It all starts with a great idea –  according to the county arts council – which opens its annual Special Project Grants process on September 10, 2018.  “Non-profit agencies and performing or visual artists are invited to apply for awards ranging from $750 to $3,500,” says ArtsinStark Office Manager Anne Wadian, “but the idea must be an art project that really impacts people living, working or being educated in Stark County.”  ArtsinStark is looking for projects of high artistic quality that provide outreach and impact into the community, and that are being planned for calendar year 2019.  In the last twelve years AiS has given out more than $1.5 million in Special Project Grants to 700 entities.


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 remaining process,” says Wadian.  The Concept Form can be found online at starting September 10.  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 available online or in the ArtsinStark office — they will be individually issued upon the successful completion and review of a Concept Form.  For more information about ArtsinStark granting, please call 330-453-1075 or go to and click on “Grants.”  Please note that all projects that are approved for funding will need to be completed by December 31, 2019.


BACKGROUND:  ArtsinStark — Kids, Jobs, Communities.   We are a 48 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, the Genius Project, 20/20 Vision, the ELEVEN, and the Canton Music Block).  More at  Our annual budget is $3 million.   What we don’t earn, we raise each spring through the Annual Arts Campaign.  In May 2018 we raised $1.66 million to become the only united arts fund drive in America to ever make goal for 13 years in a row.