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GAR Foundation awards more than $1.7 million in grants to Akron-area nonprofits

August 8, 2018

GAR Foundation awards more than $1.7 million in grants to Akron-area nonprofits

AKRON, Ohio — GAR Foundation announced at its August distribution meeting that it awarded $1,770,200 in grants to area nonprofit organizations this quarter. 

The recipients receiving funding align with the Foundation’s strategic priorities, which include strengthening economic and workforce development, arts and culture, education and nonprofit advancement. 

United Way of Summit County was awarded the largest grant, totaling $450,000. 

The funding will support the organization’s Bold Goals 1 and 2, which focus on graduation retention and increasing Akron Public Schools students’ reading levels. 

Stark State College will receive $300,000 to create a commercial driving license training center at the former site of the Rubber Bowl.

The grant will be used to develop the classroom curriculum and driver-training course.

GAR Foundation President Christine Mayer said the organization felt a connection to Stark State’s efforts to strengthen the trucking industry, as the Foundation’s founder, Galen Roush, co-founded Roadway Express.

“We are proud to support Stark State’s efforts to improve connections between people who need work and an industry that is experiencing a crisis-level labor shortage,” Mayer said in a news release.

GAR Foundation offered a competitive granting fund to Knight Arts Challenge winners to support 12 projects.

Rubber City Theatre, None Too Fragile Theatre and Kent State University music faculty member Chris Coles’ “Nine Lives” multimedia project received grants this quarter. 

The full list of GAR Foundation grant recipients is below.

Akron Area YMCA: $15,000 will fund the Neighborhood Leadership Institute of Summit CountyAkron Children’s Hospital: $50,000 will fund Advocacy for Early Childhood EducationAkron Soul Train: $25,000 will fund Artist FellowshipsAkron Urban League: $50,000 be be used toward operationsAlchemy: $45,000 will fund in-school mentoring in Akron Public SchoolsArtSparks: $25,000 will fund the Dynamite Duos program in Akron Public SchoolsBechdel Fest: $18,000 will fund Bechdel Fest, a female-centric film festival that celebrates women both in front of and behind the camera. Fiscal sponsor: Crafty MartBlu Jazz Master Class Foundation: $10,000 will fund free, monthly Jazz Master Classes for studentsCenter for Applied Theatre and Active Culture: $3,000 will fund QuTheatr, a gay youth theater training programChild Guidance & Family Solutions: $80,000 will fund Toddlers and Parents Succeeding (TAPS)Community Support Services: $12,000 will be used toward the homeless outreach and intake centerConservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park: $75,000 will fund Diversity, Equity and Inclusion effortsCrafty Mart: $10,000 will be put toward operationsCurated Storefront: $10,000 will fund Curated Storefront, a series of ongoing exhibitions activating unused storefronts with multimedia art installations. Fiscal sponsor: Miami FoundationDaniel Mainzer: $2,000 will fund the production of a book and exhibit that features a collection of photographs by Firestone and General Tire’s in-house photographer from 1967 to 1987. Fiscal sponsor: Miami FoundationDowntown Akron Partnership: $85,000 will be put toward operationsEast Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation: $ 40,000 will fund operations and the East Akron Neighborhood Revitalization PlanGreater Akron Musical Association: $70,000 for operations. This is a challenge grant.Haven of Rest: $50,000 will be used for operationsInternational Institute of Akron: $45,000 will be used for operationsMagical Theatre Company: $25,000 will be used for operationsMa’Sue Productions: $8,000 will fund the production and tour of the original show “Or Does It Explode?” Fiscal sponsor: Center for Applied Theatre and Active CultureNine Lives: $10,000 will fund Nine Lives, a multimedia production focused on the Charleston church shooting and its nine victims. Fiscal sponsor: Kent State University FoundationNone Too Fragile Theatre: $10,000 will fund the production of “BoogieBan”, a two-man play focused on a veteran with PTSD. The production will tour in Akron, Chicago and New York.Rubber City Theatre: $ 3,000 will fund “Shakesqueer,” a two-part production framing well-known Shakespeare characters in ways that reflect those in the gay communitySalvation Army: $134,000 will fund The Learning Zone PreschoolStark State College Foundation: $300,000, for the commercial driving license training center. This is a challenge grant.The Devil Strip: $25,000 will be used for operationsThe Well CDC: $50,000 will fund the Akron Food Works shared-use kitchen and incubatorTuesday Musical Association: $8,000 will fund the Decompression Chamber projectUnited Way of Summit County: $450,000 will fund United Way’s Bold Goals 1 and 2University of Akron Foundation: $34,200 will fund the Center for Literacy to provide preschool teacher coaching at Akron Public SchoolsUrban Troubadour: $8,000 will fund an interactive, roving chamber concert that highlights Akron’s hidden gems. Fiscal sponsor: Chamber Music Society of OhioWandering Aesthetics, LLC: $8,000 will fund Bigger Than a BreadboxWeathervane Community Playhouse: $45,000 will be used for operationsYEPAW: $30,000 will be used for operations

Visit garfoundation.org for more information about GAR Foundations grants.

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