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Health & Human Services Grants

In 2018, Akron Community Foundation awarded $555,500* in grants to health and human services programs in the Greater Akron area to ensure residents' most critical needs are being met.

Grant deadline

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

  • ACCESS, to provide services to women facing homelessness, including short-term secure housing, case management, health counseling and job readiness training, $15,250
  • Akron Area YMCA, to teach water safety and swimming skills through the Safety Around Water program to local elementary school students who lack the resources and financial means to take lessons, $12,750
  • Akron Blind Center, to support collaborative programs, essential resources and educational classes for the blind and low-vision populations in Summit County, $7,500
  • Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, to support the Direct Distribution program, which distributes food directly to agency sites, as well as the Feeding Kids Initiative, a program that supplies after-school snacks for children in Summit County, $46,500
  • Akron Children’s Hospital, to 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 Counties, to support disaster cycle services in Summit County, including preparedness classes, disaster response and recovery assistance, $15,250
  • The Arc of Ohio, for civil rights advocacy on behalf of Summit County residents with disabilities, $10,000
  • ARC Recovery Services, to provide certified peer support to individuals in the early stages of substance abuse recovery, $7,500

  • Battered Women’s Shelterto support crisis intervention services for victims of domestic and sexual violence, $25,500
  • Better Block Foundation, to support the New Americans Safe Driving Initiative, a six-week course that prepares refugees and immigrants for their written driving exam, $7,500
  • 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, $5,000

  • Catholic Charities of Summit County, to support the 2019 Emergency Assistance program, which offers rent and utility assistance to residents in need, $13,000
  • Christ Child Society of Akron, to provide school-appropriate clothing for low-income students, $10,250
  • Cleveland Clinic Health System, to support the 44307 Community Health Initiative, which provides medical services like vaccines and well visits to students at Helen Arnold Community Learning Center and their families, $1,500
  • Community Legal Aid Servicesto provide critical legal services for Akron’s refugee population, combating obstacles related to health, housing, education and basic needs, $20,000
  • Community Pregnancy Center, to support the Strong Start Program, which provides cribs, car seats, formula and educational programs to families in need, $5,000
  • CORE Furniture Bank, to provide donated furniture to Summit County families in need, $7,750
  • Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy, to support and expand food access programs at Summit County farmers markets, $10,000
  • Donovan's Kids, to develop adaptive bicycles for children with limb amputations or spina bifida, $2,500
  • Embracing Futures Inc., to provide orthodontic treatment for children in need who have been turned down by Medicaid, $5,000
  • EMERGE Counseling Services, to provide mental health counseling for Summit County residents who are uninsured or cannot afford counseling, $5,000

  • Family and Community Services of Portage County, for the Mobile Meals program, which encourages independent living by providing home-delivered meals and supplements to low-income children, elderly and disabled residents in Summit County, $20,000
  • Family Promise of Summit County Inc., to help homeless families with children remain together and achieve lasting independence, $7,500
  • First Glance Student Center Inc., to support mentoring and outreach programs for at-risk teens in Kenmore, $7,500

  • 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, $7,500

  • Good Neighbors, to support the Good Neighbors Food Pantry and Outreach Center, which provides food, toiletries and other essential items to residents in need, $5,500

  • Hattie Larlham Foundationto provide pre-employment transition services, including career assessment and hands-on training, for Akron-area high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, $15,000
  • 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 support refugee resettlement services, including housing, transportation, health screenings and social services, $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 seniors, $7,500
  • 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
  • Northeast Ohio African American Health Networkto support the Soul Food Cooking for Diabetics program, which includes nutrition education, food samples and cookbooks for residents with diabetes, $3,500
  • Ohio Living Communities Rockynol, to offer assisted living for senior residents with limited financial means, $5,000
  • Open Arms Adoptionsto increase awareness and support for keeping adoptable siblings together when finding permanent homes, $6,000
  • Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, to provide low-income women at the Akron Health Center with long-acting reversible contraception, $20,250
  • Prevent Blindness Ohioto provide vision screenings and eye care for disadvantaged, high-risk adults and children in Summit County, $7,500

  • RAHAB Ministries, to support a mentoring program for juvenile victims of human trafficking through a partnership with Summit County Juvenile Courts, $23,500

  • Ronald McDonald House Akron, to provide a home away from home for families with children receiving care at Akron Children’s Hospital, $12,500

  • Stewart’s Caring Place, to offer support groups and educational programs for residents affected by cancer, $5,000

  • Summa Health System, to support the launch of the Mommy Care-Group Care initiative, which offers support groups and educational services for new mothers, $7,500

  • 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, $25,000

  • Tri-County Independent Living Center, to provide home accessibility improvements for low-income residents with disabilities, $5,000

  • 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, $17,500

  • 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 Services, to promote safer sleeping conditions by providing beds for kids in the care of children’s services, $6,000

*Health and human service 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.