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Bath Community Fund seeks grant proposals

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A telescope points at the sky at the Fairlawn Rotary Observatory in the Bath Nature Preserve
A recent Bath Community Fund grant helped to purchase a telescope mount for the Fairlawn Rotary Observatory in the Bath Nature Preserve. Photo courtesy of Summit County Astronomy Club.

Bath Community Fund of Akron Community Foundation will accept grant proposals from nonprofit organizations that enrich the Bath community and improve residents’ quality of life, beginning on Sept. 1.

Grant applications will be considered for programs that demonstrate a commitment to preserving Bath’s historical and environmental legacy, enhancing the local arts and culture landscape, serving youth, providing educational and recreational resources, and meeting residents’ social service needs.

Last year, the fund awarded 21 grants totaling $50,000 to local nonprofit organizations serving Bath and its residents, bringing the fund’s cumulative grantmaking total to more than $150,000. Approximately $50,000 will be available again this year thanks to a generous gift of $13,000 from an anonymous donor.

Recent grants have helped to purchase a telescope mount for the Fairlawn Rotary Observatory in the Bath Nature Preserve, supported accessibility improvements to the Bath Center Building, and provided summer theater camps for local youth at Western Reserve Playhouse, among other initiatives.

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

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 jgarofalo@akroncf.org.

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 serving Bath and its residents, and reinforcing and preserving Bath’s historical and environmental legacy. Since its inception, the fund has grown to approximately $1 million and reinvested more than $150,000 into the Bath community. For more information, contact Kathy Sidaway, advisory board chair, at 330-285-5893 or kathysidaway@hotmail.com.

About Akron Community Foundation
Celebrating 67 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 $280 million with a growing family of nearly 800 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 $209 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 www.akroncf.org.

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