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Civic Affairs Grant History

Since 2000, Akron Community Foundation has invested approximately $7.4 million in competitive grants to civic programs all over Greater Akron to enrich our collective quality of life.

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

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.

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 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
  • 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

2015 Grants

In 2015, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $500,000* to 32 nonprofit organizations.

A grant to Keep Akron Beautiful for the 2015-16 urban beautification program helped beautify downtown.
  • Akron Community Service Center & Urban League, for operating support to sustain the agency’s programs and services to minorities in Summit County, $12,500
  • Akron Digital Media Center, to give local citizens access to free journalism workshops, equipment, and computer labs for sharing local news and information, $25,000
  • Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs Inc., to help children and adults with disabilities attend summer camps and respite weekend camps, $17,500
  • Akron SCORE, to support counseling and workshops for small-business owners, $7,500
  • Akron Zoological Park, for the ZooMobile, a science-based education program for first- and fifth-graders in Akron Public Schools, $6,000
  • BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence, to provide subsidized capacity-building consultation services for nonprofits in Summit County, $5,000
  • CASA Board Volunteer Association, to train and support community volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children in court, $13,500
  • City of Akron, for the 2015 Neighborhood Partnership program, which helps residents revitalize and celebrate their community through beautification efforts, festivals, safety programs and more, $85,000
  • Cleveland International Film Festival, to bring the 2015 Film Festival to Akron with screenings at the Akron Art Museum, Akron-Summit County Public Library, and the Nightlight Cinema, $5,000 
  • Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, for general operating support, and for the capital campaign to build a full-service, centrally located visitor center in the park, $41,500
  • Crown Point Ecology Center, for general operating support, including sustainable land use initiatives, hunger abatement, and youth and adult education programs, $10,000
  • Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, for general operating support, and for fleet appearance enhancements for aging locomotives and passenger cars, $15,000
  • Downtown Akron Partnership, for general operating support to beautify, recruit and retain business, and to support activities and events in downtown Akron, $10,000
  • Dr. Bob’s Home, for renovation and restoration projects at the National Historic Landmark home of Dr. Robert Smith, the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, $7,500
  • East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation, to protect the home, health and safety of low-income homeowners and homeowners with disabilities through one-time emergency home repairs, $15,000
  • The Foundation Center Cleveland, to encourage philanthropy and connect nonprofits to the resources they need to be effective, $2,500
  • Friends of Historic Glendale Cemetery, to restore the bell tower, which was built in 1883 to complement the Civil War Memorial Chapel in Glendale Cemetery and is on the National Register of Historic Places, $25,000
  • Fund for our Economic Future, to continue Phase 4 of strengthening Northeast Ohio’s economic competitiveness, $34,000
  • Habitat for Humanity of Summit County, for neighborhood revitalization initiatives, including home construction and deconstruction, homeowner education, and home repair for low-income families, $10,000
  • Humane Society of Greater Akron, to upgrade and repair kennels for abused, abandoned and neglected animals, $10,000
  • International Soap Box Derby, for the STEM Education Program, which uses hands-on activities like the Gravity Racing Challenge to engage young people in science, technology, engineering and math, $30,000
  • Keep Akron Beautiful, for the 2015-16 urban beautification program, which adds professionally designed flowerscapes to public flower beds, medians and downtown planters, $10,000
  • Leadership Akron, for the annual orientation retreat for Class 33, which introduces class members to top community leaders, $12,500
  • Neighborhood Network of University Park, for the monthly Coffee with C.O.P.S. program, which fosters community-driven problem solving through conversations between residents and law enforcement officers, and for the Artistic Board Up program, which turns vacant properties into artistic neighborhood assets, $7,500
  • Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition, to support the iTowpath Trail and Community Connectivity Project, which improves navigation and provides safe connections to area attractions and neighborhoods, $10,000
  • Oriana House, to support the Summit County Reentry Network, which reduces recidivism and assists with family reunification, $20,000
  • Partnership for the Minority Business Accelerator, to provide intensive mentoring and training to minority business owners, $10,000
  • Project Ujima, to facilitate community meetings where Buchtel cluster residents and stakeholders can address shared concerns and develop action plans, $5,000
  • Rebuilding Together Greater Cuyahoga Valley, for safety modifications and home repairs for low-income, elderly and veteran homeowners, as well as those with disabilities, $15,000
  • Summit Workforce Solutions, for year one of TalentNEO, a pilot skills-based hiring program that aims to increase career opportunities for job seekers and grow the pool of qualified candidates for local companies, $10,000
  • Western Reserve Land Conservancy, to create and install a public art project along Haley’s Run Trail in celebration of its five-year anniversary, $5,000
  • Women’s Network, for professional development programs to train women in leadership and career development, emotional intelligence, and entrepreneurship, $7,500

