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Gay Community Endowment Fund Grants

This year, the Gay Community Endowment Fund awarded 14 grants totaling $49,000 to Greater Akron nonprofit organizations:

Akron Children's Hospital building exterior
An impact grant to Akron Children's Hospital supported social work services at its new Center for Gender Affirming Medicine.
  • Akron Children’s Hospital, to support social work services at the hospital’s new Center for Gender Affirming Medicine, which offers comprehensive care for transgender youth, $10,000
  • Akron Civic Theatre, to support the Millennial Theatre Project, which engages underrepresented young adults in theater productions, including those in the LGBTQ+ community, $1,000
  • CANAPI, to support the 2020 Akron Pride Festival, $3,000
  • CANAPI, to support outreach to LGBTQ+ youth and to connect them to resources for housing, transportation, health services and job preparation, $3,000
  • Grant deadline

    Gay Community Endowment Fund grant applications open online Nov. 15 and are due by Dec. 15.

    Preview the impact grant application questions.

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  • GLSEN, to support a conference for LGBTQ+ youth and allies who participate in their school's Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club, $1,500
  • Greater Akron Amenities, to support the Proud2Play Tournament, which celebrates diversity, equity and inclusion through sports, $1,000
  • Kent State University Foundation, to support the QUEST mentorship program, which pairs LGBTQ+ students with a supportive adult role model, $3,000
  • OutSupport, for community outreach, education and advocacy efforts that promote the health and equality of LGBTQ+ people in Medina and surrounding communities, $2,000
  • PFLAG Akron, for community outreach programs, including self-defense classes for LGBTQ+ youth and speaking engagements at schools, churches and businesses, $2,000
  • Plexus Education Foundation, to support networking events and educational programs for the LGBTQ+ business community and allies, $2,000
  • Rape Crisis Center, to support outreach to LGBTQ+ survivors of domestic or sexual violence, $1,500
  • Summa Health, to support the inaugural LGBTQ+ Healthcare Summit, which will highlight health disparities specific to the LGBTQ+ community and train local physicians to provide inclusive care for their patients, $10,000
  • Summit Artspace, to create a traveling art installation by Shane Wynn that shines a light on the alarming rate of LGBTQ+ youth homelessness, $8,000
  • Weathervane Community Playhouse, to support the production of Kinky Boots, $1,000

See a complete history of Gay Community Endowment Fund grants.