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, please complete a full application online by the appropriate deadline.
Please note: GAR no longer accepts paper applications. All grant requests must be submitted using our online submission form.
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.
Send all completed Letter of Inquiry forms via email to firstname.lastname@example.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 your organization is located outside Summit County, please review our Criteria for Selection.
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