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Gay Community Endowment Fund Grant History

Since its founding, the Gay Community Endowment Fund has invested nearly $400,000 into local causes that change the lives of LGBT people in our community. 

Nonprofits interested in applying for a grant from the Gay Community Endowment Fund can find deadlines and other important information on our Issue-Specific Grants page. 

2014 Grants

In 2014, the Gay Community Endowment Fund awarded grants totaling $42,700 to 11 local nonprofit organizations:

A grant to Fair Housing Contact Service educated residents and housing providers about preventing discrimination based on sexual or gender identity.
    • Battered Women’s Shelter, to renovate a residential suite for victims of domestic violence at the agency’s new campus, $10,000
    • Cleveland International Film Festival, for screenings of LGBT films in downtown Akron as part of the 10% Cinema series, $2,500
    • Community AIDS Network, for the Akron Film+Pride program, an independent film and discussion series that brings visibility to LGBT issues, $1,500
    • Community AIDS Network, to support the Game Change Educational Conference, which educates local social workers, teachers and health care workers about the needs of the LGBT community, $3,500
    • Equality Ohio Education Fund, for a public education campaign about the need for statewide nondiscrimination protections, $3,500
    • Fair Housing Contact Service Inc., to educate local residents and housing providers about fair housing practices and prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, $1,000
    • GCEF Scholarship Fund of Akron Community Foundation, for scholarships for LGBT students in Summit, Medina, Portage and Stark counties, $5,000
    • Jewish Family Service of Akron Ohio, for “Reaching Akron’s Silent Generation,” a program that provides education, counseling and social support for LGBT senior citizens, $5,000
    • Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Inc., Akron Chapter, for the Teen Pride Network, which offers positive social support and activities for LGBT youth who feel isolated in their school, home or community, $6,000
    • Rape Crisis Center, for diversity and inclusiveness training to better equip staff members to meet the needs of LGBT survivors of sexual assault, $2,700
    • Stark State College, to send students to a regional conference that promotes leadership, activism and empowerment among LGBT college students, $2,000 

2013 Grants

In 2013, the Gay Community Endowment Fund awarded grants totaling $131,925 to 15 local nonprofit organizations:

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Many grants supported programs related to the 2014 Gay Games.
  • Actors Summit, for productions of the critically acclaimed My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding during the week of the Gay Games, $3,000
  • Akron Area Arts Alliance, for a real-time digital and online photography exhibit that captures the community pride sparked by the Gay Games, $5,000
  • Akron Independent Film Festival Inc., for screenings of LGBT-inclusive films the week before and during the Gay Games, $1,000
  • CASA Board Volunteer Association Inc., for an equality training seminar that educates volunteer court advocates about placing children with same-sex foster or adoptive parents, $2,000
  • Child Guidance & Family Solutions Inc., to develop marketing materials for the agency’s school-based adolescent outreach program targeted toward LGBT youth, $5,000
  • Cleveland Special Events Corporation, for events held in Akron and Summit County as part of the 2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation, $85,000
  • Community AIDS Network, for the Teen Pride Network, a collaboration with the Akron chapter of PFLAG that offers positive social support and activities for LGBT youth who feel isolated in their school, home or community, $2,600
  • Community AIDS Network, for a one-day conference at the University of Akron that explores LGBT issues in sports and culture, with a particular focus on LGBT elder, youth and transgender issues, $5,000
  • Community Drug Board DBA: Community Health Center, to increase outreach to the LGBT community and educate the agency’s substance abuse counselors about the specific needs of LGBT clients, $2,500
  • Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, for a special “Music in the Meadow” concert in the national park for Gay Games participants and the general public, $5,000
  • Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio, for an LGBT awareness and inclusiveness program for small business and nonprofit government professionals held in the weeks leading up to the Gay Games, $3,725
  • Fair Housing Contact Service Inc., to provide remediation to LGBT individuals who have faced discrimination by housing providers, $2,000
  • Fusion Magazine, for Kent State University’s award-winning, student-produced publication, which strives to unify people of different backgrounds and orientations, $500
  • Jewish Family Service of Akron Ohio, for counseling and support groups for LGBT senior citizens, $4,000
  • Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays in Northeast Ohio Inc., for the Teen Pride Network, a collaboration with Community AIDS Network that offers positive social support and activities for LGBT youth who feel isolated in their school, home or community, $2,600
  • Verb Ballets, for the creation of LGBT-themed dance performances that will increase public awareness and excitement about the Gay Games, $3,000

2012 Grants

In 2012, the Gay Community Endowment Fund awarded grants totaling $26,683 to nine local nonprofit organizations:

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A grant to the Battered Women's Shelter educated people about same-sex domestic violence.

