Barberton Community Foundation Announces 2020 First Quarter Grants


Barberton Community Foundation is pleased to announce our first quarter grants of 2020 totaling $27,192 to five area nonprofits serving Barberton.

Battered Women’s Shelter received $8,192 to fund the Barberton Domestic Violence Support Groups. The Battered Women’s Shelter leads the area in the prevention of domestic abuse by providing emergency shelter, advocacy, and education in an effort to break the cycle of abuse and promote peace in every family. Foundation funding supports three Barberton support groups throughout the year.

Victim Assistance Program, Inc. received $6,000 for their Barberton Victim Advocacy Program. Funding allows for a dedicated victim advocate at the Barberton courthouse to serve victims of crime and trauma. In 2019, the program served 240 residents. Victim Assistance provides crisis intervention, accompanies victims to court, and assists in safety planning.

The Foundation granted $5,000 to the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Inc. for their Camp Invention STEM Based Enrichment for Underserved Barberton Youth program. Camp Invention is a summer enrichment program for children grades K-6. Funding allows 22 underserved children to attended the camp. Students learn creative problem-solving, work readiness skills, and team building.

The Summit Bike Share, organized by the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition, received $4,000 for the replacement, maintenance, storage, and equipment needs of the bicycles. Approximately 150 people used the bikes in Barberton last year.

The Foundation granted $4,000 to the International Soap Box Derby for their Soap Box Derby STEM Education Initiative. This grant will allow 350 Barberton students to participate in hands-on Soap Box Derby STEM activities.

Barberton Community Foundation awards grants on a quarterly basis. Proposals are due April 1, 2020 for the next grant cycle. If you are interested in applying for a grant from the Foundation, contact Carrie Herman, Director of Community Impact, at 330-745-5995. Grant recipients must be a nonprofit and programs must benefit Barberton residents.