Arts Council Seeks Projects to Grant in Stark County

It all starts with a great idea and that’s what ArtsinStark is looking for as they open their 10th annual granting cycle. September 8, 2015 marks the opening of the Special Project grants, open to Stark County nonprofit organizations and individual artists (performance and visual).

Awards will range from $750 to $3,500 for projects that will be completed by December 31, 2016 and affecting those living, working or being educated in Stark County, Ohio. “We are looking for ideas that demonstrate outreach, impact, and high artistic quality and hope the entire county is represented,” said ArtsinStark Office Manager Anne Wadian.

The first step in ArtsinStark’s grant process is the completion of the Concept Form. “This is a simple way to assure that grant projects meet specific criteria before applicants go through the regular paperwork,” Wadian said. Concept Forms will be available in the ArtsinStark office (900 Cleveland Avenue NW, Canton) and online at, from September 8 – November 2, 2015.

Once the Concept Form is received and reviewed to see that it meets granting criteria, the applicant will be sent the formal grant application. No applications will be online or in the ArtsinStark office, but only available upon the successful completion and review of a Concept Form.

Over the last nine years, ArtsinStark has funded over $1.4 million in Special Project Grants to more than 250 Stark County non-profits and artists never before funded.

For more information about ArtsinStark granting, please call 330-453-1075. 

BACKGROUND: ArtsinStark — Kids, Jobs, Communities.   We are a 45 year old private, non-profit organization that gives out grants, manages the Cultural Center, and runs the Annual Arts Campaign — and much more (Canton Arts District, First Fridays, SmArts Program in the schools, 20/20 Vision, and the ELEVEN). More at Our annual budget of $3 million comes entirely from the private sector. We receive no government support. What we don’t earn, we raise each spring from individuals, companies, and foundations through the Annual Arts Campaign. In May 2015 the Campaign raised the highest amount in 45 years: $1,775,000 — to become the only united arts fund drive in America to ever make goal for 10 years in a row. (Over the last decade we have increased private sector giving to the arts by 85%.)