*Supplemented by donor-advised funding

2014 Grants

In 2014, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $460,000 to 25 nonprofit organizations.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

  • City of Akron, for the 2015 Neighborhood Partnership program, which helps residents revitalize and celebrate their community through beautification efforts, festivals, safety programs and more, $85,000
  • Cleveland International Film Festival, to bring the 2015 Film Festival to Akron with screenings at the Akron Art Museum, Akron-Summit County Public Library and the Nightlight, $5,000
  • Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, for general operating support, including operating the education center and implementing programming for visitors and volunteers, $30,000
  • Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, for general operating support and for the capital campaign to retrofit a locomotive with eco-friendly technology, $15,000
  • Downtown Akron Partnership, for general operating support to beautify, recruit and retain business, and to support activities and events in downtown Akron, $10,000
  • East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation, to protect the home, health and safety of low-income homeowners and homeowners with disabilities through one-time emergency home repairs and for the East Akron Neighborhood Revitalization plan, which will provide guidance on land-use including new construction and rehabilitation of homes in the geographic service area, $30,000
  • The Foundation Center Cleveland, to encourage philanthropy and connect nonprofits to the resources they need to be effective, $2,500
  • Fund for Our Economic Future, for Phase 4 of strengthening Northeast Ohio’s economic competitiveness, $33,000
  • Habitat for Humanity of Summit County, for neighborhood revitalization initiatives, including home construction and deconstruction, homeowner education, and home repair for low-income families, $10,000
  • Humane Society of Greater Akron, to rescue and heal abused, abandoned, and neglected companion animals and severely sick and injured strays and place them in permanent homes, $7,500
  • International Soapbox Derby, to support the All-American Soap Box Derby and the Gravity Racing Challenge, which uses hands-on activities to engage young people in science, technology, engineering and math, $20,000 
  • Jewish Community Center of Akron, for the Make A Splash Campaign to raise $1.75 million for structural improvements to the pool, roof and other pool facilities, $20,000
  • Keep Akron Beautiful, for the 2014-15 urban beautification program, which adds professionally designed flowerscapes to public flower beds, medians and downtown planters, $10,000
  • Leadership Akron, for the annual orientation retreat for Class 32, which introduces class members to top community leaders, $12,500
  • Oriana House, to support the Summit County Reentry Network, which reduces recidivism and assists with family reunification, $20,000
  • Partnership for the Minority Business Accelerator, to provide intensive mentoring and training to minority business owners, $20,000
  • Project Ujima, to facilitate community meetings where Buchtel cluster residents and stakeholders can address shared concerns and develop action plans, $12,000
  • Rebuilding Together Greater Cuyahoga Valley, for safety modifications and home repairs for low-income, elderly, and veteran homeowners, as well as those with disabilities, $15,000
  • Ronald McDonald House of Akron, for the building campaign to expand the house from 20 rooms to 60, $5,000

2013 Grants

In 2013, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling nearly $450,000 to 27 nonprofit organizations:


