City of Akron, Akron Community Foundation announces grants to help residents improve neighborhoods

September 14, 2018

City of Akron, Akron Community Foundation announces grants to help residents improve neighborhoods

AKRON, Ohio – The City of Akron and the Akron Community Foundation have announced $203,840 in grants designed to improve communities in the Greater Akron area.

The grants are part of the Neighborhood Partnership Program, which helps fund citizen-led initiatives that aim to improve and reinvent area neighborhoods. Initiatives supported by the program include beautification, placemaking, recreation, outreach and youth-based initiatives that aim to enhance residents’ lives.

“The City of Akron is proud to continue its decades-long partnership with Akron Community Foundation in sponsoring the Neighborhood Partnership Program, which provides important support and resources for neighborhood-based initiatives,” said Mayor Dan Horrigan in a news release. “This collaboration provides grassroots programming an opportunity to thrive under the leadership of the neighborhood champions who are most directly aware of the unique needs and potential of their communities.” 

City of Akron Department of Planning and Urban Development officials and the community foundation review applications and make funding recommendations to Akron City Council.

Initiatives receiving awards, according to a news release, are:

“Art Bomb Brigade, to create two community murals in the West Hill neighborhood, $5,000Centenary United Methodist Church, for vacant lot improvements, including the planting of grass, gardens and trees, $1,150Emmanuel Christian Academy, for the Five Points Art Garden, a community meeting space that will display art created by students, $2,300LINKS Community and Family Services, for the Upson Street Beautification Project, $1,000North Howard Block Watch, to support the beautification of North Hill in the Avon Street and Howard Street block, $700The Well Community Development Corporation, to beautify an outdoor community deck with public seating, benches, swings, landscaping and signage, $7,500Akron Area YMCA – East Akron Branch, for the Neighborhood Leadership Institute program, which offers workshops and training for grassroots leaders, $7,500Akron Area YMCA – East Akron Branch, for Neighborhood Leadership Institute pilot projects, $3,000Blessed Trinity Parish, for semimonthly senior dinners at the parish on Tallmadge Avenue to help create a more cohesive senior community in North Hill, $5,000Charisma Community Connection, for the annual Fathers Walk event, where fathers attend school with their children, $1,000City of Akron Peacemakers, for an anti-crime and civic program that teaches youth about local government, community organizations and law enforcement, $7,500Copley Road Community Center, for GED preparation for students, along with neighborhood beautification and playground construction, $1,000Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance, for placemaking, beautification and community arts programs, $7,500West Hill Community Development Corporation, for a community outreach and summer youth recreation program, $2,500; and for the West Hill Community Gardens, $2,000Williams Challenge, for the Man2Man Fatherhood Initiative, which helps at-risk men become a positive influence in their children’s lives, $2,750Akron Pride, to support the Akron Pride Festival at Hardesty Park, $7,500Big Love Network, for the Hands On Sustainability conference, which educates the public about environmentally beneficial practices, $7,500Buchtel Community Learning Center PTA, for the West Akron Parade and Festival, a community parade celebrating West Akron youth organizations, churches and businesses, $3,000Canal Park Condominium Owners Association, for a community picnic that builds positive relationships among neighbors in this inner-city development, $1,500Case Elementary School PTA, for an event to celebrate the opening of the new school, $1,000DeBord’s 23rd Community Halloween Festival, for a family-friendly community Halloween festival, $1,500Firestone Park Citizens Council, for the Firestone Park summer celebration and parade, $7,500Greater Bethel CDC, for a daylong neighborhood jubilee and a Labor Day parade, $3,000Greater Holy Trinity C.O.G.I.C. Men Ministries, for a community outreach day to connect residents to neighborhood resources, $2,000Heart to Heart Family Support Center, for the National Night Out Against Crime event in the Rosemary/Arlington area of East Akron, $2,000Hereford/Highland Area Block Watch Inc., for a newsletter and community-building events in the Highland Square neighborhood, $6,990Highland Square Neighborhood Association, for the 2018 PorchRokr Festival, a one-day music and arts festival that showcases local musicians, vendors and community activities while building relationships among neighbors in Highland Square, $7,500House of Zoe, for a neighborhood gathering in West Akron, $1,000Joanna House II, for a Founder’s Day celebration in South Akron, $1,000; for a Trunk or Treat event, $500; and for a youth summer program, $1,000Kenmore Chamber of Commerce, for community events, including a holiday celebration and children’s Easter egg hunt, $6,000North Hill Community House, for the Youth National Night Out Against Crime, $2,700Partners for Theater Inc., for Summit Stage Fest, which hosts outdoor theater productions on multiple stages in Highland Square, $7,500Residents Improving Goodyear Heights Together (R.I.G.H.T.), for a community newsletter and neighborhood activities, $7,500Second Baptist Church of Akron, for a family-friendly event to promote unity in Ward 3, $2,000S.T.A.R.T., for Copley Road Clean-Up Day in West Akron, $2,000Wilderness Inquiry, for the Akron Portage ‘n’ Paddle Competition and Celebration, $5,000Adventure Camp, for a youth engagement program in West Akron that offers educational field trips, $1,500Akron NAACP, for the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics program, which encourages academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students, $3,500Akron Urban League, for the MY-STARS middle school youth summer enrichment camp, $5,000City Sprouts, for a children’s gardening and healthy living program, $7,500He Brought Us Out Ministry, for the Building Blocks Enrichment Program, which provides after-school and summer activities focused on education, character and leadership development, $7,500Kohl Family YMCA at University Park, for the “Make a Splash” water safety program for minority youth, $5,000Let’s Grow Akron Inc., to support children’s food-based programs, including community gardens, Young Urban Farmers, and Healthy Foods Preparation and Preservation, $7,500Mon Community of Ohio, for literature, language and arts programs for children, $2,500National Congress of Black Women, to support the College for Kids program, which helps children explore career opportunities and prepare for college, $3,000Project GRAD Akron, for the College and Career Expo for Success, and for the annual Breakfast and Educational Fun with Santa, $7,500Shanti Community Farms, for neighborhood youth programs centered around community gardening, $3,750Urban Vision, for Camp Urban Vision, a summer camp that serves up to 720 children in the North Hill neighborhood, $5,000″

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