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Women’s Endowment Fund Grants

In 2018, the Women’s Endowment Fund awarded grants totaling $178,000 to 22 Greater Akron nonprofit organizations:

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Impact grants totaling $50,000 were awarded to programs that help reduce Summit County’s infant mortality rate by addressing key issues identified during the fund’s 2017 Forum on Women and Girls.

  • ACCESS, to support arts-based mental health programs for homeless youth, $10,000
  • Battered Women’s Shelter, to support protective shelter services for victims of domestic violence and their children, $10,000
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve, for the SMART Girls program, which equips girls to make healthy lifestyle choices and builds their self-esteem, $5,000
  • 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, $10,000
  • Grant deadline

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

  • Cleveland Clinic Akron General, to provide neighborhood-based perinatal education to women at risk of premature birth, with a focus on progesterone treatment, smoking cessation and safe sleep practices, $20,180
  • Community Legal Aid Services, to reduce infant mortality rates in West Akron by providing critical legal services to women who are facing unsafe housing conditions, loss of public assistance, and institutional racism, $14,820
  • DAWN: Developing Alternatives for Women in New Communities, to support a leadership training program for refugee women living in Summit County, $8,300
  • Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, to support an after-school leadership and empowerment program for girls in Akron Public Schools, $5,000
  • H.M. Life Opportunity Services, to help previously homeless, single mothers overcome addiction through secure housing, recovery-based support groups and parenting education, $20,000
  • Info Line, to increase awareness of resources that support healthy babies through 2-1-1, and to develop a screening protocol for families at risk of infant mortality, $5,000
  • I Promise School, Akron Public Schools, to empower girls to pursue careers in STEM fields through after-school programs that foster innovation and creativity, $5,000
  • Kent State University Foundation, for the SUN Shine program, which teaches African-American girls healthy strategies for coping with stress and anxiety, $10,000
  • 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, $10,000
  • RAHAB Ministries, to provide safe housing and trauma counseling for victims of sex trafficking, $5,000
  • Rape Crisis Center, to prevent dating and sexual violence by educating middle and high school students about bullying, consent and healthy relationships, $8,000
  • South Street Ministries, to support Girls Studio, an arts-based mentoring program for teenage girls in the Summit Lake neighborhood, $3,000
  • Stewart’s Caring Place, to provide wigs and beauty services for women on a cancer journey, $1,700
  • 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
  • Summit County Public Health, to support infant mortality education and awareness in high-risk areas of Summit County, $10,000
  • Victim Assistance Program, to provide 24-hour crisis response services for victims of crime and trauma in Summit County, $5,000
  • Women's Network, to support research on gender equity in leadership, $5,000

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