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Community Fund Grants

Akron Community Foundation funds four carefully chosen and equally vital quality-of-life components in our quarterly competitive grantmaking:

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Arts & Culture

Applications accepted March 1 - April 1

An active cultural community enriches our community’s quality of life. The artistic and cultural offerings Akron Community Foundation funds appeal to diverse audiences throughout Summit County. Examples include performing and visual arts programs, historical societies and museums, and media projects.

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Civic Affairs 

Applications accepted June 1 - July 1

We believe our community’s well-being hinges 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.

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Our new online grant application system makes it faster and more convenient for your nonprofit to see competitive funding opportunities or apply for grant funding anytime, anywhere. 
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Health & Human Services 

Applications accepted Sept. 1 - Oct. 1

In caring for the most needy, 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.

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Education and Early Learning 

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 person's entire education. In addition, we'll continue to focus a portion of our funding specifically on early learning programs that prepare children from birth to age 5 to succeed. 

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