Recent Grants 2015-2017

The Portage Foundation began to award grants in 2000. Since that time our biannual grant cycles have provided over $268,000 to support 109 different programs from 86 agencies across Portage County.

Akron Canton Regional Foodbank
Support food distribution to 23 partner agencies in Portage County. $3,000
Alzheimer’s Association
Provide 50 copies of the book The 36 Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease, Related Dementing Illnesses and Memory Loss in Later Life. $500
The ARC
Provide advocacy services (approx. 50 hrs.) to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. $1,000
Art Sparks
Provide 10 weeks of health focused dance programming at Portage County Developmental Disabilities Board and Happy Days School. $1,000
Autism Society of Greater Akron
Support to provide the “Circles” Social Skills Program. $500
The Ben Curtis Family Foundation
Support for 75 additional students to receive the Birdie Bag @$40/student ($4 x 10/yr.). $2,000
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Provide additional matches for children on waiting list. $900
Brimfield Historical Society
First time hosting of the Ohio Humanities Council Ohio Chautauqua in Brimfield. Week-long event in June 2016 with first person historical performances. $500
Coleman Pregnancy Center
Pilot “Nutrition Education Program” for low-income clients. Weekly meetings and demonstrations that include info on budgeting and nutrition. And for expansion of Pregnancy Care Services to 25 new and expectant mothers in Windham $3,200
Coleman Professional Services
Funding will provide 8-12 homeless individuals and families with safe, affordable housing, basic household start-up items and documentation (birth certificates, identification cards) to receive subsidized housing. $1,000
Coleman Totally Tuesday Program
Support for the Totally Tuesday activity program for adults with developmental disabilities to get out into the community for socialization, exercise, cultural development, volunteering, and personal growth. $500
Coleman Professional Services
Support to construct a unique therapeutic outdoor play space for children, adolescents, youth and transitional young adults. $1,250
Community Action Council of Portage County
Funding to provide anti-bullying programs $1,500
Cuyahoga County Public Library PenOhio Project
Recruit six Portage County high schools and collaborative library partners to participate in interscholastic creative writing competition. Based on the 35 year success of Power of the Pen, this program will expand to Portage County high schools, educators and administrators, and will include Portage County libraries. $2,700
Downtown Mantua Revitalization Corp. (DMRC)
Support for “Art On The Hill” to be held July 11, 2016 including downtown beautification project. $1,200
Embracing Futures
Deliver oral health education programs in Portage County schools. $1,200
Family & Community Services Employee Intervention
Provide funding for the Employee Intervention program to assist approximately 20 formerly homeless and/or low income individuals with obtaining and sustaining jobs. And support to provide Bridges Out of Poverty training materials, trainer certifications, and event coordination. $4,500
Family & Community Services Operation Restoration
Support for the Ravenna home for veterans. $700
Family & Community Services Paws In Motion Program – Donor Directed
Supply pet food to be delivered to participants of Meals In Motion Program. $349
Family & Community Services Paws In Motion Program
Supply pet food to be delivered to participants of Meals In Motion Program. $1,500
Family & Community Services Portage Area Recovery Center
Support for Portage County’s only women’s step-down recovery facility. Residents are homeless and jobless. Help given to examine career and education goals; find meaningful and sustainable employment. Education given regarding general life skills, money management and independent living. $1,500
Family & Community Services Senior Outreach Services
Focus on seniors involved with Protective Services with limited income, sub-standard living, in declining health. Funds will be used for Housing Stabilization for Seniors Project, providing home maintenance and moving services. Will hire veterans from F&CS Veteran’s Programs to provide services, thereby supporting local veterans in need of employment, while also meeting critical need for seniors in Portage County. $1,000
Family & Community Services Sister Jordan Committee – Donor Directed
Support for the Center of Hope, Kent Social Services and the County Clothing Center. $4,177
Finishing Touch
Vehicle costs (gas, etc.) for delivery of furniture to needy families from newly created furniture bank. $500
Girls On The Run
Provide access for girls between ages 8-13 to Girls on the Run program in 7 Portage County locations (65-90 girls). Focus on character, decision-making, avoiding risky behaviors, self-confidence and physical exercise. $1,740
Greenleaf Family Center
School-based suicide prevention program for middle and high school students. Focus on education related to mental illness, depression, suicide and positive help-seeking skills. $250
Habitat for Humanity of Portage County
Funds to be used for structural repairs on dilapidated home, to be used for semi-disabled woman and her child. $575
Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary – Donor Directed
Support for the mission of Happy Trails. $100
Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary
Support for humane education programming at Happy Trails. $750
Hattie Larlham
Purchase adaptive games and musical instruments for use with residents.
