About GAR

Criteria for Selection

When evaluating the merits of grant applications, GAR Foundation favors program funding requests within these five primary areas of giving:

Education Basic Needs Civic Enhancement Arts and Culture

Program funding is generally preferred over requests for capital funding, such as investment in new equipment or facilities.

Funding Considerations

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


Letter of Inquiry

LOIs are reviewed on a weekly basis, so you may submit one at any time. Please visit our Letter of Inquiry page for detailed deadline information.  

January 11, 2016

April 11, 2016

July 11, 2016

October 10, 2016

Grant Applications 

February 1, 2016

May 1, 2016

August 1, 2016

November 1, 2016

April 15, 2016 Capital requests only 

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