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Civic Affairs Grants

In 2018, $529,333* was awarded to 40 civic programs that address the workforce skills gap, support economic empowerment initiatives and, neighborhood revitalization programs, among other civic initiatives.

*Supplemented by donor-advised funding

  • Akron Development Corporation, to support the implementation of a joint economic development strategic plan based on recommendations from the Blue Ribbon Task Force, $25,000
  • Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs, to provide camp scholarships for children and adults with disabilities so they can attend overnight, day and respite camps, $8,500
  • Akron SCORE, to support mentoring programs and workshops for small-business owners and entrepreneurs, $10,000
  • Akron Zoo, to support animal education programs in local classrooms, including up-close encounters with live animals, $7,500
  • Grant deadline

    Civic Affairs grant applications open online June 1 and are due by July 1. Preview the application questions.

  • Big Love Network, for the Akron City Repair Project, which empowers local residents to create public spaces that foster civic engagement and a shared neighborhood identity, $7,500
  • BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence, to support consulting services designed to strengthen Summit County nonprofits, including training on board development and succession planning, $5,000
  • CASA Board Volunteer Association, to train community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the Summit County Juvenile Court system, $21,500 
  • City of Akron, for the 2019 Neighborhood Partnership Program, which helps citizens revitalize and reinvent their communities, $55,000
  • Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, for operating support, completion of the new Central Visitor Center, and a diversity and inclusion initiative, $50,000
  • ConxusNEO, to address the workforce skills gap by mobilizing stakeholders and connecting job-seekers with area businesses to build the capacity of the local talent system, $20,000
  • Crown Point Ecology Center, for the First Fruits Initiative, which provides organic food for hunger relief programs in Summit County, as well as camp scholarships and farming internships, $5,000 
  • Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, for operating support, including affordable programming for residents, educational field trips and maintenance of vintage railroad equipment, $31,000
  • Development Fund of the Western Reserve, to support a community loan fund that improves distressed neighborhoods in the City of Akron by offering tax credits and flexible loan terms for revitalization projects within these communities, $10,000 
  • Downtown Akron Partnership, for operating support, including downtown Akron planning efforts, public space enhancements and economic development initiatives, $16,500 
  • Dr. Bob's Home, to support the upkeep of Alcoholics Anonymous founder Dr. Bob's home and to preserve archives within the house, $5,000
  • East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation, to support community-building activities, including mini farmers markets, the East Akron Jubilee, a Labor Day parade, neighborhood meetings and revitalization projects, $15,000 
  • First Tee of Akron, for an educational, golf-based youth development program for kids ages 4 to 18 that teaches life skills alongside the game of golf, $7,500
  • The Foundation Center Cleveland, to help Summit County nonprofits secure funding and increase their sustainability through educational programs and services, $2,500
  • Friends of WKSU, to support the Akron Initiative, a story series about Akron’s transformation that connects citizens to a broader narrative about the city, $7,500 
  • Fund for Our Economic Future, for operating support to help transform the Northeast Ohio economy by fostering a broad entrepreneurial culture and advancing job creation and preparation, $33,333
  • Furnace Street Mission, for counseling, trauma training and support services for Summit County safety forces personnel and their families, $10,000
  • GASP: Guardians Advocating Child Safety and Protection, to support child safety activities, including child identification kits, community outreach programs and educational materials, $6,000 
  • Habitat for Humanity of Summit County, to support neighborhood revitalization initiatives, including exterior home repair programs, interest-free mortgages, and recycling deconstructed home materials, $10,000 
  • Humane Society of Summit County, for animal intake testing, vaccinations and microchipping for Summit County’s rescued cats and dogs, $17,500 
  • International Soap Box Derby, for operating support to continue Soap Box Derby races and educational STEM-based programs like the Gravity Racing Challenge, $25,000
  • Jewish Community Board of Akron, to support programming costs for Forum 360, a community radio and television show, $5,000 
  • Keep Akron Beautiful, to support urban beautification through public landscapes, litter prevention and removal, the Adopt-A-Site program and award recognitions, $10,000 
  • Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance, to develop a retail strategy for Kenmore’s Boulevard District to attract investors and new businesses, $12,500 
  • Leadership Akron, for the Signature Class 36 Opening Retreat and Junior Leadership Akron Philanthropy Day Project, $15,000
  • Let's Grow Akron, to increase access to affordable, healthy food through neighborhood farmers markets, community gardens, urban agricultural workshops, and cooking and food preservation classes, $15,000
  • North Akron Community Development Corporation, for the Wise Neighbor program, which trains residents to recognize the needs of their neighbors and connect them to local services and resources, $5,000 
  • PechaKucha Akron, to support a quarterly speaking series that highlights diverse community perspectives on important civic issues, $3,000
  • Project Ujima, to enhance civic engagement by teaching and facilitating dialogue circles among residents, $5,000
  • Rebuilding Together Northeast Ohio, for safety modifications and home repairs to help low-income, elderly, disabled and veteran homeowners remain in their homes, $15,000
  • South Street Ministries, for operating support to provide community engagement activities in the Summit Lake and South Akron neighborhoods, as well as re-entry resources for formerly incarcerated residents, $15,000
  • Summit Food Coalition, to bring community members and stakeholders together to improve healthy food access for Summit County residents, and to spur economic development by providing resources for emerging farm and food businesses, $25,000 
  • Truly Reaching You Ministries, to support employment training programs for men who are re-entering the community after an extended period of incarceration, $7,500
  • United Way of Summit County, to support the Akron Financial Empowerment Center, which offers financial counseling and tax preparation services to low-income residents at no cost, $15,000
  • The Well Community Development Corporation, for Akron Food Works, a shared-use kitchen and incubator for local food entrepreneurs, $10,000
  • Women's Network Inc., for operating support to provide professional development programs for women and to conduct research on women’s leadership roles in Summit County, $10,000