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In 2020, Akron Community Foundation awarded $548,134* 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.

  • Akron Marathon, to support virtual race experiences that engage and motivate runners in the community, $10,000
  • Akron Parks Collaborative, to support the development of a strategic plan, $5,000
  • Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs, to provide camp scholarships for children and adults with disabilities so they can attend overnight, day and respite camps, $10,000
  • Akron SCORE, to provide one-on-one mentoring and workshops to small businesses and startups in the Greater Akron area, $9,000
  • Akron Urban League, to help meet an increasing demand for the organization’s programs and services supporting workforce development, entrepreneurship and education for African Americans, $26,000
  • Asian Services in Action Inc., to support a public speaking and civic debate program for immigrant and refugee youth attending North High School and Jennings Community Learning Center, $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, $5,250
  • BRITE Energy Innovators, to support eight Akron-area clean energy technology startup companies, $1,000
  • Business Volunteers Unlimited, to support consulting services designed to strengthen Summit County nonprofits, including board development and leadership training, $5,000
  • Candid Midwest, to help Summit County nonprofits secure funding and increase their sustainability through virtual educational programs, resources and services, $5,000
  • CASA Board Volunteer Association, to recruit and train community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the Summit County Juvenile Court system, $17,000
  • Cascade Locks Park Association, to support the operation and maintenance of historical assets, including the Mustill home and store, $5,000
  • City of Akron, to support the Mayor’s Citizens Institute, a 10-week civic engagement program covering social issues, safety services, arts and culture, and other aspects of city governance, $5,250
  • Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, to support environmental education programming and enhance public use of the park, $35,300
  • ConxusNEO, to partner with local companies, educators and workforce programs to identify skills gaps, fill current positions, adapt to virtual training software, and build a talent pipeline, $20,000
  • Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, to provide unique rail experiences for guests and to support the preservation and maintenance of historical railcars, $26,000
  • Development Fund of the Western Reserve, to support the Minority Contractor Capital Access Program, which provides funding and technical assistance to businesses owned by people of color, women, LGBTQ+ people, veterans and people with disabilities, $10,000
  • The Devil Strip, to help the cooperatively owned news organization fund a full-time reporter to provide deeper, solutions-based civic journalism in the areas of public health, economic development, and equity and inclusion, $7,500
  • Downtown Akron Partnership, to support downtown business development, beautification, volunteer outreach and public space improvements, $16,250
  • Dr. Bob's Home, to support the upkeep of Alcoholics Anonymous founder Dr. Bob's home, $5,000
  • First Tee of Greater Akron, to support a youth development program for kids ages 4 to 18 that teaches life skills alongside the game of golf, $7,000
  • Friends of Elizabeth Park, to address food insecurity, neighborhood health disparities, and environmental racism through a community empowerment garden for Cascade Valley residents, $5,250
  • Friends of Metro Parks, to 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 Akron, $7,500
  • Fund for Our Economic Future, to help transform the Northeast Ohio economy by advancing job creation and preparation initiatives that promote inclusive economic growth, $33,334
  • GASP: Guardians Advocating Child Safety and Protection, to support child safety activities, including child identification kits, community outreach programs and educational materials, $5,000
  • The GroundTruth Project, to support a Report for America reporter in the Akron Beacon Journal newsroom focused exclusively on expanding local coverage of immigrant and minority communities, $7,500
  • Habitat for Humanity of Summit County, to support neighborhood revitalization initiatives, including exterior home repair programs and interest-free mortgages, $13,500
  • Heart to Heart Communications, to provide leadership training scholarships for minority leaders in the business and nonprofit sectors, $5,000
  • Humane Society of Summit County, for animal intake care, vaccination, and microchipping of Summit County's rescued cats and dogs, $10,000
  • International Soap Box Derby, to support the All-American Soap Box Derby, STEM education programs, and community engagement events, $25,000
  • Karen Community of Akron, to support cultural programming and youth leadership activities for Karen refugees who have resettled in Akron, $5,000
  • Keep Akron Beautiful, to support the removal of litter and graffiti in Akron, $10,000
  • Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance, to support the revitalization of the Kenmore Boulevard Historic District, $10,000
  • Leadership Akron, to support the Signature Class 38 Opening Retreat and Junior Leadership Akron Philanthropy Day, $14,000
  • Legacies of Success Community Development Corporation, to support homeownership in Akron’s North Hill neighborhood by rehabilitating distressed properties for low-income families, $6,000
  • North Akron Community Development Corporation, to provide leadership and entrepreneurship opportunities for women and immigrants in Akron’s North Hill neighborhood, $5,000
  • Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition, to support the revitalization of Summit Lake by engaging neighborhood residents in recreational and volunteer activities, $10,000
  • One of A Kind Pet Rescue, to create a dental clinic offering low-cost dental services for pets, $12,000
  • Open Tone Music, to provide music education programs for underserved and minority youth in Summit County, $5,000
  • Rebuilding Together Northeast Ohio, to provide home repairs and safety modifications that allow low-income, elderly, disabled and veteran homeowners to remain in their homes, $15,000
  • Safety Forces Support Center, to support mental health services, crisis intervention and professional training for first responders in Summit County, $10,000
  • South Street Ministries, to support community engagement programs in the Summit Lake neighborhood, as well as re-entry resources for formerly incarcerated residents, $17,500
  • Summit County Public Health, to recruit and train volunteer guardians for indigent adult wards of the Summit County Probate Court, $10,000
  • Summit Food Coalition, to address inequities in the food system by increasing access to nutritious foods, supporting economic opportunities for food-based businesses, and advocating for lasting policy change, $25,000
  • Summit Metro Parks Foundation, to support community participation in the Summit Metro Parks centennial celebration, $12,500
  • Truly Reaching You, to 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 support a workforce development pilot program for single mothers in the Middlebury neighborhood, $10,000
  • Women’s Network Inc., to support leadership training for minority women working at small companies and nonprofits, $11,000
  • Youth Excellence Performing Arts Workshop, to support free virtual academic tutoring, workshops and programming, $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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