HUDSON, Ohio – Burton D. Morgan Foundation trustees at the September board meeting approved about $1.5 million in grants to promote entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education for youth, college students and adults.

Of the funds awarded, $800,000 are dedicated to programs that focus on youth entrepreneurship education, such as four Junior Achievement programs that serve 19 counties in Northeast Ohio. The Junior Achievement programs were awarded a total of $490,000 over two years. The foundation has encouraged the programs to experiment with the funds to “provide stronger pathways for youth as they advance into collegiate and adult ecosystems, deepen the entrepreneurial learning experience for youth, develop organizational capacity, expand reach to underserved populations, and provide opportunities for learning within the ecosystem,” according to a news release.

Receiving adult entrepreneurship grants are, according to the news release:

  • Akron SCORE Chapter 81 – $35,000 for general operating
  • Bounce Innovation Hub – $50,000 for the Choose Growth Akron initiative
  • Business Volunteers Unlimited – $4,300 for a seminar on social entrepreneurship
  • Canton Regional SCORE – $15,000 for workshops, marketing and outreach efforts
  • Cleveland Co-Labs – $10,000 to expand outreach and connections
  • Cleveland Festival of Art and Technology – $10,000 for entrepreneurial education and mentorship activities
  • Crafty Mart – $4,000 to support Maker Sessions
  • Cuyahoga County Public Library – $27,000 for an entrepreneurship educator training program for library staff (two years)
  • Ideastream – $50,000 for the Making It series
  • Lake View Cemetery Foundation – $15,000 to research and write a booklet as part of its Entrepreneurship in Cleveland program (two years)
  • MAGNET – $100,000 to provide support and continuing education to manufacturing companies after the completion of cohort two of Scalerator NEO
  • Team NEO Foundation – $150,000 to implement strategies outlined in the additive manufacturing and internet of things cluster roadmaps
  • Well Community Development Corporation – $20,000 for the Akron Food Works program
  • Youngstown Edson Incubator Corporation – $50,000 to coordinate the activities of the Comeback Capital Fund and follow-on funding conference”

Receiving collegiate entrepreneurship grants are, according to a news release:

  • “Ashland University – $50,000 for programming at Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and the development of a core entrepreneurship course to be taken by all undergraduate students
  • Black Professionals Association Charitable Foundation – up to $15,000 to support entrepreneurial internships
  • Notre Dame College – $115,000 for entrepreneurship programming (two years)
  • Walsh University – $17,000 for programming and recruitment efforts related to The Garage”

Receiving youth entrepreneurship grants are, according to a news release:

  • “Akron Public Schools – $19,150 for the Marketing Challenge Program (two years)
  • Gilmour Academy – $10,000 to provide reusable equipment and recyclable capital to support student-run businesses
  • Great Lakes Science Center – $20,000 for the Great Science Academy
  • Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio – $100,000 for entrepreneurship programming and operations (two years)
  • Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland – $120,000 for entrepreneurship programming and operations (two years)
  • Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley – $100,000 for entrepreneurship programming and operations (two years)
  • Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio – $170,000 for entrepreneurship programming and operations (two years)
  • Lawrence School – $8,000 for entrepreneurship programming
  • National Inventors Hall of Fame – $182,000 to support Camp Invention and Invention Project programming and the development of the Innovation Force curricula
  • University School – $70,000 to support Lemonade Day NEO”

Receiving other entrepreneurship grants are, according to a news release:

  • “Prepared for Life – $10,000 for license fee for Lemonade Day NEO
  • SEED SPOT – $20,000 for the EXPLORE entrepreneurship program
  • The Devil Strip – $7,290 for coverage of entrepreneurship in Northeast Ohio
  • Western Reserve Academy – $4,400 for a high school hackathon for Global Entrepreneurship Week
  • Youngstown Edison Incubator Corporation – $12,000 for the PITCH U competition”

Receiving Hudson community grants are, according to a news release:

  • “City of Hudson – $1,200 for Hudson Community Television for the production of ‘Good Day in Hudson’
  • EMS Outreach Fund of Hudson – $1,000 for the Hudson RUOK? program
  • First Congregational Church of Hudson – $10,000 for operating support
  • Hudson City Schools – $15,000 to support Hudson High School clubs
  • Music from the Western Reserve – $5,000 for operating support
  • Seton Catholic School – $2,500 for the Habits of the Heart”

For a complete grant list, visit http://www.bdmorganfdn.org/grants-awarded.

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