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Neighborhood Partnership Program Grant History

Since its founding in 1999, the Neighborhood Partnership Program has approved more than $3.7 million in grants to improve the community.

Nonprofits interested in applying for a grant from the Neighborhood Partnership Program can find more information on our Issue-Specific Grants page.

Neighborhood Partnership Program Grants

In 2016, the City of Akron, with support from Akron Community Foundation, awarded matching grants totaling $206,751 to the following 49 projects that help strengthen neighborhoods all over Akron:

A grant to the Akron Urban League is supporting the Elegant Evenings dinner-dance for senior citizens.

Beautification

  • City Sprouts, for a youth gardening project and healthy living program in Mason Park for children ages 7-12, $7,500
  • East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation, to repurpose a vacant lot at Minson Plaza, $7,500
  • Ellet Women's Club, to maintain hanging flower baskets, and for the Community Sign Project, $5,000
  • Island Community Gardens, for the Island Community Gardens on Kling Street, offering garden plots, a picnic area and a bonfire pit, $1,546
  • JoAnna House II, to support the transformation of empty lots in South Akron into flowered parks, $1,000
  • Let's Grow Akron Inc., to support children’s community gardens in the Summit Lake and Lane Field neighborhoods, and to teach inner-city residents how to prepare healthy meals, $7,500
  • West Hill Neighborhood Organization, for a new community orchard and two sculpture parks at Glendale and South Maple, $3,000, and a community garden and pocket park project, $2,000

Community-Building

Festivals and Events

  • Akron African-American Cultural Association, for the 36th annual African-American Cultural Festival at Lock 3, which showcases local performers and highlights community resources by offering free health screenings and employment support, $7,100

Youth

  • Adventure Camp, for a youth engagement program in West Akron that offers educational field trips, $2,850
  • AMHA Joy Park Homes Resident Association, for the R Rules program, a life skills/financial literacy program for youth in Joy Park Homes, $2,050
  • Anne Case Elementary School Parent Teacher Association, to provide after-school programs for students in kindergarten through fifth grade, including special needs children, $2,000
  • College for Kids, to introduce inner-city youth in fourth through sixth grades to career curriculum and professionals from diverse fields, $5,750
  • He Brought Us Out Ministry, for tutoring and the Building Blocks Enrichment Program, which provides after-school and summer activities focusing on education, character and leadership development, $7,500
  • International Soap Box Derby, for a STEM educational summer program in which underserved children ages 9-12 learn to design and build a mini Soap Box Derby car, $7,500
  • Kenmore Historical Society, for Kenmore History coloring books and an interactive history trunk, $1,135
  • Kidstage Peer Workshop Mentorship, to equip young people in South Akron with problem-solving and conflict-resolution skills using theater, $4,000
  • Leggett CLC, for awards, incentives and programs to improve academics and attendance, including new bicycles for perfect attendance, $3,500
  • Ms. Julie’s Kitchen, for an Edible Walk-Thru, offering young people access and education to fresh, healthy, locally grown food, $3,000
  • Project GRAD Akron, to support the sixth annual Expo for Success academic enrichment program, which strengthens connections between home and school, as well as the 12th annual Snacks and Educational Fun with Santa events, $7,500
  • Tutoring Nurtures Talent Inc., to provide free tutoring services in math, reading and computer literacy to students from economically challenged families, $3,000
  • University Park YMCA, for the “Make a Splash” water safety program for minority youth, $3,500
  • Woodland United Methodist Church, for the iStrive Outreach Project, which provides after-school tutoring and enrichment activities for underserved youth in the Zahn Drive neighborhood, $5,000

2015 Grants

In 2015, the Neighborhood Partnership Program awarded grants totaling $214,680 to 54 community projects:


A grant to the Kenmore Board of Trade supported holiday and community events throughout the neighborhood.

Beautification

  • Centenary United Methodist Church, for Operation Springboard, a beautification project for inner-city vacant homes and land, $1,000
  • East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation, to repurpose a vacant lot as an access trail to Homestead Park, $3,325
  • Ellet Women's Club, to maintain the hanging flower baskets on Canton Road, and for a community bulletin board on East Market Street, $7,500
  • The First Tee of Akron, for maintenance of the Mud Run Golf Course and facility, and to provide children with opportunities to golf, $7,500
  • LINKS Community & Family Services, to beautify the planters along Upson Street, $1,070

