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Medina County funds seek grant proposals

Beginning Friday, Feb. 1, the Medina County Community Fund and the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation will accept grant proposals from nonprofit organizations that improve Medina County residents’ quality of life.

      The grant applications will be available online at www.akroncf.org/applyMCCF and www.akroncf.org/applyMCWEF. Applications are due March 1.

      Coinciding with the call for proposals, fund representatives will answer grant-seekers’ questions during an information session on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 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.

In addition to traditional funding this year, both Medina funds will continue to each award a significant impact grant that focuses on the community’s most pressing needs.

The Medina County Community Fund’s impact grant will concentrate on critical housing, transportation and health programs within Medina County. The Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund will allot its impact funding to local programs that empower and enable women or girls under the age of 25.

“We decided to focus this year’s impact grant on our younger female population in an effort to proactively improve our community,” said Ellen Hunter, Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund’s grants committee chair. “We are pleased this impact area ties directly to our signature Seasons of Giving event in June, which addresses women as catalysts and philanthropists in our community during all ‘seasons’ of their lives.”

Last year, both Medina funds awarded a combined $25,000 through impact grants to the Children’s Center of Medina County to help furnish a playroom for family visitation at its new location. In all, the funds’ 2018 grants totaled $47,600 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.

“We’re happy to again expand our efforts to the specific needs of our community for strategic grantmaking,” said Terry Pfleiderer, Medina County Community Fund’s grants committee chair. “We will announce our grantees during our Spring into Summer event in June.”

      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 nearly $900,000 and awarded more than $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 nearly $400,000 and awarded more than $170,000 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 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 Sept. 30, 2018, it is a philanthropic endowment of nearly $224 million with a growing family of more than 630 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 $158 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.