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Education Grant History

Since 2000, Akron Community Foundation has invested nearly $6.8 million in education programs all over Greater Akron to enrich our collective quality of life.

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

2016 Grants

In 2016, Akron Community Foundation’s board of directors approved $537,400 in education grants focused on early childhood education, as well as programs that align with Summit Education Initiative’s Cradle to Career continuum.

Nearly all competitive funding went to organizations aligned with Summit Education Initiative’s Cradle to Career continuum, which focuses on key transition points throughout a student’s life, beginning with early learning and kindergarten readiness and culminating in high school graduation, college/career readiness and living-wage employment.

The board awarded Summit Education Initiative a $35,000 grant to continue their work on instituting consistent measurements for out-of-school programs. Akron Community Foundation began funding the initiative two years ago. Since then, 60 out-of-school providers have aligned with the continuum, Summit Education Initiative officials said.

In addition to the board-directed funds, donor advisors contributed $41,500 to the programs as part of Akron Community Foundation’s grant co-investment program, where fundholders are able to review the grant requests the community foundation receives and supply funding to the programs they’re interested in. Are you a donor-advised fundholder who would be interested in participating in the co-investment program? Please contact Margaret Medzie at 330-436-5610 or mmedzie@akroncf.org. Or, are you interested in learning about these and other exciting programs in our community? When you have a donor-advised fund with us, we can help introduce you to the most promising nonprofits in the community.

The following are the education programs our board and fundholders have chosen to fund:

  • Akron Inner City Soccer Club, to support year-round soccer programs for inner-city youth, $7,500
  • Akron Public Schools in partnership with College Now, for college and career advising, financial aid counseling, and college transition services for students through school- and community-based programs, $20,000
  • Arc of Summit and Portage Counties, for People Together, a program in Summit County schools that encourages understanding and acceptance of individuals with developmental disabilities through presentations and simulations that mimic the experience of living with a disability, $10,000

Grant deadline

Education grant applications open online Nov. 15 and are due by Dec 15. Preview the application questions.

  • Asian Services in Action, Inc., for the Ready Program, which helps prepare children 0-4 years old, for whom English is a second language, to successfully enter kindergarten, $10,000
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Summit, Medina & Stark County, for the Community Mentoring Program, which pairs a child age 6-24 who is in need of support with an adult volunteer who helps provide academic, social, educational and life-skills activities, $12,500
  • Boy Scouts of America, Great Trail Council, for the 2016 Pathfinder program, which brings the benefits of scouting to youth from disadvantaged or low-income areas, $7,500
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve, to support after-school and summer programming that focuses on building good character, physical health and academic success in at-risk youth, $77,500
  • Building for Tomorrow, to help parents be their children’s first and most important teacher through home visitation, outreach events, and physical and behavioral health services for families living in AMHA housing communities with children under age 5, $92,000
  • Child Guidance & Family Solutions, for the Toddlers and Preschoolers Succeeding Program, which teaches child care providers how to address children with behavioral issues and promote attachment, initiative and self-control in the classroom, $75,000
  • First Things First, for a developmental screening process and referrals to intervention services within the home visiting network, $10,000
