May 6, 2020

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton leads funding group that awards $1.2 million in emergency grants

As seen in The Canton Repository:

More than $1.2 million awarded in emergency grants

More than $1.2 million has been awarded to organizations affected by the coronavirus pandemic, thanks to a collaboration among local foundations. The funding group, led by the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton and the Stark Community Foundation, recently announced the fifth and sixth rounds of emergency grant funding.

The fund is designed to help schools, churches, governments and nonprofit organizations cover needs that aren’t being met by state or federal grants.

Priority for funding is awarded to programs that assist seniors who can’t leave home, provide child care, or offer mental health or shelter and homelessness services.

The most recent grant awards are:

  • $37,000 to ICAN Housing for operational expenses for staff working remotely, for additional security at one housing project, and to offset unpaid tenant rents for three months
  • $25,000 to TWi for staffing and materials for virtual day services, educational and entertainment items, and emergency aid for in-home clients; and gas gift cards for staff to allow for activity materials to be delivered to work sites
  • $15,000 to YWCA of Canton for rental assistance for participants in the Rapid Rehousing program whose income has been directly affected by COVID-19
  • $11,000 to Stark County Catholic Schools to purchase laptops to support online learning for students without computer access and for technology to allow the schools to monitor security and resolve technical issues
  • $10,000 to Epworth Nursery School for utilities, food, disinfecting supplies and salaries for employees providing childcare to essential workers
  • $6,000 to Project REBUILD to purchase tablets and keyboards to support online learning for students

Earlier awards paid for food and cleaning supplies for people in need and helped local YMCAs set up temporary child care centers.

A seventh round of funding is expected to be announced later.

People interested in donating to the fund can do so online at

About Us

From its Cleveland headquarters, the Sisters of Charity Health System provides oversight, leadership and strategic direction to more than 20 organizations responding to community needs in Canton and Cleveland, Ohio, and South Carolina.

Follow us on Twitter