Why We Fund
GAR’s mission is to help Akron become smarter, stronger, and more vibrant.
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What We Fund
GAR awards grants to organizations and programs that foster the needs of the Akron community and fall within our primary giving areas.
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When We Fund
GAR reviews grant proposals three times per year.
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About GAR

Established in 1967, GAR Foundation was born of the philanthropic desire of the Roush family to support the needs of those in the Greater Akron area community.

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December 07, 2018
GAR's major investment in 'STARS' advances early learning centers in Akron

STARS: Supporting Teachers and Ready Students is a major $618,000 investment from GAR Foundation designed to engage a cohort of up to 25 community-based early learning centers in high-quality early childhood instructional development. STARS provides expert tools and support to help early learning centers navigate the state’s quality rating system, Step Up to Quality (SUTQ), […]

November 27, 2018
GAR rounds out the year with more than $1.6 million in grants to local organizations

Akron, Ohio (November, 27 2018) – GAR Foundation announced today grants totaling $1,696,250 to key organizations that support the Foundation’s strategic priorities. A grant of $350,000 was awarded to the Greater Akron Chamber’s nonprofit subsidiary to support implementation of Akron’s new economic development strategy known as Elevate Akron–The New Fundamentals. The plan brings together entities […]

November 15, 2018
New $5 million investment from GAR Foundation and Knight Foundation will help build a more vibrant, connected downtown with restoration of Akron Civic Theatre 

Akron, Ohio — Nov. 15, 2018 — Akron Civic Theatre today announced plans to transform Akron’s Whitelaw Building into a vibrant new theatre, revitalizing a key corridor of Akron’s primary downtown entertainment and residential district and introducing new opportunities for Akron residents to meet and connect. The project is a collaboration with the Bowery Development […]