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Millennium Fund for Children
Grant History

Since its founding, the Millennium Fund for Children has invested more than $665,000 into grassroots children's programs all over Northeast Ohio. 

Nonprofits interested in applying for a grant from the Millennium Fund for Children can find deadlines and other important information on our Issue-Specific Grants page.

2016 Grants

In 2016, the Millennium Fund for Children awarded grants totaling $41,900 to 32 local nonprofit organizations:

Boy in pajamas
A grant to CASA provided warm winter pajamas for children in foster care.
  • Akron Children’s Museum, to provide free tickets to the museum’s new long-term site for disadvantaged children in Greater Akron, $1,500
  • Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs, to replace the camp’s water trampoline, which improves the balance and muscular strength of children with special needs, $1,000
  • Alchemy Inc., to purchase books, writing journals and backpacks for students in the agency’s storytelling workshops, $1,500
  • Art Sparks, to expand the Fabulous Fitness dance program to include special needs classrooms in Akron Public Schools, $1,000
  • Battered Women’s Shelter, to provide enrichment opportunities and field trips for children living at the shelter, $1,000
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve, to support art programs for at-risk youth that develop their creativity and keep them engaged in positive activities, $1,000  
  • Bridges Learning Center, to provide science- and engineering-based activities for students with special needs in Akron Public Schools, $400  
  • Bright Star Books Inc., to provide books to young children who receive services from Summit County WIC clinics, $2,000
  • CASA Board Volunteer Association Inc., to provide warm winter pajamas for abused and neglected children in foster care, $1,500
  • Center for Applied Drama and Autism, to support arts-based social events for children with autism that encourage friendship and self-expression, $1,000
  • Central Summit County Choral Society, to support the Children’s Choir Program, which develops musical literacy in young singers from first through 12th grade, $1,000
  • Christ Child Society of Akron, to provide essential newborn items and child safety literature to mothers of at-risk babies, $1,000
  • City of Akron Police Department, to support the Do the Right Thing Program, which rewards students who are positive role models in their community, $1,000
  • Community Pregnancy Center, to provide formula and baby food for infants in disadvantaged families, $1,000
  • Crown Point Ecology Center, to introduce low-income children to organic farming and gardening through the 2017 Summer Farm & Science Camp, $2,000
  • Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio, to celebrate students’ achievements in the agency’s ballroom dance residency program at the annual Colors of the Rainbow Team Match event, $1,000  
  • Family Promise of Summit County Inc., to ensure the health and wellness of babies in homeless families by providing parent education programs, essential baby supplies, and financial assistance for checkups and vaccinations, $2,000
  • The Illusion Factory, to support children's theater classes at Summit Artspace in downtown Akron, $1,000
  • Kent State University Foundation Inc., to create a collaborative work space at the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center where youth at the correctional facility can learn about coding, audio recording and design while gaining critical problem-solving skills, $2,000  
  • Medina Community Police Activity League, to support after-school field trips that foster positive relationships between police officers and students in Medina County, $1,000
  • Portage-Summit Diaper Bank, to provide diapers to families in need in Summit and Portage counties, $2,000
  • Proyecto Raices, to provide transportation for students in the Proyecto Raices program, which provides a safe space for Hispanic children in Greater Akron to celebrate their culture while engaging in educational and artistic activities, $2,000
  • Rape Crisis Center, for the Heroes 4 Hope program, which helps prevent teen dating violence by educating middle and high school students about healthy relationships, $2,000
  • RePlay for Kids, to support a workshop where families in Summit County can learn how to adapt toys for their children with disabilities, $1,000
  • Residents Improving Goodyear Heights Together, to start a free community book exchange in Goodyear Heights by placing “Little Free Libraries” throughout the neighborhood, $1,500 
  • South Street Ministries, to support an after-school enrichment program for elementary school students in the Summit Lake neighborhood, $2,000 
  • Stow-Munroe Falls City School District, to create a “21st century classroom” where students can move freely and work collaboratively, allowing students with learning disabilities to excel, $1,000
  • Students With A Goal, to support a mentoring program for young adults in the Summit Lake neighborhood that focuses on learning, leadership and life skills, $2,000
  • Victim Assistance Program Inc., for the “Kids Need a Firm Foundation” picnic for children who have witnessed or been victims of violence, $1,000
  • Victory Gallop, to purchase safety helmets for children with special needs in the therapeutic horseback riding program, $500
  • Weathervane Community Playhouse Inc., to provide theater class scholarships to children from low-income families, $1,000
  • Women's Auxiliary Board, Summit County Children Services, to create safer sleeping conditions for kids in the care of children’s services by providing families with beds and cribs, $1,000

