Step One: Eligibility


What GAR funds:

  • Key partners working in our Systemic Solutions areas
  • High-functioning organizations working at scale in our Community Programs areas
  • Organizations or programs that benefit Akron, OH residents
  • Organizations that have been recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code


What GAR does not fund:

  • Individuals
  • Private, non-operating foundations
  • National organizations
  • Religious organizations
  • Disease specific organizations
  • Medical research or hospitals
  • Food pantries; except to regional food banks
  • Special events and fundraisers
  • Computer hardware, software, and related equipment in schools


What makes a strong request?
  • Demonstrate the ability to show how future funding needs will be met
  • Communicate and cooperate with other organizations pursuing similar or complementary goals
  • Establish measurable outcomes that are shared and valued by the sector
  • Provide substantial community benefits
  • Respond to community needs
  • Reflect innovative goals and strategies
  • Employ a capable, experienced staff