Support for Creative Music Program at the Center of Children with Disabilities in Mantua. $1,200
Hiram Farm and Living Community
Phase I: To expand Hiram Farm’s indoor programming space by adding a pole barn and renovating an existing farmhouse. $3,500
Phase II: addition to the farmhouse which will allow expansion of services. $1,200
Hiram Village
Assist with development of a multi-use recreational park at the site of the former Hiram Elementary School. $2,500
James A. Garfield Local Schools
Support for the “Seeing the Vision” project which will create a visual display in the Garfield High School Commons.” $2,000
Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio
Support for JA programs in Portage County to address the knowledge and skills students need for economic success, planning for future, and to make smart academic and economic choices. $1,620
Kelly’s Grief Center
Assist with grief support services for those unable to pay. $300
Kent Wells-Sherman House
Provide improvements to offer the use of public space to outside groups for meetings and events. This economic development strategy will also demonstrate the value of preservation and showcase preservation techniques. $1,575
Kidney Foundation of Ohio, Inc.
Direct Assistance in form of medications, transportation and emergency services for 60 patients with kidney disease and related illness in Portage County. $1,250
King Kennedy Community Center
To assist with costs associated with field trips for 100 children during the 8 week summer program, and to purchase laptop computers and Hooked on Phonics learning materials for tutoring center. $2,250
League of Women Voters of Kent
Support for the second annual Edith Chase Lecture Series, a collaborative program between LWV of Kent and Kent Environmental Council, presenting factual information on a timely and important environmental issue. $500
LifeAct (formerly Suicide Prevention Education Alliance)
Suicide prevention programming for Portage County teens. $500
Mobile Meals
Provide meals, supplement, and nutritional education to Portage County residents who are unable to pay for home-delivered meals. $500
Moore Education Center – Donor Directed
Support for the Moore Education Center in Aurora, OH. $713
Muscular Dystrophy Association
Support for children to attend summer camp located in Strongsville designed for children ages 6-17 who are affected by neuromuscular disease. $2,400
National Inventors Hall of Fame
Support to expand Club Invention programs to (1) Portage County location (K-6) hosted in Field Local Schools during fall 2017 and spring 2018. $1,600
Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard
Support for the SnackPack Program which provides 15-18 healthy snacks per month to more than 260 eligible students in the James A. Garfield School District during the school year. $1,200
Passages, Connecting Fathers and Sons
Support for Passages’ Jobs for Dads program, which is an integrated workforce, fatherhood ad life skills program designed to lift families out of poverty, while focusing on family/relationship dynamics. $2,000
Portage Animal Protective League – Donor Directed
Support for the PAPL mission of animal welfare. $2,855
Portage County Health Department Car Seat Program
To further develop the car seat program by providing more educational resources and more car seats. And to purchase Vehicle Topper Drive-Thru Tent to conduct car seat check events and create awareness and education about child passenger safety. $3,150
Portage County Health Department Opiate Symposium
Supplement funding costs for one-day Opiate Symposium. $1,000
Portage Industries
Train 10 staff members in new “Discovery” process. $1,200
Portage Summit Diaper Bank
Provide diapers to area agencies serving low-income and impoverished families in Portage County. $250
Ravenna High School Scenic Arts Program
Supplement the budget for purchase of tools and consumable materials. $1,300
Rebuilding Together
Purchase leaf blowers to use for landscaping and yard maintenance during Annual Senior Service Day which assists 40 low-income elderly homeowners. $750
Robinson Memorial Hospital Health Education Center
Assist with costs for an interactive nutrition education program for 35 pre-school and school age children from low income families. $825
Robinson Memorial Hospital VNA/Hospice – Donor Directed
Support for the Visiting Nurse Association/Hospice Program. $10,823
Rose’s Rescue – Donor Directed
Support for the mission of Rose’s Rescue. $1,100
Sister Jordan Committee – Donor Directed
Support for the Center of Hope, Kent Social Services and the County Clothing Center. $8,570
Skeels-Matthews Community Center
Assistance to purchase materials and supplies for Summer Enrichment Program for reading comprehension, math, writing, spelling and Spanish (older youth) and purchase laptop computers and Hooked on Phonics learning materials for tutoring center. $1,350
Standing Rock Cultural Arts Center
New World Children’s Theater Workshop is an art and education program that takes place after school and on weekends. It serves children ages 7-17 in Portage and Summit Counties. $511
St. Joseph Early Learning Center
Funding to purchase iPads. $1,000
THRIVE
Supplementing Streetsboro high school and community school theater program for purchase of Bose portable sound system with audio engine. $1,100
Trinity Farm Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Support for Operation SERVE (Supporting the Engagement and Recovery of Veterans using Equines) which provides equine therapy to veterans who suffer from PTSD. $1,200
Volunteers of America (Aurora Food Pantry)
Food for holiday basket program to provide for the Aurora Food Pantry. $500
Western Reserve Public Media
Funding for cultural arts and performance programming on Western Reserve PBS. $1,500
Windham Renaissance Jobs for Life
Provide “Jobs for Life” job readiness training for 10 unemployed or underemployed women. $1,500