There are a few requirements you need to meet in order to qualify for a grant from GAR Foundation:

  • You must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, or have a fiscal sponsor 
  • Your work must benefit residents of Akron, Ohio
  • Your work must fit into our approach

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What We Fund

What We Don't Fund

Due to a lack of strategic alignment, we specifically do not fund:

  • Special events
  • Nonprofit organization anniversaries
  • Individuals
  • National organizations
  • Religious organizations
  • Medical research

First Time Applying?

If you haven’t received a grant from us recently (or ever!), the first step is completing a Letter of Inquiry. This gives us a quick overview of your organization and project, so we can determine if it’s a good fit with our priorities. Letters are reviewed by our staff on a regular basis, and you’ll hear back from us within a few weeks with our decision.

Letters of Inquiry are submitted through our application system. Sign up or log in, and take the Eligibility Quiz to get started.

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Returning Applicants

If you’ve received a grant from GAR recently, you do not need to complete a Letter of Inquiry. Log into our application system and take the Eligibility Quiz to get started.

If you’re curious about what’s on the application, or want to share questions with your colleagues, download a pdf copy of the application questions.

Download the Organization Budget Template, required with all applications.

For Arts & Culture organizations, download the Arts & Culture Form to tell us about your audience.