Community Fund Grants: Education & Early Learning

Akron Community Foundation

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Deadline: Dec 15, 2021

Grant amount: Up to US $75,000

Fields of work: Early Childhood Development Education - Preschool / Early Learning Education - K through 12 Career/College Preparation College Success / Persistence Children’s Health & Pediatrics Parental Involvement in Education Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Summit County, Ohio

Location of residency: United States

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Education Priorities

Focusing on key transition points during a student's educational career – and starting early – is vital to our children's success.

Akron Community Foundation is committed to supporting programs that prepare children to succeed throughout their educational career. 

Cradle to Career Focus

Summit Education Initiative’s Cradle to Career continuum has proved through research and data-validated efforts that educational success can be improved by focusing on key transition points throughout an educational career. 

Akron Community Foundation, along with other local funders, has made a commitment to focus its education grant funding on programs that align with the Cradle to Career continuum. This includes funding programs that focus on the key transition points, such as kindergarten readiness, third grade reading, eighth grade math, ninth grade success, and college and career readiness and persistence.

Early Learning Focus

While success over the entire educational career is important, we’re still committed to directing a portion of our funding to programs that prepare young children to succeed. Even though most public education funding doesn’t begin until age 4 or 5, we know that 90 percent of a child’s intellect, personality and social skills are formed by age 3.

Since announcing our early learning priority in 2008, the community foundation has directed more than $1.3 million to initiatives that improve:

  • Physical and behavioral health, like Toddlers and Preschoolers Succeeding, which helps prevent preschool expulsions and cultivate resilient, school-ready youth
  • Access to health resources, including Building for Tomorrow, which helps children living in Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority communities
  • Family and social support, like the Project GRAD Bridge to Kindergarten school readiness camp for students and their parents
  • Early intervention for special needs, including Family & Children First Council's plan to perform developmental screenings on all Summit County children age birth to 5

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • We do not make grants for:
    • Endowments
    • Scholarships
    • Direct financial support to individuals
    • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • In accordance with our grant-making priorities, we generally do not fund:
    • Newly established nonprofit organizations that duplicate existing services
    • Curriculum for schools
    • Disease-specific programs
    • Economic development initiatives already being addressed by the Fund for Our Economic Future
    • Programs at parochial schools that benefit only their students
    • Multi-year grants


This page was last reviewed October 11, 2021 and last updated June 23, 2021