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Women’s Endowment Fund Grants

In 2017, the Women’s Endowment Fund awarded grants totaling $114,460 to 19 Greater Akron nonprofit organizations:

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A grant to OPEN M is helping women in poverty become economically self-sufficient through a financial literacy and job mentoring program.
  • ACCESS Inc., to meet the emergency needs of homeless women and children, including safe shelter, counseling, addiction support and job readiness training, $10,000
  • Asian Services in Action Inc., to provide culturally sensitive support groups and domestic violence education to Hmong women in Akron, $3,000
  • Battered Women’s Shelter, to provide protective shelter, food, clothing and counseling for victims of domestic violence, $10,000
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve Inc., to provide summer program scholarships for at-risk girls in Summit County, $4,960 
  • Grant deadline

    Women's Endowment Fund grant applications open online Oct. 15 and are due by Nov. 15. Preview the application questions.

  • Building for Tomorrow, to support the Reach Opportunity Center, which helps families in the Summit Lake neighborhood rise above poverty by providing job readiness programs for women and preparing young children for kindergarten, $5,000
  • Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio, to support a running-based program for girls in Summit County that combines physical activity with discussions about self-confidence, bullying and healthy relationships, $5,000
  • Greenleaf Family Center, to support a perinatal program for African-American women in Summit County that reduces infant mortality through early prenatal care and maternal education, $10,000
  • International Institute of Akron, to support a “Mommy and Me” program for Afghan refugee women that will increase their language and self-sufficiency skills while preparing their young children for kindergarten, $9,500
  • Mustard Seed Development Center, for a financial counseling program that helps Summit County women secure stable housing, improve their credit, and develop a budget, $8,000
  • Not Wasted (Truly Reaching You), for a job skills training program for women in Summit County who have been incarcerated or are recovering from addiction, $5,000
  • OhioGuidestone, for a maternal depression program that provides in-home mental health assessments and support services for pregnant women and new mothers in Summit County, $5,000
  • OPEN M, to help women in poverty become economically self-sufficient through a financial literacy and job mentoring program, $5,000
  • Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, to teach girls in Akron-area high schools about healthy relationships, birth control and sexually transmitted infections using an evidence-based, LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum, $7,500
  • Rape Crisis Center, to prevent dating and sexual violence by educating middle and high school students about bullying, consent and healthy relationships, $8,000
  • Shelter Care Inc., to purchase baby supplies for homeless teenage mothers living at the pregnancy shelter, $2,500
  • South Street Ministries, to support an arts-based mentoring program for teenage girls in the Summit Lake neighborhood that builds character and self-esteem, $4,000
  • Students With A Goal, for Girls Circle, a discussion group for adolescent girls in the Summit Lake neighborhood that promotes healthy lifestyle choices, pregnancy prevention, entrepreneurship and personal accountability, $2,000
  • Victim Assistance Program Inc., to provide 24-hour crisis response services for victims of crime and trauma in Summit County, $5,000
  • Women’s Network Inc., to create a leadership and management training curriculum for female professionals, $5,000

See a complete history of Women's Endowment Fund grants.