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Medina County Community Fund Grants

In 2014, the Medina County Community Fund awarded grants to 14 area organizations totaling $30,523:
 
A grant to the Medina County Arts
Council supported the countywide
Arts Week Festival.
  • Battered Women’s Shelter, for domestic violence support groups in Medina County, $2,000
  • Brunswick Educational Foundation, to support the BEAT Video Program, in which student “backpack journalists” create print, Web and video stories about Medina County initiatives for broadcast by Northeast Ohio media outlets, $3,000
  • Children’s Center of Medina County, to increase the awareness and prevention of child sexual abuse by purchasing educational materials to distribute to families and professionals in Medina County, $1,823
  • City of Wadsworth, for landscaping surrounding the Boy with the Leaky Boot Statue, which was built in honor of the city’s bicentennial celebration, $1,500
  • Cornerstone of Hope, for grief counseling and education programs in Medina County, $2,000
  • Matthew 25 Coalition, to provide fuel and auto repair vouchers to rural residents in poverty who need transportation to their jobs, school or medical appointments, $3,000
  • Medina County Art League, to host the 37th Ohio Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition and bring award-winning art to Medina County, $1,200
  • Medina County Arts Council Inc., to support free performances and arts programs throughout Medina County as part of the 2014 Arts Week Festival, $1,000
  • Medina County Veterans Memorial Hall, for renovations to expand and modernize the Veterans Memorial Hall in Medina, $1,500
  • Medina Health Ministry, to provide free preventative care and health education to uninsured, working women in Medina County, $6,000
  • Oaks Family Care Center, to support a mediation program that helps couples in crisis resolve parenting and financial conflicts, $3,000
  • ORMACO Inc., for the Jazz Under the Stars free concert series in Medina’s public square, $1,000
  • RePlay for Kids, to support toy adaptation workshops in Medina County high schools, where students use STEM skills to adapt toys for local children with disabilities, $2,000
  • Suicide Prevention Education Alliance, for suicide prevention and depression awareness programs at Brunswick, Buckeye, Cloverleaf, Highland and Medina high schools, $1,500

Medina County funds seek grant proposals

 
 
MEDINA, Ohio (Jan. 24, 2017) – Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 1, the Medina County Community Fund and the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation will accept grant proposals from Medina County nonprofit organizations that improve residents’ quality of life.

The joint grant application will be available online at www.akroncf.org/applyMCCF and www.akroncf.org/applyMCWEF. Applications must be received by March 1.

Coinciding with the call for proposals, fund representatives will answer grant-seekers’ questions during an information session on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 3 p.m. in Community Room B of the Medina branch of the Medina County District Library, located at 210 S. Broadway St. A representative from Akron Community Foundation will also be available to answer questions about the online application process. Attendance at the information session is not required to receive funding but is strongly encouraged.

Both affiliates of Akron Community Foundation, the funds award grants to nonprofit organizations serving residents of Medina County. The Medina County Community Fund supports programs that improve the lives of all Medina County residents, while the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund specifically focuses on programs that address the needs of local women and children. 

This year, the Medina County Community Fund will concentrate a large portion of its funding on a single grant that will make a significant impact in the community. Strong preference will be given to programs that focus on housing, transportation and health needs within Medina County. 

“By giving a larger, more impactful grant, we can move the needle in one specific area,” said Grants Committee Chair Terry Pfleiderer. “This new approach to grantmaking will allow us to really tackle one of our community’s most pressing issues.”

In 2015, the two funds awarded a combined $37,000 to programs that enrich the lives of Medina County residents. Qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are eligible to receive one grant per fund per calendar year.

For more information about applying for a grant, or to RSVP for the information session, contact John Garofalo, Akron Community Foundation’s vice president of community investment, at 330-436-5624 or jgarofalo@akroncf.org.

About the Medina County Community Fund
The Medina County Community Fund, an affiliate fund of Akron Community Foundation, serves as a permanent philanthropic endowment for Medina County. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for Medina County residents, now and in the future. The income from this fund is distributed annually to qualified nonprofit organizations that provide a wide range of cultural, educational, health and community services. To date, the fund has grown to more than $780,000 and awarded nearly $500,000 in grants. For more information, or to contribute to the Medina County Community Fund, visit www.akroncf.org/MCCF.

About the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund
The Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund, an affiliate of Akron Community Foundation, was established in 1998 to improve the quality of life of women and children in Medina County. The mission of the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund is to fund organizations and programs in Medina County that support women and children, to serve as a catalyst for needed projects, and to assist women in their growth as philanthropists. The fund encourages the advancement and full participation of women and children in the community and in society. In addition, it supports organizations and programs that create opportunities for the educational, physical, emotional, social, artistic, and personal growth of women and children. Since the fund’s establishment, it has grown to nearly $350,000 and awarded more than $135,000 in grants. For more information, or to contribute to the Medina County Women’s Endowment fund, go to www.akroncf.org/MCWEF.