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Health & Human Services Grant History

Since 2000, Akron Community Foundation has invested more than $7.2 million in health and human services programs all over Greater Akron to enrich our collective quality of life.

Nonprofits interested in applying for a Health & Human Services grant can review deadlines and other important information on our Community Fund Grants page.

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.

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, $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
  • 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

Health & Human Services Grants

In 2015, we funded $580,968 in grants to local programs that meet Summit County residents' most critical needs. Of that total, $495,468 was awarded to health and human services programs through our competitive grant cycle, while an additional $85,500 was award through donor-advised funds participating in our grant co-investment program.

Homeless man with sign
This quarter, funding was focused on the issue of homelessness, with $86,000 going to local organizations that provide housing and supportive services.
  • ACCESS Inc., to shelter homeless women and children and to renovate the Step II program facility, $35,000
  • Akron Area YMCA, to help low-income families and individuals participate in YMCA programs, $7,500
  • Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, to serve an estimated 24 million meals to families struggling with food insecurity through direct distribution and food pantry capacity building, and for the Feeding Kids Initiative, which provides more than 2,500 children per month with food through backpacks and after-school snacks, $53,500
  • Akron Children’s Hospital, to provide car seats for needy families, $5,000
  • Grant deadline

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

  • Akron General Medical Center, for the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners program, which teaches nurses to recognize and document signs of abuse and violence, $15,968
  • American Red Cross of Summit & Portage Counties, to support the Home Fire Campaign, which seeks to reduce the number of home fires and fire-related injuries through prevention education, and to provide assistance to those affected by home fires, $5,000
  • AxessPointe Community Health Center Inc., to provide quality, affordable health care to individuals and families throughout the community, $10,000
  • Battered Women’s Shelter, to provide crisis intervention and emergency services to victims of domestic violence and rape, $35,000
  • Bridges Summit County, to support the Getting Ahead and Bridges Out of Poverty workshops, $28,500
  • Christ Child Society of Akron, to purchase new school clothes and outerwear for children from low-income families, $15,000
  • Coleman Professional Services, to support behavioral health and peer support services for refugees in Summit County, $5,000
  • Community Legal Aid Services Inc., for the Health Education Advocacy and Law Project, which helps patients address non-medical barriers to health, including economic instability and insecure housing, $10,000
  • Community Support Services, to create a centralized intake and outreach center for Summit County’s homeless population, $15,000
  • CORE Furniture Bank, to provide donated furniture to needy families in Summit County, $5,000
  • Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy, to support Carrot Cash, a food assistance program that matches the fresh produce purchases of SNAP card users up to $15, $21,000
