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Medina County funds to accept grants via new online system

UPublish story by Kristen L Ashby

The Medina County Community Fund and the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation invite nonprofit leaders to attend an informational meeting Jan. 23 to learn about their new online grant application system. Meetings will be held at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. in Community Room A of the Medina branch of the Medina County District Library, located at 210 S. Broadway St.

At the informational sessions, nonprofits will learn how to submit their grant proposals online and get a sneak peek at the application questions. Fund representatives will also be on hand to answer questions about the grant-making process.

Both the Medina County Community Fund and the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund will accept grant proposals Jan. 24 – March 1. More information and links to the application are available at www.akroncf.org/applyMCCF and www.akroncf.org/applyMCWEF, respectively.

Both affiliates of Akron Community Foundation, the funds make grants to nonprofit organizations serving residents of Medina County. The Medina County Community Fund supports programs that improve the lives of all Medina County residents, while the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund specifically focuses on programs that address the needs of local women and children.

In 2013, the funds awarded a combined $36,100 to programs that enrich the lives of Medina County residents. Qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are eligible to receive one grant per fund per calendar year.

Nonprofits should RSVP for either the morning or afternoon meeting by calling MCWEF Grants Committee Chair Cathy Posner at 216-337-2106 or MCCF Executive Director Tim Hagerty at 330-723-9039. Attendance is not required to receive funding.

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 jgarofalo@akroncf.org.

About the Medina County Community Fund

The Medina County Community Fund, an affiliate fund of Akron Community Foundation, serves as a philanthropic endowment for Medina County. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for Medina County residents, now and in the future. The income from this fund is distributed annually to qualified nonprofit organizations that provide a wide range of cultural, educational, health and community services. To date, the fund has grown to approximately $700,000 and awarded more than $400,000 in grants. For more information, or to contribute to the Medina County Community Fund, visit www.mccfund.org.

About the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund

The Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund, an affiliate of Akron Community Foundation, was established in 1998 to improve the quality of life of women and children in Medina County. The mission of the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund is to fund organizations and programs in Medina County that support women and children, to serve as a catalyst for needed projects, and to assist women in their growth as philanthropists. The fund encourages the advancement and full participation of women and children in the community and in society. In addition, it supports organizations and programs that create opportunities for the educational, physical, emotional, social, artistic and personal growth of women and children. Since the fund’s establishment, it has made grants totaling nearly $100,000. For more information, or to contribute to the Medina County Women’s Endowment fund, go to www.akroncf.org/MCWEF.

About Akron Community Foundation

Celebrating 58 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 nearly $170 million with a growing family of more than 440 funds established by charitable people and organizations from all walks of life. The community foundation welcomes 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 nearly $110 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 www.akroncf.org.


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