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Bath Community Fund seeks grant proposals

BATH TWP., Ohio (Aug. 27, 2018) – Beginning Sept. 1, Bath Community Fund of Akron Community Foundation will accept grant proposals for programs that enrich the Bath community and improve residents’ quality of life. 

Grant applications will be considered for programs that preserve Bath’s historical and environmental legacy, enhance the local arts and culture landscape, serve youth through education and recreation, and meet residents’ social service needs. Approximately $20,000 will be available for grantmaking.

The fund, which was created in 2014 by a group of committed Bath residents, is a permanent endowment dedicated to strengthening the Bath community for current and future generations by providing leadership, fostering collaboration, and creating a legacy of charitable giving. 

Last year, in its second grant cycle, the fund awarded $14,135 to eight area nonprofit organizations, bringing its cumulative grantmaking total to nearly $30,000. Recent grants have made a telescope at the Bath Nature Preserve Observatory accessible to people with disabilities, supported an oral health education program for third-graders at Hillcrest Elementary School, and resurfaced walking paths at Hale Farm & Village, among other projects.

“This year’s grant awards will once again be determined by how closely the projects align with BCF’s goals, objectives and mission,” said Jen Hardin, BCF Grants Committee member. 

Detailed information about the fund’s grantmaking priorities and a complete list of prior grants can be found at www.BathCommunityFund.org. Qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations may apply online beginning Saturday, Sept. 1, through Monday, Oct. 1. A link to the application is available at www.akroncf.org/ApplyBCF

A five-person committee of BCF advisory board members, donors and community leaders will review the requests and make determinations. Grant decisions will be announced in December.

Questions about the application process should be directed to John Garofalo, vice president of community investment, at 330-436-5624 or jgarofalo@akroncf.org.    

About Bath Community Fund    
Established in 2014 by a group of committed Bath residents, Bath Community Fund is a permanent endowment dedicated to strengthening the Bath community for current and future generations by providing leadership, fostering collaboration and creating a legacy of charitable giving. The fund is committed to responding to community needs, helping the less fortunate, supporting local nonprofits, and reinforcing and preserving Bath’s historical and environmental legacy. Since its inception, the fund has raised more than $700,000 while reinvesting $28,635 into the Bath community. The fund is currently embarking on the “For Bath, Forever” endowment campaign to raise $2.018 million by the end of Bath’s bicentennial year in 2018. For more information, visit www.BathCommunityFund.org or contact Jody Miller Konstand, advisory board chair, at 330-618-4477 or jmkmedia@msn.com.

About Akron Community Foundation
Celebrating 63 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 March 31, 2018, it is a philanthropic endowment of nearly $220 million with a growing family of more than 610 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 nearly $153 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.