Discretionary Grants

Grants to Ohio Nonprofits and Agencies for Economic
Development, Education, and Vibrant Neighborhoods in Stark County

GrantWatch ID#: 139887
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Stark Community Foundation (SCF)


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Grants typically ranging from $2,500 to $50,000 to Ohio nonprofit organizations, private agencies, and government entities to improve the quality of life in Stark County. Programs can fall in the areas of education, economic development, and neighborhood revitalization.

More details on the program focus areas are as follows:

Economic Development
Economic development serves as the catalyst for addressing the root cause of social problems within communities. Successful economic development programs and policies will create an infrastructure of facilities, a trained workforce, and collaboration between the private sector (business), the public sector (government), and the civic sector (foundations and non-profits). When these elements come together, jobs are created, the family unit is strengthened, and neighborhoods are revitalized. It is a "virtuous circle" that improves the quality of life of all residents.

Education is the backbone of economic development. Education creates the skills that are necessary to prepare individuals for employment opportunities and the ability to sustain themselves and their families. As individuals, we remain competitive and vibrant as we learn new skills and gather new knowledge. Education must begin at an early age and continue throughout a lifetime of learning.

Neighborhood Revitalization
At the heart of the community is the neighborhood. Vibrant neighborhoods are central to creating and maintaining homes and relationships that are sources of pride around a common purpose. Community pride and a sense of accomplishment create a shared experience that moves a community forward to achieve greater and greater accomplishments. Our intent is to provide the foundation of skills and programs needed to transform neighborhoods into better places to live, learn, work, play, and raise families.

Concerns central to SCF's evaluation of proposed projects include:
- The strength and breadth of local support for the project;
- The sustainability of the applicant organization;
- And the project's enduring value and its ability to address significant community needs.

SCF will also consider how well the project fits the following list of funding priorities.

Awards typically range from $2,500 to $50,000.

SCF will not award a discretionary grant to an organization for more than three consecutive years.

Grants are made to: 501(c)(3) organizations in good standing, tax-exempt private agencies, and government entities located within Stark County, Ohio only or directly benefiting Stark County. The Foundation does not award grants to individuals, except through scholarship funds.

Stark Community Foundation will consider requests for funding grassroots community nonprofit organizations without a 501(c)(3) who meet the following restrictions:
- Grant request does not exceed $3,000;
- Applicant organization uses a fiscal agent that is approved by the Foundation.

Stark Community Foundation normally does not approve grants to support the following:
- Annual appeals and membership contributions
- Conferences and recognition events
- Deficit financing for programs or capital expenditures
- Endowment funds
- Incentives for program participants
- Multiple station computerization projects from individual school systems and other educational institutions
- Operating expenses of well-established organizations
- Religious organizations for religious purposes
- Stipends for program participants
- Vehicles

The Spring Discretionary Grant Cycle deadline is March 3, 2017, with a decision month of May 2017.

The Fall Discretionary Grant Cycle deadline is September 1, 2017. The decision month is November 2017. Decisions may be extended beyond the decision month.

Grant instructions:

How to apply:

Organizations may only submit one application per grant cycle. Organizations who received a discretionary grant award in the last cycle must wait one year before reapplying for a discretionary grant.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


Apply online:

Dana Johnson

Stark Community Foundation
400 Market Avenue N., Ste. 200
Canton, Ohio 44702

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