(AKRON, OHIO – September 1, 2015) – The GPD Group Employees’ Foundation will begin accepting applications for grants from schools and non-profit organizations on October 23, 2015. The application period will run through January 29, 2016. All applications will be evaluated and funds will be dispersed to successful applicants in April 2016. The foundation seeks to provide funding to classroom level projects or programs to enrich the K-12 education experience and/or to support children with medical and special needs. Nearly $200,000 was awarded in the first year by the foundation, whose mission is to make a difference in the lives of children.