Summit County Opioid Healing Fund Grants Aim To Fight Addiction And Recovery

Nearly half of the $ 104 million settlement Summit County received as part of a federal opioid trial is now available to local nonprofits fighting opioid addiction and recovery .

The Akron Community Foundation will award a total of $ 500,000 in grants – with individual grants totaling up to $ 25,000 – through its Summit County Opioid Healing Fund to nonprofits supporting county residents directly. affected by the opioid epidemic.

To be considered, grant applications must meet at least one of these priorities:

• Community strategies that support the goals of the Summit County Opioid Reduction Plan, which includes education, prevention, harm reduction and treatment.

• Programs, projects or events that provide increased opportunities for peer support services, recovery services and community recovery events.

The foundation listed examples, including increasing services, covering operational costs or organizing annual events. However, capital improvements will not be approved.

Priority will be given to organizations meeting the needs of minority or diverse populations; projects that are not currently funded by the Summit County ADM Council; and small local organizations unable to secure support from other larger donors.

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Grants will be awarded to programs and projects in Summit County by a county organization for the benefit of county residents. Preference will be given to organizations and proposals that agree to work in collaboration with other members of the community.

Recipients will be required to submit a grant report on how funds were allocated and provide an update on the goals and objectives of the program, project or event.

The application period continues until August 9, with grants announced in September. If there is any money left after the first round, the second application period will be from November 15 to December 10, with grants announced in March 2022.

The funds granted should be used within the next 12 months. Organizations can apply for grants in both cycles if they are seeking funding for more than one program or project.

Qualified 501 (c) (3) nonprofits and organizations using 501 (c) (3) nonprofit tax agents can apply for a grant online at

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Foundation staff, with support from Summit County Public Health, will make all grant decisions, with the foundation board determining final approval.

For more information, visit or contact John Garofalo, vice president of community investment for the foundation, at 330-436-5624 or [email protected]

The Summit County Opioid Abatement Advisory Council, which recommends how to use the money, has determined that many small nonprofit agencies in the community provide basic assistance to people with substance use disorders and their illnesses. families, but they are generally not funded by larger agencies.

The county had previously partnered with the Akron Community Foundation to develop the Summit County COVID-19 nonprofit emergency aid grant program. Because the program went well, the county again decided to partner with the foundation for the opioid subsidy program.

So far, Summit County has distributed over $ 5.5 million in settlement funds – received as part of the federal trial involving Summit and Cuyahoga counties that focuses on the role of the pharmaceutical industry in the opioid epidemic – to local organizations.

The COVID-19 pandemic has indefinitely delayed the next phase of the trial, which focuses on the role of pharmacies in the opioid epidemic. The counties allege pharmacies saw but failed to act on over-prescribing and over-ordering.

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Contact Beacon Journal reporter Emily Mills at [email protected] and on Twitter @ EmilyMills818.

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