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Gay Community Endowment Fund Grants

In 2016, the Gay Community Endowment Fund awarded 17 grants totaling $42,850 to Greater Akron nonprofit organizations:

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A grant to OutSupport will help increase the visibility of this local LGBTQ advocacy and support group.
  • Akron Civic Theatre, to support the Millennial Theatre Project, which engages young adults in theater productions that emphasize diversity in sex, race, gender, sexual orientation and physical abilities, $2,500
  • Cleveland International Film Festival, for screenings of LGBT films in downtown Akron, $2,500
  • Community AIDS Network/Akron Pride Initiative, to support the annual Game Change Conference at Kent State University, which educates local social workers, teachers and health care workers about the specific needs of the LGBTQ community, $1,000
  • Community AIDS Network/Akron Pride Initiative, to provide housing support to homeless LGBT youth, who are more likely to become victims of violence, abuse and human trafficking than their heterosexual peers, $5,000
  • Domestic Violence Project Inc., to support a one-day training seminar that educates local law enforcement officers, attorneys, social workers, housing providers and clergy members about critical issues faced by the LGBTQ community, including trauma, mental illness, addiction, intimate partner violence, and more, $1,000
  • Equality Ohio Education Fund, to advocate for nondiscrimination protections for Akron’s LGBTQ community and to create a citywide culture of inclusion through outreach and education, $2,000
  • Grant deadline

    Gay Community Endowment Fund grant applications open online Aug. 15 and are due by Sept. 15. Preview the application questions.

  • Equitas Health, to support HIV testing and prevention education through targeted outreach to gay and bisexual men in Summit County, particularly in the African-American community, $4,000
  • Jewish Family Service of Akron Ohio, for “Reaching Akron’s Silent Generation,” a program that provides education, counseling and social support for LGBT senior citizens, $2,500
  • Kent State University Foundation Inc., for the QUEST mentoring program, which pairs LGBTQ students of color and economic need with a supportive adult role model, $6,000
  • Magical Theatre Company, to increase awareness about the Nazi persecution of LGBT individuals during the Holocaust through the production of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” as well as post-show discussions with students about discriminations the LGBT community still faces today, $1,000 
  • Mobile Meals Inc., to provide home-delivered meals and supplements to low-income LGBTQ residents in Summit County, $1,500
  • None Too Fragile Theater, to support the production of “The Whale,” an award-winning play featuring a gay protagonist who finds beauty in unexpected places, $1,000
  • OutSupport Inc., to increase the visibility of this local LGBTQ advocacy group through community outreach and promotional materials, $2,850
  • PFLAG Akron, to support the Teen Pride Network, which offers positive social support and activities for LGBT youth who feel isolated in their school, home or community, $4,000
  • Rape Crisis Center, to support outreach to LGBT survivors of sexual assault, $1,000
  • TransOhio Inc., to provide free legal clinics to help people in the transgender community file petitions to change their name and gender on legal documents, $3,000
  • Weathervane Community Playhouse, to advance the community dialogue about gender identity development in children through a production of “A Kid Like Jake” and a free workshop for education professionals, $2,000 
See a complete history of Gay Community Endowment Fund grants.