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Millennium Fund for Children Grants

In 2016, the Millennium Fund for Children awarded grants totaling $41,900 to 32 Greater Akron nonprofit organizations:

Boy in pajamas
A grant to CASA is providing warm winter pajamas for children in foster care.
  • Akron Children’s Museum, to provide free tickets to the museum’s new long-term site for disadvantaged children in Greater Akron, $1,500
  • Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs, to replace the camp’s water trampoline, which improves the balance and muscular strength of children with special needs, $1,000
  • Alchemy Inc., to purchase books, writing journals and backpacks for students in the agency’s storytelling workshops, which aim to enhance the personal development of urban adolescents through the telling, discussion and analysis of mythological stories and fairy tales, $1,500
  • Art Sparks, to expand the Fabulous Fitness dance program to include special needs classrooms in Akron Public Schools, $1,000
  • Battered Women’s Shelter, to provide enrichment opportunities and field trips for children living at the shelter, $1,000
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve, to support art programs for at-risk youth that develop their creativity and keep them engaged in positive activities, $1,000  
  • Bridges Learning Center, to provide science- and engineering-based activities for students with special needs in Akron Public Schools, $400  
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  • Bright Star Books Inc., to provide books to young children who receive services from Summit County WIC clinics, $2,000
  • CASA Board Volunteer Association Inc., to provide warm winter pajamas for abused and neglected children in foster care, $1,500
  • Center for Applied Drama and Autism, to support arts-based social events for children with autism that encourage friendship and self-expression, $1,000
  • Central Summit County Choral Society, to support the Children’s Choir Program, which develops musical literacy in young singers from first through 12th grade, $1,000
  • Christ Child Society of Akron, to provide essential newborn items and child safety literature to mothers of at-risk babies, $1,000
  • City of Akron Police Department, to support the Do the Right Thing Program, which rewards students who are positive role models in their community, $1,000
  • Community Pregnancy Center, to provide formula and baby food for infants in disadvantaged families, $1,000
  • Crown Point Ecology Center, to introduce low-income children to organic farming and gardening through the 2017 Summer Farm & Science Camp, $2,000
  • Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio, to celebrate students’ achievements in the agency’s ballroom dance residency program at the annual Colors of the Rainbow Team Match event, $1,000  
  • Family Promise of Summit County Inc., to ensure the health and wellness of babies in homeless families by providing parent education programs, essential baby supplies, and financial assistance for checkups and vaccinations, $2,000
  • The Illusion Factory, to support children's theater classes at Summit Artspace in downtown Akron, $1,000
  • Kent State University Foundation Inc., to create a collaborative work space at the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center where youth at the correctional facility can learn about coding, audio recording and design while gaining critical problem-solving skills, $2,000  
  • Medina Community Police Activity League, to support after-school field trips that foster positive relationships between police officers and students in Medina County, $1,000
  • Portage-Summit Diaper Bank, to provide diapers to families in need in Summit and Portage counties, $2,000
  • Proyecto Raices, to provide transportation for students in the Proyecto Raices program, which provides a safe space for Hispanic children in Greater Akron to celebrate their culture while engaging in educational and artistic activities, $2,000
  • Rape Crisis Center, for the Heroes 4 Hope program, which helps prevent teen dating violence by educating middle and high school students about healthy relationships, $2,000
  • RePlay for Kids, to support a workshop where families in Summit County can learn how to adapt toys for their children with disabilities, $1,000
  • Residents Improving Goodyear Heights Together, to start a free community book exchange in Goodyear Heights by placing “Little Free Libraries” throughout the neighborhood, $1,500 
  • South Street Ministries, to support an after-school enrichment program for elementary school students in the Summit Lake neighborhood, $2,000 
  • Stow-Munroe Falls City School District, to create a “21st century classroom” where students can move freely and work collaboratively, allowing students with learning disabilities to excel, $1,000
  • Students With A Goal, to support a mentoring program for young adults in the Summit Lake neighborhood that focuses on learning, leadership and life skills, $2,000
  • Victim Assistance Program Inc., for the “Kids Need a Firm Foundation” picnic for children who have witnessed or been victims of violence, $1,000
  • Victory Gallop, to purchase safety helmets for children with special needs in the therapeutic horseback riding program, $500
  • Weathervane Community Playhouse Inc., to provide theater class scholarships to children from low-income families, $1,000
  • Women's Auxiliary Board, Summit County Children Services, to create safer sleeping conditions for kids in the care of children’s services by providing families with beds and cribs, $1,000

See a complete history of Millennium Fund grants.