  • Friends of Metro Parks, for the 2015-16 Outside Is In program, which helps sixth, seventh and tenth graders connect with nature, $9,000
  • Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, for the Journey Program, which provides girls who do not participate in Girl Scouts with age-appropriate activity books that lead them through a number of important topics, including community engagement, healthy living, financial literacy, the arts, outdoor experiences and environmental awareness, $9,000
  • Global Ties Akron, for the Know Your Community – Know Your World project, in which diverse speakers teach students about the importance of ethnic, cultural and religious diversity, $5,000
  • Greenleaf Family Center,  for the SPARK program, which prepares 3- and 4-year-olds for kindergarten through home visitations that address children’s educational, developmental and social-emotional needs and encourage parents to become their child’s first teacher, $17,000
  • He Brought Us Out Ministry, for after-school and summer enrichment programs for Akron Public Schools students who are at risk of academic failure to teach them about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy, $10,000
  • International Institute of Akron, for the creation of the Center for Inquiring Minds, which will engage middle school youth, especially those learning the English language, in public speaking, critical listening, research, argumentation, and refutation skills, $15,000
  • Jefferson Center, to teach local students about civic journalism, particularly teaching them how to gather information and report on the 2016 election, $10,000
  • Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio, for after-school programs in Akron Public Schools that teach students about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy, $12,500
  • Law and Leadership Institute, for the 2016 Akron Law and Leadership Institute, a tuition-free, four-year college preparatory program for promising high school students who are at risk of not graduation high school or attending college, $1,000
  • Lenibug Foundation, to purchase new, age-appropriate books for children from birth to age 18 living in poverty, $8,500
  • Miller Avenue United Church of Christ, for the Students With a Goal program, which provides marginalized students with a safe place to go after school and offers academic intervention, enrichment activities and leadership training, $7,500
  • Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education, to implement blended learning programs that customize the learning experience for students at Findley Community Learning Center, $25,000
  • Project GRAD Akron, for the two-week Bridge to Kindergarten school readiness summer camp, $27,500
  • Project Learn of Summit County, for the Career Pathways Initiative, which helps GED students identify and complete individual career plans that focus on competencies and skills, $20,000
  • Proyecto Raices, to sustain Hispanic cultural heritage and encourage STEM learning through computer programming and math and science activities for low-income Hispanic children, $10,000
  • RePlay for Kids, to promote STEM education for Summit County public school students through workshops where they will adapt electronic toys by creating an external switch, so children with disabilities can play with the toy, $2,400
  • South Akron Youth Mentorship, for the Academic Incentive for Mentees program, which provides mentor relationships to disadvantaged children to help them succeed educationally, $2,500
  • Summit Education Initiative, to help out-of-school program providers align their metrics, measurement tools and programming with the countywide Cradle to Career effort, $35,000
  • Tri-County Jobs for Ohio Graduates, to provide school- and community-based dropout prevention and recovery programs to disadvantaged Summit County youth ages 16-24, $10,000
  • University of Akron Foundation, to provide literacy coaching to Summit County teachers who work with struggling readers, $10,000
  • Veggie U, to teach third-graders in Akron Public Schools about healthy lifestyles by providing them with gardening kits, $10,000 

