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Issue-Specific Grants

In addition to our quarterly Community Fund grants, Akron Community Foundation offers these issue-specific grant opportunities:

The Gay Community Endowment Fund serves as a catalyst for the full participation of LGBT people in our community and in society. Its grants support programs that positively impact lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and greater Akron as a whole. Areas of focus include LGBT youth programs, the arts, health and wellness, and other programs that advance the fund’s mission. To learn more, contact John Garofalo, vice president of community investment. 

Apply online or preview the application questions.

The mission of the Medina County Community Fund is to improve the quality of life in Medina County, now and forever. It supports a wide range of cultural, educational, health and community services throughout the county. To learn more, contact the fund’s executive director, Tim Hagerty, at 330-723-9039 or visit www.mccfund.org

Apply online or preview the application questions.

The mission of the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund is to improve the quality of life for the county’s women and children. It also serves as a catalyst for needed projects and assists women in their growth as philanthropists. It funds programs that help women and children grow mentally, physically, emotionally, socially, artistically and personally. To learn more, contact John Garofalo, vice president of community investment. 

Apply online or preview the application questions.

A partnership of Akron Community Foundation and the Akron Beacon Journal, the Millennium Fund for Children supports arts, civic, education, and health and human services projects for children living in the Beacon Journal’s circulation area. It makes grants where even a small amount can make a big difference. To learn more, contact John Garofalo, vice president of community investment. 

Apply online or preview the application questions.

A partnership of the City of Akron and Akron Community Foundation, the Neighborhood Partnership Program helps neighborhood organizations revitalize communities throughout Akron. Funding helps clean up vacant lots, beautify neighborhoods, conduct block watches, hold meetings and celebrations for residents of all ages, and provide tutoring and after-school programs for children. Recipient organizations must have funding or in-kind support equal to the amount of their request. 

Application and details are available from the City of Akron Department of Planning and Urban Development at 330-375-2090. 

Organizations that have received funding through Akron Community Foundation's Community Fund are not eligible for funding through the Neighborhood Partnership Program.
The Vernon L. Odom Fund makes small grants to innovative programs that promote ethnic and racial harmony in greater Akron and improve the quality of life within its minority communities. The fund is named for former Akron Urban League President Vernon L. Odom Sr. To learn more, contact John Garofalo, vice president of community investment. 

The Women’s Endowment Fund encourages the advancement of Summit County women and girls and their growth as philanthropists. Its current funding priorities are health and wellness, safety from violence, and economic empowerment for local women and girls. To learn more, contact John Garofalo, vice president of community investment.