About GAR


About GAR

What does "GAR" stand for?

"GAR" is an acronym for Galen and Ruth Roush, the founders of the Foundation. The name is pronounced "je-a-är.".

Where are GAR Foundation´s offices?

GAR Foundation offices are located at the historic Andrew Jackson House at 277 E. Mill St., Akron, OH 44308. Click here for directions.

Does GAR publish an Annual Report?

The 2013 GAR Foundation Community Report can be found here. Information on grants awarded by GAR for previous years is available in our Awarded Grant Archive. GAR´s IRS Form 990 details the Foundation´s financial information. Form 990s for GAR and most nonprofit organizations are available through GuideStar.

Before You Apply

Does GAR give grants to individuals?

GAR cannot award grants to individuals. It can only award grants to organizations that have been ruled tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Tax-exempt organizations not recognized as a 501(c)(3) may use an appropriate fiscal sponsor with adequate accounting procedures.

Does GAR meet with potential applicants to discuss projects or proposals?

GAR does not typically meet with potential applicants until a formal full application is submitted. The best way to determine if you should submit a full grant application is to complete our Letter of Inquiry. This process allows the GAR Foundation staff to determine if your project fits the funding priorities, before you invest time and effort in a full application. Submitting a Letter of Inquiry saves you time, as you only have to offer minimum information while still presenting your concept.

How often can my organization apply for a GAR grant?

Organizations may submit no more than one (1) application per calendar year to GAR Foundation.

What is the GAR Foundation’s geographical area of giving?

Primary consideration is given to organizations located in Summit County, Ohio. Organizations located in Cuyahoga, Medina, Portage, Stark, and Wayne counties are given secondary consideration, only when they can demonstrate substantial support from their own communities. 

For more information about GAR’s funding priorities, please see Criteria for Selection.

Application Process

Can I submit a paper copy of the application form, or do I have to use the electronic submission system on the GAR website?

GAR Foundation no longer accepts paper versions of its online application form. You must use the online system, which is accessible from our website. If you have problems accessing the Internet, or need help in completing the application, please call our offices and we will be glad to help.

Can I send my application by email?

GAR uses an automated online application that can be completed and submitted electronically. In the application section, you will be able to click on a "Submit" button, which sends us your application and attachments electronically. Attachments permitted include documents: submitted as attached/uploaded to the online application, in the form of a PDF or Word document; delivered via U.S. mail; delivered by hand to our offices by the appropriate deadline date. Be aware that, regardless of attachments, all application must still be submitted online.

What time on the deadline date is my application due?

Applications are due in GAR offices by 5 p.m. of the deadline date. Due to the large number of applications received, we cannot accept late applications.

What if the application deadline date falls on a Saturday or Sunday?

If the application deadline date falls on a weekend, then your application is due in our offices by 5 p.m. of the Monday following the deadline date.

What are the dates of your distribution committee meetings?

The GAR Foundation distribution committee meets four times per year: February, May, August and November. Applicants are notified by phone or email of the distribution committee’s award decisions within 24 hours of the meeting’s end. Written notification is also provided within one week of the meeting.

Grants Awarded

Where can I find previous years’ GAR-awarded grants?

Visit the Awarded Grant Archive. Grants awarded since 2005 are posted there by category.

Where can I find the current-year grants awarded?

Go to the GAR News & Updates page and click on the most recent quarterly announcement.

Community Initiatives

Who may apply for an Educator Initiative Grant?

Only teams of educators from public, private, parochial and charter schools in Summit County may apply for Educator Initiative Grants. These teams must consist of at least two K-12 classroom teachers. Administrators may also be team members, but should submit applications only in concert with a group of teachers who will share responsibility for implementing the project for which funding is requested.

All applications must be endorsed by the appropriate building principals (i.e., by the principals of all schools that will be directly affected by the project) and, in the case of public schools, by the appropriate district superintendents (i.e., by the superintendents of all districts that will be directly affected by the project). One superintendent must also accept fiscal responsibility for any grant resulting from the application.

Do Educator Initiative Grants cover all types of expenses?

Ordinarily, applicants for an Educator Initiative Grant should not request funding for teacher stipends, refreshments, furnishings, incentives, rewards, t-shirts, or standard school supplies. 

Funding for equipment will be considered only if the equipment is instrumental in achieving the goals of the project as outlined in the application. No more than 50 percent of the funds requested may be designated for the purchase of computer hardware, scientific instruments, or other equipment.

Funding for conferences and other professional-development opportunities will only be considered as part of a more comprehensive project with clearly articulated objectives, expected outcomes and assessment plans. 

No more than 10 percent of the funds requested may be used to subsidize the hiring of substitutes.

What is the deadline for applying for an Educator Initiative Grant?

GAR Foundation’s distribution committee will consider applications for Educator Initiative Grants once a year at its May meeting.

Please visit our EIG section to review this year's application deadline.


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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