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Capital Grants

In 2018, Akron Community Foundation awarded $250,000 to 27 organizations in need of capital improvements. From major renovations to the Akron Civic Theatre to building a training facility for commercial driver's license seekers at Stark State, these grants will provide brick-and-mortar upgrades so our area's nonprofits can continue providing quality services to their clients.

Akron Civic Theatre, to support the capital campaign to renovate the theater and create an additional performance venue, $25,000 

Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation, for a permanent office facility and warehouse, $7,600

Akron SCORE, to purchase new conference room equipment and computers, $3,600 

Asian Services in Action, to renovate a new community room that will host language and citizenship classes and other large group gatherings, $20,000 

The Blick Center, to improve accessibility to the building by widening and automating the doors in the main entryway and restroom, $5,000 

Bounce Innovation Hub, to support first-floor renovations for The Generator, a public innovation hub that will feature coworking space, a makerspace and the University of Akron’s eSports lab, $15,000 

Broken Chains Jail & Prison Ministry, to purchase kitchen equipment for the Urbean Café, a workforce development program for formerly incarcerated residents, $5,000 

CASA Board Volunteer Association, to create a respite space for child advocate volunteers, $5,500 

Crown Point Ecology Center, to support greenhouse renovations and the creation of a new honey extraction facility for local beekeepers, $5,000 

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, to convert a train car into an “Edu-Trainment Car” that will host interactive exhibits, hands-on activities and educational programs for area children, $10,000 

East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation, to construct a new storage facility, $10,000 

Easter Seals of Northeast Ohio, to purchase an adaptive vehicle to transport clients to the Adult Day Center and to create a sensory room for adults with disabilities, $5,000 

Family Promise of Summit County, to secure a new transitional housing building for families facing homelessness, $10,000 

Freedom House for Women, for external building improvements to the New Journey Recovery Housing for women, $6,200 

Good Neighbors, for internal building improvements, including new refrigeration equipment and energy-efficient lights for the food pantry, $4,600 

Habitat for Humanity of Summit County, for improvements to the Romig Road campus, including loading dock repairs and parking lot resurfacing, $10,000

H.M. Life Opportunity Services, for roof replacements at two supportive housing locations, $10,000 

Legacy III, to renovate the agency’s new administrative building, including electrical and plumbing upgrades and roof repairs, $10,000 

OPEN M, for food pantry improvements, including energy-efficient lighting and new doors and flooring for the walk-in freezer and cooler, $5,000 

Portage Path Behavioral Health, for repairs to the Akron outpatient clinic, including masonry work, weather sealing and painting, $5,000 

Stark State College, for the construction of a commercial driver’s license training facility, $20,000 

Summit County Historical Society, to improve accessibility at the John Brown House for people with disabilities, $10,000 

Summit Metro Parks Foundation, to convert a historic barn into a welcome center at the new Valley View park, $10,000  

Truly Reaching You, to renovate the agency’s new employment training facility on East South Street, $12,500 

VANTAGE Aging, for capital improvements to the behavioral health center on Romig Road, $10,000 

Victim Assistance Program, for construction and relocation costs to combine the agency’s service providers and administrative staff under one roof, $7,500 

Weathervane Community Playhouse, to replace wireless microphones for theatrical productions, $2,500