About GAR

Funding Priorities

GAR Foundation grants are most often awarded to organizations, programs and projects that foster the needs of the community and fall within our four primary areas of giving. Those areas are:

Education Basic Needs Civic Enhancement Arts and Culture

Education: GAR Foundation funds high-quality, evidence-based programs that support children, families and professionals across the educational continuum, Cradle to Career. Consistent with our commitment to maximum community impact, GAR will continue to support all children in Summit County, but with added focus on low-income children. Read more about our education strategy

Educator Initiative Grant: GAR’s Educator Initiative Grant is an annual program separate and distinct from the Foundation’s regular grant-making in the area of education and offers grants to K-12 educators. Read more about our EIG program  

Basic Needs and Independence (formally known as health and social services): GAR is committed to a networked community that effectively deploys resources to meet basic needs of vulnerable populations while empowering all toward self-sufficiency, independence, and good health. Read more about our basic needs and independence strategy 

Civic Enhancement: GAR is committed to a networked, aligned, economically strong Greater Akron and Northeast Ohio; to a vibrant downtown Akron, and to accessible green space. Read more about our civic enhancement strategy. 

Arts and Culture: GAR is committed to arts that engage audience and enrich quality of life in Summit County, to excellent arts education experiences, and to supporting the strength of the arts sector. If you are applying for arts and culture funding, please read the new guidelines for applying Read more about our arts and culture strategy. 

Capital Grants: While our focus is on program related activities, GAR will consider capital applications once a year. Capital projects are defined as renovations or expansion to existing facilities or buildings that fit within our funding priorities and are critical to the organization's mission. Read more about our capital grants 

 Application Deadline Info


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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