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Committed to the Basics – and Beyond

Akron Community Foundation envisions a Summit County where all residents enjoy a healthy, vibrant life. We help vulnerable residents meet their basic needs, including food, clothing, shelter and safety from abuse. Our initiatives also encourage systemic improvements to address complex issues like generational poverty and homelessness.

Health & Human Services Grants

Decades of Strategic Funding

Since 2000, Akron Community Foundation has invested $11.5 million in Health & Human Services 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 addresses:
Food shortages

Food insecurity, including funding for the Summit Food Coalition, which increases access to fresh, healthy food

Health care

Preventative health care and health education, including funding for Summa Health to support educational services and support groups for new mothers

mental health

Substance abuse and mental health treatment, including a grant to help IBH Addiction Recovery Center track the long-term success of its clients

legal aid

Social and legal aid services, including the Summit County Fatherhood Initiative, which provides mentoring and legal assistance for fathers who have been incarcerated


Chronic poverty and financial independence, including the Bridges Summit County initiative

Social services

Health and social services, including a grant for the 2-1-1 information and referral line in Summit County


Homelessness and recovery housing, including funding for Community Support Services and its Homeless Outreach and Intake Center

Disability Advocacy

Educational opportunities and employment services for people with disabilities, including funding for United Disability Services

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