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Millennium Fund for Children now accepting grant proposals

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The Millennium Fund for Children of Akron Community Foundation is now accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations that improve the lives of local children.

Established at the end of 1999, the Millennium Fund for Children is a permanent endowment created through a partnership between Akron Community Foundation and the Akron Beacon Journal with the goal of using small grants to make a big difference. Each year, a selection committee composed of fund donors recommends grants for children's programs throughout the Akron Beacon Journal/'s audience coverage area, which includes Summit, Portage, Medina, Stark, Wayne and Cuyahoga counties.

Last year, the Millennium Fund awarded 24 grants totaling $40,300 to support arts, education and health programs for local youth. Recent grants have provided school supplies and nutritious meals for Akron Public Schools students, supported crisis intervention programs for children living in shelters, purchased winter coats for children who have been abused or neglected, and more.

Grant requests should be submitted online by Sept. 1. A link to the application is available at Questions about the online application process should be directed to John Garofalo, vice president of community investment, at 330-436-5624 or

Businesses can commit to supporting local children by becoming a corporate sponsor of the Millennium Fund. Sponsorships are fully tax deductible and include special recognition on the fund's donation coupon and other materials circulated throughout the Akron Beacon Journal's six-county distribution area.

To learn more about becoming a sponsor, contact Deb Hoffman at 330-436-5614 or Sponsorships must be received by Nov. 1 to be included in promotional materials.

About the Millennium Fund for Children
The Millennium Fund for Children is a permanent endowment that was founded in 1999 as a partnership between Akron Community Foundation and the Akron Beacon Journal. It supports arts, civic, education, and health and human services programs for children living in the Akron Beacon Journal/'s audience coverage area. Its mission is to make grants where even a small amount can make a difference. Since its establishment, the Millennium Fund has grown to nearly $1.2 million and awarded almost $900,000 in grants. Last year, contributions totaling more than $45,000 from nearly 200 generous donors added to the fund. For more information, or to contribute to the Millennium Fund for Children, visit or call 330-376-8522.   

About Akron Community Foundation
Celebrating 67 years of building community philanthropy, Akron Community Foundation embraces and enhances the work of charitable people who make a permanent commitment to the good of the community. In 1955, a $1 million bequest from the estate of Edwin Shaw established the community foundation. It is a philanthropic endowment of nearly $280 million with a growing family of nearly 800 funds established by charitable people and organizations from all walks of life. The community foundation and its funds welcome gifts of all kinds, including cash, bequests, stock, real estate, life insurance and retirement assets, just to name a few. To date, the community foundation's funds have awarded nearly $209 million in grants to qualified nonprofit organizations. For more information about Akron Community Foundation or to learn more about creating your own charitable fund, call 330-376-8522 or visit

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