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Millennium Fund for Children seeks grant proposals

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

Now in its 20th year, the Millennium Fund for Children is a permanent endowment created through a partnership between Akron Community Foundation and the Akron Beacon Journal/ Each year, a selection committee composed of fund donors recommends grants to children's groups 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 31 grants totaling $43,750 to support arts, education and health programs for local youth. Recent grants have provided dental hygiene products to children in need, live theatre performances for area students, teen dating violence education to middle and high school students, and more.

Requests for Millennium Fund for Children grants should be made online by Sunday, 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 that wish to publicly show their commitment to helping local children can also become 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 the benefits of becoming a sponsor, contact Renee Scherick, Akron Community Foundation's major gifts officer, at 330-436-5612 or Sponsorships must be received by Nov. 1 to be included in promotional materials.

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