Akron revamps two grant programs offering $ 280,000 for neighborhood projects

AKRON, Ohio – Akron City Council has approved changes to two grant programs that will provide a total of $ 280,000 to support community projects such as neighborhood gardens and after-school programs.

The Akron City Council Neighborhood Partnership grant replaces “My Neighborhood Our Akron” and “Beyond the Table” replaces the Neighborhood Partnership Program.

“Under the revised guidelines, our hope is to enhance our community impact with larger, targeted grants, while offering more modest prices to support neighborhood initiatives that have served our community for many years,” said the Mayor Dan Horrigan in a statement.

Council voted 10-1 Monday for the Akron City Council’s New Neighborhood Partnership (ACCNP), with Councilor Russ Neal voting against and Councilors Bruce Kilby and Mike Freeman absent.

The ACCNP will provide grants of $ 1,000 to $ 8,000 for neighborhood events, parades, community gardens, beautification efforts, after-school programs, mentoring and other neighborhood projects.

A total of $ 80,000 – or $ 8,000 per neighborhood in town – is available, and unlike My Neighborhood Our Akron, no matching funds are required.

“Our goal in redesigning the program is to make the process easier and more efficient for residents looking to start or continue neighborhood programs across our city,” Board Chair Margo Sommerville said in a statement. .

Representatives of Akron City Council will participate in choosing which initiatives in their neighborhood will receive a grant. Final decisions will be made by a committee of representatives from the Horrigan administration and city council.

Applications for ACCNP are open until July 12. Completed applications should be submitted to the Akron City Council Clerk. Application and guidelines are available here. Anyone with questions are encouraged to call the Council Clerk’s office at 330-375-2256.

Applications are open June 17 for Beyond the Table grants of $ 10,000 to $ 20,000 which require 1: 1 matching funds. Applications are available here and are due to the Akron Community Foundation by August 1.

“Beyond the Table” is a collaboration between the city and the Akron Community Foundation. The program is aimed at new creative neighborhood efforts that address some of the priorities outlined in the Akron Community Foundation’s ‘On The Table Greater Akron’ initiative, including diversity, equity, social inclusion, drug addiction, youth and education.

“’On The Table’ aims to encourage action, both on the part of individuals and organizations, and we are delighted to see the action the city is taking,” said John Garofalo, vice president of the community investment in Akron Community Foundation, in a statement. . “We can’t wait to see the needle move on these pressing issues.”

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