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Grants to programs that teach children to be successful in school will reap rewards for the community next year and next decade.

A Summit County tradition

In 1847, Akron established the state’s first K-12 public school system. The mission: free, quality education for all. Today, people across Summit County continue to support public education mightily with their votes, their wallets and their volunteer time.

They also support education through Akron Community Foundation's scholarship funds, which send more than 100 students to college every year, and permanent endowments like the Ted and Barb Walter Catholic Education Fund and the Mignon Steere Fund for Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park Environmental Education.

On your behalf, the community foundation works enthusiastically with individual schools, school systems, education leaders, nonprofit innovators, parents and community members to identify the best opportunities for investing in our children's future. 

Focusing on programs that align with Summit Education Initiative's Cradle to Career continuum, our board awards grants to programs that concentrate on key transition points in a student's education, including kindergarten readiness, third grade reading, eighth grade math and college readiness. In addition, we focus a portion of our funding specifically on early learning programs that prepare children from birth to age 5 to succeed. Read more about these priorities.

Over the past decade, Akron Community Foundation has directed nearly $5 million in competitive grants alone to such education efforts as:

  • Early learning and kindergarten readiness as a founding partner of the Summit County First Things First early care and education plan
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  • Literacy initiatives like the First Book of Greater Akron free children's book program, and adult literacy and GED programs at Project LEARN of Summit County
  • Vocational and continuing education, like employment training for residents with developmental disabilities at Hattie Larlham

Those are just a few. In the last year, donor advisors and designated funds contributed an additional $838,697 to support these and other education programs.

Nonprofits interested in applying for an Education grant can review deadlines and other important information on our Community Fund Grants page.