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Proactive Grants

In 2019, Akron Community Foundation awarded $225,000 to three organizations in its first proactive grantmaking cycle. 

  • Direction Home Akron Canton, for an initiative to make Summit County a more livable and accessible community for people of all ages over the next five years. The initiative is presented in partnership with AARP, Direction Home Akron Canton, the University of Akron, the City of Akron and its Senior Citizens Commission, and the County of Summit, $100,000 (paid over three years)

  • Greater Akron Chamber, to support the Elevate Greater Akron Initiative, which aims to create an inclusive economy in Greater Akron by intentionally advancing income and employment to address long-term equity gaps, $100,000 (paid over three years)
  • Women's Network, to improve on the key findings from its Gender Equity & Women’s Leadership Study, a comprehensive local examination of women in leadership roles, which found that compared to the national average, local women are underrepresented in leadership, particularly women of color, $25,000