Mission & History
The Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation (TPHWF) was created in 1996 via the merger of the original Barberton Citizens Hospital Foundation and the Barberton Citizens Hospital Auxiliary, which had long histories of improving the quality of healthcare in our area. TPHWF is a private and independent philanthropic organization that provides grants to charitable organizations that share our mission to provide health and wellness opportunities for citizens of Barberton and surrounding communities.
The Barberton Community Foundation has partnered with the Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation and is responsible for its administration.
Board of Governors
- Dr. Douglas Gormley, Retired – Chairman
- Jason Ondrus, Barberton City Schools – Vice Chairman
- Michael Moldvay, S.A. Comunale, Co., Inc.- Secretary/Treasurer
- Pat Roberts, Malone University
- Kathy Elkins, Citizen’s Bank
- Leonard Foster, County of Summit
- Aaron Lepp, Stark & Knoll Co.
- Duane Isham, Roetzel & Andress
- Lawrence Lauter, Retired
- Pat McGrath, Retired
- Jason Ondrus, Barberton Public Schools
- Diana Stevenson, Clerk of Courts Barberton Municipal Court
- Dan Warder, Retired
Grant proposals may be submitted any time during the calendar year. The Board of Governors meets in February, May, August, and November. To be considered in a timely manner, proposals should be received by January 2, April 1, July 1 or October 1. Grant recipients are required to submit a six-month evaluation form, via email, to Debby Rolland, VP of Community Impact, at firstname.lastname@example.org and a one-year annual evaluation.
Grant proposals may be submitted any time during the calendar year. The Board of Governors meets in February, May, August, and November. To be considered in a timely manner, proposals should be received by January 2, April 1, July 1 or October 1. After receipt of a proposal, the applying organization will be contacted to set up an interview, which may include a site visit. If the application falls in line with the mission of TPHWF, it will be submitted to the Grants Committee. If approved, it will be sent to the Board of Governors for final consideration.
To request a grant application, please contact our office at 330-745-5995.
Application Deadlines: January 2, April 1, July 1, October 1
- Proposals must promote health and wellness opportunities to the residents of Summit and contiguous counties.
- Support is awarded for one year at a time.
- Support for any one program will be for a maximum of three years, although exceptions may be made by the Board.
- New projects, with a plan for continuation beyond the Foundations support, are of interest to the Foundation.
- Projects should demonstrate a direct benefit to the client.
- Requests should be between $2,000 and $15,000; however, larger requests, potentially multi year, may be considered.
- Funding preference is given to activities within southern Summit County.
- Capital campaigns may be considered.
- Semi-annual reports concerning budget, personnel, and program developments will be completed and returned to the Foundation as stated in the grant agreement.
- All grants expire within one (1) year of grant agreement date. Any requests for deadline extensions or changes to the project in any way must be made in writing to the Foundation’s Chair, submitted through the Barberton Community Foundation’s VP of Community Impact, thirty (30) days before the annual evaluation is due. All correspondence must note the program name and grant number.
- All grant agreements must be signed and returned to the Foundation within thirty (30) days of the grant agreement date. Any agreement not received within the thirty days will be deemed a termination of the grant and the grantee will be notified accordingly.
- The tax-exempt status verified in the proposal must be valid; any changes in that status, or changes in the organization that could lead to a change in that status, must be reported to the Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation immediately.
- The grant funds must not be used for any political campaign, or to support attempts to influence legislation of any body of government other than that which occurs when nonpartisan analysis, study and research is made available. Grants will also not be given for projects outside of the defined giving area, individuals, on going operating expenses, debt-reductions, deficits or previous obligations, annual fundraising drives or fundraising activities, political projects, sabbatical leaves or scholarly research, venture capital for competitive profit making activities, religious organizations for religious purpose and endowments.
- The organization must keep and maintain records of expenditures adequate to check the use of the grant readily. A final report must be submitted to the Foundation one year from the date of the grant agreement.
- If the grant is intended to support a specific project or to provide general support for a specific period, any portion of the grant unexpended at the completion of the project or at the end of the period must be returned immediately to the Foundation.
- The organization must repay, upon demand, to the Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation the amount of the grant if any condition of the contract is not upheld.
- The organization must send to the Foundation copies of any printed publicity regarding the awarding of any grant; the organization may, if it chooses, refer to the Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation’s support in any such publicity.
- The Foundation may include information regarding grants, including the amount and purpose of grants, any photographs provided, logo or trademark, or other information or materials about recipient organizations and their activities, in the Foundation’s periodic public reports, newsletters, and news releases.
- Submit a total of 10 copies of cover sheet and narrative pages, and, if applicable, organization history page.
- Submit ONE copy each – most recent annual report; financial statements from your most recently completed fiscal year, whether audited or unaudited and a list of board members.
Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation provides nursing scholarships to residents of the historical service area of Barberton Citizen’s Hospital, now Summa Barberton, for the purpose of encouraging careers in nursing.
The service area encompasses southern Summit and Medina counties, and northern Stark and Wayne counties. Applicant must be a resident of Barberton, Kenmore, Manchester, Coventry, Norton, Doylestown, Rittman, Canal Fulton, Green or Clinton.
- Scholarships will be awarded to students who are currently enrolled in an accredited nursing degree program leading to LPN or RN certification. Students not formally accepted/enrolled in a nursing program and students working on their graduate degree are not eligible for this scholarship.
- Scholarships may be used for tuition, room and board and books. Award amounts are at the discretion of the committee, with a range of $2,000 to $5,000. Six awards will be given each year.
- Scholarships may be used at any accredited institution, whether for-profit or non-profit. Awards are made directly to the educational institution.
- Scholarships are awarded on an annual basis. Recipients who continue to meet eligibility requirements may re-apply in subsequent years. Past selection does not guarantee future awards.
Basic Criteria for Selection:
- Student should demonstrate a desire to practice in the local area
- Student must demonstrate financial need
- Student must have a cumulative 3.0 or higher grade point average
- Selected students must conduct an interview with the committee
- Incomplete applications will not be reviewed (see application for checklist)
- Selected students must be available to interview with the committee on July 31 between 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m