Community-Building

  • Blessed Trinity Parish, for a fellowship program that offers entertainment, lunch and aging education to senior citizens in North Hill, $5,000
  • City of Akron PeaceMakers, for an anti-crime and youth civic program that teaches youth about local government, community organizations and law enforcement, $7,500
  • East Akron Area YMCA, for scholarships to attend the Neighborhood Leadership Institute of Summit County leadership development program, $7,500
  • Fathers and Sons of Northeast Ohio, for fatherhood education classes in Kenmore that encourage men to play an active role in their children’s lives, $1,000
  • Heart 4 the City, for a community lunch and food pantry, $2,000
  • North Hill Community Leaders, for a neighborhood website and signage around the community in several languages, $2,500
  • Project Ujima, for community programs and services in the Buchtel neighborhood, $5,000
  • Residents Improving Goodyear Heights Together (RIGHT), for community-building events and a bi-monthly community newsletter, $7,500
  • Williams Challenge, for the Man2Man Fatherhood Initiative, which helps at-risk men become a positive influence in their children’s lives, $5,000

Community Gardens

Festivals and Events

  • Akron African-American Cultural Association, for the annual African-American Cultural Festival at Lock 3, which showcases local performers and highlights community resources by offering free health screenings and employment support, $7,000
  • Akron Community Service Center and the Akron Urban League, for Elegant Evenings, a dinner-dance for senior citizens that fosters healthy social interactions between seniors and youth volunteers, $2,000
  • Canal Park Condominium Owners Association, for a community picnic that builds positive relationships among neighbors in this inner-city development, $750
  • Caring and Miracles Ministry, for a community outreach parade and festival in West Akron, $2,500
  • DeBord's 20th Annual Community Halloween Party, for a family-friendly community Halloween party, $3,000
  • East Akron Unity Inc., for Jam Fest, a free community music festival that promotes unity, wellness and pride among residents, $2,000
  • East Akron Unity Inc., for a Labor Day festival, $2,500
  • Firestone Park Citizens Council, for the Firestone Park summer celebration and parade, $1,000
  • Greater Akron Laos Association, for two Laotian community events in South Akron that foster cultural pride, $1,000
  • Greater Bethel Community Development Center, for a community jubilee celebration in East Akron that promotes unity among neighbors and builds awareness of local health and education resources, $6,000
  • Greater Bethel Community Development Center, for a community celebration honoring community activists, $6,000
  • Heart to Heart Family Support Center, for the National Night Out Against Crime event in the Rosemary/Arlington neighborhood of East Akron, $2,000
  • Hereford/Highland Area Block Watch, for a newsletter and community-building events in the Highland Square neighborhood, $4,000
  • Highland Square Neighborhood Association, for the 2015 Porch Rokr Festival, a one-day music and arts festival that showcases local musicians and builds relationships among neighbors in Highland Square, $7,500
  • JoAnna House II, for a Founder's Day celebration in South Akron, $1,500
  • Kenmore Board of Trade, for community, holiday and seasonal events, $5,000
  • Kenmore Community Council Inc., for the 24th Annual Kenmore Community Days Festival, $5,000
  • Mountain of the Lord Fellowship, for the National Night Out Against Crime event in West Akron, $2,000
  • North Hill Community House, for the National Night Out Against Crime event in North Hill, $2,000
  • PathFinders, for the Community Awareness Summer Faire, which provides residents with educational, career and health information, $1,000
  • The Salvation Army, for a neighborhood block party in West Hill, $3,000
  • West Akron Community Organization, for the West Akron Community Day Parade and Festival, $3,000

Youth 

  • Case Elementary School Parent Teacher Association, to provide after-school programs for students in kindergarten through fifth grade, including special needs children, $2,000
  • Charisma Community Connection, for the Midnight Basketball program, which teaches young males the importance of health, parenting, job readiness, and drug and alcohol abuse prevention, $7,500
  • College for Kids, to introduce inner-city youth in fourth through sixth grades to career curriculum and professionals from diverse fields, $6,000
  • First Grace United Church of Christ, for a youth reading program, $3,500
  • He Brought Us Out Ministry, for the Building Blocks Enrichment Program, which provides after-school and summer activities focusing on education, character and leadership development, $7,500
  • Koinonia Education and Family Resource Center, for two six-week reading skills sessions for third-graders, $3,000
  • LINKS Community & Family Services, for the Boys & Girls Afterschool Academy, which provides tutoring and family support services to at-risk students at Robinson, Mason and Leggett community learning centers, $2,000
  • Perfecting Saints Heart to Heart Ministries, for the Akron City Youth Council, which will plan, develop and implement two positive citywide events, $2,000
  • Project GRAD Akron, to support the 2015 Expo for Success academic enrichment program, which strengthens connections between home and school, $6,750
  • South Street Ministries Inc., for an education and recreation program for Summit Lake youth that includes tutoring, gardening and bike-riding, $6,000
  • University Park YMCA, for a teen leadership program for students in grades 6-12, and for “Make a Splash,” a water safety program for minority youth, $8,000
  • Woodland United Methodist Church, for the iStrive Outreach Project, which provides after-school tutoring and enrichment activities for underserved youth in the Zahn Drive neighborhood, $6,440
  • ZM Family and Life Services Center, for The Tutoring Project, which provides academic support for North Akron students in kindergarten through 12th grade, $1,175

