About GAR

Steps for Applying

If you have never received a grant before from GAR Foundation and believe your funding needs meet our giving criteria, please submit a Letter of Inquiry form before submitting an application.

STEP 1: The Process Begins

  • If you have received a grant in the past five years, and your current request is for the same purpose as previously awarded, you do not have to submit a Letter of Inquiry,  please complete a full application online by the appropriate deadline
  • If your current request is not for the same purpose as previously awarded, or you were a previous applicant but did not receive a grant, or you have never before applied for a GAR grant, please complete a Letter of Inquiry form by the deadline.
  • If you are applying for arts and culture funding, please read the updated guidelines before applying. 
  • Please note: GAR no longer accepts paper applications. All grant requests must be submitted using our online submission form.
  • Send all completed Letter of Inquiry forms via email to info@garfdn.org
  • If you are a new applicant, please visit the Before You Apply section of our website for valuable and necessary details.
  • Teachers applying for the separate Educator Initiative Grant (EIG) program, should not use our standard application form, but visit our EIG section for more information.

If you have any problems applying, please call 330-576-2915.

STEP 2: Letter of Inquiry Response

  • Once you have completed a Letter of Inquiry, a GAR program officer will contact you with the next step. If you are not eligible, or are not invited to apply for a GAR grant, you will be notified by phone or mail that you do not qualify.
  • If you are eligible and have been invited to apply for a GAR grant, you will be asked to complete an online application by the deadline.

STEP 3: The Grant Review & Decision Process

During the grant review process, you may be contacted for an interview or to provide additional information. Once the information is reviewed, the distribution committee will then meet to award grants. A program officer will contact you within 24 hours of a grant decision.

If your grant is approved: A program officer will contact you by phone to inform you of the award decision, and a grant award agreement will be sent to you within seven working days. You then sign and remit the grant agreement. Funds will then be released per the terms of the grant agreement.

If your grant is denied or deferred: A program officer will discuss with you the reasons why, and any applicable next steps.

Letter of Inquiry Information


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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