(Editor's note: the following is a news release from Akron Communituy Foundation.)
The Rosalie and Cecil Smith Fund of Akron Community Foundation is accepting requests from local spay and neuter organizations in an effort to help reduce the area’s stray cat population.
The fund will award grants to one or more nonprofits working to reduce the overpopulation and suffering of Summit County’s untamed stray, or feral, cats. Grants will be awarded in late November.
Applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations with experience in, or with a firm understanding of, feral cat spay and neuter methods. Local organizations may be affiliated with regional or national organizations, but their programs must be executed in Summit County.
Grant-seekers should submit a letter of no more than three pages that includes the following information:
· How the program supports the fund’s mission of reducing feral cats in Summit County;
· How, when and where the program will be conducted;
· The number of animals to be impacted;
· Specific services to be offered;
· The organization’s employee identification number
The letter, along with a list of the applicant’s current board members and a one-page budget or financial statement, must be received Sept. 14 at the following address:
Akron Community Foundation
345 W. Cedar St., Akron, OH 44307
The Rosalie and Cecil Smith Fund of Akron Community Foundation was established in 2007 by Cecil Smith in honor of his wife, Rosalie, to help reduce Summit County’s feral cat population and to spay and neuter animals living in low-income households. To date, it has awarded grants totaling almost $50,000.