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In addition to our quarterly Community Fund grants, Akron Community Foundation offers these issue-specific grant opportunities:
The Gay Community Endowment Fund serves as a catalyst for the full participation of LGBT people in our community and in society. Its grants support programs that positively impact lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and Greater Akron as a whole. Areas of focus include LGBT youth programs, the arts, health and wellness, and other programs that advance the fund’s mission. To learn more, contact John Garofalo, vice president of community investment.
The mission of the Medina County Community Fund is to improve the quality of life in Medina County, now and forever. It supports a wide range of cultural, educational, health and community services throughout the county. To learn more, contact John Garofalo, vice president of community investment.
The mission of the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund is to improve the quality of life for the county’s women and children. It also serves as a catalyst for needed projects and assists women in their growth as philanthropists. It funds programs that help women and children grow mentally, physically, emotionally, socially, artistically and personally. To learn more, contact John Garofalo, vice president of community investment.
A partnership of Akron Community Foundation and the Akron Beacon Journal, the Millennium Fund for Children supports arts, civic, education, and health and human services projects for children living in the Beacon Journal’s circulation area. It makes grants where even a small amount can make a big difference. To learn more, contact John Garofalo, vice president of community investment.
A partnership of the City of Akron and Akron Community Foundation, the Neighborhood Partnership Program helps neighborhood organizations revitalize communities throughout Akron. Funding helps clean up vacant lots, beautify neighborhoods, conduct block watches, hold meetings and celebrations for residents of all ages, and provide tutoring and after-school programs for children. Recipient organizations must have funding or in-kind support equal to the amount of their request.
Application and details are available from the City of Akron Department of Planning and Urban Development at 330-375-2090.
The Parent Coalition Heritage Fund for Adults with Special Needs was established in 2011 to educate residential providers who care for adults with developmental disabilities to help improve their quality of life. Qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations can apply. To learn more, contact John Garofalo, vice president of community investment.
The Rosalie and Cecil Smith Fund was established in 2007 by Cecil Smith in honor of his wife, Rosalie, to help reduce Summit County’s feral animal population and to spay and neuter animals living in low-income households. The fund accepts requests from applicants with experience in, or a firm understanding of, feral animal spay and neuter methods. Local organizations may be affiliated with regional or national organizations, but their programs must be executed in Summit County. To learn more, contact John Garofalo, vice president of community investment.
VP, Community Investment
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