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Civic Affairs

Civic and economic well-being serves everyone

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Community gardens enhance the well-being of residents throughout Greater Akron.

Akron Community Foundation believes all residents of Summit County can find prosperity and success in the region with the proper mix of money and community involvement.

Since 2000, the community foundation has directed approximately $8.5 million in competitive grants that encourage:

  • Economic development, employment and consumer rights, including support for the Fund for Our Economic Future
  • Law enforcement, crime prevention and safety, including a grant to fund the Summit County reentry coordinator, who helps ex-offenders become productive, law-abiding citizens
  • Urban development, including a grant to the Western Reserve Land Conservancy to create a land bank of vacant and abandoned properties in Akron
  • Energy conservation and environmental protection, including a grant to help Rebuilding Together Northeast Ohio make energy-efficient modifications and repairs to the homes of elderly and low-income residents
  • Community service, civic engagement and neighborhood safety and beautification efforts, like the Neighborhood Partnership Program
  • Parks and recreation, including funding for the new Grizzly Ridge exhibit at the Akron Zoo

Nonprofits interested in applying for a Civic Affairs grant can review deadlines and other important information on our Community Fund Grants page.

Are you a fundholder?

We can keep you up to date on the community’s civic affairs landscape. Or, we can offer funding options in this and other areas of interest. Contact Margaret Medzie for more information.