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Civic Affairs Grants

In 2016, $492,000* was awarded to 34 civic programs that provide educational programs to students, offer counseling services to businesses and nonprofits, and beautify the community.

  • Akron Community Service Center and Urban League, to support education, employment and entrepreneurship programs, including job placement and readiness training, $15,000
  • Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs, to provide financial assistance for children and adults with disabilities to attend overnight, day and respite camps, $10,000
  • Akron SCORE, to support counseling and workshops for small-business owners, $7,500
  • Akron-Summit County Public Library, to digitize Akron's African-American newspaper, The Reporter, making issues from 1969 to 2016 available and searchable on the Ohio Memory collaborative digital library, $10,000 
  • Akron Zoo, to support education programs for local youth, $5,000
  • BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence, to support subsidized capacity-building consulting services for four to eight nonprofits in Summit County, $5,000
  • Grant deadline

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

  • CASA Board Volunteer Association, to support volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children in court, $12,500
  • City of Akron, for the 2017 Neighborhood Partnership Program, $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, $5,000
  • Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, for general operating support and a capital campaign for the central Visitor Center, which is situated to serve Cleveland and Akron, $40,000 
  • ConxusNEO (formerly Summit Workforce Solutions), to support year two of TalentNEO, a skills-based hiring initiative that aims to increase career opportunities for job seekers and grow the pool of qualified candidates for local companies, $10,000
  • Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, to operate and maintain vintage railroad equipment, and for the Head End Power System project, which will improve safety and reliability and help prevent the loss of electrical service, $20,000
  • Development Fund of the Western Reserve, to support a community loan fund targeting severely distressed neighborhoods in the City of Akron, offering tax credits and favorable loan terms to businesses in these communities, $10,000
  • Downtown Akron Partnership, for operating support to continue serving as a catalyst for business, residential and social development, along with the development of a plan to help align downtown opportunities, $19,000 
  • Dr. Bob's Home, to support the upkeep of Alcoholics Anonymous founder Dr. Bob's home and the preservation of archives within the home, $2,500
  • East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation, for the Emergency Home Repair Program, which helps low-income homeowners with one-time repairs that maintain a home's stability and safety, like hot water tank replacements, door and toilet repairs, and railings and grab bars, $15,000
  • First Tee of Akron, for an educational, golf-based youth development program for ages 6 through 18 at Akron's Mud Run Golf Course, with programs that teach life skills alongside the game of golf, $5,000
  • The Foundation Center Cleveland, to encourage philanthropy and connect nonprofits to the funding resources they need to be effective, $2,500
  • Fund for Our Economic Future, for the second year of operating support to help transform the Northeast Ohio economy through strategies like job creation, job preparation and access, and fostering a broad entrepreneurial culture, $33,000
  • Habitat for Humanity of Summit County, to support neighborhood revitalization initiatives, including the A Brush With Kindness exterior home repair program, zero percent interest mortgages, and the deconstruction of blighted homes, $10,000
  • Hattie Larlham Foundation, to support activities that encourage employers to hire people with developmental disabilities by addressing barriers to employment, $20,000
  • International Soap Box Derby, for operating support to continue Soap Box Derby races and educational programs like the Gravity Racing Challenge and STEM summer camps, $15,000
  • Keep Akron Beautiful, for the urban beautification program, which adds professionally designed flowerscapes to public flower beds, medians and downtown planters, $10,000
  • Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance, to help revive the commercial, retail and entertainment activities on Kenmore Boulevard through the installation of a marquee at the Rialto Theatre, $15,000
  • Leadership Akron, for the annual orientation retreat for Class 34, in which class members participate in team-building exercises and meet top community leaders, $12,500
  • Neighborhood Network of University Park, to support the 2017 Neighborhood Reborn projects, which work with residents to transform dilapidated neighborhoods in University Park and Middlebury through artistic board-ups, vacant lot cleanups and owner-occupied home improvements, $7,500
  • Oriana House, to support the Summit County Reentry Network, which collaborates with 60 nonprofits and faith-based organizations to help reduce recidivism by focusing on career development, education and long-term employment support for ex-offenders, $15,000
  • Pawsibilities, Humane Society of Greater Akron, for the purchase of an animal transport van outfitted with climate control, fixed cages and storage to provide rescued animals with safe and reliable transportation to and from vet visits, adoption centers and abusive hoarding situations, $15,000
  • Project Ujima, to support moderator training for community discussions where Buchtel cluster residents and stakeholders can address shared concerns and develop action plans, $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
  • Summit Food Coalition, to bring community members and stakeholders together to improve healthful food access for Summit County residents, and to spur economic development though education and advocacy, $25,000
  • The Well Community Development Corporation, to revitalize the former First Presbyterian Church building on East Market Street as a hub for housing, economic and place-making initiatives in the Middlebury neighborhood, $10,000
  • West Hill Neighborhood Organization, for a pick-your-own community orchard on a vacant lot in the West Hill Victorian Village neighborhood in partnership with Hattie Larlham, which will use the orchard for staff training and education, $2,500
  • Women's Network Inc., to support women's leadership and professional development programs, including training in the areas of emotional intelligence, leadership, career development and entrepreneurship, $2,500
  • *Supplemented by donor-advised funding