2015 Grants

From initiatives to help out-of-school providers better measure their successes to programs to help students learn about healthy lifestyles, we funded some of the county's most beneficial educational programs in 2015. In total we awarded 28 grants and $499,500.

Veggie U
A grant to Veggie U  teaches children in Akron Public Schools about healthy lifestyles by providing them with gardening kits.
  • Akron Area YMCA, to provide after-school programs that help at-risk young women decrease participation in high-risk activities, $2,500
  • Akron Inner City Soccer Club, to support year-round soccer programs for inner-city youth, $5,000
  • Akron International Friendship, for the Know Your Community – Know Your World project, in which diverse speakers teach students about the importance of ethnic, cultural and religious diversity, $5,000
  • Akron Public Schools, for college and career advising, financial aid counseling, and college transition services for students through school- and community-based programs, $20,000
  • Alchemy Inc., for a series of monthly workshops that help young men develop a sense of purpose in life, grow through social and emotional learning, and successfully function as members of their family, school and community, $5,000
  • Grant deadline

    Education grant applications open online Nov. 15 and are due by Dec 15. Preview the application questions.

  • Arc of Summit and Portage Counties, for People Together, a program in Summit County schools that encourages understanding and acceptance of individuals with developmental disabilities through presentations and simulations that mimic the experience of living with a disability, $10,000
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Summit, Medina & Stark County, for the Community Mentoring Program, which pairs a child age 6-18 who is in need of support with an adult volunteer who helps provide academic, social, educational and life-skills activities, $10,000
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve, for after-school and summer programs for at-risk youth that focus on academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles, $70,000
  • Building for Tomorrow, to help parents be their children’s first and most important teacher through home visitation, outreach events, and physical and behavioral health services for families living in AMHA housing communities with children under age 5, $85,000
  • Child Guidance & Family Solutions, for the Toddlers and Preschoolers Succeeding Program, which teaches child care providers how to address children with behavioral issues and promote attachment, initiative and self-control in the classroom, $65,000
  • Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio, for the #morethanastereotype program, which teaches high school students to look past stereotypes and understand the real person, $2,500
  • First Book, to purchase new, age-appropriate books for children from birth to age 18 living in poverty, $7,500
  • Friends of Metro Parks, for the 2014-15 Outside Is In program, which helps nearly 700 sixth-graders connect with nature, $7,000
  • Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, for the Journey Program, which provides girls who do not participate in Girl Scouts with age-appropriate activity books that lead them through a number of important topics, including community engagement, healthy living, financial literacy, the arts, outdoor experiences and environmental awareness, $7,500 
  • Great Lakes Biomimicry, to support biomimicry-inspired curriculum, which is the design and production of materials and systems that are modeled on biological processes, at the National Inventors Hall of Fame School Center for STEM Learning, $7,500
  • Greenleaf Family Center, for the SPARK program, which prepares 3- and 4-year-olds for kindergarten through home visitations that address children’s educational, developmental and social-emotional needs and encourage parents to become their child’s first teacher, $10,000
  • He Brought Us Out Ministry, for the after-school program to help students at risk of failing their classes improve their academic performance, $10,000
  • Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio, for after-school programs in Akron Public Schools that teach students about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy, $10,000
  • Military Aviation Preservation Society, to offer Summit County high school history classes free trips to MAPS Air Museum, $7,500
  • Miller Avenue United Church of Christ, for the Students With a Goal program, which provides marginalized students with a safe place to go after school and offers academic intervention, enrichment activities and leadership training, $15,000
  • Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education, to implement blended learning programs that customize the learning experience for each student in select Greater Akron schools, $25,000
  • Project GRAD Akron, for the two-week Bridge to Kindergarten school readiness summer camp, $25,000
  • Project Learn of Summit County, to increase technology integration in its literacy and GED preparation courses, $20,000 
  • St. Bernard-St. Mary Parish, to support the Proyecto Raices program for low-income Hispanic children in Greater Akron, which focuses on sustaining Hispanic cultural heritage and encouraging STEM learning through computer programming and math and science activities, $7,500
  • Summit Education Initiative, to help out-of-school program providers align their metrics, measurement tools and programming with the countywide Cradle to Career effort, $35,000
  • Tri-County Jobs for Ohio Graduates, to provide school- and community-based dropout prevention and recovery programs to disadvantaged Summit County youth ages 16-24, $10,000
  • University of Akron Foundation, for the 2015 BEST Medicine Engineering Fair, which encourages students to pursue a career in the biomedical engineering and medical science fields, $5,000
  • Veggie U, to teach third-graders in Akron Public Schools about healthy lifestyles by providing them with gardening kits, $10,000

2014 Grants

In 2014, Akron Community Foundation awarded $502,000 to 22 nonprofit organizations:

A grant to Child Guidance & Family Solutions supported a behavioral program for young children.

Early learning grants

  • Asian Services in Action Inc., for the Ready Program, which helps prepare children 0-4 years old, for whom English is a second language, to successfully enter kindergarten, $12,500
  • Building for Tomorrow, to help parents be their children’s first and most important teacher through home visitation, outreach events, and physical and behavioral health services for families living in AMHA housing communities with children under age 5, $95,000 
  • Child Guidance & Family Solutions Inc., for the Toddlers and Preschoolers Succeeding program which teaches childcare providers how to address children with behavioral issues and promote attachment, initiative and self-control in the classroom, $65,000
  • Greenleaf Family Center, for the SPARK program, which prepares 3- and 4-year-olds for kindergarten through home visitations that address children’s educational, developmental and social-emotional needs and encourage parents to become their child’s first teacher, $15,000
  • Project GRAD Akron, for the two-week Bridge to Kindergarten school readiness summer camp, $25,000
  • Summit County Family & Children First Council, to enhance the First Things First community developmental screening project by incentivizing day cares to recruit parents to complete the Ages & Stages Questionnaires for their children, $20,000 