  • Embracing Futures Inc., to provide oral health education to elementary school students, $5,000
  • Family Promise of Summit County Inc., to provide shelter and counseling to homeless families with children, $7,500
  • First Glance Student Center Inc., to provide support, mentoring and parenting education to young moms and dads through the Teen Moms program, $10,000
  • Flashes of Hope, to provide professional photography services for children with life-threatening illnesses, $3,000
  • Freedom House for Women Inc., for programming to prevent homelessness and preserve the family unit, $8,000
  • Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio, for a mentoring program for girls in Summit County that combines fitness training with discussions about personal values, respect and self-worth, $5,000
  • GriefCare Place, for support groups for individuals grieving the death of a loved one, $2,500
  • H.M. LIfe Opportunity Services, to provide school supplies, clothing, tutoring and counseling to children transitioning from homelessness, $8,000
  • Info Line Inc., for the food pantry clearinghouse and 24-hour emergency phone line, which refers at-risk individuals to food pantries and other immediate resources, $20,000
  • Interval Brotherhood Home, to measure the long-term outcomes of individuals who have gone through addiction recovery and treatment, $10,000
  • Jewish Community Center of Akron, for Kickin’ Up KidSpace, which emphasizes healthy lifestyle choices for school-aged children, $2,500
  • Jewish Family Service of Akron Ohio, to prevent the eviction of seniors in subsidized housing through counseling, case management and tenant education, $5,000
  • L.I.N.K.S. Community & Family Services, to provide educational services and activities that help elderly individuals preserve their independence, dignity and well-being, $10,000
  • Mature Services Inc., to provide essential in-home assistance, including personal care, laundry and cleaning services, to low-income seniors who live alone, $10,000
  • Mobile Meals Inc., to provide meals and medically prescribed supplements for children, elderly individuals and people with disabilities, $35,000
  • NAMI Summit County, to provide basic household items to people with mental illness who are transitioning from homelessness, $5,000
  • OPEN M, to support the free clinic and to provide employment assistance to people in poverty through the Community Works Connection Program, $28,500
  • 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 provide vision screenings and eye care products to at-risk individuals in Summit County, $7,500
  • Shelter Care Inc., to provide health and wellness programming for runaway and homeless youth, $7,500
  • South Street Ministries, for capital improvements to the Front Porch Café, $22,500
  • Stewart’s Caring Place, to provide support services for cancer patients and their families, $10,000
  • Summit County Fatherhood Initiative, to help men become better fathers through education and mentoring programs, $20,000
  • United Disability Services, to help people with severe disabilities secure employment by providing comprehensive assessments and vocational counseling, $15,000
  • Victim Assistance Program, to provide 24-hour support and advocacy for victims of crime and sudden trauma, $22,000
  • Victory Gallop Inc., to provide therapeutic horseback riding programs for individuals with behavioral challenges and life-threatening illnesses, $5,000
  • Women's Auxiliary Board of the Summit County Children's Home, to purchase beds for kids in the care of children’s services, $10,000

