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Gay Community Endowment Fund Grants

This year, the Gay Community Endowment Fund awarded 16 grants totaling $55,050 to Greater Akron nonprofit organizations:

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One of the fund's first impact grants was awarded to CANAPI to support housing and mentoring programs for LGBTQ+ youth.
  • Akron Children’s Hospital, to support the hospital’s new Center for Gender Affirming Medicine, which offers comprehensive care for transgender youth, including gender-affirming hormone therapy, mental health care, and social work services, $5,000
  • Akron Civic Theatre, to support the Millennial Theatre Project, which engages underrepresented young adults in theater productions, including those in the LGBTQ+ community, $2,500
  • Battered Women’s Shelter, to support outreach to LGBTQ+ survivors of domestic or sexual violence, $2,000
  • CANAPI, to support the Akron Pride Festival, $3,000
  • Grant deadline

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

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  • CANAPI, to provide housing support and mentoring programs for LGBTQ+ youth, who are more likely to experience homelessness than their straight, cisgender peers, $10,000
  • Center for Applied Theatre and Active Culture, to create safer school environments for LGBTQ+ youth through in-school performances and workshops that address bullying, $3,000 
  • Kent State University Foundation, to support the QUEST mentorship program, which pairs LGBTQ+ students with a supportive adult role model, $3,000
  • META Center Inc., to provide support groups, outreach and affirming activities for transgender and gender-nonconforming youth in Northeast Ohio, $1,000
  • National Center for Choreography, to support arts internships for LGBTQ+ young adults, $1,000
  • 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 and events, including speaking engagements at schools, churches and businesses, $1,000
  • Plexus Education Foundation, to support networking events and educational programs for LGBTQ+ business professionals and entrepreneurs, $1,000
  • Portage Path Behavioral Health, to remove barriers and increase the quality of care for LGBTQ+ people seeking mental health and substance use treatment, $10,000
  • Summa Health, to support the launch of the Summa Health Pride Clinic, which will provide specialized health care services for LGBTQ+ patients in Greater Akron, $5,000
  • TransAction, to support a summer camp for transgender and gender-nonconforming youth, $2,550
  • VANTAGE Aging, to provide more inclusive services for aging adults by educating staff members about the unique challenges and needs of LGBTQ+ seniors, $3,000

See a complete history of Gay Community Endowment Fund grants.