Other education grants

  • Akron Inner City Soccer Club, to support year-round soccer programs for inner-city youth, $5,000
  • Akron International Friendship, for the Know Your Community – Know Your World project, in which diverse speakers teach students about the importance of ethnic, cultural and religious diversity, $5,000
  • Akron Public Schools, to contract with the expertise of the College Now program to supplement and improve existing college readiness programs, creating a stronger infrastructure to support at-risk students entering post-secondary education, $25,000
  • Arc of Summit and Portage Counties, for People Together, a program in Summit County schools that encourages understanding and acceptance of individuals with developmental disabilities through presentations and simulations that mimic the experience of living with a disability, $10,000
  • Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron, to encourage students in grades 7-12 to explore higher education and careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine through the Austen BioInnovation Academy, $20,000
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve, to support after-school and summer programming that focuses on building good character, physical health and academic success in at-risk youth, $70,000
  • Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio, for Dancing Wheels, a physically integrated dance company, to perform “The Story of You: Understanding Disability” in Akron schools during Disability Awareness Month, $2,500
  • First Book, to purchase new, age-appropriate books for children from birth to age 18 living in poverty, $7,000
  • Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, for a high-adventure, physically demanding Challenge Course at Camp Ledgewood that will include ropes courses, ziplines and climbing walls, $15,000
  • Hattie Larlham Community Services, for vocational training for adults with developmental disabilities to help them secure employment and become financially self-sufficient, $20,000
  • Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio, for the More than Money program, which teaches third- through fifth-grade students in Akron Public Schools about earning, spending, sharing and saving money, $10,000
  • Project Learn of Summit County, to recruit and train volunteers for the GED and English as a Second Language classrooms to help improve outcomes on the new and more rigorous GED test, $20,000
  • Summit Education Initiative, to create consistent measurement tools for out-of-school providers to align their outcomes with the countywide Cradle to Career effort, $35,000
  • Tri-County Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates, to provide school- and community-based dropout prevention and recovery programs to disadvantaged Summit County youth ages 16-21, $10,000
  • University of Akron Foundation, for the 2014 BEST Medicine Engineering Fair that encourages students to pursue a career in the biomedical engineering and medical science fields, $5,000
  • Veggie U, to teach third-graders in Akron Public Schools about healthy lifestyles by providing them with gardening kits, $10,000

2013 Grants

In 2013, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $450,000 to 20 nonprofit organizations:

Kids reading a book
A grant to Greenleaf Family Center supported the SPARK program, which prepares 3- and 4-year-old children for kindergarten.

    Early learning grants

  • Asian Services in Action Inc., for the Ready Program, an early childhood development program for children in refugee families, $12,500
  • Building for Tomorrow, to continue early education programs, special-needs assessments, comprehensive health services, and family support services for children under age 5 living in AMHA housing communities, $95,000
  • Child Guidance & Family Solutions Inc., for the Toddlers and Preschoolers Succeeding Program, which evaluates, cultivates and enhances the social and emotional well-being of children at child care centers in Summit County, $65,000
  • Greenleaf Family Center, for the SPARK program, which prepares 3- and 4-year-olds for kindergarten through home visitations that address children’s educational, developmental and social-emotional needs, including speech, language and mental health, $15,000
  • Project GRAD Akron, for the Bridge to Kindergarten school readiness camp for students and their parents in the Buchtel cluster of Akron Public Schools, $25,000
  • Summit County Family & Children First Council, to implement a standardized developmental screening and referral process for all children ages birth to 5 in Summit County as part of the First Things First initiative, $25,000

Other education grants

2012 Grants

In 2012, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $490,000 to 24 nonprofit organizations:

A young boy painting
A grant to Project GRAD Akron supported its Bridge to Kindergarten program,which prepares kids for their first year of school.

    Early learning grants

  • Asian Services in Action Inc., for the Ready Program, an early childhood development program for children in refugee families, $12,500
  • Building for Tomorrow, to continue early education programs, special-needs assessments, comprehensive health services, and family support services for children under age 5 living in AMHA housing communities, $95,000
  • Child Guidance & Family Solutions Inc., for the Toddlers and Preschoolers Succeeding Program, which evaluates, cultivates and enhances the social and emotional well-being of children at child care centers in Summit County, $65,000
  • Family & Children First Council, to implement a standardized developmental screening and referral process for all children ages birth to 5 in Summit County as part of the First Things First initiative, $25,000
  • Project GRAD Akron, for the Bridge to Kindergarten school readiness camp for students and their parents in the Buchtel cluster of Akron Public Schools, $25,000

Other education grants

2011 Grants

In 2011, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $469,000 to 26 nonprofit organizations:

Students smile as they board the bus
A grant to Twinsburg City School District supported the Project Star summer reading program.