Health & Human Services Grants

In 2014, we funded some of Summit County residents’ most critical needs. A total of $453,500 supported local health and human services programs.

Eye glasses on the wall at a doctor's office
A grant to Prevent Blindness Ohio will provide vision screenings and eye care products to at-risk individuals in Summit County. 
  • ACCESS Inc., to shelter homeless women and children, $25,000
  • Akron Children's Hospital, to reduce sleep-related infant deaths by offering training and educational materials about safe sleeping practices to agencies that serve low-income, at-risk parents, $5,000
  • Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation, to support the 2015 Rubber City Race Series, $10,000
  • Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, to serve an estimated 22 million meals to families struggling with food insecurity through direct distribution and food pantry capacity building, $50,000
  • American Red Cross of Summit & Portage Counties, to provide free transportation to and from medical appointments for low-income Summit County residents, $10,000
  • AxessPointe Community Health Center Inc., to purchase audio-visual equipment that will facilitate staff meetings between clinics and provide remote patient care, $15,000
  • Battered Women’s Shelter, to provide crisis intervention and emergency services to victims of domestic violence and rape, $35,000
  • Blick Clinic Inc., to support a new independent living program that teaches people with disabilities about food preparation and nutrition, $7,000
  • Bridges Summit County, to support the Getting Ahead and Bridges Out of Poverty workshops, $30,000
  • Coleman Professional Services Inc., to support behavioral health and peer support services for refugees in Summit County, $5,000
  • CORE Furniture Bank, to provide donated furniture to needy families in Summit County, $5,000
  • Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy, to purchase a box truck that will transport equipment for farmers markets in Summit County, $5,000
  • Family and Community Services of Portage County Inc., to expand the Senior Companion program in Akron, which provides socialization and daily living assistance to homebound senior citizens, $10,000
  • Family Promise of Summit County Inc., to provide shelter and counseling to homeless families with children, $5,000
  • First Glance Student Center Inc., to provide support, mentoring and parenting education to young moms and dads through the Teen Moms program, $8,000
  • Freedom House for Women Inc., to provide counseling and intervention services to low-income families who are facing eviction to prevent them from becoming homeless, $8,000
  • H.M. LIfe Opportunity Services, to provide school supplies, clothing, tutoring and counseling to children transitioning from homelessness, $5,000
  • Info Line Inc., for the food pantry clearinghouse and 24-hour emergency phone line, which refers at-risk individuals to food pantries and other immediate resources, $20,000
  • International Institute of Akron, to help immigrants and refugees in Summit County secure green cards and pass the rigorous U.S. citizenship test so they can find stable housing and employment, $18,000
  • Interval Brotherhood Homes Corporation, to measure long-term sobriety success rates in people who have completed the residential treatment program, $10,000
  • Jewish Family Service of Akron Ohio, to prevent the eviction of seniors in subsidized housing through counseling, case management and tenant education, $5,000
  • Mature Services Inc., to provide essential in-home assistance, including personal care, laundry and cleaning services, to low-income seniors who live alone, $10,000
  • Mobile Meals Inc., to provide meals and medically prescribed supplements for children, elderly individuals and people with disabilities, $35,000
  • NAMI Summit County, to provide basic household items to people with mental illness who are transitioning to independent living, $2,500
  • OPEN M, to support the free clinic, which offers integrated medical, dental, eye and behavioral health care to uninsured and underserved residents, $15,000
  • Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, to provide low-income women at the Akron Health Center with long-acting reversible contraception, $15,000
  • Portage Path Behavioral Health, to renovate a group treatment room at the outpatient clinic with new furniture and technology, $10,000
  • Pregnancy Care of Summit County Inc., to provide safe sleep education and portable cribs to low-income parents, including those transitioning from homelessness, $5,000
  • Prevent Blindness Ohio, to provide vision screenings and eye care products to at-risk individuals in Summit County, $5,000
  • Summa Health System, to help at-risk individuals manage their chronic conditions by identifying and overcoming non-medical barriers to health care, including transportation and literacy, $5,000
  • Summit County Fatherhood Initiative, to help men become better fathers through education and mentoring programs, $20,000
  • United Disability Services, to help people with severe disabilities secure employment by providing comprehensive assessments and vocational counseling, $15,000
  • Victim Assistance Program, to provide 24-hour support and advocacy for victims of crime and sudden trauma, $20,000
  • Women's Auxiliary Board of the Summit County Children's Home, to purchase beds for kids in the care of children’s services, $5,000

2013 Grants

In 2013, Akron Community Foundation awarded $492,500 to 29 nonprofit organizations:


