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Eligibility Guidelines  The Foundations primary service area is Stark County.  However, proposals will be considered from the surrounding counties including Carroll, Holmes, Tuscarawas, and Wayne.  The programs and services of the organization requesting funding must be consistent with the Foundation's Mission and Guiding Principles.  The applicant must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the request must be in compliance with local, state, and federal laws.

Limitations The Foundation generally does not fund requests for the following, unless it can be demonstrated that program services will have a significant effect on the root causes of poverty:

  • Annual appeals or membership drives
  • Capital requests (see note below)
  • Computers
  • Debt reduction
  • General endowments
  • Grants to individuals
  • One-time events that are not part of an ongoing program
  • Ongoing operating costs for free medical and dental clinics
  • Scholarships
  • Vehicles

      School Systems:

  • Computers
  • Curriculum related expenses
  • Field trips
  • Faculty salaries
  • Playground equipment
  • Scholarships
  • Staff development
  • Vehicles

Note:  Capital requests are only considered if the organization’s mission aligns closely with the Foundation’s mission and (a) it is recommended by the Stark County Capital Campaigns Committee (for requests of $500,000 or more) or (b) is recommended as a priority in collaboration with other area foundations (for requests below $500,000).

Areas of Interest, Grantmaking and Beyond The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton's initiatives focus on health, education, and social services. The Foundation strives to fund innovative, effective programs within these areas that exemplify its mission and guiding principles.


In its attempts to address the root causes of poverty and to reach out to youth and families, the Foundation has chosen to focus its resources on programs designed to make a measurable impact in one or more of the following areas:

  • The needs of the poor and underserved
  • Enhancing organizational capacity,
  • Innovative ways of supporting children and families, and
  • Health care access.

The Foundation and its board of directors are interested in strengthening the fabric of community life by operating in a strategic, innovative, and proactive manner. The board of directors believes that the Foundation is also called to act as a convener and facilitator, to leverage relationships, and to serve as an advocate for public policy issues that affect the poor and underserved.

TYPES OF GRANTS The Foundation is dedicated to strengthening, supporting, and rewarding effective organizations for their innovative and meaningful work. Requests are accepted from those community organizations that are consistent with the Foundation’s mission and focus.  The Foundation reserves the right to determine which type of grant an organization may apply for. 

Responsive grants fund requests from established organizations. As the board of directors periodically refines its focus on specific areas of interest, the Foundation may limit the number of responsive proposals it accepts to those that specifically complement its strategic direction. Proposals are accepted twice per year.

Good Samaritan grants of $10,000 or less are available to support community-based initiatives that are largely volunteer-driven.  The initiatives must be designed to meet the health, education, or human service needs of the poor and underserved.   Generally, Good Samaritan grants will not be awarded for:

  • Salaries, stipends, or other forms of compensation
  • Annual events or one-time efforts that have no lasting benefit and no ongoing program or service delivery components
  • The same program for more than four consecutive years unless the program has begun to receive substantial, ongoing support from other sources.

Requests For Proposal (RFP) and Invited Proposals Periodically, when relevant community needs emerge, the Foundation may choose to respond to targeted issues.

Questions If you have any questions regarding the above information, please contact Grants Manager, Anne Savastano at (330) 454-5800 or

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