    Early learning grants

  • Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority, to continue and expand education programs, special-needs assessments, comprehensive health services and family support services for children under age 5 living in AMHA housing communities, $95,000
  • Asian Services in Action Inc., for the Ready Program, an early childhood development program for children in refugee families, $12,500
  • Child Guidance & Family Solutions Inc., for the Toddlers and Preschoolers Succeeding Program, which evaluates, supports and enhances the social and emotional well-being of children at child care centers in Summit County, $50,000
  • Family & Children First Council, to plan and implement a developmental screening and referral process for all children ages birth to 5 in Summit County, $25,000
  • Project GRAD Akron, for a kindergarten readiness summer camp for 50 students and their parents in the Akron Public Schools Buchtel cluster, $22,000

Other education grants

  • Akron Council on World Affairs Inc., for the Global Scholars program, which teaches Akron high school students critical thinking skills while they interact with foreign diplomats, $7,500
  • Akron International Friendship, to support a pilot project that teaches sixth-graders in Akron, Tallmadge and Revere schools about the importance of ethnic, cultural and religious diversity, $5,000
  • Alchemy Inc., for Myth, Muses & Scribes, a collaboration with Kent State University that uses myth to teach writing skills to urban adolescent males, $7,500
  • All-Star Training Club, for the Summer Academic Sports Camp for children and young adults with disabilities, $12,000
  • The Arc of Summit & Portage Counties Inc., for the People Together program, which increases disability awareness and acceptance among students in Summit County schools, $10,000
  • Beacon Journal Charity Fund Inc., to teach good oral health behaviors to third-grade students in Summit County, $5,000
  • BioInnovation Institute in Akron, for the BEST Medicine Engineering Fair, a science fair that encourages middle and high school students to develop solutions to medical problems with the help of professional mentors, $10,000
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve, for after-school and summer programs that encourage good character, physical health and academic success among teens at the Eller Club in southeast Akron, $35,000
  • Charisma Community Connections, to help unemployed and underemployed fathers find jobs in the green industry by providing them with energy efficiency training and certification, $20,000
  • First Book, to purchase books for children living in poverty, $7,500
  • Hattie Larlham Foundation, to support a gardening employment program for adults with developmental disabilities at Crown Point Ecology Center, $20,000
  • He Brought Us Out Ministry, for after-school and summer programming that teaches academic and life skills to low-income youth in Akron, $7,500
  • Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio Inc., for JA More Than Money, a program that teaches workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy to students in after-school programs at the YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, and various Akron Afterschool locations, $10,000
  • Old Trail School, to support a summer enrichment program for Akron Public elementary school students that combines academic classwork with outdoor recreational learning in conjunction with Old Trail’s summer camp, $15,000
  • Planned Parenthood of Northeast Ohio, for the Teens Talking to Teens program, which promotes healthy lifestyles and responsible choices among adolescents in Akron, $15,000
  • Project LEARN of Summit County, to reduce the number of students waiting for classroom GED instruction by providing appropriate distance-learning and accelerated GED preparation options, $20,000
  • The Research Education & Charitable Association for the Benefit of the Chefs & Farmers (Veggie U.), to purchase Earth to Table science kits, which teach fourth-graders in Akron Public Schools about sustainable agriculture and healthy eating, $10,000
  • Summit Education Initiative, for Destination College, which prepares students at six local high schools for college by helping them improve their ACT scores, complete their applications, and apply for financial aid, $20,000
  • Tri-County Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates, to support the Dropout Recovery Program, which provides academic and employment support to Summit County youth who have dropped out of high school, $10,000
  • Twinsburg City School District, for the Project Star summer reading program, which aims to improve reading proficiency in elementary school students who are reading below grade level, $10,000
  • Young Men’s Christian Association of Akron, to provide after-school programming that teaches social skills and healthy behaviors to at-risk girls, many of whom are referred from juvenile court, $7,500

2010 Grants

In 2010, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $384,500 to 23 nonprofit organizations:

A young girl pets a chinchilla
A grant to Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority supported its early childhood programs, including ones that introduce young children to animals.

