Hudson -- The Burton D. Morgan Foundation announced its latest round of grants Feb. 20 which totaled close to $1.5 million.
The grants support programs for youth, college students and adults to develop skills and gain experience in starting business ventures, according to the foundation.
Of the $1.5 million, $45,000 was awarded to Hudson groups.
The First Congregational Church of Hudson was awarded $20,000 for 2013 operating support. Seton Catholic School was awarded $25,000 for its new family center, specifically to name the Burton D. Morgan Concession Stand and Ticket Office in the new gymnasium.
JumpStart, Inc. was awarded $1 million to help enable the organization to provide mentoring and related services to 1,500 early-stage entrepreneurs through 2015.
"The foundation's support of JumpStart's Burton D. Morgan mentoring program aligns in a meaningful way with Mr. Morgan's practice of mentoring fledgling entrepreneurs," Deborah D. Hoover, chief executive officer and president of the foundation said. "We believe that volunteer mentoring has the potential to transform the way northeast Ohio supports its aspiring entrepreneurs as they navigate the challenges of the startup process."
Additional grants approved by foundation trustees in February include:
• Akron SCORE -- $25,000 for administrative and marketing expenses in 2013;
• Ashland University -- $36,000 for entrepreneurship-related activities, faculty professional development and the annual Morgan lecture, for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years;
• Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education -- $15,000 to fund scholarships for northeast Ohio teachers to attend the 2013 national conference;
• Emmanuel Christian Academy -- $16,295 for a summer entrepreneurship camp; • The Entrepreneurs EDGE -- $50,000 for the EDGE fellows program during the summer;
• Entrepreneurship Education Consortium -- $85,000 for support of the 2013 entrepreneurship immersion week and the 2013 ideaLabs business concept competition for undergraduates;
• Fund for Our Economic Future -- $150,000 to support phase four, through 2015, of the fund's regional economic development and entrepreneurship support programs and
• Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education -- Up to $50,000 to support the summer 2013 entrepreneurial internship program.
Trustees periodically make one-time community grants on a proactive basis to deserving charitable organizations that serve the local area. The following proactive grants were awarded by trustees in February:
• Akron Marathon Fund of the Akron Community Foundation -- $5,000 for the sustainability campaign;
• Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank -- $8,000 for operating support and for an industrial floor scale for its warehouse;
• All Star Training Club -- $7,500 for start-up costs associated with the REACH program, in conjunction with United Disability Services;
• Alzheimer's Association, Greater East Ohio Chapter -- $8,500 to furnish and equip The Burton D. Morgan Foundation Community Resource, Training and Conference Room;
• American Red Cross of Summit and Portage Counties -- $10,000 for local disaster relief;
• Child Guidance & Family Solutions -- $5,000 for sandtray therapy equipment and supplies;
• Hattie Larlham Community Living -- $5,500 to construct and install a hoop house to help launch an urban garden;
• Humane Society of Greater Akron -- $5,500 to furnish and install three dog runs and a privacy fence;
• International Soap Box Derby, Inc. -- $10,000 for the gravity racing challenge STEM program;
• Project LEARN of Summit County -- $7,000 to train staff to administer the new 2014 GED test;
• Summit Education Initiative -- $9,000 to help underwrite costs associated with an education data system dashboard;
• Tuesday Musical Association -- $5,000 to assist with the transition to a new executive director;
• Weathervane Community Playhouse -- $9,000 for renovations to the upstairs men's and women's rest rooms and
• Women's Endowment Fund of the Akron Community Foundation -- $5,000 for the endowment campaign.
Since September 2012, the Foundation approved a number of small grants to support youth, collegiate, and adult entrepreneurship programs.
The recipients include: Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron for the 2013 BEST Medicine Engineering Fair for youth for $6,000; Beachwood City Schools to support the 2013 Entrovation Expo for $6,500; Canton Regional SCORE for support of workshops for small businesses for $5,000; Friends of Breakthrough Schools for entrepreneurship programming for $5,000; Gilmour Academy for entrepreneurship programming for $5,000; Great Trail Boy Scouts of America for the entrepreneurship merit badge program for $10,000; Hawken School for a new entrepreneurial studies course for $5,000; NorTech for prize money for the Ohio Clean Energy Student Business Plan Challenge for $5,000; Ohio Business Week Foundation for scholarships for students to attend Ohio business week for $10,000; The Presidents' Council Foundation for an entrepreneurship program for black business owners for $10,000 and University of Mount Union for support of entrepreneurship programs for $10,000.
For a complete list of grants visit bdmorganfdn.org/grants-awarded.