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Bath Community Fund seeks grant proposals

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

Grant applications will be considered for 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. Approximately $34,000 will be available for grantmaking.

Last year, the fund awarded $29,020 to 13 area nonprofit organizations, bringing its cumulative grantmaking total to more than $100,000. Recent grants have supported the construction of an outdoor classroom and nature exploration station at the Bath Nature Preserve, provided emergency wellness services for Bath residents with cancer, and supported therapeutic horseback riding programs for children with special needs, 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 grown to more than $1.1 million and reinvested more than $100,000 into the Bath community. For more information, contact Kathy Sidaway, advisory board chair, at 330-285-5893 or

About Akron Community Foundation
Celebrating 66 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 $285 million with a growing family of more than 740 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 $196 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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