Other education grants

2009 Grants

In 2009, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $441,000 to 23 nonprofit organizations:

An example of a reading kit
A grant to the public library supported the creation of its Early Childhood Resources Center, which offers reading kits and learning materials for teachers and parents.

Other education grants

2008 Grants

In 2008, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $403,501 to 30 nonprofit organizations:

Police officers talk to a classroom of students
A grant to the Akron Bar Association Foundation supported its Street Law Junior program.

2007 Grants

In 2007, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $274,852 to 23 nonprofit organizations:

A student practices using a stethoscope
A grant to Akron General Medical Center supported an education program for minority students.

2006 Grants

In 2006, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $339,613 to 20 nonprofit organizations:

A girl attempts to button her shirt wearing mittens
A grant to the Arc of Summit & Portage Counties supported a program that shows students what it's like to have a disability.

2005 Grants

In 2005, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $270,250 to 20 nonprofit organizations:

A student models his invention
A grant to Partnership for America's Future supported the Inventucation Academy for Akron Public Schools students.

2004 Grants

In 2004, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $370,367 to 22 nonprofit organizations:

African drummers stand with principal
A grant to Stewart Elementary School supported its African cultural program.

2003 Grants

In 2003, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $254,879 to 20 nonprofit organizations:

Child holds invention made of foil
A grant to National Inventors Hall of Fame supported an invention camp for kids.

2002 Grants

In 2002, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $193,815 to 14 nonprofit organizations:

Students looking at nutrition poster
A grant to the Cleveland Health Education Museum supported the Health On Wheels program for Summit County students.

2001 Grants

In 2001, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $210,690 to 18 nonprofit organizations:

Woman giving presentation
A grant to Mustard Seed Development Center supported an economic education program for low-income youth and adults.

2000 Grants

In 2000, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $183,005 to 16 nonprofit organizations:

Kids playing basketball
A grant to Summit Christian School supported its summer basketball program for North Hill students.
  • Akron Public Schools, to support the Multi-Sensory Room, an educational resource center designed to improve the educational experiences of students with disabilities at Barrett Academy, $10,016
  • BICEE Neighborhood Community Development, for an educational enrichment program for youth and adults in the Elizabeth Park/North Hill area, $10,000
  • Cascade Locks Park Association, for educational exhibits at the Mustill House, a historic preservation site at Lock 15 on the Ohio and Erie Canal, $30,000
  • City of Akron, Akron Health Department, to support rock wall and ropes challenge course experiences for adjudicated adolescents, $5,240 
  • Heart to Heart Communications Inc., to support seminars that improve interpersonal and workplace communications in Summit County nonprofit organizations, $4,500
  • Jerome Lippman Jewish Community Day School, to support an urban environmental education and cooperative learning project for public and private school students, $9,374
  • Junior Achievement, to conduct a feasibility study for Exchange City Akron, which features a life-size replica of a working city that reinforces economic studies for fifth- and sixth-grade students, $10,000
  • Leadership Akron, for the annual orientation retreat, $14,000  
  • National Conference for Community and Justice, to expand “It’s Your Move,” a student-driven diversity and leadership training program, into additional Summit County schools, $12,500
  • Parent Coalition for Persons with Disabilities, to support the organization’s relocation as part of a strategic alliance of grassroots organizations serving people with disabilities, $20,000
  • Project LEARN of Summit County, for partial funding of a comprehensive student retention project to assist adult learners with motivation, planning, time-management and goal-setting skills, $10,000
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul/Akron Council, to support the food pantry, homeless shelter and educational programs operated by the St. Bernard Conference in downtown Akron, $5,000
  • South Arlington United Methodist Church, for the Children of Promise program, which teaches conflict resolution skills to children ages 5-11, $3,000
  • Summit Christian School Inc., to support summer basketball and computer programs for youth in the North Hill area, $5,450
  • Summit County Children Services Board, for partial funding of an educational coordinator and technical support for Crouse Caring Community and Erie Island Caring Community, $10,000
  • University of Akron, to produce "Protecting and Nurturing the Children," a series of educational, counseling and mediation programs for children and parents in high-conflict custody cases, $23,925