Faith in Stark
A group of local faith-based leaders, business partners and philanthropic organizations have come together to launch Faith in Stark, a community-wide effort to provide hope and stability to small businesses in Stark County. Coordinated by Strengthening Stark, Faith in Stark is currently raising money to provide one-time grants to small businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19. Continue reading »
Small Business Grant
Local small businesses affected by the devastating outbreak of COVID-19 can apply for a one-time grant of up to $5,000. Funds can be used for any business-related expenses such as
payroll, rent, utilities, etc. Eligible businesses must be located in Stark County and have 10 or fewer employees. A committee made up of faith and business leaders will evaluate the applications on a weekly basis beginning April 24. Apply today »

Faith in Stark Fund
The Faith in Stark Fund was established through Stark Community Foundation with an initial gift of $100,000 from JumpStart in partnership with KeyBank and $50,000 from the Gessner Family Foundation. If you are interested in supporting small businesses in Stark County you can: 
2. mail a check payable to “Stark Community Foundation” with “Faith in Stark” in the memo line to: 400 Market Ave. N, Suite 200, Canton, OH 44702
3. donate stock by calling Stark Community Foundation at 330-454-7992
COVID-19 Funding Update
A local philanthropic collaborative, led by Stark Community Foundation and Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, reviews grant applications each week from organizations affected by COVID-19 and makes funding decisions. Over the last three weeks, nearly $600,000 in emergency funding has been awarded to area organizations serving Stark County's most vulnerable neighbors. Thank you all for your generous support and your commitment to our community now and as it reopens.
Learn more about the COVID-19 grantees
Fourth round of funding is currently underway and will be announced next week along with additional contributors to this community-wide effort.
Apply for help
Local 501(c)(3) organizations, schools, churches and government entities affected by COVID-19 are eligible to apply for future rounds of emergency funding. Currently, priority is given to programs that provide:
  • assistance to homebound seniors
  • pandemic childcare
  • mental health services
  • shelter and homeless services
  • other documented emerging needs
The COVID-19 funding opportunity is intended to fill needs that are currently not being addressed through federal, state and local governmental resources. For application instructions, contact Anne Savastano, grants and operations manager at the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, at or (330) 454-5800, ext. 304.
Check outhis page for a variety of resources available to individuals, families and organizations in Stark County affected by COVID-19. This page will be continuously updated as resources become available.
Support your community
You can help local organizations on the frontline of the COVID-19 response by making a gift to Stark Community Foundation's Immediate Impact Alert Fund. All monies contributed to this fund will be used to support area organizations affected by COVID-19. Here’s how you can show your support:
  • make a gift online »
  • mail a check payable to “Stark Community Foundation” with “Immediate Impact Alert: COVID-19” in the memo line to: 400 Market Ave. N, Suite 200, Canton, OH 44702
  • donate stock by calling the Foundation at 330-454-7992
  • current Stark Community Foundation fundholders may make grant recommendations to the Immediate Impact Alert Fund from their charitable funds through the Donor Portal, mail or email to
COVID-19 Survey
The Center for Community Solutions (CCS), a nonprofit policy think tank, wants to know how the COVID-19 pandemic and Governor DeWine’s stay-at-home order is impacting you, your organization, your clients and your community. CCS is distributing a 5-minute survey and the results will be shared with local, state and federal policy makers. If you work for a nonprofit, we encourage you to complete the survey » 
Remote Operations
Stark Community Foundation continues to work remotely to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Although our physical office is closed, our staff remains hard at work helping donors give during this unprecedented time. Please continue to reach out to our staff individually or by emailing us at Read more »
Scholarship Deadline Approaching
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak in our community, the deadline to apply for Stark Community Foundation scholarships has been extended to May 1. As a reminder, letters of recommendations are also due at this time. Apply today »
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