The Rosalie and Cecil Smith Fund of Akron Community Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofits that help reduce Summit Countyís stray animal population. Grants are available for spaying and neutering feral cats and for spaying and neutering cats and dogs of low-income individuals.

The fund accepts requests from applicants with experience in, or a firm understanding of, animal spay and neuter methods. Local organizations may be affiliated with regional or national organizations, but their programs must take place in Summit County. Last year, $5,600 was awarded to support spaying and neutering efforts in Summit County.

All requests are due by Friday, Sept. 15. A link to the application is available at

Questions about the application process should be directed to John Garofalo, vice president of community investment, at 330-436-5624 or

About the Rosalie and Cecil Smith Fund
The Rosalie and Cecil Smith Fund of Akron Community Foundation was established in 2007 by Cecil Smith in honor of his wife, Rosalie, to help reduce Summit Countyís feral animal population and to spay and neuter animals living in low-income households. To date, it has awarded grants totaling more than $80,000. For more information or to contribute, visit

About Akron Community Foundation
Celebrating 62 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. As of March 31, 2017, it is a philanthropic endowment of nearly $202 million with a growing family of 570 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 foundationís funds have awarded more than $139 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