Join the Conversation Oct. 3, 2019

On the Table Community Impact Awards

Returning this year are the On the Table Community Impact Awards. Akron Community Foundation will award grants based on the best ideas generated from On the Table Greater Akron conversations. From creating a community block watch program to buying school supplies for a classroom in need, ideas must address one of the three priority issues discussed during this year’s conversations (Drugs & Addiction, Our Aging Seniors and Diversity, Equity and Social Inclusion).

The community foundation will award at least $100,000 in grants, up to $2,000 per grant. To participate in this grant process, you must be a registered participant or host for at least one On the Table Greater Akron conversation in 2019.

Application Process

We invite you to submit a short application highlighting the actionable idea inspired by your On the Table Greater Akron conversation. Only one application per organization will be awarded.

The applications will open Nov. 1, 2019 and must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 30, 2019. To apply, go to on or after Nov. 1.

Grantees will be notified after Akron Community Foundation’s board of directors approves the grants in Spring 2020.

Projects must be completed no later than Nov. 1, 2020.

By submitting a proposal, applicants agree to share their experiences with Akron Community Foundation and the Greater Akron community.

What We Support

On the Table Community Impact Awards will support programs or projects in Summit and Medina counties. Akron Community Foundation will consider proposals from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or individuals who have received a fiscal sponsorship from a qualified nonprofit. To participate in this grant process, you must be a registered participant or host for at least one On the Table Greater Akron conversation in 2019.

An eligible nonprofit is one that has a valid letter from the IRS recognizing the applicant as a section 501(c)(3) organization including, but not limited to, neighborhood associations or block clubs, classrooms, churches, student organizations, schools, social service organizations, libraries, parent associations, etc.

A wide variety of projects will be considered.

The On the Table Community Impact Awards will not support: capital campaigns; endowment funds; for-profit entities; political or lobbying groups; religious organizations for religious purposes; businesses for commercial purposes; salaries; large construction projects; large equipment purchases; debt financing; efforts attempting to influence legislation or intervene in any campaign for political office; programs promoting illegal behavior; programs supporting racial, gender, religious, sexual or other prejudice; projects invading the privacy of any person; programs containing any foul or offensive language; and ongoing or existing programming.

Review Process

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of community experts, including members of Akron Community Foundation’s board, who will evaluate submissions based on the strength of the idea and its potential to make an impact on the community in a way that deepens the engagement of residents.

Evaluating Criteria

The following criteria is how we will score each proposal.

To evaluate ideas we will need to know:

  • The idea originated at an On the Table Greater Akron event
  • The project is specific: targets a specific locale, audience, or context
  • The project is actionable: based on capacity/resources available
  • The project is relevant: aligns to pressing local and/or regional needs
  • The project is unique/innovative in its approach or new (to the issue, population, community, etc.)

To evaluate the impact we will need to know:

  • The idea has measurable/quantifiable outcomes
  • The idea has potential beyond the anticipated outcomes (replication, sustainability, etc.)

To evaluate engagement we will need to know that:

  • Partners/stakeholders are clearly identified
  • Partners/stakeholders are clearly appropriate
  • Partners/stakeholders are clear in how they will collaborate

For Further Information

Contact John F. Garofalo, vice president of community investment, at 330-436-5624 or