Community Program grants are awarded to organizations and programs that foster the needs of Akron’s residents and fall within our three primary areas of giving.


Basic Needs

Grantmaking Focus: The most basic human needs of Akron residents in crisis.

GAR supports high-functioning organizations that are working at scale to:
  • Distribute food from the regional hub to food pantries and to other organizations who serve the hungry.
  • Provide emergency shelter and services to people in crisis.
  • Meet the basic needs of Akron’s immigrant and refugee population.


Arts & Culture

Grantmaking Focus: The contribution of arts and culture to Akron’s identity as a vibrant, unique, and creative community.

Our Strategies:
  • Support high-quality, relevant anchor arts and culture institutions across a diverse range of art forms that will appeal to Akron’s population
  • Allocate some resources to emerging artists and innovative arts and cultural initiatives.
  • Invest in the overall health and growth of the arts and culture sector by supporting quality sector infrastructure.


Nonprofit Sector Advancement

Grantmaking Focus: The leadership capacity and effectiveness of Akron’s nonprofit sector.

Our Strategies:
  • Support initiatives that build skills of nonprofit leaders and volunteers.
  • Support information-sharing efforts that increase knowledge and understanding of the nonprofit sector.