Stark County nonprofits seeking A Community Thrives grants

Eight Stark County nonprofit organizations have applied for grants through The Gannett Foundation’s A Community Thrives program. Now they need your support. 

Gannett is the parent company of The Repository, Massillon Independent and Alliance Review. The Gannett Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Gannett. A Community Thrives supports nonprofit organizations’ projects focused on community building and has distributed more than $12 million in grants and donations since 2017.

The crowd-funding campaign period, which is Phase 2 of the program, runs Monday to Aug. 13. Organizations need to raise a required amount to be eligible for grant consideration.

To support organizations, go to https://acommunitythrives.mightycause.com/giving-events/act21/home and search to find local participants.

Here are the Stark County organizations participating and their reason for requesting financial support:

  • A Chorus for a Cause, to fund local concerts that support community causes.
  • First Tee of Canton Inc., to expand the existing nine-hole par 3 golf course at the facility.
  • Hammer and Nails Inc., to support the Forever Home Project that provides maintenance help for elderly, veteran and disabled homeowners.
  • Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio, to support JA Virtual Inspire, a capstone career exploration program for seventh- to 12th-grade students.
  • Serving Area Military and Veterans, to support increased outreach into the unserved veteran community.
  • ABCD Inc., to partner with the Stark County Black Nurses Association to provide a community health and wellness van.
  • The Wilderness Center, to support the Community Conservation Program.
  • TomTod Ideas, to support the What If You Could mentoring program.

Gannett Foundation and A Community Thrives will review and then award:

  • 16 national project grants (three $100,000 grants; seven $50,000 grants; six $25,000 grants).
  • 100+ local operating grants (amounts vary; applicants that provide services in local Gannett communities and meet eligibility requirements are considered).
  • Six top fundraiser grants (three large national nonprofits, three small nonprofits).
  • Thirty-two weekly bonus challenge awards.

Last year, the Gannett Foundation provided more than $2 million in grants and helped participating nonprofits raise more than $3 million.

The Repository, Independent and Review became part of Gannett in December 2019, and last year was the first year that the Community Thrives program was available locally.

Last year, Canton-based Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio received a $25,000 national grant to launch JA Virtual Inspire. The program connects kids with local companies, colleges and programs.

Junior Achievement and Canton-based TomTod Ideas also received local operating grants.

Source: The Canton Repository

Source: https://www.cantonrep.com/story/news/2021/07/16/8-stark-county-nonprofits-seeking-grants-gannett-foundation/7981244002/

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