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Bath Community Fund seeks grant proposals


Beginning Sept. 1, Bath Community Fund will accept grant proposals for programs that enrich the Bath community and improve residents’ quality of life.

Approximately $20,000 will be available to support programs that preserve Bath’s historical and environmental legacy, enhance the local arts and culture landscape, serve youth through education and recreation, and meet residents’ social service needs.

In addition, Bath Community Fund has committed up to $10,000 to support nonprofits serving the Bath/Revere geographic area during the COVID-19 pandemic through Akron Community Foundation’s Community Response Fund for Nonprofits.

Last year, the fund awarded $26,250 to 12 area nonprofit organizations, bringing its cumulative grantmaking total to nearly $80,000. Recent grants have supported the construction of an orientation space in the new Gatehouse Welcome Center at Hale Farm & Village, provided enrichment programs for Bath residents with cancer, and supported an oral health education program for students at Bath Elementary School, among other projects.

Detailed information about the fund’s grantmaking priorities and a complete list of prior grants can be found at Qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations may apply online from Sept. 1 through Oct. 1. A link to the application is available at

A committee of BCF advisory board members, donors and community leaders will review the requests and make determinations. Grant decisions will be announced in early December.

Questions about the application process should be directed to John Garofalo, vice president of community investment, at 330-436-5624 or

About Bath Community Fund
Established in 2014 by a group of committed Bath residents, Bath Community Fund is a permanent endowment dedicated to strengthening the Bath community for current and future generations by providing leadership, fostering collaboration, and creating a legacy of charitable giving. The fund is committed to responding to community needs, helping the less fortunate, supporting local nonprofits, and reinforcing and preserving Bath’s historical and environmental legacy. Since its inception, the fund has reinvested nearly $80,000 into the Bath community. For more information, contact Kathy Sidaway, advisory board chair, at 330-670-8103 or

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 680 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 nearly $177 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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