When evaluating the merits of grant applications, GAR Foundation favors program funding requests within these five primary areas of giving:
Program funding is generally preferred over requests for capital funding, such as investment in new equipment or facilities.
GAR also favors Summit County (Ohio) organizations, programs and projects which:
Provide substantial community benefits
Respond to community needs
Reflect innovative goals and strategies
Employ a capable, experienced staff
Communicate and cooperate with other projects, programs and organizations pursuing similar or complementary goals
Demonstrate the likelihood of success in attracting financial support from other sources, and in satisfying present and future funding needs
Geographic Areas of Focus
GAR funding is focused in Summit County. On a limited basis, secondary consideration may be given to applications from eligible organizations in the five adjacent counties of Cuyahoga, Medina, Portage, Stark and Wayne.
GAR may consider operating or program support for organizations outside Summit County only if those organizations:
Have significant regional impact
Demonstrate a benefit to Summit County residents
Already receive substantial support from their local community
Additionally, GAR may consider supporting major fundraising initiatives in our secondary geographic area, provided those initiatives have been supported generously by local donors and appear to surpass those donors’ capacity.
For specific strategic direction under each of GAR’s five primary areas of giving, please visit our Grants Awarded section.
Types of Funding