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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 $10.9 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:
Economic Growth

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

Land Renewal

Urban development, including a grant to the Western Reserve Land Conservancy to create a land bank of vacant and abandoned properties in Akron

Home Repairs

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

Urban beautification

Community service, civic engagement and beautification efforts, including funding for public space improvements through Downtown Akron Partnership

Environmental Education

Parks and recreation, including funding for animal education programs at the Akron Zoo

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