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Summit County Opioid Healing Fund grant applications open July 15


Fund provides grants to nonprofits supporting Summit County residents directly impacted by the opioid epidemic

As part of the recently approved $2.5 million in Summit County opioid addiction and recovery funding, Akron Community Foundation will award a total of $500,000 in grants through its Summit County Opioid Healing Fund to nonprofits supporting Summit County residents directly impacted by the opioid epidemic. This funding will be facilitated within a 12-month period through two grantmaking processes.

The first grantmaking process will open July 15 and close Aug. 9, with grants announced in September. If funds remain after the first round, the second grantmaking process will open Nov. 15 and close Dec. 10, with grants announced in March 2022.

Qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofits and organizations using 501(c)(3) nonprofit fiscal agents can apply for a grant online at

Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to programs and projects within Summit County that benefit Summit County residents. Preference will be given to programs that involve collaboration with other agencies. Organizations can apply for grants in both cycles if they seek funding for more than one program or project.

Grantmaking for the Summit County Opioid Healing Fund must address at least one of the following priorities to be considered.

  • Community-based strategies that support the priorities of the Summit County Opiate Abatement Plan which include: education; prevention; harm reduction; and treatment.
  • Programs, projects or events that offer increased opportunities for: peer support services; recovery-oriented services; and community-based recovery events.

All grant decisions will be made by Akron Community Foundation staff with support from the Summit County Health Department. Final grantmaking approval will be determined by Akron Community Foundation's board of directors.

For more information about the application process, visit or contact John Garofalo, Akron Community Foundation's vice president of community investment, at 330-436-5624 or

About Akron Community Foundation
Celebrating 66 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 $272 million with a growing family of more than 740 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 $196 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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