Prizm News / November 12, 2018 / By Prizm News

Akron’s Gay Community Endowment Fund will assist programs that promote safety, health, equality and well-being.


By Prizm News

Applications will be accepted starting Thursday for a new series of grants to boost funding for initiatives that improve the health and well-being of Akron’s LGBTQ+ community.

They’re available from the Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation and are part of the fund’s efforts to advance a lived equality for all LGBTQ+ people in Greater Akron.

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Strong preference will be given to \proposals that create safer environments for LGBTQ+ youth, combat phobias of the LGBTQ+ community, and support mental health and suicide-prevention programs for LGBTQ+ people.

In addition to these areas of focus, micro grant proposals will also be accepted for a wider range of programs that benefit the LGBTQ+ community, including but not limited to the arts, community events and nonprofit operational needs.

Applications are due Dec. 15. Nonprofits may apply for either an impact grant or a micro grant, with impact grants starting at $10,000 and micro grants starting at $1,000. Separate applications will be available for each type of grant, and decisions will be announced in early March.

“This new grant-making approach allows us to strategically concentrate our funding on programs that will make a significant difference for the LGBTQ+ community,” said Phil Montgomery, the Gay Community Endowment Fund’s advisory board chair. “Our goal is to invest in initiatives that promote systemic change and advance the LGBTQ+ community toward a future of full inclusion and equity.”

For more information about applying for a grant, contact John Garofalo, Akron Community Foundation’s vice president of community investment, at 330-436-5624 or


Bob Vitale
A Toledo native and graduate of Toledo Public Schools, Bob has worked as a local government and politics reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, as a Washington correspondent for Thomson Newspapers and as editor-in-chief for Outlook Ohio. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Ball State University and a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.