GAR Foundation awards more than $1.5 million in grants to community organizations

August 23, 2016

Akron, Ohio (Aug 23, 2016) – GAR Foundation announced Tuesday $1,568,500 in funding to 38 community organizations in Summit County.

The largest grant in the amount of $450,000 was awarded to United Way of Summit County. A sizable portion of that grant will directly support United Way’s work in the education area; the balance is a challenge grant that will match those contributions that go directly to support United Way’s strategic work.

“Both GAR and United Way of Summit County recognize the value of focused, strategic giving,” said Kirstin Toth, senior vice president of GAR Foundation. “This allocation to support education programs working along the Cradle to Career continuum supports GAR’s highest funding priority.”

The challenge grant is designed to encourage contributions in direct support of United Way’s sharpened approach to deepen community impact around early childhood success, youth opportunity, economic mobility, and health access.

GAR’s grants in education also include $80,000 to Building for Tomorrow for the Early Childhood Initiative, supporting high-quality family engagement and early learning initiatives for families with children ages 0-5. The Parents as Teachers program was recently named one of the nation’s top evidence-based, parent-training program helping families obtain a strong start.

GAR once again offered its competitive, limited funding capital application round this quarter, granting eleven organizations funding for mission-critical capital projects. Other notable grants include support to Knight Arts Challenge winners, including the inaugural Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival in downtown Akron.
The organizations receiving support this quarter include:

Akron Roundtable, $3,000 , for acclaimed artist and placemaker, Theaster Gates to speak in Akron.
Alchemy, Inc., $45,000, for operations
Building for Tomorrow, $80,000, For the Early Childhood Initiative
BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence, $75,000, for operations
CASA Board Volunteer Association, Inc., $20,000 , for operations
Child Guidance & Family Solutions, $60,000, for the Toddlers and Preschoolers Succeeding Program (TAPS)
City of Akron, $15,000, for the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival
CORE Furniture Bank, $8,000, for operations
Crafty Mart, Inc., $5,000, for operations
Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, $20,000, for lab upgrades in the science wing **
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, $50,000, for power car acquisition and rehabilitation.**
Dr. Bob’s Home, $5,000, for renovations and upgrades to Dr. Bob’s Home. **
East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation, $20,000, for building repairs**
• East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation, $40,000, for the East Akron Neighborhood Revitalization Plan
Emmanuel Christian Academy, $50,000, for the building renovation project. **
Family Promise of Summit County, $15,000, for operations
Friends of Historic Glendale Cemetery, $20,000 , for the restoration of the bell tower at Glendale Cemetery.**
Friends of the Summit, $15,000, for the Fall Membership Campaign*
Great Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America, $45,000, for the Exploring and Venturing program
Greater Akron Musical Association, $80,000, for operations
ideastream, $30,000, for middle school STEM professional development with coaching in Twinsburg City Schools
Infoline, Inc., $25,000, for the Summit County Basic Needs Access Services System
Jewish Family Service, $35,000, for operations
Kent State University Foundation, $40,000, for coaching for K-3 Literacy in Barberton West Elementary School
NEOMED Foundation, $80,000, for the NEOMED health Pipeline-to-Practice program in Akron Public Schools
Northeast Ohio Center for Choreography, $5,000, for office space renovation.**
Proyecto Raices, $10,000, for operations (Fiscal sponsor: Hispanic Ministries of Tuscarawas County)
Rubber City Jazz and Blues Festival, $20,000, for the first annual Jazz and Blues festival in downtown Akron.
Shelter Care, Inc., $5,000, for agency property upgrades**
South Street Ministries, $10,000, for Phase II of the Front Porch Project**
The Battered Women’s Shelter, $10,000, for a Home Goods/Supplies Donation Clearinghouse. **
The Nightlight, $20,000, for operations
• The Nightlight, $5,000, for main auditorium upgrades **
The University of Akron Foundation, $20,000, for the Center of Literacy coaching in Summit County
Torchbearers Akron, $7,500, for operations
Tri-County Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates, $50,000, for operations
United Way of Summit County, $450,000, for the Annual Campaign and Education Impact area*
Wandering Aesthetics, $17,500, for the Bigger Than a Breadbox project
Weathervane Community Playhouse, Inc., $40,000, for operations
Woodside Management, $17,500, for the Storefront Windows Project


*consists of a challenge grant.
**the award is a capital grant
For more information, contact Dina Younis at [email protected]

GAR Foundation was established in 1967 by Galen and Ruth Roush. Galen was the co-founder and chief executive officer of Roadway Express. GAR Foundation invests in Greater Akron to promote quality of life, education, and economic opportunities for its people, in a culturally vibrant community.