2015 Grants

In 2015, the Millennium Fund for Children awarded grants totaling $46,578 to 32 local nonprofit organizations:

Girl on bicycle
A grant to Elves & More of Northeast Ohio provided bicycles for children in inner-city neighborhoods.
  • ACCESS Inc., to provide meals, health assessments, clothing and school supplies for children living at the shelter, $2,000
  • Akron Area YMCA, to purchase an inflatable water challenge activity for children at Camp Y-Noah, $1,000
  • Akron Art Museum, to support the Night at the Museum program, which showcases the artwork of local students through special exhibitions for students and their families, $1,000
  • Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs, to replace worn buoys and swim lines for the recreational swimming program for children with special needs, $1,900
  • Art Sparks, to expand the Fabulous Fitness dance program for second- and third-graders in Akron Public Schools, $1,200
  • Battered Women’s Shelter, to provide enrichment opportunities and field trips for children living at the shelter, $1,000
  • Birthcare of Medina County, to provide winter pajamas and blankets for infants and toddlers in need, $1,000
  • Bright Star Books Inc., to provide books to young children who are enrolled in the Summit Lake, Barberton and Stow WIC clinics, $2,000
  • Building for Tomorrow, to support family outreach events for low-income families in Twinsburg and improve their access to critical early childhood services, $1,000
  • Caring for Kids Inc., to purchase holiday and birthday gifts for children in foster care, $1,000
  • CASA Board Volunteer Association Inc., to provide a holiday party at the Akron Zoo for abused and neglected children in foster care and their caregivers, $1,000
  • Center for Applied Theatre and Active Culture, to support art-based social events for children with autism that encourage friendship and self-expression through art, $1,000
  • Children’s Concert Society of Akron, to help children from low-income families attend the Concert Hall Series, $1,500
  • Christ Child Society of Akron, to provide essential newborn items and child safety literature to mothers of at-risk babies, $1,000
  • Crown Point Ecology Center, to introduce low-income children to organic farming and gardening through the 2016 Summer Farm & Science Camp, $2,000
  • Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio, for a ballroom dance residency program that fosters respect, teamwork and self-esteem among Akron Public Schools students, $1,000  
  • Elves & More of Northeast Ohio, to purchase bicycles for children in low-income neighborhoods, $1,000 
  • Embracing Futures Inc., to teach third-graders about the benefits of oral health through in-class demonstrations, where they receive free toothbrushes and other dental health items, $1,000
  • Family Promise of Summit County Inc., to provide car seats, diapers and wipes for babies in homeless families, $2,000
  • Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio, to provide nutritious snacks for participants of this nationally acclaimed program, which mentors girls in high-poverty neighborhoods through a combination of fitness training and discussions about personal values, respect and self-worth, $2,000
  • Good Neighbors Inc., to purchase uniforms for needy students in Akron Public Schools, $2,000
  • GriefCare Place Inc., for grief camps and school-based grief counseling groups that help children and teens cope with the loss of a loved one through art, music and therapeutic peer activities, $1,000
  • Leggett Community Learning Center, Akron Public Schools, to support the Leader in Me program, which helps increase attendance and test scores by teaching students about respect and personal responsibility, $1,000
  • Magical Theatre Company, to support theater productions and drama workshops for homeless children in Akron, $2,000
  • OPEN M, for an early childhood education program that prepares children from low-income families for kindergarten, $2,000
  • OutSupport Inc., for support services for transgender youth in Northeast Ohio, $1,500 
  • Portage-Summit Diaper Bank, to provide diapers to families in need in Summit and Portage counties, $2,000
  • Rape Crisis Center, for the Tina Project, which helps prevent teen dating violence by educating middle and high school students about healthy relationships, $2,000
  • Shelter Care Inc., to support recreational activities for at-risk youth in the respite care program, $1,778
  • South Street Ministries, to support an art therapy mentoring program for teen girls in the Summit Lake neighborhood, $2,000 
  • Victim Assistance Program Inc., for the “Kids Need a Firm Foundation” picnic for children who have witnessed or been victims of violence, $1,500
  • Weathervane Community Playhouse Inc., to provide theater class scholarships to children from low-income families, $1,200