2014 Grants

In 2014, the Neighborhood Partnership Program awarded grants totaling $226,250 to 55 community projects:


A grant to Let's Grow Akron supported children's community gardens.

Beautification

  • Centenary United Methodist Church, for Operation Springboard, a beautification project for inner-city vacant homes and land, $1,550
  • Ellet Women’s Club, to maintain the hanging flower baskets on Canton Road, and for a community bulletin board on East Market Street, $7,500
  • Upson/Jewett Neighborhood Watch, for a beautification project that brings senior citizens and at-risk youth together to design and maintain flower planters on Upson Street, $4,000

Community Gardens

  • Brookshire Garden Group, for a community garden that revitalizes a once-vacant lot in West Akron, $2,000
  • East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation, to create a “pocket park” that revitalizes the vacant lot at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Hart Street, $3,500
  • East South Street Neighborhood Watch/Akron Bible Church, for the Island Community Gardens in South Akron, $1,500
  • Firestone Park Home & Garden Club, to plant and maintain the Firestone Park Peace Garden and for a Garden Club newsletter, $500
  • Glendale Community Garden, to revitalize the historic Glendale Steps and to create a rain garden demonstration site at the Glendale/Maple Street Triangle, $3,800
  • Habitat for Humanity of Summit County, to support a handicapped-accessible community garden in South Akron where the agency’s partner families can grow their own food, $1,200
  • Let’s Grow Akron, to support children’s community gardens in the Summit Lake and Lane Field neighborhoods, and to teach inner-city residents how to prepare healthy meals, $7,500
  • NEOhaus Institute, for the Mason Park and Adolph Street community gardens, and for a “farm-to-school” program at Mason Community Learning Center, $5,000

Community-Building

Festivals and Events

  • Akron African-American Cultural Association, for the annual African-American Cultural Festival at Lock 3, which showcases local performers and highlights community resources by offering free health screenings and employment support, $7,500
  • Akron Community Service Center and the Akron Urban League, for Elegant Evenings, a dinner-dance for senior citizens that fosters healthy social interactions between seniors and youth volunteers, $2,000
  • Blessed Trinity Parish, for a fellowship program that offers entertainment, lunch, and aging education to senior citizens in North Hill, $5,000
  • Canal Park Condominium Owners Association, for a community picnic that builds positive relationships among neighbors in this inner-city development, $500
  • Charisma Community Connection, for the sixth annual Fathers Walk, in which fathers all over Summit County show their support for their children’s education by walking them to school, $2,500
  • DeBord's 19th Annual Community Halloween Party, for a family-friendly community Halloween party in Kenmore, $3,000
  • East Akron Unity Inc., for Jam Fest, a free community music festival that promotes unity, wellness and pride among residents near David Hill Community Learning Center, $2,000
  • Greater Akron Laos Association, for two Laotian community events in South Akron that foster cultural pride, $1,000
  • Greater Bethel Community Development Center, for the “Past Unforgotten V” black history celebration in East Akron, $6,000
  • Greater Bethel Community Development Center, for a community jubilee celebration in East Akron that promotes unity among neighbors and builds awareness of local health and education resources, $6,000
  • Heart to Heart Family Support Center, for the National Night Out Against Crime event in the Rosemary/Arlington neighborhood of East Akron, $2,000
  • Hereford/Highland Area Block Watch, for a newsletter and community-building events in the Highland Square neighborhood, $4,000
  • Highland Square Neighborhood Association, for the 2014 Porch Rokr Festival, a one-day music and arts festival that showcases local musicians and builds relationships among neighbors in Highland Square, $7,500
  • Kenmore Board of Trade, for holiday and seasonal events that instill community pride in Kenmore residents, $5,000
  • Kenmore Community Council, Inc., for the annual Kenmore Community Days Festival, $5,000
  • Mountain of the Lord Fellowship, for the National Night Out Against Crime event in West Akron, $2,000
  • North Hill Community House, for the National Night Out Against Crime event in North Hill, $2,000
  • Truly Reaching You Ministries, for the National Night Out Against Crime event in Highland Square, $2,000
  • West Akron Community Organization, for the West Akron Community Day Festival and parade, $4,000

