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Medina County funds seek grant proposals

MEDINA, Ohio (Jan. 23, 2018) – Beginning Thursday, Feb. 1, the Medina County Community Fund and the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation will accept grant proposals from Medina County nonprofit organizations that improve residents’ quality of life.

The joint grant application will be available online at www.akroncf.org/applyMCCF and www.akroncf.org/applyMCWEF. Applications must be received by March 1.

Coinciding with the call for proposals, fund representatives will answer grant-seekers’ questions during an information session on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 3 p.m. at the Medina branch of the Medina County District Library, located at 210 S. Broadway St. A representative from Akron Community Foundation will also be available to answer questions about the online application process. Attendance at the information session is not required to receive funding but is strongly encouraged.

Both affiliates of Akron Community Foundation, the funds award grants to nonprofit organizations serving residents of Medina County. The Medina County Community Fund supports programs that improve the lives of all Medina County residents, while the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund specifically focuses on programs that address the needs of local women and children.

This year, the Medina County Community Fund will again concentrate a large portion of its funding on a single grant that will make a significant impact in the community. In 2017, the fund awarded a $15,000 grant to help meet the county’s growing transportation need.

“By giving a larger, more impactful grant, we can move the needle in one specific area,” said Grants Committee Chair Terry Pfleiderer. “This will allow us to really tackle one of our community’s most pressing issues.”

In 2017, the two funds awarded a combined $40,700 to programs that enrich the lives of Medina County residents. Qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are eligible to receive one grant per fund per calendar year.

For more information about applying for a grant, or to RSVP for the information session, contact John Garofalo, Akron Community Foundation’s vice president of community investment, at 330-436-5624 or jgarofalo@akroncf.org.

About the Medina County Community Fund
The Medina County Community Fund, an affiliate fund of Akron Community Foundation, serves as a permanent philanthropic endowment for Medina County. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for Medina County residents, now and in the future. The income from this fund is distributed annually to qualified nonprofit organizations that provide a wide range of cultural, educational, health and community services. To date, the fund has grown to almost $900,000 and awarded nearly $530,000 in grants. For more information, or to contribute to the Medina County Community Fund, visit www.mccfund.org.

About the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund
The Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund, an affiliate of Akron Community Foundation, was established in 1998 to improve the lives of women and children in Medina County. The mission of the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund is to fund organizations and programs in Medina County that support women and children, to serve as a catalyst for needed projects, and to assist women in their growth as philanthropists. The fund encourages the advancement and full participation of women and children in the community and in society. In addition, it supports organizations and programs that create opportunities for the educational, physical, emotional, social, artistic, and personal growth of women and children. Since the fund’s establishment, it has grown to more than $415,000 and awarded nearly $150,000 in grants. For more information, or to contribute to the Medina County Women’s Endowment fund, go to www.medinawomensendowment.org.

About Akron Community Foundation
Celebrating 62 years of building community philanthropy, Akron Community Foundation embraces and enhances the work of charitable people who make a permanent commitment to the good of the community. In 1955, a $1 million bequest from the estate of Edwin Shaw established the community foundation. As of Sept. 30, 2017, it is a philanthropic endowment of nearly $215 million with a growing family of more than 590 funds established by charitable people and organizations from all walks of life. The community foundation and its funds welcome gifts of all kinds, including cash, bequests, stock, real estate, life insurance and retirement assets, just to name a few. To date, the community foundation’s funds have awarded more than $146 million in grants to qualified nonprofit organizations. For more information about Akron Community Foundation or to learn more about creating your own charitable fund, call 330-376-8522 or visit www.akroncf.org.