2011 Grants

In 2011, the Gay Community Endowment Fund awarded grants totaling $29,161 to 10 local nonprofit organizations:

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A grant to Friends of 91.3 supported anti-bullying messages on the radio.
  • Akron Area Pride Collective, for the LGBT youth support group, $1,700
  • Akron Film + Pixel Festival, for the premiere of “Hit So Hard,” a documentary about the life of Hole drummer Patty Schemel and her marriage to Christina Soletti, $1,218
  • Battered Women’s Shelter, for a community outreach program that educates people about same-sex domestic violence, $1,500
  • Friends of 91.3, to broadcast anti-bullying messages on KIDJAM!, an online children’s radio station, $3,500
  • Fusion Magazine, for Kent State University’s award-winning, student-produced publication, which strives to unify people of different backgrounds and orientations, $1,300
  • Jewish Family Service of Akron Ohio, for counseling and support groups for LGBT senior citizens, $5,000
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Union, to send Kent State, Stark State, Mount Union and University of Akron students to the 2012 National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Creating Change Conference, $5,608
  • Mobile Meals Inc., to promote Mobile Meals’ free food and supplement services to LGBT individuals in greater Akron, $1,250
  • Summa Foundation, to educate forensic nurses about same-sex domestic violence and assault, $5,085
  • Verb Ballets, for the creation and local performance of a new work that depicts tango from a same-sex perspective, $3,000

2010 Grants

In 2010, the Gay Community Endowment Fund awarded grants totaling $26,435 to 11 local nonprofit organizations:

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A grant to Weathervane Community Playhouse supported the production of "Breaking the Code." (Photo by Scott Diese)
  • Akron Art Museum, for a James Gobel painting that illustrates the pitfalls of stereotypes, $3,000
  • Asian Services in Action Inc., for an HIV/AIDS prevention program among local Asian Americans, $2,000
  • CASA Board Volunteer Association Inc., for a training seminar for court advocates working with LGBT youth, $1,790
  • Community Health Center, to train staff in identifying and treating addiction and mental health issues in the LGBT population, $965
  • First Grace United Church of Christ, for Project CommUnity, which records the personal narratives of LGBT individuals and then translates them into live theater performances, $2,500
  • Friends of 91.3, for KIDJAM!, an online children’s radio station that broadcasts music and anti-bullying messages to local youth, $3,500
  • Fusion Magazine, for Kent State University’s award-winning, student-produced publication, which strives to unify people of different backgrounds and orientations, $3,000
  • Mobile Meals Inc., to promote Mobile Meals’ free food and supplement services to LGBT individuals in greater Akron, $1,250
  • Violet’s Cupboard Inc., for safer sex packets for people with HIV, $1,250
  • Weathervane Community Playhouse Inc., for the production of “Breaking the Code,” a play about Alan Turing, an English mathematician who helped secure a victory in World War II by breaking the German cipher but was later prosecuted for his homosexuality, $3,500
  • Western Reserve Public Media, to broadcast “In The Life,” a monthly television series documenting the LGBT experience, $3,680

2009 Grants

In 2009, the Gay Community Endowment Fund awarded grants totaling $29,268 to eight local nonprofit organizations:

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A grant to Weathervane Community Playhouse supported the production of "The Sum of Us." 
  • Battered Women’s Shelter, for Reach OUT 2010, which seeks to improve services to LGBT victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, $4,400
  • CASA Board Volunteer Association Inc., for the “Speak Up Speak Out” youth advocacy unit, which trains advocates for abused and neglected LGBT youth in the juvenile court system, $4,300
  • Child Guidance & Family Solutions Inc., for a community education project that aims to increase awareness of the consequences of intolerance in the LGBT population, $2,000
  • Community AIDS Network, to help facilitate the merger of Akron Pride Center with CAN, $5,000
  • Fusion Magazine, to support the magazine, which strives to unify people of different backgrounds and orientations, $1,500
  • University of Akron, Women’s Studies Department, for the LGBTQ: Inclusion, Advocacy and Empowerment project, a year-long series of programs at the University of Akron, $3,000
  • Violet’s Cupboard Inc., to provide peer advocates for people who have recently been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, $5,568
  • Weathervane Community Playhouse Inc., for the production of “The Sum of Us,” a play about the relationship between a widower and his gay son, $3,500

2008 Grants

In 2008, the Gay Community Endowment Fund awarded grants totaling $32,994 to nine local nonprofit organizations:

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A grant to the Akron Area Pride Collective supported the Out in Akron Festival.

2007 Grants

In 2007, the Gay Community Endowment Fund awarded grants totaling $24,000 to six local nonprofit organizations:

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A grant to the University of Akron Foundation supported a seminar about strengthening the relationships of LGBT couples.

2006 Grants

In 2006, the Gay Community Endowment Fund awarded grants totaling $5,980 to four local nonprofit organizations:

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A grant to Fusion Magazine helped expand its circulation in the Kent State community and beyond.
  • Diversity Alliance of Stark County Inc., for the Domestic Violence Response Initiative, $300
  • Fusion Magazine, which strives to unify people of different backgrounds and orientations, for production and expanded circulation, $2,000
  • Portage Path Community Mental Health Center, for LGBT Pride for Life, an education and support group, $1,680
  • Violet's Cupboard Inc., in collaboration with the Community AIDS Network, to expand HIV counseling and testing, $2,000

2005 Grants

In 2005, the Gay Community Endowment Fund awarded grants totaling $9,000 to four local nonprofit organizations:

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A grant to Weathervane Community Playhouse supported the production of "Angels in America: Perestroika."