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City of Akron, Akron Community Foundation Announce Grants for Neighborhood Programs


City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of stephanie york
Published: 06-26-2015

            The City of Akron and Akron Community Foundation have announced $214,680 in grants to help local residents improve their community through the Neighborhood Partnership Program.

            These grants will go to 54 projects throughout Greater Akron ranging from community picnics and festivals to anti-crime initiatives and beautification projects. The funding targets neighborhoods from North Hill to Kenmore to University Park.

            The Neighborhood Partnership Program is a collaboration between Akron Community Foundation and the City of Akron’s Department of Planning and Urban Development. It funds grassroots, citizen-led initiatives that strive to revitalize and reinvent local neighborhoods. Each year, the community foundation commits $100,000 as well as grant-making assistance to the program, and Akron City Council chooses the recipients from the dozens of applications received.

“The City’s Planning Department, under the direction of Marco Sommerville, vetted the applications in partnership with Akron Community Foundation based on neighborhood collaboration and the different needs within each distinct area,” said Mayor Jeff Fusco. “The long standing partnership between Akron Community Foundation and the City has strengthened our neighborhoods and fostered success throughout our community.”

            The following are the grants announced for 2015:      



Centenary United Methodist Church, for Operation Springboard, a beautification project for inner-city vacant homes and land, $1,000

East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation, to repurpose a vacant lot as an access trail to Homestead Park, $3,325

Ellet Women's Club, to maintain the hanging flower baskets on Canton Road, and for a community bulletin board on East Market Street, $7,500

The First Tee of Akron, for maintenance of the Mud Run Golf Course and facility, and to provide children with opportunities to golf, $7,500

LINKS Community & Family Services, to beautify the planters along Upson Street, $1,070



Blessed Trinity Parish, for a fellowship program that offers entertainment, lunch and aging education to senior citizens in North Hill, $5,000

City of Akron PeaceMakers, for an anti-crime and youth civic program that teaches youth about local government, community organizations and law enforcement, $7,500

East Akron Area YMCA, for scholarships to attend the Neighborhood Leadership Institute of Summit County leadership development program, $7,500

Fathers and Sons of Northeast Ohio, for fatherhood education classes in Kenmore that encourage men to play an active role in their children’s lives, $1,000

Heart 4 the City, for a community lunch and food pantry, $2,000

North Hill Community Leaders, for a neighborhood website and signage around the community in several languages, $2,500

Project Ujima, for community programs and services in the Buchtel neighborhood, $5,000

Residents Improving Goodyear Heights Together (RIGHT), for community-building events and a bi-monthly community newsletter, $7,500

Williams Challenge, for the Man2Man Fatherhood Initiative, which helps at-risk men become a positive influence in their children’s lives, $5,000



City Sprouts, for a youth gardening project in Mason Park for children ages 7-12, $5,000

Edgewood Village Resident Council, to expand and enhance the community gardens in order to provide more fresh, organic produce for residents, $4,000

Let's Grow Akron Inc., to support children’s community gardens in the Summit Lake and Lane Field neighborhoods, and to teach inner-city residents how to prepare healthy meals, $7,500

Neighborhood Network of University Park, for a community garden and gardening seminars, $3,170



Akron African-American Cultural Association, for the annual African-American Cultural Festival at Lock 3, which showcases local performers and highlights community resources by offering free health screenings and employment support, $7,000

Akron Community Service Center and the Akron Urban League, for Elegant Evenings, a dinner-dance for senior citizens that fosters healthy social interactions between seniors and youth volunteers, $2,000

Canal Park Condominium Owners Association, for a community picnic that builds positive relationships among neighbors in this inner-city development, $750

Caring and Miracles Ministry, for a community outreach parade and festival in West Akron, $2,500

DeBord's 20th Annual Community Halloween Party, for a family-friendly community Halloween party in Kenmore, $3,000

East Akron Unity Inc., for Jam Fest, a free community music festival that promotes unity, wellness and pride among residents, $2,000

East Akron Unity Inc., for a Labor Day festival, $2,500

Firestone Park Citizens Council, for the Firestone Park summer celebration and parade, $1,000

Greater Akron Lao Association, for two Laotian community events in South Akron that foster cultural pride, $1,000

Greater Bethel Community Development Center, for a community jubilee celebration in East Akron that promotes unity among neighbors and builds awareness of local health and education resources, $6,000

Greater Bethel Community Development Center, for a community celebration honoring community activists, $6,000

Heart to Heart Family Support Center, for the National Night Out Against Crime event in the Rosemary/Arlington neighborhood of East Akron, $2,000

Hereford/Highland Block Watch, for a newsletter and community-building events in the Highland Square neighborhood, $4,000

Highland Square Neighborhood Association, for the 2015 Porch Rokr Festival, a one-day music and arts festival that showcases local musicians and builds relationships among neighbors in Highland Square, $7,500

Joanna House, for a Founder's Day celebration in South Akron, $1,500

Kenmore Board of Trade, for community, holiday and seasonal events, $5,000

Kenmore Community Council Inc., for the 24th Annual Kenmore Community Days Festival, $5,000

Mountain of the Lord Fellowship, for the National Night Out Against Crime event in West Akron, $2,000

North Hill Community House, for the National Night Out Against Crime event in North Hill, $2,000

PathFinders, for the Community Awareness Summer Faire, which provides residents with educational, career and health information, $1,000

The Salvation Army, for a neighborhood block party in West Hill, $3,000

West Akron Community Organization, for the West Akron Community Day Parade and Festival, $3,000


Case Elementary School Parent Teacher Association, to provide after-school programs for students in kindergarten through fifth grade, including special needs children, $2,000

Charisma Community Connection, for the Midnight Basketball program, which teaches young males the importance of health, parenting, job readiness, and drug and alcohol abuse prevention, $7,500

College for Kids, to introduce inner-city youth in fourth through sixth grades to career curriculum and professionals from diverse fields, $6,000

First Grace United Church of Christ, for a youth reading program, $3,500

He Brought Us Out Ministry, for the Building Blocks Enrichment Program, which provides after-school and summer activities focusing on education, character and leadership development, $7,500

Koinonia Education and Family Resource Center, for two six-week reading skills sessions for third-graders, $3,000

LINKS Community & Family Services, for the Boys & Girls Afterschool Academy, which provides tutoring and family support services to at-risk students at Robinson, Mason and Leggett community learning centers, $2,000

Perfecting Saints Heart to Heart Ministries, for the Akron City Youth Council, which will plan, develop and implement two positive citywide events, $2,000

Project GRAD Akron, to support the 2015 Expo for Success academic enrichment program, which strengthens connections between home and school, $6,750

South Street Ministries Inc., for an education and recreation program for Summit Lake youth that includes tutoring, gardening and bike-riding, $6,000

University Park YMCA, for a teen leadership program for students in grades 6-12, and for “Make a Splash,” a water safety program for minority youth, $8,000

Woodland United Methodist Church, for the iStrive Outreach Project, which provides after-school tutoring and enrichment activities for underserved youth in the Zahn Drive neighborhood, $6,440

ZM Family and Life Services Center, for The Tutoring Project, which provides academic support for North Akron students in kindergarten through 12th grade, $1,175


About Akron Community Foundation

Celebrating 60 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. Today, it is a philanthropic endowment of more than $191 million with a growing family of nearly 500 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 more than $124 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



For further information, contact:
Rick Merolla
Chief of Staff
Phone: 330-375-2345
E-mail: [email protected]

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