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Barberton Foundation awards $48,755 in grants

The Barberton Community Foundation announced Thursday it has awarded six nonprofit organizations a total of $48,375 in fourth-quarter grants.

The Barberton Public Library and the Barberton City School District received $24,000, the largest grant, for an esports project called Expanding Our Horizons. The grant will enable the district to buy technology for the school team and allow the library to establish an esports program open to the public.

Magical Theatre Company’s PACT/Barberton program was awarded $7,500. The program will provide 1,100 Barberton students with a free performance at Magical Theatre Company, including post-show discussions with the actors and technical team.

The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank was awarded $7,500 for the 2020 Barberton Direct Distribution Program. The grant also enables Barberton Area Community Ministries to acquire food from the Foodbank.

The American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign was awarded $5,000. The campaign seeks to reduce the number fire-related injuries by educating people about the dangers of home fires. Its Pillowcase Project covers fire safety preparedness for Barberton City School District students.

A Children’s Makerspace at Barberton Public Library was awarded $875. Makerspaces are places where people can learn, explore, and create with a variety of tools and materials

Barberton Community Foundation awards grants on a quarterly basis. For the next grant cycle, proposals are due Jan. 2. Download a grant application from or contact Carrie Herman, director of community impact, at 330-745-5995. Grant recipients must be a nonprofit and programs must benefit Barberton residents.


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