Youth 

  • Alchemy, Inc., for a mentoring program that uses myths, writing and music to engage urban adolescent males at Innes, Litchfield and Buchtel community learning centers, $7,500
  • Baldwin Wallace University, to support a music literacy camp for elementary school students in the Buchtel cluster, $4,700
  • Christian Fellowship Basketball League, for a mentoring-based youth basketball program in Kenmore and West Akron, $5,000
  • College for Kids, to introduce inner-city youth in fourth through sixth grades to potential career paths through hands-on activities and field trips, $6,000
  • Delta Academy/GEMS Youth Group, for a mentoring program that develops science, math and social awareness skills in adolescent girls in the Buchtel cluster, $3,000
  • First Grace United Church of Christ, to provide free vocal music lessons to inner-city children, $3,000
  • Good Shepherd Athletic Club, for the youth boxing program, which offers a safe and positive recreation environment for children in North Akron, $7,500
  • Heart to Heart Family Support Center, to create a leadership youth council for students living in East Akron, $2,000
  • International Soap Box Derby Inc., to expand the Gravity Racing Challenge program in Akron Public Schools by providing Derby education kits to 12 fifth-grade classrooms, $5,000
  • Leggett Community Learning Center, to create a community mural that will be permanently displayed at the school’s entrance, $5,000
  • LINKS Community & Family Services, for the Boys & Girls Afterschool Academy, which provides tutoring and family support services to at-risk students at Robinson, Mason and Leggett community learning centers, $2,000
  • North Hill Community House, to provide after-school and summer enrichment activities for inner-city youth that emphasize education, character and leadership development, $7,500
  • Opportunity Parish Ecumenical Neighborhood Ministry, to support the Young Men Empowered leadership development program for at-risk adolescent males in the Summit Lake neighborhood, $3,000
  • Pfeiffer Elementary School PTA, for a student/teacher game night in Kenmore, $500
  • Project GRAD Akron, to support the 2014 Expo for Success event and “Snacks and Educational Fun with Santa,” a program for students in the Buchtel cluster designed to strengthen connections between the home and school, $6,750
  • South Street Ministries, Inc., for an education and recreation program for Summit Lake youth that includes tutoring, gardening and bike-riding, $6,000
  • Tennis AllStars, Inc., for the Summer Enrichment Program, which teaches youth living in North Hill the importance of exercise, academics and positive decision-making, $5,000
  • University Park YMCA, for “Make a Splash,” a water safety program for minority youth, $6,500
  • Woodland United Methodist Church, for the iStrive Outreach Project, which provides after-school tutoring and enrichment activities for underserved youth in the Zahn Drive neighborhood, $7,500

2013 Grants

In 2013, the Neighborhood Partnership Program awarded grants totaling $226,961 to 57 community projects:


A grant to Downtown Akron Partnership supported Green & Clean Day.

Beautification


  • Braewick Drive Club, for beautification efforts at Braewick Circle Community Park in West Akron, $2,500
  • Centenary United Methodist Church, for Operation Springboard, a beautification project for vacant inner-city homes and land, $1,500
  • Downtown Akron Partnership, for flower planters and baskets, $3,000
  • Downtown Akron Partnership, for Green & Clean Day 2013, $3,000
  • Ellet Women’s Club, for flower baskets and a community sign project, $7,500
  • Firestone Park Home & Garden Club, to amend, plant and maintain the Firestone Park Peace Garden and the newsletter for the garden club, $500
  • Leadership Akron Alumni Association, for a joint beautification project in the Summit Lake neighborhood, $7,500
  • Opportunity Parish Ecumenical Neighborhood Ministry, for a beautification project at OPEN M in South Akron, $3,711 

Community Gardens

  • Brookshire Garden Group, to establish a community garden in West Akron, $4,000
  • Crestland Park Neighborhood, for a rain garden in the West Akron neighborhood, $3,000
  • Edgewood Village Resident Council, for a community garden in the inner-city AMHA development , $1,500
  • Let’s Grow Akron Inc., for three youth gardening projects in South Akron, $7,500
  • Living the Legacy, for a food pantry and market garden in University Park, $2,000
  • Ms. Julie’s Kitchen, for a garden project in South Akron, $5,000
  • NEOhaus Institute, to expand the community garden program at Mason Community Learning Center in University Park, $5,000 

