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Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Akron Community Foundation has distributed nearly $250,000 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
  • 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)
  • Akron Children’s Hospital, to support the Akron Children's Hospital Employee Hardship Fund for assistance during the current health crisis, $5,000
  • Akron Inner City Soccer Club, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among vulnerable, low-income immigrant/refugee families, $2,500
  • Akron Zoological Park, to distribute health and hygiene products to Akron Public Schools students and their families, $5,000
  • ArtsNow, to support the arts and culture sector of Summit County, $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
  • The Blick Center, to support adults with disabilities and to help manage the mental health of clients, $3,000
  • Broken Chains Ministry, to support emergency general operating expenses for the Summit County women's opiate recovery program, $3,500
  • Business Volunteers Unlimited, to provide COVID-19 outreach and support to nonprofit organizations in Summit and Medina counties, $2,500
  • 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
  • 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
  • Community Support Services, to support the integration of virtual platforms for mental health counseling, $5,000
  • 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
  • Donovan's Kids, to support face mask production for families in Summit County, $750
  • 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
  • The Emergency Assistance Center, to provide food and personal hygiene supplies to residents in Summit County, $2,500
  • 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
  • Friends of WKSU, to provide free critical news coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, $2,500
  • Greenleaf Family Center, to support technology for telehealth services and to purchase personal protective equipment for clients and staff, $5,000
  • 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
  • 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
  • JoAnna House II, to support outreach within Summit County and the organization’s recovery program, $2,500
  • 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
  • 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
  • Medina Cares, to support Medina County residents who have been medically diagnosed or quarantined with COVID-19, $5,000
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church, to provide rent and utility assistance for Summit County residents in need, $5,000
  • Salvation Army of Summit County, to support and sustain basic needs services for citizens of Summit County, $5,000
  • Service Corps of Retired Executives Organization (SCORE), to support mentoring services for struggling small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, $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
  • 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
  • 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 Food Coalition, to support updates to our local food guide to aid in economic recovery efforts, $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
  • Victim Assistance Program, to provide 24/7 crisis intervention hotline services, $5,000
  • Well Community Development Corporation, to support a rent assistance fund for tenants and vulnerable families at Mason Park Community Learning Center, $5,000
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