Bath Community Fund seeks grant proposals

Bath Community Fund of Akron Community Foundation will accept grant proposals from nonprofit organizations that enrich the Bath community and improve residents’ quality of life, beginning Sept. 1.

Grant applications will be considered for programs that demonstrate a commitment to preserving Bath’s historical and environmental legacy, enhancing the local arts and culture landscape, serving youth, providing educational and recreational resources, and meeting residents’ social service needs. Approximately $40,000 will be available for grantmaking.

Last year, the fund awarded 21 grants totaling $50,000 to local nonprofit organizations serving Bath and its residents, bringing the fund’s cumulative grantmaking total to more than $150,000. Recent grants have helped to purchase a telescope mount for the Fairlawn Rotary Observatory in the Bath Nature Preserve, supported accessibility improvements to the Bath Center Building, and provided summer theater camps for local youth at Western Reserve Playhouse, among other initiatives.

Detailed information about the fund’s grantmaking priorities and a complete list of prior grants can be found at Qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations may apply online from Sept. 1 through Oct. 1. A link to the application is available at

A committee of BCF advisory board members, donors and community leaders will review the requests and make determinations. Grant decisions will be announced in early December.

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