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Education Grants

From programs that provide one-on-one mentoring to the preparation for Akron Public Schools’ new College & Career Academies, Akron Community Foundation’s board of directors approved $531,800* in competitive education grants for 2018.

Grant deadline

Education grant applications open online Nov. 15 and are due by Dec 15. Preview the application questions.

  • Akron Children’s Museum, to support an in-school field trip pilot program, which will offer hands-on learning experiences to six Head Start classrooms in Akron, $4,300
  • Akron Inner City Soccer Club, for an after-school soccer program for inner-city youth from underserved and at-risk families, $10,000
  • Akron Promise Inc., to help students at Kenmore-Garfield High School improve their ACT scores through workshops, practice tests, coaching and instruction, $1,500
  • Akron Public Schools, to train high school faculty in curriculum integration and collaborative team teaching for the new College & Career Academies model, $30,000
  • Akron-Summit County Public Library, to digitally preserve historic Akron video recordings, including oral histories, documentaries and other events, $11,000
  • Alchemy Inc., for storytelling and journaling sessions that help urban youth build character and a positive self-image by applying stories to their own experiences, $7,500
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Summit, Medina & Stark County, to support one-on-one mentoring services that pair an adult role model with a young person from a low-income or at-risk family, along with site-based after school programs and recruitment for community volunteers$10,000
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve, for after-school and summer programming for underserved youth, including homework help, hot meals and enrichment activities, $72,750
  • Bright Star Books, to expand the Growing Young Readers and free book fair programs, which serve children from birth to 8 years old, providing access to reading and books, $6,000
  • Building for Tomorrow, to support the Early Childhood Initiative, which equips parents to be their child’s first and most important teacher, while also providing physical and behavioral health services, $86,000
  • Child Guidance & Family Solutions, for the Toddlers and Preschoolers Succeeding Program, which offers training and on-site support for teachers, students and families to increase the social and emotional well-being of young children in preschool programs, $76,000
  • Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, for the Journey Program, which builds leadership skills in underserved girls at Akron Public Schools through challenging activities and community service projects, $10,000
  • Global Ties Akron, for the Know Your Community – Know Your World program, which connects students with global and multicultural people and issues, $15,000
  • Great Lakes Biomimicry, to create a biomimicry education ecosystem in Summit County by engaging educators and students in nature-inspired thinking, wildlife conservation and STEM fields, $7,500
  • He Brought Us Out Ministry, for an after-school tutoring and summer enrichment program for high-risk students in the North Hill neighborhood, $8,500
  • Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio, for after-school programs that teach students about money management, entrepreneurship and career planning, $10,250
  • Kent State University Foundation, to support a residential summer design program for students in Akron Public Schools’ College & Career Academies, $15,000
  • Project GRAD Akron, for the Bridge to Kindergarten program, which prepares children in the Buchtel cluster for kindergarten through a summer academy, parent engagement activities, and family support services throughout the school year, $26,500
  • Project Learn of Summit County, to develop and implement a high school equivalency and college and career preparation course for adults without a diploma, $25,000
  • Proyecto Raices, to provide educational support for children from Latino and Hispanic families through activities that increase bilingual literacy, introduce STEM programs, and retain cultural traditions, $10,000
  • RePlay for Kids, to promote STEM education for Summit County public school students by teaching them to adapt toys for children with disabilities, $3,000
  • The Salvation Army of Summit County, for the Learning Zone STEM program, which includes computer coding, 3-D printing and agriculture, among other activities, $6,000
  • Shanti Community Farms, to support Shanti Community Farms in providing the Farm to School Program for Akron Public Schools, $5,000
  • South Akron Youth Mentorship, for the Academic Incentive for Mentees (AIM) program, which provides monetary incentives for disadvantaged youth in Southeast Akron, helping to build character and academic skills, along with forging community partnerships, $5,000
  • Students With A Goal, to support an after-school mentoring program for students in the Summit Lake neighborhood that teaches leadership and life skills, $7,500
  • Summit Education Initiative, to support regional early childhood education through Readiness Coalitions, which connect preschool educators, youth-serving community organizations and elementary schools, $30,000
  • Tri-County Jobs for Ohio Graduates, to provide dropout prevention and recovery programs for at-risk youth in Summit County, $12,500
  • The University of Akron Foundation, to support literacy coaching for teachers at Ledgeview Elementary School in Nordonia, $10,000
  • Urban Vision, for the Set On Success after-school program, which provides academic support and life skills classes for high-risk, inner-city youth, $10,000

*Supplemented by donor-advised funding