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Health & Human Services Grants

In 2019, Akron Community Foundation awarded $557,338* in grants to health and human services programs in the Greater Akron area to ensure residents' most critical needs are met.

  • A Kid Again Northern Ohioto offer destination adventures for families of children with life-threatening illnesses, $5,000
  • ACCESSto provide services to women facing homelessness, including short-term secure housing, case management, health counseling and job readiness training, $15,500
  • Akron Area YMCAto teach water safety and swimming skills to underserved local elementary school students, $15,000

Grant deadline

Health & Human Services grant applications open online Sept. 1 and are due by Oct 1. Preview the application questions.

  • Akron Blind Centerto offer programs, resources and classes for blind and visually impaired individuals in Summit County, including Braille, computer literacy, physical fitness, crafts and volunteerism, $8,000
  • Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, to support food distribution in Summit County, as well as the Feeding Kids Initiative, a backpack and after-school snack program for local children, $40,000
  • Akron Children’s Hospitalto support an asthma outreach program in Summit County schools that will help reduce environmental triggers and encourage policies for responding to severe asthma episodes, $5,000
  • American Red Cross of Summit & Portage Countiesto support disaster preparedness, response and recovery services in Summit County, $15,000
  • ARC Recovery Servicesto provide certified peer support to individuals in the early stages of substance abuse recovery, $7,500
  • Autism Society of Greater Akron, to support the Information and Referral Help Line, which offers resources to parents, professionals, educators, and individuals on the autism spectrum, $5,000
  • AxessPointe Community Health Center, to provide personal hygiene products to low-income patients at the organization’s South Broadway Street location, $5,000
  • Battered Women’s Shelterto support crisis intervention services for victims of domestic and sexual violence, $25,000
  • Birthing Beautiful Communitiesto address and improve the systemic and community structures that lead to poor birth outcomes through education, advocacy, support programs and community engagement, $5,500
  • Broken Chains Jail & Prison Ministry, to support mentoring and workforce development programs for former offenders in Summit County to help eliminate barriers that lead to recidivism, $7,500
  • Catholic Charities of Summit Countyto support the 2020 Emergency Assistance Program, which offers rent and utility assistance to residents in need, $15,000
  • Celiac and Allergy Friendly Food Initiative, to support a food pantry serving allergy-friendly food to low-income families, $2,500
  • Christ Child Society of Akron, to provide school-appropriate clothing for low-income students, $10,500
  • Cleveland Clinic Akron General, to support the Minority Men’s Health Fair, which offers free health tests and screenings, $5,000
  • Community Legal Aid Servicesto support the HEAL project, a medical-legal partnership that represents patients and families when issues like education, housing and public benefits threaten their health, $20,000
  • CORE Furniture Bank, to provide donated furniture to Summit County families in need, $7,500
  • Crown Point Ecology Centerto train new greenhouse staff and increase vegetable seedling production during the spring season, $7,500
  • Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy, to support and expand food access programs at Summit County farmers markets, $10,000
  • Easter Seals of Northeast Ohio, to create an educational learning center for adults with disabilities, $588
  • Embracing Futures Inc., to provide orthodontic treatment for children in underserved families, $5,000
  • Family and Community Services, to address senior hunger in Summit County by providing home-delivered and congregate meals through the Mobile Meals program, $20,500 
  • Family Promise of Summit County Inc., to help homeless families with children remain together and achieve lasting independence, $8,000

  • First Glance Student Center Inc., to support mentoring and outreach programs for at-risk teens in Kenmore, $7,500
  • Forget-Me-Not Baskets, to provide bereavement items for families who have experienced a loss during pregnancy or childbirth at Akron-area hospitals, $2,500
  • Freedom House for Women, to decrease addiction and homelessness in Summit County women by providing substance abuse treatment, recovery housing, and support services, $8,000
  • Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio, to support a physical activity-based youth development program that promotes confidence and healthy choices for girls in high-poverty neighborhoods throughout Summit County, $8,000

  • Goodwill Industries of Akron, to purchase bus passes for Summit County social service agencies and residents living in poverty, $5,000

  • Grace House Akron, to support access to end-of-life care for low- to moderate-income residents in Greater Akron, $500

  • GriefCare Place, to provide free support group counseling and other programs for residents grieving the loss of a loved one, $2,500

  • H.M. Life Opportunity Services, for the Youth Services Program, which provides school supplies, transportation, tutoring and other services for children transitioning out of homelessness, $5,500

  • IBH Addiction Recovery Centerto track the long-term, post-treatment success of clients who have completed the residential substance abuse treatment program, $10,000
  • International Institute of Akronto provide mental health services and case management for refugees and immigrants with significant barriers to economic and social stability, $15,000
  • Jewish Family Service of Akron Ohioto support the Happy, Healthy and At Home program, which offers case management, information referrals, counseling and other critical services for Summit County senior citizens, $8,000
  • Let's Grow Akron, to provide affordable and locally grown healthy food for low-income residents in Greater Akron’s urban areas, $10,000
  • NAMI Summit Countyto provide basic household items to residents with serious mental illness who are transitioning from homelessness, group home living, or incarceration, $5,000
  • National Society to Prevent Blindness, to provide vision care for at-risk individuals in Summit County, $8,250
  • Ohio Living Communities, to offer assisted living for residents with limited financial means at the Rockynol retirement community, $5,000
  • OPEN M, to support the organization’s free clinic and pharmacy for uninsured and underserved residents of Summit County, $17,500
  • Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, to provide low-income women at the Akron Health Center with long-acting reversible contraception, $20,000
  • Portage Path Behavioral Health, to provide medication-assisted treatment and peer support for clients recovering from addiction, $13,500
  • Red Oak Behavioral Health, to support staff training for school-based mental health programs, $5,000
  • Ronald McDonald House Akron, to provide a home away from home for families with children receiving care at Akron Children’s Hospital or nearby medical facilities, $12,500
  • Stewart’s Caring Placeto offer support groups and educational programs for residents affected by cancer, $5,000

  • Summit County Community Partnership, to support the Deterra Project, which reduces access to unused and expired opiates by providing drug deactivation pouches that safely neutralize prescription medicines, $10,000

  • Summit County Fatherhood Initiativeto provide education, legal assistance, mentoring and other support services for fathers in Summit County who have previously been incarcerated or estranged from their children, $20,000

  • United Disability Servicesto provide employment services, including skills assessments and interview training, for Summit County residents with severe disabilities, $15,000

  • United Way of Summit Countyto help residents navigate health and social services available in Summit County through the 2-1-1 information and referral helpline, $15,000

  • VANTAGE Agingto help older adults remain in their homes by providing in-home assistance, including personal care, cleaning, grocery shopping and other critical services, $18,000

  • Victim Assistance Programto provide 24-hour support and advocacy for victims of crime and sudden trauma, $20,000

  • Victory Gallop Inc.to support therapeutic horseback riding programs for children with behavioral challenges and life-threatening illnesses, $5,000

  • Women's Auxiliary Board, Summit County Children Servicesto promote safer sleeping conditions by providing beds for kids in the care of children’s services, $6,500

*Health and human services funding includes contributions through Akron Community Foundation's co-investment program, which enables donor-advised fundholders to review the board's competitive grant applications and support initiatives that align with their charitable interests.