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Gay Community Endowment Fund Grants

In 2017, the Gay Community Endowment Fund awarded 15 grants totaling $39,000 to Greater Akron nonprofit organizations:

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A grant to the Akron Civic Theatre will support its Millennial Theatre Project.
  • Akron Civic Theatre, to support the Millennial Theatre Project, which engages young adults in theater productions that emphasize diversity in sex, race, gender, sexual orientation and physical abilities, $3,000
  • Akron Soul Train, to support the 2018 LGBT Arts Festival, which showcases LGBTQ+ musicians, filmmakers, visual artists and writers throughout Greater Akron, $1,000
  • Battered Women’s Shelter, to support an outreach campaign for LGBTQ+ survivors of domestic or sexual violence, $1,000
  • CANAPI, to support the 2017 Akron Pride Festival, $5,000
  • CANAPI, to support the 2018 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 to homeless LGBTQ+ youth, who are more likely to become victims of violence, abuse and human trafficking than their heterosexual peers, $5,000   
  • CASA Board Volunteer Association, to support a community awareness campaign about the needs of LGBTQ+ youth in the child welfare system, $2,500 
  • Equality Ohio Education Fund, to advocate for nondiscrimination protections for Summit County’s LGBTQ+ community and to create a countywide culture of inclusion through outreach and education, $2,000
  • Equitas Health, to support HIV testing and prevention education through targeted outreach to gay and bisexual men in Summit County, particularly in the African-American community, $2,500
  • Jewish Family Service of Akron Ohio, for “Reaching Akron’s Silent Generation,” a program that provides education, counseling and social support for LGBTQ+ senior citizens, $1,500
  • Kent State University Foundation Inc., for the QUEST mentoring program, which pairs LGBTQ+ students with a supportive adult role model, $4,000
  • OutSupport Inc., to increase the visibility of this local LGBTQ+ advocacy group through community outreach and promotional materials, $3,500
  • The Plexus Education Foundation Inc., to support networking events and educational programs for LGBTQ+ business professionals and entrepreneurs, $1,000
  • Weathervane Community Playhouse, to support the production of “It Shoulda Been You,” a musical comedy about a bride and groom who find love in unlikely places, $2,000
  • Western Reserve Playhouse, to support the production of “Bare: A Pop Opera,” a rock musical about two gay high school students and their struggles at a private Catholic boarding school, $2,000

See a complete history of Gay Community Endowment Fund grants.