About GAR

Eligibility

GAR Foundation grants are awarded to Summit County (Ohio) organizations, programs, and projects that foster the needs of the community and fall within our four primary areas of giving: education, basic needs and independence, civic enhancement, and arts and culture.  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 for work that significantly impacts Summit County residents and advances our four strategies.

*If your organization is not based in Summit County but serves Summit County residents, please read our funding requirements carefully to ensure your program is eligible for funding. If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact our program officers. 

Funding Considerations:

GAR favors applicants, programs, and projects which:

  • Benefit Summit County, Ohio organizations, residents, programs, and projects
  • Advance our strategies in the areas of education, basic needs and independence, civic enhancement, and arts and culture
  • Demonstrate the likelihood of success in attracting financial support from other sources, and in satisfying present and future funding needs
  • Communicate and cooperate with other projects, programs, and organizations pursuing similar or complementary goals
  • Demonstrate measurable outcomes

GAR does NOT make awards to:

  • Individuals
  • Private, non-operating foundations
  • National organizations
  • Religious organizations. On a limited basis, consideration may be given to non-sectarian activities that benefit the community and fall within our four funding priorities. If you seek support for a non-sectarian program or project, please contact our program officers for guidance
  • Support for medical research, hospitals or their affiliated foundations, except for collaborative efforts permitted under the law and designed to reduce costs and promote efficient delivery of medical services. Please read our Guidelines for Health Care Systems. 
  • Organizations that have not been recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code unless they have an appropriate fiscal sponsor and adequate accounting procedures
  • Food pantries; except to regional food banks, which benefit local organizations 
  • Special events and fundraisers
  • Funding for computer hardware, software, and related equipment in schools

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