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Women’s Endowment Fund Grants

In 2016, the Women’s Endowment Fund awarded grants totaling $98,500 to 15 Greater Akron nonprofit organizations:

Girls in the SUN program

A grant to the Kent State University Foundation is training local nonprofits to implement the S.U.N. program, which teaches African-American girls healthy strategies for coping with stress.
  • ACCESS Inc., to renovate and repair the agency’s emergency shelter for homeless women and children, $17,500
  • Akron Children’s Hospital, to reduce the number of sleep-related infant deaths in Summit County by providing portable cribs and safe sleeping educational materials to low-income mothers and caregivers, $2,500
  • Battered Women’s Shelter, to provide protective shelter, food, clothing and counseling for victims of domestic violence, $8,000
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve Inc., to provide summer program scholarships for at-risk girls in Summit County, $4,000 
  • Building for Tomorrow, to support the Reach Opportunity Center, which offers education, training, and family support for single mothers and at-risk residents in the Summit Lake neighborhood, $5,000
  • Grant deadline

    Women's Endowment Fund grant applications open online Oct. 15 and are due by Nov. 15. Preview the application questions.

  • Greenleaf Family Center, for a school-based support group for teen mothers that offers parenting education and peer support, $7,500
  • Kent State University Foundation, to train Akron-area nonprofit organizations to implement the Sisters United Now (S.U.N.) program, which teaches African-American girls healthy strategies for coping with stress and anxiety, $5,000
  • Mustard Seed Development Center, for a financial counseling program that helps Summit County women secure stable housing, improve their credit, and develop a budget, $8,000
  • OPEN M, to help women in poverty become economically self-sufficient through a financial literacy and job mentoring program, $5,000
  • Rape Crisis Center, for the Tina Project, which helps prevent teen dating violence by educating middle and high school students about healthy relationships, $6,000
  • Shelter Care Inc., to teach girls living at the crisis shelter about healthy self-care practices, including personal hygiene, stress management, sexual health and nutrition, $6,000
  • Stewart’s Caring Place, to provide wigs and beauty services for women with cancer to help improve their self-confidence and mental health, $1,500
  • Summa Health System, to reduce the rate of African-American infant deaths in West Akron by helping pregnant women in at-risk neighborhoods get the prenatal care and education they need, $10,000
  • Victim Assistance Program Inc., to provide 24-hour crisis response services for victims of crime and trauma in Summit County, $7,500
  • Women’s Network Inc., for leadership training and mentoring programs for female professionals, $5,000

See a complete history of Women's Endowment Fund grants.