Akron Community Foundation Awards More Than $1.7 Million in Grants

The Akron Community Foundation has announced grants totaling $1.74 million to local nonprofits, including more than $1.3 million from designated, donor-advised, agency endowment, and scholarship funds and $408,000 from discretionary or board-directed funds.

Much of the funding will be used to help vulnerable populations with basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing, and primary and preventative health care. Grant recipients include the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, which was awarded $50,000 in support of its Direct Distribution program and capacity-building initiatives; Info Line Incorporated, which will receive $20,000 for its Summit County food pantry clearinghouse; and United Disability Services, which was awarded $15,000 to match federal funds targeting employment for individuals with severe disabilities.

The foundation also awarded $35,000 to Mobile Meals, Inc. to provide free and subsidized meals and medically prescribed supplements to children, the elderly, and people with disabilities; $25,000 in general support to the Battered Women's Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties; $20,000 to the Bridges Out of Poverty Summit County Collaborative to support its Getting Ahead program; $18,000 to the International Institute of Akron to hire a refugee volunteer coordinator; and $10,000 to the National Society to Prevent Blindness to provide vision care for uninsured children and adults.

For a complete list of grant recipients, visit the Akron Community Foundation Web site.

"Community Foundation Grants Target Basic Needs." Akron Community Foundation Press Release 12/04/2012.