Community-Building

Festivals and Events

  • Akron African-American Cultural Association, for the 33rd Annual African-American Cultural Festival, $7,500
  • Akron Community Service Center and the Akron Urban League, for Elegant Evenings, a dinner-dance for senior citizens that spotlights assistance programs in the community, $3,000
  • Blessed Trinity Parish, to create Senior Community, a program of activities and meals in North Hill, $3,000
  • Canal Park Condominium Owners Association, to host a community picnic on Sept. 14, 2013 in the inner-city development, $500
  • Caring and Miracles Ministry, for a community outreach parade and festival at Hawkins Ball Park in West Akron, $3,000
  • Charisma Community Connection, for DeBord’s 18th Annual Community Halloween Party in Kenmore, $2,000
  • Ellet Woman’s Club, for the Community Summer Festival, $5,000
  • Greater Akron Laos Association, for two Laotian community events in South Akron, $2,500
  • Greater Bethel Community Development Center, for “Past Unforgotten IV,” an African-American musical, $6,000
  • Greater Bethel Community Development Center, for a community jubilee celebration in East Akron, $7,500
  • Heart 4 the City, for a community lunch and free clothing in Goodyear Heights, $1,000
  • Hereford/Highland Area Block Watch, for a newsletter and community-building events in the Highland Square neighborhood, $3,000
  • Kenmore Board of Trade, for community, holiday and seasonal events, $5,000
  • Kenmore Community Council, Inc., for the 22nd Annual Kenmore Community Days Festival, $5,000
  • NEO Jazz Orchestra, for a jazz music education and performance series in West Akron, $2,000
  • North Hill Community House, for a neighborhood National Youth Night Out Against Crime event on Aug. 6, 2013, $2,000
  • Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, for the 100th anniversary documentary "Non Nobis Solum," $7,500 
  • Truly Reaching You Ministries, for the Night Out Against Crime event in Highland Square, $2,000
  • Visitation of Mary Parish, for a community health fair in Goodyear Heights, $2,000

Youth 

  • Alchemy, Inc., for school/after-school programming and Summer Mentoring Camp at inner-city schools, $3,000
  • Case Elementary School Parent Teacher Association, to provide after-school special programs for kindergartners through fifth-graders, including special needs children, $2,000
  • Christian Fellowship Basketball League, for a community youth basketball program in Kenmore and West Akron, $5,000
  • College for Kids, to introduce inner-city youth in fourth through sixth grades to career curriculum and professionals from diverse fields, $6,000
  • First Presbyterian Church of Akron, for AMPLife Sports Camp, a sports day camp for inner-city children ages 8-13 years old, $3,000
  • Leggett Community Learning Center, to purchase bikes for students with perfect attendance at the North Hill school, $2,500
  • Litchfield Middle School, for the Dancing Classrooms program for eighth-graders, $3,000
  • Miller Avenue United Church of Christ, for TNT Balanced Literacy Tutoring Center in South Akron, $2,500
  • Mon Community of Ohio, to promote good behavior among inner-city youth through Mon literature, language and culture, $2,500
  • North Hill Community House, for enrichment activities focused on education, character and leadership development for youths ages 6-18 years old, $7,500
  • Pearl Foundation, for the Akron Kids Achieving tutoring program at Schumacher Community Learning Center in West Akron, $2,000
  • Project GRAD Akron, for the 2013 Expo for Success event and Snacks and Educational Fun with Santa, a program in West Akron designed to strengthen connections between the home and school, $6,750
  • South Street Ministries, Inc., for an incentive-based education and recreation program for South Akron youth that includes tutoring, gardening, and bike-riding and repair, $5,000
  • Tennis AllStars Inc., for the 2013 Summer Enrichment Program to teach youths living in North Hill the importance of exercise, academics and positive decision-making, $5,000
  • Tennis AllStars Inc., for the 2013 Summer Theater Program, which leverages history to raise self-esteem and build citizenship among youths living in North Hill, $5,000
  • University Park YMCA, for Make a Splash, a water safety program for youths ages 8-12 years old, $6,500
  • West Akron Little League, for the 2013 baseball season, $2,000
  • Woodland United Methodist Church, for the iStrive after-school program in West Akron, $7,500

2012 Grants

In 2012, the Neighborhood Partnership Program awarded grants totaling $209,000 to 44 community projects:


A grant to Asian Services in Action supported the International Community Empowerment Program, which helps instill healthy behaviors in local immigrant youth.