Beginning Sept. 1, Bath Community Fund of Akron Community Foundation will accept grant proposals for programs that enrich the Bath community and improve residents’ quality of life.

Grant applications will be considered for programs that preserve Bath’s historical and environmental legacy, enhance the local arts and culture landscape, serve youth through education and recreation, and meet residents’ social service needs. Approximately $14,000 will be available for grantmaking.

The fund, which was created in 2014 by a group of committed Bath residents, is a permanent endowment dedicated to strengthening the Bath community for current and future generations by providing leadership, fostering collaboration, and creating a legacy of charitable giving.

“This is just our second year of grantmaking, and we hope to make as big an impact this year as we did in 2016,” said Mary Anne Krejci, fund advisory board member and chair of the Grants Committee.

Last year, in its first grant-making cycle, the fund awarded $14,500 to five area nonprofits, including Crown Point Ecology Center, Western Reserve Playhouse, Victory Gallop and the Bath Park Board.

“Grant awards will be determined by how closely the projects align with BCF’s goals, objectives and mission,” added Jen Hardin, BCF Grants Committee member.

Detailed information on BCF’s grant focus can be found on the fund’s website at Qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations may apply online beginning Friday, Sept. 1, through Sunday, Oct. 1. A link to the application is available at

A five-person committee of BCF board members, donors and community leaders will review the requests and make determinations. Grant decisions will be announced in November.

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