The Akron Community Foundation distributes nearly $2.5 million in grants

Akron Community Foundation announced Monday that it awarded nearly $2.5 million in quarterly grants.

Nearly 50 organizations received funding during the Civic Affairs Cycle.

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An additional $18,250 in civic affairs funds was contributed by the Charles E. and Mary K. Booth Family Fund. Peter, Suzanne and Jackson Fielder Charitable Fund; and an anonymous donor through the Community Foundation’s grant co-investment program.

The scholarship holders were:

Akron Marathon: $12,500 to support 20-year improvements such as course changes, marketing, digital improvements and live streaming.

Akron Parks collaboration: $6,600 to support Friends of Parks groups and their work in planning programs and beautifying neighborhood parks.

Akron Rotary Camp for Special Needs Children: $11,000 to cover registration fees for children and adults with special needs attending overnight, day and recovery camps.

Akron Urban Farming: $2,500 to support Akron Urban Farms, creating urban green spaces with community gardens and providing training for volunteers and urban gardeners.

Akron Urban League: $30,000 for operational support in the areas of people development, entrepreneurship and education in Summit County.

Alexander Guyton (FA: Summit Artspace): $2,500 to support production, post-production and exhibition costs for a documentary about Akron University’s mascot, Zippy.

Big love network: $7,500 to support Akron City Repair, creative placemaking projects that help residents better connect with their neighborhoods.

Bounce Innovation Hub: $11,000 to support capacity building and workshops to engage the public and entrepreneurs.

Unlimited Business Volunteers: $7,500 to support Summit County capacity-building services that include counseling, inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA) initiatives and leadership training services.

Open: $5,000 to support local nonprofit and community organizations with free access to fundraising, nonprofit management, and capacity-building materials and services.

CASA Board Volunteer Association: $17,000 to recruit, screen, train and support community volunteers who serve as advocates for abused and neglected children in juvenile courts.

City of Akron: $5,000 to support the Mayor’s Citizens Institute’s civic engagement program.

Conservancy for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park: $46,000 for operational support and for acquisition of former Brandywine Golf Course.

ConxusNEO: $20,000 to support a connected talent ecosystem to build a thriving workforce.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad: $30,000 to provide affordable programs for local residents, educational field trips, and maintenance of vintage railroad equipment.

Downtown Akron Partnership: $18,000 for operational support for downtown Akron planning, business attraction, residential occupancy, public space improvement and economic development initiatives.

dr Bob’s house: $5,000 for upkeep of Dr. Bob, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, along with surrounding properties.

The Institute for Economic and Community Development (ECDI): $7,500 to support small business owners in the Akron area through funding, workshops, events and training.

fight to understand: $2,500 for training on the five-chairman “Dinner and a Fight Dialogue” process, which encourages constructive disagreement to help residents better understand complicated issues.

Hudson’s First Congregational Church: $7,000 to support the First Serve summer internship program.

Greater Akron First Tee: $7,500 to expand capacity by adding a new college internship program.

Friends of Metro Parks: $5,000 to connect people to nature through membership and outreach programs, advocacy and fundraisers.

Fund for our economic future in Northeast Ohio: $34,000 for inclusive economic development, including creating a forum for regional philanthropic and civil society leaders.

CFSP: Guardians Advocate Child Safety and Protection; $5,500 for child safety activities, including the creation of child ID fingerprint kits, safety education programs, and participation in local events.

Habitat for Humanity of Summit County: $15,000 to support neighborhood revitalization initiatives like Neighborhood Network, which creates affordable new homes and sells salvaged materials through ReStore retail stores.

Heart-to-heart leadership: $8,500 to support up to 10 leaders from diverse backgrounds to participate in the Purposeful Leadership program for Expeditions 2023.

Humane Society of Summit County: $16,000 for animal admissions, vaccinations, testing and microchipping of rescued cats and dogs.

Ideastream Public Media: $7,750 to support public reporting and public media engagement in Summit County.

International Soapbox Race: $26,000 for operational support to continue soapbox racing and educational programs.

International Welcome Center: $2,500 to support refugee and immigrant assistance operations and programs, including legal advice, household items, life skills and transportation.

Jump on board for success: $5,500 to support a job skills training and mentoring program for low-income girls and women ages 13-35.

Akron Inc. Karen Community: $7,500 to support Karen National Martyrs’ Day celebrations.

Keep Akron beautiful: $15,000 to support garbage disposal, illegal landfill clearance and community clean-up efforts.

Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance: $16,000 to support the ongoing revitalization of Kenmore Community and Kenmore Boulevard.

Leadership Akron: $14,000 to support Signature Class 40 Opening Retreat and Junior Class 36 Philanthropy Day.

North Akron Community Development Corp.: $16,000 for operations, including supporting entrepreneurial growth through culinary, maker and arts pipelines, and creating sustainable public spaces.

Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition: $15,000 in support of the Akron Civic Commons, Summit Lake Environmental Stewardship program.

The Porchlight Project: $2,500 for DNA testing of cold cases in Ohio.

Rebuilding Northeast Ohio together: $16,000 for operational assistance, including assisting Summit County homeowners with home repairs and modifications.

Support Center for Security Forces: $10,000 for psychological counseling and peer support services for first responders in Summit County.

SCORE: $10,000 for consulting and workshops for small businesses and startups in the greater Akron area.

South Street Ministries: $17,500 to support reentry and community engagement.

Summit Metro Parks Foundation: $12,500 to support the Community Archeology Summer Program, which helps college students gain skills for future archaeological careers.

Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners: $2,500 in support of turning point, including outreach, education and events.

True Vision Community Development Corp.: $5,000 in support of Pathways to Vision, which provides support and resources to help individuals and households achieve self-support.

really reach you: $10,000 to support men’s successful re-entry into the workforce through job skills training.

Well Community Development Corp.: $15,000 to support a Resident Services Department for Middlebury residents.

Western Reserve Community Fund Inc.: $10,000 for operations, including helping small businesses and nonprofits with funding and technical support.

Akron Community Foundation encompasses and promotes the work of charitable people who continuously work for the well-being of the community. In 1955, a $1 million bequest was made from the estate of Edwin Shaw founded the community foundation. It is a philanthropic foundation of almost $260 million with a growing family of more than 800 funds founded by charitable people and organizations from all walks of life. For more information or to learn more about creating Your own charitycall 330-376-8522 or visit us

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