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Community Fund Grants

Akron Community Foundation funds four carefully chosen and equally vital issues through our quarterly competitive grantmaking program. Community Fund grants do more than simply meet residents’ immediate needs; they address the root cause of a problem to create lasting and systemic change for future generations.

Each quarter, our board requests applications to meet the community’s most pressing needs in Arts & Culture, Civic Affairs, Health & Human Services, and Education. Then we study, vet, and award grants to the nonprofits best equipped to tackle these important issues in Summit County. Funding for these key areas comes from board discretionary and field-of-interest funds, as well as donors who give specifically to the Community Fund.

Learn more about what we fund and how to apply.

Applications accepted March 1 - April 1

A vibrant cultural landscape enriches our community’s quality of life. The artistic and cultural offerings Akron Community Foundation supports appeal to diverse audiences throughout Summit County. Examples include performing and visual arts programs, historical societies and museums, and multimedia storytelling.

See our most recent Arts & Culture grants or view the application questions.

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Applications accepted June 1 - July 1

We believe our community’s well-being depends on citizen involvement. We make grants to strengthen our neighborhoods, infrastructure and economy through programs that engage residents, improve our environment, promote recreation, and attract people and businesses to our region.

See our most recent Civic Affairs grants or view the application questions.

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Applications accepted Sept. 1 - Oct. 1

In caring for the neediest among us, we improve life for us all. We invest in a spectrum of services for Summit County’s most vulnerable residents, from basic needs like food, shelter and medical treatment to programs designed to increase self-sufficiency and wellness.

See our most recent Health & Human Services grants or view the application questions.

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Applications accepted Nov. 15 - Dec. 15

Children's success in school and in life hinges profoundly on their capacity to learn. That’s why Akron Community Foundation approaches learning from a holistic perspective. Preference for our education grants is given to programs that align with the Cradle to Career continuum, which focuses on key transition points throughout a student’s entire education. In addition, we focus a portion of our funding specifically on early learning programs that prepare children from birth to age 5 to succeed.

See our most recent Education grants or view the application questions.

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Annual & Semiannual Grants

We also offer other specialized funding opportunities beyond our four traditional grant cycles, including:

Every other year, the community foundation offers grants to organizations that need funding to renovate or repair their facilities, or to purchase essential equipment.

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These microgrants are designed to jumpstart new ideas and programs that emerge from On the Table Greater Akron conversations.

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Due date varies

A partnership of the City of Akron and Akron Community Foundation, Beyond the Table grants are designed to encourage new and creative neighborhood efforts aligned with On the Table Greater Akron priorities. This grant program provides matching funds for neighborhood-based projects in the areas of diversity, equity and social inclusion; drugs and addiction; and education and youth development.

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Applications accepted Jan. 1-31

The Akron Community Cemetery Preservation Fund was established in 2015 for the restoration of historic gravesites and the beautification of public cemeteries in Coventry Township and/or Ward 7 of the City of Akron that offer free burials to veterans of the U.S. military. The grant application is available online, but applicants will need an access code before they can apply. If you meet the requirements listed above, please contact Kim Nott for the code and the link to apply online.

Affiliate Fund Grants

In addition to our Community Fund grants, Akron Community Foundation offers grant opportunities in several specific interest and geographic areas:

Applications accepted Sept. 1 - Oct. 1

The mission of Bath Community Fund is to strengthen the Bath community for current and future generations by providing leadership, fostering collaboration, and creating a legacy of charitable giving. It supports a wide range of programs that preserve the township’s historical and environmental legacy, enhance the local arts and culture landscape, serve youth through education and recreation, and meet residents’ social service needs. To learn more, contact John Garofalo or view the application questions.

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Applications accepted Nov. 15 - Dec. 15

The mission of the Gay Community Endowment Fund is to advance a lived equality for all LGBTQ+ people in Greater Akron. Its grants support programs that improve the health and well-being of the LGBTQ+ community and Greater Akron as a whole. Areas of focus include programs that create safer environments for LGBTQ+ youth, combat phobias of the LGBTQ+ community, and support mental health and suicide prevention programs for LGBTQ+ people, among other issues. To learn more, contact John Garofalo or view the impact grant application questions or micro grant application questions.

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Applications accepted Feb. 1 - March 1

The mission of the Medina County Community Fund is to improve the quality of life in Medina County, now and forever. It supports a wide range of cultural, educational, health and community services throughout the county. To learn more, contact John Garofalo or view the application questions.

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Applications accepted Feb. 1 - March 1

The mission of the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund is to improve the quality of life for the county’s women and children. It also serves as a catalyst for needed projects and assists women in their growth as philanthropists. It funds programs that help women and children grow mentally, physically, emotionally, socially, artistically and personally. To learn more, contact John Garofalo or view the application questions.

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Applications accepted Aug. 1 - Sept. 1

A partnership of Akron Community Foundation and the Akron Beacon Journal, the Millennium Fund for Children supports arts, civic, education, and health and human services projects for children living in the Beacon Journal’s circulation area. It makes grants where even a small amount can make a big difference. To learn more, contact John Garofalo or view the application questions.

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Applications accepted Nov. 15 - Dec. 15

The Vernon L. Odom Fund makes small grants to innovative programs that promote ethnic and racial harmony in Greater Akron and improve the quality of life within its minority communities. The fund is named for former Akron Urban League President Vernon L. Odom Sr. To learn more, contact John Garofalo or view the application questions.

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Applications accepted Jan. 1 - Feb. 1

The Parent Coalition Heritage Fund for Adults with Special Needs was established in 2011 to educate residential providers who care for adults with developmental disabilities to help improve their quality of life. Qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations can apply. To learn more, contact John Garofalo or view the application questions.

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Applications accepted Aug. 15 - Sept. 15

The Rosalie and Cecil Smith Fund was established in 2007 by Cecil Smith in honor of his wife, Rosalie, to help reduce Summit County’s feral cat population and to spay and neuter cats and dogs living in low-income households. The fund accepts requests from applicants with experience in, or a firm understanding of, feral animal spay and neuter methods. Local organizations may be affiliated with regional or national organizations, but their programs must be executed in Summit County. To learn more, contact John Garofalo or view the application questions.

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Applications accepted Oct. 15 - Nov. 15

The Women’s Endowment Fund encourages the advancement of Summit County women and girls and their growth as philanthropists. Its current funding priorities are health and wellness, safety from violence, and economic empowerment for local women and girls. To learn more, contact John Garofalo or view the application questions.

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