Advancing Economic Growth and Civic Engagement
Akron Community Foundation believes all residents of Summit County can find prosperity and success in the region with the right mix of funding and community involvement.
Civic Affairs Grants
Decades of Strategic Funding
Since 2000, Akron Community Foundation has invested nearly $8.5 million in Civic Affairs initiatives. See a history of our grants.
Nonprofits interested in applying for a grant can review deadlines and other important information on our Competitive Grants page.
Our funding supports:
Job creation and economic development, including support for the Fund for Our Economic Future
Crime prevention and neighborhood safety, including grants to help former offenders become productive and law-abiding citizens
Urban development, including a grant to the Western Reserve Land Conservancy to create a land bank of vacant and abandoned properties in Akron
Energy conservation and environmental protection, including a grant to help Rebuilding Together Northeast Ohio make energy-efficient modifications and repairs to the homes of elderly and low-income residents
Community service, civic engagement and beautification efforts, including funding for public space improvements through Downtown Akron Partnership
Parks and recreation, including funding for animal education programs at the Akron Zoo