GAR Foundation offered one application period in 2018 for matching fund requests from winners of the Knight Arts Challenge program.  The deadline to apply was June 1, 2018 and decisions will be made in August. If you are seeking a match for your Knight Arts Challenge, please do not apply during our application cycles.

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  • Applicants must have won a Knight Arts Challenge grant. Requests for future Arts Challenge submissions will not be accepted. Requests from people who applied for a Knight Arts Challenge grant but did not win one will also not be accepted.
  • The project must advance GAR’s strategies in the areas of arts and culture, and the project must take place in Akron, Ohio.
  • Applicants must be a 501(c)3 organization or have a written, signed agreement with a 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor. GAR does not make grants to individuals. GAR also does not make grants to for-profit entities.
  • Applicants who applied for, or received GAR match funding for a Knight Arts Challenge project in 2017 may apply.


Please note: funding is very limited and competitive. While we believe that all of the winning projects will add to our community’s vibrancy, we have limited resources to dedicate to match commitments. There is no guarantee that your project will be funded.


A Project Budget is required as part of the application. Click here to download the Knight Arts Challenge Project Budget and attach it to the application when prompted.


The deadline to apply for matching funds has passed. Decisions will be announced in August.