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Medina County funds seek grant proposals

Beginning 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 Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 3 p.m. at 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 areas of critical housing, transportation and/or health programs within Medina County. The Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund will also offer an impact grant of up to $10,000 to a nonprofit organization that improves the educational, physical, emotional, social, artistic, and/or personal growth of women and children in Medina County.

Last year, the two funds awarded a combined $56,535 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. Both funds will announce their grantees 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.