Vernon L. Odom Fund Grant

Akron Community Foundation

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Dec 15, 2020

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, Capital Project, General Operating Expense, Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Summit County, Ohio

Location of residency: United States

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Vernon L. Odom Fund

Championing equality

People of every race, ethnicity and background deserve the opportunity to achieve their goals. That was the philosophy of Vernon Odom, one of Akron’s most recognized civil rights leaders.

As president of the Akron Urban League for nearly 30 years, Vernon Odom spent much of his career improving the lives of Akron’s minority communities through education, advocacy and mentoring.

Today, his legacy lives on through the Vernon L. Odom Fund at Akron Community Foundation. The fund accepts grant applications for programs that promote ethnic and racial harmony, along with those that enrich the quality of life within local minority communities.

Since its founding in 1993, the fund has awarded more than $185,000 in grants to programs that empower everyone from Asian immigrants to African-American youth.

The Vernon L. Odom Fund makes small grants to innovative programs that promote ethnic and racial harmony in Greater Akron and improve the quality of life within its minority communities. The fund is named for former Akron Urban League President Vernon L. Odom Sr. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Approved 501(c)(3) organization serving Summit county.


  • We do not make grants for:
    • Endowments
    • Scholarships
    • Direct financial support to individuals
    • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • In accordance with our grant-making priorities, we generally do not fund:
    • Newly established nonprofit organizations that duplicate existing services
    • Curriculum for schools
    • Disease-specific programs
    • Economic development initiatives already being addressed by the Fund for Our Economic Future
    • Programs at parochial schools that benefit only their students
    • Multi-year grants