2014 Grants

In 2014, the Millennium Fund for Children awarded grants totaling $38,500 to 30 local nonprofit organizations:

Kids feeding chickens
A grant to Crown Point Ecology Center taught children from inner-city neighborhoods about farming and gardening.

2013 Grants

In 2013, the Millennium Fund for Children awarded grants totaling $41,935 to 26 local nonprofit organizations:

Group of kids in costume
A grant to the Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet supported live performances for children in need.

2012 Grants

In 2012, the Millennium Fund for Children awarded grants totaling $48,000 to 34 local nonprofit organizations:

Girl riding horse with help of instructors
A grant to Here's Hope Horse Farm provided therapeutic horseback riding lessons for children with special needs.

2011 Grants

In 2011, the Millennium Fund for Children awarded grants totaling $43,000 to 26 local nonprofit organizations:

Performers in a stage production of Pinocchio.
A grant to Act II Production’s Illusion Factory brought joy to underserved kids through live theater performances.

2010 Grants

In 2010, the Millennium Fund for Children awarded grants totaling $43,000 to 26 local nonprofit organizations:

Students writing in a notebook outdoors
A grant to Portage Path CLC supported an after-school science program.

2009 Grants

In 2009, the Millennium Fund for Children awarded grants totaling $35,575 to 26 local nonprofit organizations:

Two girls hugging at camp
A grant to Akron Rotary Camp funded a support group for siblings of children with disabilities.

2008 Grants

In 2008, the Millennium Fund for Children awarded grants totaling $39,770 to 26 local nonprofit organizations:

Two kids holding boxes full of gifts
A grant to Caring for Kids helped purchase Christmas presents for children in Summit County's foster system.

2007 Grants

In 2007, the Millennium Fund for Children awarded grants totaling $41,653 to 26 local nonprofit organizations:

Boy in wheelchair on a football field
A grant to All-Star Training Club supported sports camps for children with special needs.

2006 Grants

In 2006, the Millennium Fund for Children awarded grants totaling $37,570 to 24 local nonprofit organizations:

Woman putting baby food on a shelf
A grant to Birthcare of Medina County provided baby food for families in need.

2005 Grants

In 2005, the Millennium Fund for Children awarded grants totaling $42,951 to 29 local nonprofit organizations:

Aqua-Dock trampoline in the lake
A grant to Akron Rotary Camp helped purchase an Aqua-Dock trampoline for children at the camp.

2004 Grants

In 2004, the Millennium Fund for Children awarded grants totaling $36,944 to 29 local nonprofit organizations:

Students standing on stage with teacher in front of bikes
A grant to Leggett Elementary School purchased bicycles for students with perfect attendance.

2003 Grants

In 2003, the Millennium Fund for Children awarded grants totaling $38,093 to 25 local nonprofit organizations:

A grant to Victim Assistance Program supported a picnic for children who have witnessed violence.

2002 Grants

In 2002, the Millennium Fund for Children awarded grants totaling $37,074 to 26 local nonprofit organizations:

Group of kids standing at the farmers market
A grant to Let's Grow Akron supported an entrepreneurship project where kids learned to grow and sell their own produce.

2001 Grants

In 2001, the Millennium Fund for Children awarded grants totaling $37,311 to 25 local nonprofit organizations:

Girls in swimsuits hugging
A grant to the Summit Special Olympics Athletic Club helped purchase swimsuits for youth with disabilities.

2000 Grants

In 2000, the Millennium Fund for Children awarded grants totaling $21,578 to 13 local nonprofit organizations:

Children planting in a garden
A grant to Lincoln Elementary School supported a community gardening program for students.