A grant to the Red Cross provided free transportation to and from medical appointments for people in poverty.
  • ACCESS Inc., to provide housing and assistance to homeless women and children, $25,000
  • Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, to serve an estimated 19.5 million meals to families struggling with food insecurity through direct distribution and food pantry capacity building, $50,000
  • American Red Cross of Summit & Portage Counties, to provide free transportation to and from medical appointments for Summit County residents without transportation or who cannot afford transportation, $10,000
  • AxessPointe Community Health Center Inc., to support an integrated health care model that will combine primary and behavioral health care to improve health outcomes and reduce health care costs, $25,000
  • Battered Women’s Shelter, to provide crisis intervention and emergency services to victims of domestic violence and rape, $35,000
  • Beacon Journal Charity Fund Inc., to teach 3rd graders the benefits of oral health through in-class demonstrations where they will receive free toothbrushes and other dental health items, $7,500
  • Bridges Summit County/UWSC, for the Getting Ahead and Bridges Out of Poverty workshops, $30,000
  • Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron, for the $170 million Building on the Promise campaign for the Akron campus expansion which will include a new emergency department, neonatal intensive care unit, high-risk infant delivery unit and outpatient surgery center, $25,000
  • CORE Furniture Bank, to provide donated furniture to needy families in Summit County, $5,000
  • First Glance Student Center Inc., to provide support, guidance and training in all areas of parenting for young moms and dads through the Teen Moms program, $10,000
  • Freedom House for Women Inc., to offer intervention services to prevent chronically poor residents currently under eviction from becoming homeless, $10,000
  • Info Line Inc., for the Emergency Food Line that provides low-income and at-risk individuals and families with referrals to area food pantries, $20,000
  • Institute for Conservation Leadership, to create a report on the local food network and provide best practices for the local food system, $20,000
  • International Institute of Akron, to teach refugees within their first 90 days of arrival in the U.S. how to navigate the health care system, make medical appointments and use public transportation to ensure long-term, self-managed health, $18,000
  • Interval Brotherhood Home, to measure sobriety outcomes through the four national standards of: abstinence from drug and alcohol use; employment or school enrollment; safe, sober housing; and no new criminal justice system involvement, $10,000
  • Jewish Family Service, to prevent the eviction of seniors in subsidized housing through counseling, care management and tenant education, $5,000
  • Mature Services Inc., to provide essential in-home assistance, including personal care, laundry and cleaning services, to low-income seniors who live alone without regular family support or other community assistance, $10,000
  • Mental Health America of Summit County, to provide education, advocacy and support to parents of minor children with severe emotional disorders through the PEERS project, $12,000
  • Mobile Meals Inc., to provide meals and supplements to children, disabled individuals and elderly people who can’t afford them, $35,000
  • Opportunity Parish Ecumenical Neighborhood Ministry, for OPEN M’s free clinic, which offers integrated medical, dental, eye and behavioral health care to uninsured and underserved residents, $15,000
  • Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, to provide low-income women at the Akron Health Center with long-acting reversible contraception, $15,000
  • Portage Path Behavioral Health, to upgrade to an integrated electronic health record system, $20,000
  • Prevent Blindness Ohio, to provide eye care to medically indigent children and adults, $10,000
  • Rebuilding Together Summit County Inc., to provide critical home repair services to needy individuals, $15,000
  • Summa Health System, for the Center for Health Equity, which helps underserved individuals overcome barriers to health and obtain necessary services, $10,000
  • Summit County Fatherhood Initiative, to help men become better fathers and mentors through educational programs, $20,000
  • United Disability Services, to provide individuals with severe disabilities with assessments, vocational counseling, training and supportive services to help them secure unsubsidized employment, $15,000
  • Victim Assistance Program, to provide 24-hour support and advocacy for victims of crime and trauma, $20,000
  • Victory Gallop Inc., to provide therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with behavioral challenges and life-threatening illnesses, $5,000

2012 Grants

In 2012, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $408,000 to 30 nonprofit organizations:

 
A grant to Flashes of Hope provided free professional photos to families of kids with life-threatening illnesses.

2011 Grants

In 2011, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $468,100 to 33 nonprofit organizations:


A grant to the Waiting Child Fund helped create a “culture of permanency” by finding foster children permanent homes.

2010 Grants

In 2010, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $462,500 to 35 nonprofit organizations:


A grant to Access provided emergency shelter for homeless women and their children.

2009 Grants

In 2009, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $424,200 to 28 nonprofit organizations:


A grant to Community Drug Board expanded the Horizon House shelter for homeless young adults.

2008 Grants

In 2008, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $478,500 to 32 nonprofit organizations:

2007 Grants

In 2007, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $388,081 to 31 nonprofit organizations:

2006 Grants

In 2006, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $381,600 to 28 nonprofit organizations:


A grant to Mobile Meals provided home-delivered meals to people at nutritional risk.

2005 Grants

In 2005, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $336,410 to 28 nonprofit organizations:

2004 Grants

In 2004, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $301,000 to 26 nonprofit organizations:

2003 Grants

In 2003, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $306,013 to 23 nonprofit organizations:

2002 Grants

In 2002, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $293,335 to 23 nonprofit organizations:

2001 Grants

In 2001, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $307,140 to 19 nonprofit organizations:

2000 Grants

In 2001, Akron Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $225,334 to 14 nonprofit organizations: