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Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Akron Community Foundation has distributed $549,798 to help local nonprofits on the front lines of this crisis.

Nonprofits interested in applying for a grant can apply online. Individuals and businesses can also donate to the Community Response Fund for Nonprofits.

The following grants have been awarded to date:

  • ACCESS Inc., for COVID-19 expenses and operational support during the health crisis, $5,000
  • Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio, to purchase nonperishable meals and grocery cards for physically disabled youth and their families, $1,500 
  • Akron Area YMCA, to support four local pandemic care centers to provide structured and safe environments for children of critical care employees, $5,000
  • Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, to replenish food inventory and address increased demands at food pantries as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, $15,000 (includes $10,000 from the Food Pantry Capacity Fund); to support diversity training for hunger relief efforts, $2,500
  • Akron Children’s Hospital, to support the Akron Children's Hospital Employee Hardship Fund for assistance during the current health crisis, $5,000
  • Akron Civic Theatre, to support production of and outreach for Millennial Theatre Project's "Say It Loud,” which explores attitudes about race and equality in our community, $5,000
  • Akron Inner City Soccer Club, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among vulnerable, low-income immigrant/refugee families, $2,500
  • Akron Public Schools, to support effective, district-wide online learning through the deployment of 42 hotspot devices in weak internet areas, $5,000; to establish Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to help identify and address disparities, engage employees and raise awareness about systemic and structural inequities, $5,000
  • Akron Soul Trainto support the Akron Artists Relief Fund, providing micro-grants to supply basic needs for local vulnerable artists who have been affected by the current health crisis, $5,000
  • Akron-Summit County Public Library, to support safety measures needed at all library locations which opened in July, $5,000
  • Akron Zoological Park, to distribute health and hygiene products to Akron Public Schools students and their families, $5,000
  • Akron Urban League, to educate minority communities on their rights to vote and support Make Black Count, an effort to get a complete count of Black Americans in the 2020 Census, $2,500
  • American Red Cross of Summit, Portage and Medina Counties, to provide critical relief services for Summit and Medina County residents affected by disasters, $5,000
  • Antioch Baptist Church, to provide a low-cost disinfecting and sanitizing solution for local churches and other local faith-based organizations, $3,000
  • Apollo's Fire the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, to support the Mosaic Project in Summit County, which nurtures future musicians of color through a pipeline approach – reaching children, teens and young adults at multiple points throughout their development, $2,000
  • ArtsNow, to support the arts and culture sector of Summit County, $5,000; to support the Community Circles and Statements of Equity: Arts and Culture project, which ensures mutual support, education and professional development resources, and visibility for minority artists, $5,000
  • Asian Services In Action (ASIA), to provide protective equipment for employees and to convert its emergency food pantry into a carry-out model to minimize the community spread of COVID-19, $5,000
  • Autism Society of Greater Akron, to support individuals and families impacted by a developmental disability during COVID-19, $5,000
  • AxessPointe Community Health Center, to deliver virtual services to patients as a result of COVID-19, $5,000
  • Battered Women's Shelter of Summit & Medina Counties, to take precautions against the spread of COVID-19 within domestic violence shelters, $5,000; to facilitate a committee to review the agency and develop a strategic plan for corrective actions for any deficiencies in diversity, $3,000
  • Birthing Beautiful Communities, to support expectant and new parents who are COVID-19 positive or are identified as high-risk for contracting the virus, $2,000
  • The Blick Center, to support adults with disabilities and to help manage the mental health of clients, $3,000
  • Bounce Innovation Hub, to support the minority-focused business program Generating Real Opportunities and Wealth (GROW), $5,000
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohioto augment its daily meal pick-up packs to include essential items, including shampoo, toothpaste and toilet paper throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, $5,000
  • Broken Chains Ministry, to support emergency general operating expenses for the Summit County women's opiate recovery program, $3,500
  • Buchtel Community Learning Center PTAto provide grandparents raising grandchildren and other non-traditional family arrangements with funds for groceries and essential items, $5,000 
  • Building for Tomorrow, to provide support for Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA) residents that have lost income due to COVID-19, $5,000 
  • Business Volunteers Unlimited, to provide COVID-19 outreach and support to nonprofit organizations in Summit and Medina counties, $2,500
  • Caring Hands Charityto support Greater Akron and the National Guard with cooked meals and/or groceries, $5,000 
  • Catholic Charities Community Services of Medina County, to provide basic needs assistance to Medina County residents, $5,000 
  • Catholic Charities of Summit County, to provide rent and utility assistance for residents facing financial hardship during the COVID-19 health crisis, $2,500
  • Cathy’s House, to provide rent assistance for residents impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, $3,000
  • Child Guidance & Family Solutions, to support virtual telehealth services to ensure client safety throughout the current health crisis, $4,638 
  • Cleveland Clinic Akron General, to provide COVID-19 educational resource kits to areas disproportionately affected by the health crisis, $5,000
  • Coleman Professional Services, for psychological first aid and mental health triage among providers throughout Summa Health System, $1,500
  • Community Health Center, to implement addiction recovery services using telehealth technology during the COVID-19 pandemic, $2,500
  • Cleveland Clinic Akron General, to provide COVID-19 educational resource kits to areas disproportionately affected by the health crisis, $5,000
  • Community Legal Aid Servicesto provide legal services and education to help low-income clients navigate immediate challenges arising from COVID-19, $1,000; to create a diversity, equity, and inclusion plan to guide improvement and better serve its clients, $5,000 
  • Community Support Services, to support the integration of virtual platforms for mental health counseling, $5,000
  • Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, to support diversity, equity, and inclusion board development, $2,500
  • Copley United Methodist Church, to help the Copley Outreach Center purchase food and to support its general operations, $2,000
  • Crown Point Ecology Center, to help provide fresh, organic produce to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and other local agencies feeding those in need during the current health crisis, $4,840 (with funding support from Bath Community Fund)
  • Curated Storefront, to support local artists by providing assistance with rent and other basic needs, $5,000
  • Cleveland Clinic Akron General, to provide COVID-19 educational resource kits to areas disproportionately affected by the health crisis, $5,000
  • Cuyahoga Valley Art Centerto provide cleaning supplies and building improvements to safely reopen the center in July, $1,500
  • Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, to resume train rides that have been put on hold due to COVID-19, $2,500
  • Donovan's Kids, to support face mask production for families in Summit County, $750
  • Downtown Cuyahoga Falls Partnership, Inc., to support small business recovery in downtown Cuyahoga Falls, $2,500 
  • Dreams Academy Internationalto support virtual mentoring and music programming for African-American males, $5,000
  • East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation, to provide rent assistance for tenants who are economically affected by COVID-19, $5,000
  • EasterSeals of Northern Ohio, to create a virtual continuum of care for adults with disabilities in Summit County during the current health crisis, $5,000
  • ECDI, to support underserved small businesses impacted by COVID-19 in Greater Akron, $3,000
  • Embrace Clinic & Care Center, to purchase in-demand items, including baby formula and diapers, for its clients, $5,000 
  • The Emergency Assistance Center, to provide food and personal hygiene supplies to residents in Summit County, $2,500
  • Faithful Servants Care Centerto provide urgent medical care to uninsured Summit County residents$5,000 
  • Falls Cancer Club, to support medical expenses for its registered cancer patients, $3,000
  • Family and Community Services, to deliver meals to high-risk populations in Summit County in response to COVID-19, $5,000
  • Family Promise of Summit County, to provide vouchers for extended-stay hotels for families facing homelessness, and for utility and supply expenses at the Glendora House, $5,000
  • Fathers and Sons of Northeast Ohioto support online programming and software to deliver fatherhood education classes, $3,000
  • The Final Farewell Projectto assist with final expenses for financially strained individuals who have lost a loved one to COVID-19$5,000
  • The First Tee of Greater Akron, to support a safe restart of providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf, $4,570 
  • Forever R Children, to provide essential items and food distribution for at-risk students and their families in the Kenmore and Summit Lake communities, $2,000 
  • Freedom House for Women, Inc.to purchase cleaning supplies and update client data software$5,000 
  • Friends of WKSU, to provide free critical news coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, $2,500
  • Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, to support the transition to virtual programming to continue to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place$5,000 
  • Global Ties Akron, to support the transition to virtual services for community programming, $3,000
  • Grace Academy of Small Wondersto provide Barber Community Learning Center students with gift cards to purchase food and essential items to relieve some financial burden from parents, $3,000
  • Greenleaf Family Center, to support technology for telehealth services and to purchase personal protective equipment for clients and staff, $5,000
  • Habitat for Humanity of Summit County, Inc.to provide emergency mortgage assistance for its current homeowners$5,000 
  • Harmony Houseto support Summit County homeless youth and transition-aged youth housing$2,500
  • Hattie Larlham Foundation, to purchase cleaning supplies and critical safety equipment to protect health care workers and combat COVID-19, $3,000
  • He Brought Us Out Ministry, to expand the organization's services due to increased demand as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, $5,000
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Churchto support the Dare to Love More (DLM) Food & Resources local food pantry, $2,500 
  • Fathers and Sons of Northeast Ohioto support online programming and software to deliver fatherhood education classes, $3,000
  • The Final Farewell Projectto assist with final expenses for financially strained individuals who have lost a loved one to COVID-19$5,000
  • Grace Academy of Small Wondersto provide Barber Community Learning Center students with gift cards to purchase food and essential items to relieve some financial burden from parents, $3,000
  • Harmony Houseto support Summit County homeless youth and transition-aged youth housing$2,500
  • H.M. Life Opportunity Servicesto provide safe housing and support services for Greater Akron's homeless population during the COVID-19 pandemic, $5,000 
  • ideastream, to provide trustworthy, thoughtful, and up-to-date information to listeners across Northeast Ohio, $2,500
  • International Institute of Akron, to support remote education, social services, and food delivery to immigrants and refugees, $5,000
  • International Soap Box Derby, to support at-home STEM education programs for students of Firestone Park, Sam Salem, and Innes, $3,000
  • Interval Brotherhood Hometo support telehealth technologyservices and personal protective equipment for its clients and staff$5,000
  • JoAnna House II, to support outreach within Summit County and the organization’s recovery program, $2,500
  • Journey Covenant Church, to purchase personal protective equipment and sanitation supplies needed during COVID-19, $2,500
  • Kenmore Neighborhood Allianceto support small business recovery in the Kenmore Boulevard Historic District, $4,000
  • Kent State University Foundation, to support emergency needs of college students from Summit and Medina counties who have been impacted by COVID-19, $3,000
  • Kidney Foundation of Summit Countyto support Summit County kidney patients with medication, nutritional and emergency needs$2,500
  • Legacy III, to restructure daily activities to support shelter-in-place orders, including the purchase of recovery-related items such as Alcoholics Anonymous speaker and workgroup CDs, books, DVDs, and arts and crafts supplies, $3,000
  • Limitless Ambition, to supply girls in Summit County who are impacted by trauma with "Dream Kits", duffle bags including self-guided curriculum workbooks, positive affirmation cards, personal hygiene products, and more, $2,000
  • Lodi Family Centerto purchase freezers for food storage and expand its distribution efforts, $3,000 
  • Medina Cares, to support Medina County residents who have been medically diagnosed or quarantined with COVID-19, $5,000
  • Medina Creative Housing, Inc.to purchase personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies as well as feed its resident clients, $5,000
  • Oaks Family Care Centerto provide family supportive services for Medina County residents and respond to increased needs as a result of COVID-19, $3,000
  • Ohio Living Rockynol, to address emergency staffing shortages as a result of COVID-19, $3,000
  • OPEN M, to support increased services through its free medical and dental clinics as a result of increased unemployment due to mandates related to the COVID-19 pandemic, $5,000
  • Operation Homes, to continue to provide temporary shelter to homeless individuals in Medina County during COVID-19, $4,000
  • Pathway Caring for Children, to support Summit County foster parents and children impacted by COVID-19, $2,500
  • Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, to support reproductive health care for patients in Summit County during the COVID-19 pandemic, $5,000
  • Portage Path Behavioral Health, to support the implementation of telehealth for mental health and addiction treatment, $5,000
  • Portage Path Collaborative, to support North American First People's Day, presenting first-person accounts from members of various indigenous nations to local students, $5,000
  • Project: LEARN of Medina County, to restore and develop safety measures for one-to-one adult literacy, G.E.D. achievement, and English as a second language programs amid the current health crisis, $2,500
  • Project Learn of Summit County, to support virtual instruction and the safe return to in-person instruction for adult literacy, GED, and English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) education$5,000 
  • Project Ujima, to support race dialogue discussions and training, $5,000
  • Proyecto RAICES, to support its "Physically Distant, Socially Connected" virtual summer programing for Summit County Latinx youth$5,000 
  • Rebuilding Together Northeast Ohioto purchase personal protective equipment and virtual workflow technology for staff and homeowners$5,000 
  • Recovery Center of Medina County, to support crisis services as a result of COVID-19, $3,500
  • Red Oak Behavioral Health, to continue to provide mental health and addiction services for adults and children during the COVID-19 pandemic, $5,000
  • Revere Power Pack Program, to provide food to local families in need, $3,000 (with funding support from Bath Community Fund)
  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church, to provide rent and utility assistance for Summit County residents in need, $5,000
  • Safety Forces Support Centerto provide mental health counseling and support services to first responders in Summit County, $5,000, and to fund engagement activities by first responders to build positive community relationships, $3,000 
  • Salvation Army of Summit County, to support and sustain basic needs services for citizens of Summit County, $5,000
  • Second Chance Villageto distribute comfort care and basic needs items for individuals facing homelessness, $2,500 
  • Service Corps of Retired Executives Organization (SCORE), to support mentoring services for struggling small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, $4,000
  • Shanti Community Farmsto support a farm-to-school and international peace garden for North Hill students and families, $2,500 
  • The Society for Handicapped Citizens of Medina County, Inc., to support staff and individuals with developmental disabilities with additional technology, equipment and resources to ensure safety during the current health crisis, $4,000  
  • South Akron Youth Mentorship, to adapt group mentoring to individual and virtual programs, and to distribute emergency food and supplies, $5,000
  • South Street Ministries, to adapt community-focused programs to distribute food, first aid and emergency supplies in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, $5,000; to support the Embodied Cause program to facilitate training on issues of race and address racism education through authentic sharing and activism, $5,000
  • Stark State College Foundation, to support the basic needs and technology costs of post-secondary students, $3,000
  • Stewart’s Caring Place, to support the increased demand for food, supplies and counseling for cancer patients and their families throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, $3,500
  • Stow-Munroe Falls Neighborhood Improvement & Community Enrichmentto provide tangible support and emergency needs for underserved families in Stow and Munroe Falls, $5,000
  •  Students With A Goal, to support Akron students and families with basic needs deliveries, $5,000
  • Summa Health, to provide meals and personal protective equipment for frontline caregivers, and to develop strategies to better diagnose and treat COVID-19, $5,000
  • Summit Artspaceto provide rent assistance to local artists and artist-serving organizations, $5,000  
  • Summit County Community Partnership, to provide small businesses with tools to identify emerging behavioral health needs of employees, $2,500
  • Summit Food Coalition, to support updates to our local food guide to aid in economic recovery efforts, $2,500; to support racial equity training and host conversations on its implications for food justice, $2,500
  • United Disability Services, to support a new collaboration with VANTAGE Aging to deliver food through Meals on Wheels to elderly and vulnerable residents who are homebound due to the current health crisis, $3,000
  • Urban Vision, to distribute support kits with cleaning supplies, groceries, easy meals and essential items to families in the North Hill neighborhood, $5,000
  • VANTAGE Aging, to support a new collaboration with United Disability Services to deliver food through Meals on Wheels to elderly and vulnerable residents who are homebound due to the current health crisis, $5,000; to purchase personal protective equipment, $2,500; and to support diversity, equity and inclusion training for staff, $2,500
  • Victim Assistance Program, to provide 24/7 crisis intervention hotline services, $5,000; to support an organizational Racial Equity Institute (REI) assessment to improve service to Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) communities in Summit County, $5,000
  • The Village of St. Edward Foundationto purchase personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies, and food for vulnerable independent living residents to prevent the contraction and spread of COVID-19, $3,000 
  •  Tri-County Jobs for Ohio's Graduatesto provide personal health and safety supplies to safely maintain the organization’s current operations, $5,000
  •  Truly Reaching Youfor re-imagining reentry and recovery based on COVID-19, $5,000
  • Wadsworth Communications, Inc.to provide critical COVID-19-related information to listeners and support a safe alternative graduation ceremony for Wadsworth High School seniors, $2,000 
  • Well Community Development Corporation, to support a rent assistance fund for tenants and vulnerable families at Mason Park Community Learning Center, $5,000
  • Western Reserve Playhouseto support online arts education and workshops as a safe alternative to youth summer camps, $5,000 (with funding support from Bath Community Fund)
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