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In 2019, Akron Community Foundation awarded $532,283* in competitive Civic Affairs cycle grants to programs that address the workforce skills gap, support economic empowerment initiatives, and boost neighborhood revitalization programs, among other civic initiatives.

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  • Akron Parks Collaborativeto support the Friends of Parks program, which encourages resident stewardship of neighborhood parks while building community and creating vibrancy in shared public spaces, $7,500
  • Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needsto provide camp scholarships for children and adults with disabilities so they can attend overnight, day and respite camps, $6,000
  • Akron SCOREto provide one-on-one mentoring and workshops to small businesses and startups in the Greater Akron area, $7,500
  • Akron Urban League, to help sustain programs and services in workforce development, entrepreneurship and education, $25,000
  • Akron Zoo, to provide the ZooMobile Program to fifth-grade students in Akron Public Schools, $6,500
  • Asian Services in Action pilot a debate program for immigrant youth attending North High School, $10,000
  • Big Love Network, for the Akron City Repair Project, which empowers residents to create public spaces that foster civic engagement and a shared neighborhood identity, $7,700
  • Business Volunteers Unlimitedto support consulting services designed to strengthen Summit County nonprofits, including board development and succession planning training, $5,000
  • Candid Midwest, to help Summit County nonprofits secure funding and increase their sustainability through educational programs and services, $2,500
  • CASA Board Volunteer Associationto recruit and train community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the Summit County Juvenile Court system, $15,000
  • Cascade Locks Park Associationto support the operation and maintenance of historical assets, including the Mustill home and store, $6,500
  • City of Akronto support the Beyond the Table grant award program, a neighborhood-based initiative designed to encourage new and creative neighborhood efforts that align with Akron Community Foundation’s On the Table Greater Akron priorities, $60,000
  • Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Parkto support environmental education programs for Akron Public Schools students and the completion of the Boston Mill Visitor Center, $45,000
  • ConxusNEOto partner with local companies to identify skills gaps, fill current positions and build a talent pipeline, $20,000
  • Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroadto provide unique rail experiences and educational field trips for local residents, and to maintain vintage railroad equipment, $21,000
  • Development Fund of the Western Reserveto support the Akron Community Revitalization Fund, which improves economically distressed neighborhoods in the City of Akron by offering tax credits and flexible loan terms for revitalization projects within these communities, $10,000
  • Downtown Akron Partnershipto support downtown business development, beautification, volunteer outreach and public space improvements, $16,000
  • Dr. Bob's Hometo support the upkeep of Alcoholics Anonymous founder Dr. Bob's home, $5,250
  • First Tee of Akronto support the expansion of this golf-based youth development program to two new locations in Cuyahoga Falls and Green, $6,000
  • Friends of Metro Parksto connect underserved residents to nature and protect the parks for future generations, $5,000
  • Friends of WKSU, to support investigative reporting and community engagement in Greater Akron, $5,000
  • Fund for Our Economic Futureto help transform the Northeast Ohio economy by advancing job creation and preparation initiatives, $33,333
  • GASP: Guardians Advocating Child Safety and Protection, to support child safety activities, including child identification kits, community outreach programs and educational materials, $5,000
  • Greater Akron Chamber, to create an inventory of Summit County business leaders and connect them with civic initiatives that drive social and economic impact, $10,000
  • Habitat for Humanity of Summit County, to support neighborhood revitalization initiatives, including exterior home repair programs and interest-free mortgages, $10,000
  • Heart to Heart Communicationsto support the Leading with Authenticity program for leaders in the Greater Akron nonprofit sector, $2,500
  • Humane Society of Summit Countyfor animal intake care, vaccination, and microchipping of Summit County's rescued cats and dogs, $15,000
  • International Soap Box Derbyto support the All-American Soap Box Derby, STEM education programs, and community engagement events, $25,000
  • Karen Community of Akron, to support cultural events and programming for Karen refugees who have resettled in Akron, $5,000
  • Keep Akron Beautifulto create vibrant public spaces in Akron through urban beautification programs, $10,000
  • Kenmore Neighborhood Allianceto renovate and repurpose vacant space on Kenmore Boulevard for Kickstand Coffee Co., which will employ and empower local residents while providing rental income to increase the nonprofit’s sustainability, $12,500
  • Leadership Akronto support the Signature Class 37 Opening Retreat and Junior Leadership Akron Philanthropy Day Project, $14,000
  • Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition, to support the Akron Civic Commons, Summit Lake Environmental Stewardship Program, which engages neighborhood residents in recreational and volunteer activities to revitalize Summit Lake, $12,500
  • Safety Forces Support Centerto support mental health services, crisis intervention, and professional training for first responders, $10,000
  • South Street Ministriesto provide community engagement programs in the Summit Lake neighborhood, as well as re-entry resources for formerly incarcerated residents, $17,500
  • Summit Food Coalitionto support community access to nutritious and local foods, and to spur the development of a Local Food Action Plan for Summit County, $25,000
  • Summit Metro Parks Foundationto support program development at the new Summit Lake Nature Center, $10,000
  • Truly Reaching Youto support an employment training program for men who are re-entering the community after an extended period of incarceration, $7,500
  • The Well Community Development Corporation, to increase home ownership in the Middlebury neighborhood by rehabilitating 60 homes in 60 months, $15,000

*Includes contributions through Akron Community Foundation's co-investment program, which enables donor-advised fundholders to review the board's competitive grant applications and support initiatives that align with their charitable interests.

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