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 […]

October 15, 2018
Lynn Budnick receives Glass Half Full award

GAR Foundation is honored to present Lynn Budnick with the 2018 Glass Half Full award for her steadfast and inspirational leadership of ACCESS, Inc. The annual Glass Half Full award was created to recognize Summit County community leaders for their inspiring and optimistic leadership of nonprofit organizations. Lynn Budnick is the executive director of ACCESS emergency […]

August 14, 2018
Merlyna Valentine to Deliver Keynote at GAR Educator Conference

GAR Foundation is thrilled to welcome Merlyna Valentine as the inspiring keynote speaker for the 2018 Educator Conference on October 4, 2018 in Akron, Ohio. Merlyna Valentine is an accomplished educator, national speaker, author, consultant, trainer, and owner of Merlyna Valentine Consulting, LLC. As a well-respected educator for over thirty years, Merlyna served as a […]

August 08, 2018
GAR Foundation awards more than $1.7 million to area nonprofit organizations

GAR Foundation announced grants totaling $1,770,200 to key organizations that support the Foundation’s strategic priorities at its August distribution meeting. A grant of $300,000 was awarded to Stark State College in support of its efforts to develop a commercial driving license (CDL) training center at the former Rubber Bowl site.  The CDL training program is […]

June 25, 2018
Rob Lehr Joins GAR Foundation as Program Officer

We’re pleased to welcome Rob Lehr to GAR Foundation. As program officer, Rob works to advance the Foundation’s mission of helping Akron become smarter, stronger and more vibrant. Rob will be reviewing and evaluating grant inquiries and applications with a focus on the Foundation’s community grantmaking in the areas of basic needs, arts and culture, […]

June 11, 2018
Frequently Asked Questions About GAR’s New Strategies & Application Process

What are GAR’s new strategies? Please take a moment to read the update we shared in June, 2017 to understand the background and then read about our new areas of focus on our What we Fund page. How do I know if my organization is a fit with GAR’s new strategies? – First, look at […]

April 24, 2018
GAR Foundation awards grants to Summit County educators for classroom-based projects

The Distribution Committee of GAR Foundation announced $350,000 in funding to 33 teams of educators through its annual Educator Initiative Grant (EIG) program. The EIG program offers grants to teams of K-12 educators in Summit County’s public and private schools who present classroom innovations that will drive student success. Educators from Akron Public Schools’ Bridges Learning Center were awarded $7,300 for the Bridges Bulldogs Broadcast Network. This […]

April 23, 2018
GAR Foundation awards more than $1.2 million to area nonprofit organizations

At its quarterly meeting in April, GAR Foundation announced $1,252,500 in funding to Summit County community organizations. GAR awarded a number of large grants to key organizations that support the Foundation’s strategic efforts.  GAR awarded a grant of $125,000 to ConxusNEO in support of its strategic workforce development efforts. ConxusNEO partners with companies to identify the skills they need; it then uses […]

January 05, 2018
FAQs about applying for funding on GAR’s website

Please take a moment to watch this guide as it relates to eligibility, inquiry, deadlines, and applying to GAR Foundation.