 total); strategic collaborations: work alongside others to launch programs that build capacity and increase effectiveness in community services (more than $1.18 million); and foundation-led initiatives, efforts to develop and hone programs focuses on systemic change ($817,067 total).

The award recipients and amounts for responsive efforts grants are:

  • Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio, $15,000 to support adaptive sports programs in Stark and Wayne counties.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Massillon, $61,346 to support after-school programs, over two years.
  • Dueber United Methodist Church, $15,000 to support the Kids’ Club after-school program, over two years.
  • EN-RICH-MENT, $5,000 to support programming, over two years.
  • Family & Community Services, $5,000 to support the foster grandparent program.
  • Hannah’s House 119, $15,000 to support in-school and after-school mentoring programs.
  • Mercy Medical Center, $4,200 for sponsorship of the annual Harvest Ball.
  • Phoenix Rising Behavioral Health and Recovery, $10,900 to support the purchase and installation of safety glass in the reception area.
  • Project REBUILD, $3,000 to support classroom supplies and fees needed for students to obtain Occupational Safety and Health Association certifications.
  • Serving Area Military (SAM), $10,000 to support the purchase of lodging kits for veterans transitioning from homelessness to housing.
  • Stark Economic Development Board, $60,500 for operating support, over three years.

The award recipients and amounts for strategic collaborations grants are:

  • Access Health Stark County, $300,000 to support the Community Health Worker project, in partnership with local foundations (with leadership from the North Canton Medical Foundation), over three years.
  • Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio, $118,253 to support the Dream to Achieve employment program.
  • Northern Ohio Charitable Gift Planners, $18,000 to support capacity building workshops, over five years.
  • Pegasus Farm, $33,500 to support the horticulture manager, in partnership with Stark Community Foundation’s Food Security Initiative, over two years.
  • Stark County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery, $99,000 for continued support of nonprofit and governmental leadership programs, over three years.
  • Stark County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery, $300,000 to support the Behavioral Health Workforce Development Initiative, over two years.
  • YMCA of Central Stark County, $75,000 to support Healthy Eating and Active Living pilot program in Alliance, over two years.
  • YWCA of Canton, $243,400 to support the organization’s strategic plan focused on ensuring quality improvement at all levels, including governance, operations and programming, over three years.

The award recipients and amounts for foundation-led initiatives grants are:

  • Early Childhood Resource Center, $260,067 to support SPARK programming in Canton and Minerva.
  • Early Childhood Resource Center, $250,000 to support a capital project that will add 4,000 square feet of space for training and offices.
  • Groundwork Ohio, $5,000 to support printing of the Race and Rural Equity Report.
  • Health Policy Institute of Ohio, $150,000 to continue supporting the independent and nonpartisan analysis needed to create evidence-informed state health policy, over three years.
  • Ohio Department of Education, $52,500 to update the Ready Schools guide and tools; support creation of webinars on transitions, standards, and adult learning; and provide coaching and technical assistance for Ready School implementation.
  • Stark Housing Network, $77,000 to support the backbone organization managing the HUD-required Homeless Continuum of Care of Stark County.
  • Third Sector New England, $22,500 to support the national Early Childhood Funders’ Collaborative, over three years.

Established in 1996, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. The foundation offers four grant cycles each year. Information on the grant application process is available at www.scfcanton.org.

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