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Civic Affairs Grants

In 2017, $509,500* was awarded to 36 civic programs that support mentoring programs for small-business owners, spur economic development in downtown Akron, and add vibrancy to local neighborhoods through beautification projects, among other civic initiatives.

Grant deadline

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

*Supplemented by donor-advised funding

  • Akron Community Service Center and Urban League, to support education, employment and entrepreneurship programs, including job placement and work readiness training, $20,000
  • Akron Development Corporation, to support a citywide economic development strategic plan, $25,000
  • Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs, to provide financial assistance for children and adults with disabilities so they can attend overnight, day and respite camps, $12,500
  • Akron SCORE, to support counseling and workshops for small-business owners, $7,500
  • Akron-Summit County Public Library, to purchase furniture and technology for a new “tween space” for youth ages 9 to 12 at the Main Library, $5,000 
  • Akron Zoo, to support animal education programs in local classrooms, including up-close encounters with live animals, $5,000
  • 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, $5,000
  • 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 support volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children in court, $15,000
  • Cascade Locks Park Association, to support the preservation of Akron’s canal heritage and industrial history at Cascade Locks Park and the Mustill Store Museum, $10,000
  • City of Akron, for the 2018 Neighborhood Partnership Program, which helps citizens revitalize and reinvent their communities, $85,000
  • Cleveland International Film Festival, to support film screenings in downtown Akron at the Main Library, Akron Art Museum and the Nightlight Cinema during the annual film festival, $5,500
  • Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, for general operating support and the capital campaign for a new Central Visitor Center, which will serve both Akron and Cleveland, $40,000
  • ConxusNEO, to help meet the demand for skilled workers within targeted industry sectors by aligning workforce education programs throughout the county, $20,000
  • Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, to support the operations and maintenance of vintage railroad equipment, and to restore the restroom sinks in five passenger cars, $20,000
  • 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 to businesses in these communities, $10,000
  • Downtown Akron Partnership, to support downtown planning efforts, including business attraction and economic development initiatives, $15,000
  • 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
  • First Tee of Akron, for an educational, golf-based youth development program for kids ages 6 to 18 that teaches life skills alongside the game of golf, $5,000
  • The Foundation Center Cleveland, to help Summit County nonprofits secure funding and increase their sustainability through educational programs and services, $2,500
  • 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, $33,000
  • Habitat for Humanity of Summit County, to support neighborhood revitalization initiatives, including exterior home repair programs, zero interest mortgages, and the deconstruction of abandoned homes, $10,000
  • Humane Society of Summit County, for animal intake care, vaccination, testing and microchipping of Summit County’s rescued cats and dogs, $15,000
  • International Institute of Akron, to support the Welcoming Akron/Summit County initiative, which will create a one-stop international welcome center to help immigrants and refugees integrate into the community, $15,000
  • International Soap Box Derby, for operating support to continue Soap Box Derby races and educational STEM-based programs like the Gravity Racing Challenge, $15,000
  • Keep Akron Beautiful, to support the urban beautification program, which adds vibrancy to the city of Akron through professionally designed flowerscapes in public spaces, $10,000
  • Leadership Akron, for the annual orientation retreat for Class 35, in which members participate in team-building exercises and meet community leaders, $12,500
  • League of Women Voters of the Akron Area Education Fund, to train government officials, women leaders, and college students to facilitate dialogues about important issues in their community and create collaborative action plans, $5,000
  • NeoStem Ecosystem, to support Rolling Together, an Akron Public Schools program in which students use STEM skills to build and race driverless Soap Box Derby cars for college credit, $7,500
  • PechaKucha Akron, to support a quarterly speaking series that highlights diverse community perspectives on important civic issues, $2,500
  • 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
  • Summit Food Coalition, to improve healthful food access for Summit County residents and provide resources for emerging farm and food businesses, $25,000
  • Summit Metro Parks Foundation, to support the Cultural Resources Program, which helps residents explore park history and archaeology through curated oral histories, historic exhibits and other community engagement initiatives, $5,000
  • Truly Reaching You Ministries, to support employment training programs for men who are re-entering the community after extended periods of incarceration, $7,500
  • The Well Community Development Corporation, to transform Akron’s Middlebury neighborhood through community-building programs and events, $10,000
  • Women's Network Inc., to support professional development programs for women, and to raise awareness about the gender gap in senior leadership positions in Summit County, $3,500