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Grants to Summit County, Ohio Nonprofits for Arts, Civic
Affairs, Health and Human Services, and Education Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Akron Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

12/15/18 - Deadline for Civic Affairs


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Grants to Summit County, Ohio nonprofit organizations for programs and projects that focus on the arts and culture, civic affairs, health and human services, and education and early learning. Priorities and application deadlines for each of these focus areas are listed below.

Arts and Culture:

Summer dance performances in the parks, cultural festivals in every neighborhood, and the Cleveland Orchestra under the stars at Blossom Music Center: These are just some of the cultural activities that make Summit County a fantastic place to live, work and raise a family. Since 2000, Akron Community Foundation has directed more than $7.5 million in competitive grants to such efforts as:

- World-renowned exhibitions at the Akron Art Museum
- Empowering nonprofits and community members to share their stories on the Akronist
- Children's Concert Society, Ballet Theatre of Ohio, Akron Symphony Orchestra and in-house performances by national acts at the renovated Akron Civic Theatre
- Repairs and renovations at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

Civic Affairs:

Akron Community Foundation believes all residents of Summit County can find prosperity and success in the region with the proper mix of money and community involvement. Since 2000, the community foundation has directed approximately $6.9 million in competitive grants that encourage:

- Economic development, employment and consumer rights, including support for the Fund for Our Economic Future
Law enforcement, crime prevention and safety, including a grant to fund the Summit County reentry coordinator, who helps ex-offenders become productive, law-abiding citizens
- Urban development, including a grant to the Western Reserve Land Conservancy to create a land bank of vacant and abandoned properties in Akron
- Energy conservation and environmental protection, including a grant to help Rebuilding Together Northeast Ohio make energy-efficient modifications and repairs to the homes of elderly and low-income residents
- Community service, civic engagement and neighborhood safety and beautification efforts, like the Neighborhood Partnership Program
- Parks and recreation, including funding for the new Grizzly Ridge exhibit at the Akron Zoo

Health and Human Services:

Funding will be provided for programs that help the most vulnerable residents of the community meet their basic needs, including the needs for food, clothing, shelter, safety from abuse, and preventative and diagnostic healthcare. Over the past seven years, the community foundation has made more than $6.7 million in competitive grants to programs that address:

- Food, clothing and shelter needs, including Info Line, which connects people in need to food pantries and other social services.
- Preventative and diagnostic health care, including OPEN M's free clinic, which serves the uninsured, working poor.
- Medical research and health education, including Blick Clinic's wellness program for people with disabilities.
- Substance abuse, public health, and mental health, including a grant to help Community Support Services train case managers of patients with schizophrenia.
- Social and family services, including the Waiting Child Fund, which helps children in foster care find permanent homes.

Education and Early Learning:

The Foundation works enthusiastically with individual schools, school systems, education leaders, nonprofit innovators, parents and community members to identify the best opportunities for investing in the County's children's future.
Focusing on programs that align with Summit Education Initiative's Cradle to Career continuum, the Foundation's board awards grants to programs that concentrate on key transition points in a student's education, including kindergarten readiness, third-grade reading, eighth-grade math and college readiness. In addition, the Foundation focuses a portion of its funding specifically on early learning programs that prepare children from birth to age 5 to succeed. Click here to read more about these priorities:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145902

Term of Contract:

The Foundation generally does not fund multi-year grant requests.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation does not make grants for
- Endowments
- Scholarships
- Direct financial support to individuals
- Religious organizations for religious purposes

The Foundation generally does not fund:
- Newly established nonprofit organizations that duplicate existing services
- Curriculum for schools
- Disease-specific programs
- Economic development initiatives already being addressed by the Fund for Our Economic Future
- Programs at parochial schools that benefit only their students
- Multi-year grants

Eligibility Restrictions:

Pre-Application Information:

Focus Areas:

Arts and Culture:

Civic Affairs:

Health and Human Services:

Education and Early Learning:

Applications for Arts and Culture grants are accepted between March 1 - April 1.
Applications for Civic Affairs grants are accepted between June 1 and July 1.
Applications for Health and Human Services grants are accepted between Sept. 1 and Oct. 1.
Applications for Education and Early Learning grants are accepted between Nov. 15 and Dec. 15.

How to Apply:

Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to apply:

Preview the Community Fund Grant Questions:

If you need assistance using the online application, view the Foundations video tutorial at, or read the manual (see Supporting Documents below).

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Click here to apply online:

John Garofalo, Vice President, Community Investment
Phone: 330-436-5624

Teresa LeGrair, Community Investment Officer
Phone: 330-436-5626

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: Summit County