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Do you have an idea that could improve the world, help people in need, or make our community a little better? What if you had some financial help moving the idea forward? CHARACTER COUNTS! in North Canton would like to assist in making your idea a reality. NOTE: Projects cannot be for-profit and must be student-led.

Think about the Six Pillars of Character and ways you can show others the true meaning of Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, or Citizenship. Talk to your friends, parents, neighbors, teachers, counselors, church leaders—whoever will listen—to find an adult sponsor/organization for your project idea, and fill out the application. 

Examples of grant ideas: 

-Helping the ill: Create wearable blankets for kids receiving chemo / other infusions at hospitals.
-Taking care of the hungry: Organize volunteers to collect and sort donated food items to pack for families in need.
-Community-building: neighborhood clean-ups, paint the pavement projects, block parties, neighborhood movie nights.
-Crime prevention activities: neighborhood yard sign campaigns, block walking clubs, creative neighborhood forums.
-Neighbor-centered projects: community story books, oral histories, photo collections.
-Neighborhood beautification: planting projects, Little Free Library workshops, public art installations.
-Classes or workshops: cultural craft or cooking classes, building workshops for youth. 

Youth in Action Grant Application Link for online application.

Youth in Action Grant Application Link for a paper application.


Character Counts! In North Canton is accepting nominations for the monthly ”Business of Character” award.  

Is there a business or organization that exemplifies the values of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship?  If this business or non-profit in the greater North Canton area is one that you would consider a pillar of the community, please nominate them for this prestigious award.  

Nomination Guidelines:
To qualify for the Business of Character Award, the business must
- be located in the greater North Canton area. 
-display actions that benefit the North Canton community.
-embody character traits that make it a role model for adults and youth in the community.
-uphold the Six Pillars (as noted above), not bending to the “pressures of the day.”

The award can recognize an accumulation of special deeds, one outstanding deed, or years of service to the community.  All nominations will be considered by the Character Counts! In North Canton Committee, and their decision will be final.

Business of Character Award Nomination Form LINK