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Four Stark Co. Nonprofits Receive Gannett's A Community Thrives Grants

Four Stark County nonprofits have been awarded grants this year through Gannett Foundation's A Community Thrives program.

The grant-making and crowdfunding initiative is sponsored by USA TODAY’s parent company, Gannett, which owns The Canton Repository, Massillon Independent and Alliance Review.

The grants were announced Tuesday. The following Stark County nonprofits will receive funding:

  • Hammer & Nails in Canton, $12,500. The faith-based group helps pay for services such as painting, carpentry and installations to improve the quality of life for disadvantaged homeowners.
  • Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio in Canton, $5,000. Junior Achievement provides entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness programming.
  • TomTod Ideas in Canton, $5,000. TomTod offers programs for youth, including field trips, internships, adult mentors and guest speakers.
  • Wilderness Center in Wilmot, $5,000. The nonprofit focuses on nature and the preservation of natural lands.

The four Stark nonprofits also received grants last year.

The Wilderness Center is using the money to upgrade its "Nature Playscape" playground for children of all physical abilities.

"Connecting and interacting with nature has proven to be a benefit to physical and mental health," said Maureen Kampman, director of development at the Wilderness Center.

She said the nonprofit is grateful for the support from not only the Gannett Foundation, but also other donors who helped the Wilderness Center secure additional funding through the initiative.

“We are incredibly proud of the positive impactA Community Thrives grants have in communities across the country," Gannett Foundation Chairman and Gannett CEO Mike Reed said. "From providing essential services to enhancing the lives of underserved groups, our grants will enable these incredible organizations to expand their reach and empower their communities even more."

A Community Thrives received more than 760 applications from organizations across 45 states and Washington, D.C., and is distributing more than $6 million (Gannett Foundation grants and crowdfunding) to nonprofits to support their efforts. The grants include 16 National Project Grant recipients that are receiving $25,000 to $100,000 each.

In the Akron-Canton area, Akron Cooperative Farms in Akron received a $25,000 grant for its farming program.

Meanwhile, more than 200 local nonprofit organizations will receive operating and fundraising grants ranging from $2,500 to $25,000. The local grants are chosen by leaders in one of the 250 news sites from Gannett’s USA TODAY Network.

"In 2022, the A Community Thrives program leveraged the foundation’s investment and USA TODAY consumer base resulting in a $6 million social impact investment in nonprofits doing important work across the country," said Sue Madden, director of the Gannett Foundation. "We are thrilled to engage with these impressive grantees." 

For the full list of grant recipients, go to

Source: Canton Repository


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