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Akron Ohio's Reimbursement and Rescheduling Of Juneteenth Events

Mayor Of Akron

Good afternoon,

I want to thank all our community organizers and vendors for your patience and understanding as we've been working through the details of how reimbursement and rescheduling will work for your canceled events. The City's Juneteenth event hosted in collaboration with the Akron Urban League was a great success thanks in large part to our dedicated employees and many of you who came out to support.

I want to be clear that this was a one-time event hosted by the city to ensure the community still had an opportunity to celebrate Juneteenth safely. It is incredibly important for Juneteenth celebrations to continue to be community-led and community-hosted in our neighborhoods. Our aim is to support you as organizers and empower you to host these important celebrations in our neighborhoods as you intended. The power of community, collaboration, and neighborhoods cannot be overstated, and I was incredibly proud of our residents this past week as we all pivoted and persevered. The city will continue to support you and your events as we work through all the logistics needed to make your celebrations successful. Thank you all again for the amazing work you do.

Today, the City of Akron, Ohio has developed a finalized Juneteenth Vendor Reimbursement Request Policy for the canceled Juneteenth celebrations from last weekend.

Reimbursable Items: Perishable food items solely purchased for the Juneteenth events scheduled the weekend of June 15-16, registration fee(s) for Juneteenth events if not able to attend June 19th or July rescheduled events. Other items may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Non-reimbursable Items: Lost opportunity costs, anticipated profits, sales tax on goods purchased, and any other expenses which the City of Akron, Ohio deems, in its sole discretion, to be inappropriate or unnecessary expenditures.

Items needed for Claim: Three items are needed to make a claim for reimbursement. (1) Juneteenth Vendor Reimbursement Request Form-2024, (2) Receipts, (3) Supplier/Payee Packet

Deadline: All completed forms must be received via email by August 1, 2024 to

If you have any questions, please email me at


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