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Health & Human Services Grants

On Nov. 17, 2017, Akron Community Foundation approved $3.3 million in grants. Of those, $577,010 was awarded to local programs that meet Summit County residents' most critical needs. A total of $499,510 was awarded to health and human services programs through our competitive grant cycle, while an additional $77,500 was awarded through donor-advised funds participating in our grant co-investment program.

Grant deadline

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

  • ACCESS Inc., to provide services to women facing homelessness, including short-term secure housing, case management, health counseling and job readiness training, $25,000
  • Akron Area YMCA, to teach water safety and swimming skills through the Safety Around Water/Make a Splash program to Akron Public Schools students who lack the resources and financial means to take lessons, $17,500
  • Akron Blind Center, for general operating support of collaborative programs serving the blind and low-vision populations, $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, $50,000
  • Akron Children’s Hospital, to support the Nurturing Parenting Program for Nepali refugees, which helps parents increase their positive self-worth and mental health, $7,500
  • American Red Cross of Summit & Portage Counties, to support disaster cycle services in Summit County, including preparedness classes, disaster response and recovery assistance, $15,500
  • Autism Society of Greater Akron, to support increased inclusion and understanding of people with developmental disabilities through Stop-Assess-Support, a training program for first responders and medical professionals, $5,000
  • AxessPointe Community Health Center, for the launch of a specialty pharmacy that will dispense medications and provide patient support for chronic illnesses and other health conditions for patients who are uninsured or underinsured, $10,000

  • Battered Women’s Shelter, to support crisis intervention services for victims of domestic and/or sexual violence, $30,500
  • Bridges Summit County, to support the launch of the redesigned Bridges curriculum, which helps people understand the dynamics of poverty and break down existing barriers through community and corporate workshops, $15,000
  • 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 Community Services of Summit County, to support the 2018 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, $10,500
  • Community Legal Aid Services Inc.to provide critical legal services for Akron’s refugee population, including 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 and formula, along with one-on-one mentoring and group classes, to families in 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, $5,000
  • Embracing Futures Inc., to provide orthodontic treatment for needy children who have been turned down by Medicaid, $5,300
  • Family & Community Services Inc., 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, $25,000

  • Freedom House for Women Inc., to decrease addiction and homelessness in Summit County women by providing substance abuse treatment, recovery housing and supportive services, $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 of Summit County, $8,500
  • Goodwill Industries of Akron, to provide bus passes to area social service agencies to help eliminate transportation barriers for their clients, $10,000

  • H.M. Life Opportunity Services, to provide educational, social and developmental services for children transitioning from homelessness, $5,000

  • Homeless Charity, to support recovering opiate users who are experiencing homelessness through Second Chance Village, a tent community and support center, $5,000

  • IBH Addiction Recovery Center, to track the post-treatment success of clients who have completed the residential substance abuse treatment program by following up at 30 and 90 days post-discharge, $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 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, $7,500
  • 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, including personal care, cleaning, grocery shopping and errands, for low-income seniors who have health challenges or lack family and community support, $17,500
  • 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
  • OPEN M, to support a comprehensive free medical clinic and pharmacy for the community's working poor and uninsured, $20,000
  • Pastoral Counseling Service, to support the Generation Rx drug education program at Akron Public Schools, which educates students about the dangers of prescription drug abuse, $3,000
  • 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 coordinated treatments for people with both a primary mental illness and a co-occurring substance use disorder, $10,000
  • Prevent Blindness Ohioto reduce the incidence of unnecessary vision loss through early identification and to provide donated eye care to medically disadvantaged children and adults 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, $20,000

  • Ronald McDonald House Akron, to support the Ronald McDonald House facility in Akron, a home away from home for families with children receiving care at Akron Children’s Hospital, $10,000

  • Shelter Care Inc., to replace the alarm system and a sliding door at the Safe Landing Youth Shelter for girls in crisis, $2,710

  • South Street Ministries, to support community health focus groups in Summit Lake and South Akron that will address issues such as obesity, chronic disease, preventative health and substance abuse, $15,000

  • Stewart’s Caring Place, to offer support groups and educational programs for residents affected by cancer, $10,000

  • Summit County Community Partnership, to support a drug abuse prevention program in Summit County that reduces access to unused and expired opiates by providing drug deactivation pouches that safely neutralize prescription medicines, $10,000

  • Summit County Fatherhood Initiative, to 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

  • Twinsburg Seniors, to provide emergency Lifeline units to seniors to help them remain independent in their homes, $5,000

  • United Disability Servicesto provide employment services, including skills assessments and interview 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 children with behavioral challenges and life-threatening illnesses, $5,000