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Health & Human Services Grants

On Nov. 18, 2016, Akron Community Foundation approved more than $2 million in grants. Of those, $620,300 was awarded to local programs that meet Summit County residents' most critical needs. A total of $512,800 was awarded to health and human services programs through our competitive grant cycle, while an additional $107,500 was awarded through donor-advised funds participating in our grant co-investment program.

  • ACCESS Inc., to provide services to women facing homelessness, including short-term secure housing, case management, health counseling and job readiness training, $35,000
  • Akron Area YMCA, to teach water safety and swimming skills to fourth-grade Akron Public Schools students who lack the resources and financial means to take lessons, $15,000
  • Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, to support food distribution to area pantries, along with after-school snacks for children, implementation of the PantryTrak software system and a food delivery trailer for pantry partners, $50,000
  • Akron Children’s Hospital, to support a needs assessment for refugees inSummit County that identifies risk factors and barriers to health care, as wellas ways to connect them with resources across systems and agencies, $10,000
  • Grant deadline

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

  • American Red Cross of Summit & Portage Counties, to support disaster cycle services in Summit County, including preparedness classes, disaster response and recovery assistance, $20,000
  • Battered Women’s Shelter, to support crisis intervention services for victims of domestic and/or sexual violence, $35,000
  • Better Health Partnership, for a professional learning summit with health agencies, academic institutions, employers and service organizations aimed at improving the health of children with obesity and diabetes in Summit County, $5,000
  • Bridges Summit County, to expand the Getting Ahead program, which offers community outreach tools, workshops and organizational education for residents facing generational poverty, $25,000
  • Catholic Charities Community Services of Summit County, to support the 2017 Emergency Assistance program, which offers rent and utility assistance to residents in need, $15,000
  • Christ Child Society of Akron, to provide school-appropriate clothing to low-income students, $15,000
  • City of Akron Police Department, to support the Hidden in Plain Sight program, which uses an interactive model to educate parents about the signs of dangerous or illegal behavior in children, $5,000
  • Community Legal Aid Services Inc.,to support education-related assistance for Project HEAL, a medical-legal partnership that represents patients and families when issues like education, housing and public benefits threaten their health, $10,000
  • Community Pregnancy Center, to support the Strong Start program, which provides cribs, car seats and formula to families in financial need, $3,000
  • Community Support Services, to support improved physical health outcomes for people diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness through holistic health programs, $8,000
  • CORE Furniture Bank, to collect used furniture and donate it to families in need in Summit County, $8,000
  • Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy, to build capacity during staffing transitions, and to provide “carrot cash,” a matching fresh food incentive for users of SNAP benefits, $20,000
  • Easter Seals Northern Ohio, to support a continuum of care for individuals with disabilities in Summit County, including a collaboration with the Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board to provide a new Adult Day program, $7,500
  • Embracing Futures Inc., to provide orthodontic treatment for needy children who have been turned down by Medicaid, $5,300
  • Evant Inc., for a day services program for people with developmental disabilities that includes life skills training, help with social interaction and opportunities for community integration, $7,500
  • Family Promise of Summit County Inc., to help homeless children and their families achieve sustainable independence while remaining together, using an integrated network of partners and services, $7,500
  • First Glance Student Center Inc., for the Teen Moms/Young Moms program, which mentors at-risk young moms and dads who lack basic parenting skills, $10,000
  • Flashes of Hope, to provide professional photography services for children battling cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, $3,000
  • Freedom House for Women Inc., to decrease addiction and homelessness in Summit County women by providing substance abuse treatment, recovery housing and supportive services, $13,000
  • Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio, to support a physical activity-based youth development program for Summit County girls with an interactive curriculum that promotes confidence, character and contribution, $7,500
  • GriefCare Place, for support groups and other programs for residents grieving the loss of a loved one, $2,500
  • IBH Addiction Recovery Center, to track the 90-day and two-year post-treatment success of clients who have completed the residential substance abuse treatment program, $10,000

  • Info Line Inc., for the 2-1-1 information and referral line that helps residents navigate the health and social services available in Summit County through an up-to-date database of providers, $20,000
  • Jewish Community Center of Akron, for Kickin' Up KidSpace, which promotes healthy lifestyle choices for school-age children using homework help, snacks and activities, $2,500
  • Jewish Family Service of Akron Ohio, to provide counseling, care management, outreach and education to low-income seniors who live in subsidized apartment buildings throughout Summit County, $5,000
  • L.I.N.K.S. Community & Family Services, for the Senior Connection Program, which includes twice-monthly lunch events, education, home visits and repairs aimed at keeping seniors living independently, $10,000
  • Mature Services Inc., to provide in-home services, such as personal care, cleaning, grocery shopping and errands, for low-income individuals over 60 years old who have health challenges or lack family and community support, $15,000
  • Mobile Meals Inc., to operate nine dining centers and encourage independent living by providing home-delivered meals and supplements to low-income children, elderly and disabled residents in Summit County, $35,000
  • Mustard Seed Development Center, to provide counseling and legal assistance to low-income residents facing foreclosure and property tax delinquency in Summit County, $10,000
  • NAMI Summit County, to provide basic household items to residents with serious mental illness who are transitioning from homelessness, group home living or incarceration, $5,000
  • North Coast Community Homes, to support home accessibility, mobility and safety for older adults in Summit County through the installation of items like safety grab bars, $7,500
  • OhioGuidestone, to furnish a play therapy room in the agency's Summit County office for children who have experienced trauma, abuse and neglect, $5,000
  • OPEN M, to support a comprehensive free medical clinic and pharmacy for the community's working poor and uninsured, $25,000
  • Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, to provide low-income women at the Akron Health Center with long-acting reversible contraception, $20,000
  • Prevent Blindness Ohio, to use early identification to reduce the incidence of unnecessary vision loss and provide donated eye care to medically disadvantaged children and adults in Summit County, $7,500

  • Shelter Care Inc., for capital improvements at three locations of the Shelter Home program, a long-term residential program for youth who struggle with abuse, neglect or mental health concerns, $10,000

  • Stewart’s Caring Place, to offer support groups and educational programs for residents affected by cancer, $15,000

  • Summit County Fatherhood Initiative, for the Summit County Fatherhood Initiative, which offers 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 Services, to provide employment services, including job exploration, skills assessment, interviewing and soft-skills training, for Summit County residents with severe disabilities, $15,000

  • Victim Assistance Program, to provide 24-hour support and advocacy for victims of crime and sudden trauma, $25,000

  • Victory Gallop Inc., to support a therapeutic horseback riding program for 3- to 18-year-olds who face behavioral challenges and life-threatening illnesses, $5,000

  • Women's Auxiliary Board of the Summit County Children's Home, to promote safer sleeping conditions by providing beds to children of families receiving services, $10,000