A grant to the Cleveland Restoration Society helpedlow-income homeowners make energy-efficient upgradesto their older homes.
  • Akron Digital Media Center Designated Fund of Akron Community Foundation, to train citizen journalists to share news and information from and about their neighborhoods, $30,000
  • Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation, to support the 2014 Gay Games, a sports and culture festival that emphasizes inclusion, which is expected to draw more than 33,000 visitors to Northeast Ohio and generate approximately $57 million in economic impact, $35,000
  • Akron Community Service Center & Urban League, for operating support to sustain the agency’s programs and services to minorities in Summit County, $20,000
  • Akron Community Service Center & Urban League Partnership for the Minority Business Accelerator, to provide intensive mentoring and training to minority business owners, $20,000
  • Akron Inner City Soccer Club, for free after-school soccer programs throughout the year and seasonal youth soccer camps, $5,000
  • Akron Regional Development Board Educational Fund, for the HYPE Summit, a conference designed by and for young professionals to attract and engage a new generation of leaders in Greater Akron, $2,500
  • Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs Inc., to  construct a new, handicap-accessible recreation and resource center, including a medical facility for campers, $20,000
  • CASA Board Volunteer Association Inc., to recruit and train volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in juvenile court, $10,000
  • City of Akron, for the 2014 Neighborhood Partnership Program, which helps residents revitalize and celebrate their community through beautification efforts, festivals, safety programs and more, $80,000
  • Cleveland International Film Festival, to bring the 2014 Film Festival to Akron for a third time with screenings at the Akron Art Museum and the Akron-Summit County Public Library, $5,000
  • Cleveland Restoration Society Inc., for the Akron Heritage Home Program, which provides low-interest loans to help low- and moderate-income homeowners make energy-efficient upgrades to their older homes, $7,500
  • Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, for general operating support to implement strategic programming for adults, families and volunteers, $20,000
  • Crown Point Ecology Center, for the Watershed Improvement Project, which helps sustain and grow Crown Point’s programs by improving access to water, reducing soil erosion and expanding growing capacity to include year-round food production, $10,000
  • Cuyahoga Valley Preservation and Scenic Railway Association, for alternative transportation, as well as educational and recreational rail trips through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the Ohio & Erie Canalway, $10,000
  • Downtown Akron Partnership, to beautify, recruit and retain business, and support activities and events in downtown Akron, $10,000
  • East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation, to protect the home, health and safety of low-income homeowners and homeowners with disabilities through one-time emergency home repairs, $15,000
  • The Foundation Center Cleveland, to encourage philanthropy and connect nonprofits to the resources they need to be effective, $2,500
  • Friends of Metro Parks, to provide overnight camping experiences to urban children within the Summit County Metro Parks, $10,000
  • Fund For Our Economic Future, to continue Phase 4 of strengthening Northeast Ohio’s economic competitiveness, $33,000
  • Habitat for Humanity of Summit County, for neighborhood revitalization initiatives, including home construction, homeowner education and home repair for low-income families, $10,000
  • International Soap Box Derby, to support the All-American Soap Box Derby and the Gravity Racing Challenge, which uses hands-on activities to engage young people in science, technology, engineering and math, $15,000
  • Keep Akron Beautiful, for the 2013-2014 urban beautification program, which adds vibrancy to the city of Akron through professionally designed flowerscapes in public flower beds, medians and downtown planters, $10,000 
  • Leadership Akron, for the 30th annual orientation retreat, which introduces class members to top community leaders, $12,500
  • Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition, to create the Summit County Trails Virtual Visitors Center, a comprehensive online resource about hiking and bicycling trails in Summit County, $10,000
  • PAWSibilities, Humane Society of Greater Akron, to provide medical treatment, rehabilitative services, and daily care for abused or abandoned companion animals and injured strays throughout Summit County, $7,500
  • Oriana House Inc., to reduce recidivism by hiring a full-time re-entry liaison who will connect inmates to community resources before they are released into Summit County, $20,000
  • Western Reserve Land Conservancy, for a city-wide survey and comprehensive inventory of residential structures to help city officials identify where demolition will have the greatest ability to reduce crime and restore property values, $15,000

2012 Grants

In 2012, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $549,000 to 30 nonprofit organizations:

 
A grant to Friends of Metro Parks supported the Outside is In program, which introduces urban children to nature in our local parks.

2011 Grants

In 2011, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $442,500 to 31 nonprofit organizations:


A grant to the Akron Marathon helped celebrate its 10th anniversary by improving the course, enhancing signage and recruiting additional participants.

2010 Grants

In 2010, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $400,000 to 30 nonprofit organizations:


A grant to Akron Rotary Camp supported the camp's critical programming for children with disabilities and their families.

2009 Grants

In 2009, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $452,500 to 28 nonprofit organizations:

2008 Grants

In 2008, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $416,020 to 23 nonprofit organizations:


A grant to Downtown Akron Partnership supported the First Night New Year's Eve celebration.

2007 Grants

In 2007, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $522,464 to 27 nonprofit organizations:

2006 Grants

In 2006, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $406,630 to 23 nonprofit organizations:

2005 Grants

In 2005, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $346,833 to 22 nonprofit organizations:

2004 Grants

In 2004, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $296,781 to 16 nonprofit organizations:

2003 Grants

In 2003, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $274,683 to 16 nonprofit organizations:

2002 Grants

In 2002, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $284,000 to 16 nonprofit organizations:

2001 Grants

In 2001, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $227,116 to 16 nonprofit organizations:

2000 Grants

In 2000, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $377,250 to 14 nonprofit organizations: