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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 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


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