FAQS

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FOUNDATION
How did the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton come to be?
What is the Foundation' mission?
How does the Foundation live its mission?
What is the Foundation's service area?



How did the Sisters of Charity Foundation come to be?

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton was founded in 1996. The Foundation is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, a religious congregation of women.

 

For over 160 years, the Sisters have dedicated their efforts to serving the health care, education, and human services needs of the poor and underserved. In 1908, the Sisters, at the request of Rosa Klorer and the Bishop of Cleveland, founded Canton’s Mercy Hospital (now Mercy Medical Center) in the former home of President William McKinley. A partnering decision in 1995 resulted in the sale of half of the Sisters’ interest in the hospital. Funds from that sale enabled the establishment of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, along with its sister foundations in Cleveland and South Carolina.


What is the Foundation's mission?
The Foundation supports and furthers the mission and ministry of the Sisters by focusing on issues of social justice relating to the poor and underserved.


How does the Foundation live its mission?
The Sisters established their foundations to serve the poor and underserved by addressing the root causes of poverty, nurturing the growth of healthy communities, emphasizing youth and families, and measuring the outcomes of their efforts. To achieve these goals, the Foundation provides grant funding, technical assistance, and facilitation to agencies and organizations whose programs and services demonstrate a commitment to the poor and underserved of our communities.

What is the Foundation's service area?
The Foundation primarily serves Stark County. However, proposals are also accepted for services in Carroll, Holmes, Tuscarawas, and Wayne counties.

questions about grantmaking
What are the eligibility criteria for grant funding?
What kinds of requests are not eligible?
Who are some of the Foundation's grantees?

What are the eligibility criteria for grant funding?
The organization’s programs and services must be consistent with the Foundation’s Mission and Guiding Principles. The applicant must be a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization and the request must be consistent with local, state, and federal laws. While most funding goes to organizations serving Stark County, requests from Carroll, Holmes, Tuscarawas, and Wayne counties will also be considered.

Who and/or what types of requests are not eligible?
The Foundation does not fund the following:

  • Requests from individuals
  • Annual appeals or membership drives
  • General endowment funds other than those outlined under the eligibility criteria
  • Debt Reduction

In addition, the Foundation normally does not fund requests for the following, unless it can be demonstrated that the program's services will have a significant impact on addressing the root causes of poverty:

  • Capital campaigns
  • Operating expenses of established organizations
  • General endowment funds. However, requests will be considered from private, nonprofit educational institutions for scholarship endowment funds, provided the funding will be used only for academic and/or preschool experiences. A level of financial match will be required of all scholarship endowment grantees.


Who are some of the Foundation's grantees?

A list of grants awarded maybe found on the News & Events page of this website.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE GRANT PROCESS
What are the Foundation’s funding priorities?
What types of grants are available?
What is the difference between a Good Samaritan and a Responsive grant?
Can my organization apply for both a Good Samaritan and Responsive
grant?

How do I apply for a grant?
What is an LOI (Letter of Inquiry)?
After I submit an LOI (Letter of Inquiry), when can I expect to hear from you?
Can a representative from my organization meet with Foundation staff to
discuss my LOI?

When does the Foundation accept proposal applications?
Does the Foundation accept completed proposal applications by fax?
Does the Foundation provide any kind of technical assistance?
If my organization is awarded a grant, do we have to re-apply for future
funding?

If I do not have a 501(c)(3), can I continue the grant application process?

What are the Foundation’s funding priorities?
The Foundation provides grant funding to organizations within our service area whose programs and services demonstrate a commitment to the poor and underserved.


What types of grants are available?
The Foundation awards Good Samaritan and Responsive Grants. 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 services 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.


Responsive grants are typically awarded to established programs and organizations. A Letter of Inquiry (LOI) must be submitted to the Foundation prior to the submission of a Responsive Grant application. Applications are accepted from a variety of interested organizations. Please note that, selections are made and grants are awarded through a competitive process.


What is the difference between a Good Samaritan and a Responsive grant?
Good Samaritan grants are designed to support grassroots efforts that need funding to nurture healthy communities for the underserved and economically poor. Good Samaritan grantees are typically small, newly formed, community-based and/or faith-based organizations that are operated primarily by volunteers.


Responsive grants are typically awarded to established programs and organizations.


Can my organization apply for both a Good Samaritan and Responsive grant?
No. An organization may apply for either a Good Samaritan or a Responsive grant. Only one grant will be awarded per organization each year..


How do I apply for a grant?
As a first step, the applying organization must submit a Letter if Inquiry (LOI) indicating an interest in applying for funding. 

LOI Due Dates:   Responsive: February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1

                              Good Samaritan: May 1 and November 1

What is a Letter of Inquiry (LOI)?
The Letter of Inquiry (LOI) must be submitted as your first step in requesting funding for all Good Samaritan and Responsive Grant requests. The LOI includes information about your organization and/or sponsoring organization, the purpose of the request, the target population, goals and objectives of the project, the approximate amount of the request, other funding sources and requests, and other pertinent information. LOIs are accepted at any time and are responded to in a timely manner. In order to be considered for our next grant cycle, the LOI must be submitted by the specified due dates. Good Samaritan applicants may submit one LOI per year.


After I submit aN letter of Inquiry (LOI) , when can I expect to hear from you?
We will respond to all LOIs within 2 weeks.


When does the Foundation accept proposal applications?

Once an LOI is approved, an application must be submitted by the following due dates:

Application Due Dates:    Good Samaritan: June 1 and December 1

                                            Responsive: March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1.

If the first of the month falls on a weekend, the proposal application may be submitted on Monday. For specific dates, please see the News and Events page on this website.

Does the Foundation provide any kind of technical assistance?
Yes. The Foundation staff is available to answer questions related to the grant process. Please call the Foundation office at (330) 454-5800.


If my organization is awarded a grant, do we have to re-apply for future funding?
Yes. If your organization was previously awarded funding, you must reapply for future funding. The procedure for new and/or repeat funding is the same.


If a LOI (letter of Inquiry) has been accepted and I do not have a 501(c)(3), can I continue the grant application process? Yes. However, an eligible organization must act as your fiscal sponsor. The fiscal sponsor must have a 501(c)(3) designation, and its mission should closely fit yours. The Foundation will provide a written Fiscal Sponsorship Letter of Agreement. This agreement is required to be in place between the applicant organization and the fiscal sponsor before a grant agreement will be finalized. 

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