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Women’s Endowment Fund Grants

In 2019, the Women’s Endowment Fund awarded grants totaling $180,000 to 25 Greater Akron nonprofit organizations:

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A $5,000 grant to Our Lady of the Elms School will help offer STEM education and robotics equipment to its students.

  • ACCESS Inc., for the Women and Children in Crisis Program, designed to address the homelessness crisis holistically, $10,000
  • Akron Children’s Hospital, to offer education, support groups and therapeutic cooking and nutrition classes for young women who suffer from eating disorders, $5,000
  • 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, to provide summer program scholarships for at-risk girls in Summit County, $5,000
  • Building for Tomorrow, to support the Reach Opportunity Center at Summit Lake, providing education, training, support and resources for impoverished families, $5,000
  • Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy, to expand food access and nutrition education programming for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) participants, $5,000
  • Grant deadline

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

  • Economic and Community Development Institute, to support Akron outreach of the Women’s Business Center of Northern Ohio, $10,000
  • Family and Community Services of Portage County Inc., to provide creative arts therapeutic services for homeless female veterans in Summit County, $10,000
  • First Tee of Akron, to improve local girls’ health and wellness through golf-based youth development programming, $5,000
  • Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, to support the Girl Scout Journey Program, a 20-week after-school leadership skills program for underserved girls, $5,000
  • Hattie Larlham Foundation, to support career readiness preparation for women with developmental disabilities, $2,000
  • Interval Brotherhood Home (IBH), to support the REACH Project by providing job readiness training for women in IBH’s residential treatment program who are seeking employment, $5,000
  • Kent State University Foundation Inc., to support the SOS Sister Circles program, a stress intervention program for expectant and postpartum African-American mothers, $15,000
  • Legacy III Inc., to support the Women’s Empowerment Program, providing transitional housing to homeless women recovering from addiction and mental health disorders, $7,500
  • OPEN M, to support the Community Works Connection program, assisting women in poverty to become economically self-sufficient, $7,500
  • Our Lady of the Elms School, to support STEM programming and provide robotics equipment, $5,000
  • Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, to support Get Real!, a sex education curriculum for students in Summit County, $10,000
  • Project Ujima, to provide centering circles for pregnant and new mothers in an effort to help reduce infant mortality in Akron’s 44307 and 44320 zip codes, $15,000
  • Rape Crisis Center, to support the Heroes 4 Hope dating and sexual violence program, providing teens with activity-rich education about healthy relationships, $8,000
  • South Street Ministries, for the South Street Women’s Reentry program, offering returning and incarcerated women a second chance at leading productive lives, $1,000
  • Stewart’s Caring Place, for wigs and beauty services for women on a cancer journey, $2,500
  • Summa Health System, to support the launch of the Mommy Care-Group Care initiative, which offers support groups and educational services for new mothers, $7,500
  • Summit Artspace, to support the Artist as an Entrepreneur program, providing female artists with core business skills and resources for successful professional careers, $5,000
  • Victim Assistance Program Inc., for 24-hour crisis intervention services for victims of crime and trauma, $7,500
  • Women’s Network Inc., to complete the Gender Equity & Women’s Leadership Study, providing the community with a baseline for equity and inclusion efforts, $11,500

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