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Applications open today for $6.5 million in Summit County CARES Act nonprofit grants


Funding includes support for basic needs, arts & culture 

Applications opened today for $6.5 million in available grants from CARES Act funding provided by the County of Summit to benefit nonprofit organizations that provide for the basic needs of underserved county residents, as well as arts and cultural nonprofits. Applications close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16.  

Up to $50,000 per organization is available for these one-time grants. Grant recipients must spend more than 50% of the funding to provide direct services to clients, while the remainder may be used for general operating support. 

Grants will be announced the week of Nov. 16 and nonprofits that receive the funding must spend the money before Dec. 31. The funding can be used retroactively to cover expenses between March 1 and Dec. 30, 2020. 

To apply, an organization must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with its principal place of operation in Summit County. Fiscal sponsorships by 501(c)(3) organizations will also be accepted. 

A total of $5 million in grants will be available to organizations that cover basic needs, such as those providing food; clothing; shelter; medical, dental or mental health care; safe care; and workforce development. The online application for this funding is available at  

A total of $1.5 million in grants will be available to arts and culture organizations that have demonstrated needs based on either increased demand or decrease in support resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The online application for this funding is available at  

For more information on grant guidelines and application requirements, visit For questions, please email or call 330-436-5630. 

About Akron Community Foundation 
Celebrating 65 years of building community philanthropy, Akron Community Foundation embraces and enhances the work of charitable people who make a permanent commitment to the good of the community. In 1955, a $1 million bequest from the estate of Edwin Shaw established the community foundation. It is a philanthropic endowment of nearly $222.5 million with a growing family of more than 690 funds established by charitable people and organizations from all walks of life. The community foundation and its funds welcome gifts of all kinds, including cash, bequests, stock, real estate, life insurance and retirement assets, just to name a few. To date, the community foundation's funds have awarded more than $180 million in grants to qualified nonprofit organizations. For more information about Akron Community Foundation or to learn more about creating your own charitable fund, call 330-376-8522 or visit

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