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GAR Foundation awards grants: AxxessPointe

Thursday, March 12, 2015   (0 Comments)
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DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Distribution Committee of GAR Foundation has awarded $1,325,000 in funding to 27 community organizations in the areas of education, basic needs and independence, arts and culture, and civic enhancement.

According to foundation officials, many of the education programs focus on professional development and literacy intervention.

Among the nine grants to support basic needs and independence was a $5,000 award to Metro Assistance Group, a volunteer led effort that will provide free bus passes to low-income individuals who cannot access transportation.


Arts and culture grants include $20,000 to Nightlight Cinema, Akron’s new independent film house, to continue providing high-quality programming that engages audiences and enriches the quality of life in Akron; $20,000 to The Cleveland International Film Festival for screenings in Akron; and a $25,000 operating grant to Magical Theater Company in Barberton.

GAR also invested in a number of programs that address civic innovation in an engaged, productive community — from small business advisers at Akron SCORE to neighborhood community-building efforts of South Street Ministries.

Other grant recipients and awards include:

-Akron Art Museum, $100,000 for general operations;
-Akron Council on World Affairs, $7,000 for the Global Scholars Program;
-Akron Public Schools, $350,000 for professional development and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) platform expansion in the North cluster;
-Akron SCORE, $35,000 for general operations;
-AxxessPointe Community Health Center, $60,000 for general operations and pharmacy residencies in 2015;
-Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeastern Ohio, $25,000 for Hope Prep in 2015;
-Christ Child Society of Akron, $30,000 for the Clothing Center;
-Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway, $25,000 for general operations;
-East Akron Neighborhood Development Corp., $20,000 for the Emergency Home Repair program;
-Friends of WKSU, $20,000 for the spring 2015 Spring Fund Drive (a challenge grant);
-International Institute of Akron, $40,000 for general operations;
-International Soap Box Derby, $50,000 for operations;
-Kent State University’s College of Education, Health and Human Services, $73,000 for a comprehensive kindergarten to grade three literacy professional development program for Barberton City Schools;
-Kent State University Foundation, $50,000 for the Last Opportunity Scholarship program;
-Lawrence School, $40,000 for professional development and literacy intervention collaboration with Emmanuel Christian Academy;
-Let’s Grow Akron, $30,000 for operations;
-L.I.N.K.S Community and Family Services, $20,000 for the Boys and Girls After-School Academy at Open Door Assembly of God Church;
-Opportunity Parish Ecumenical Neighborhood Ministry (OPEN M), $50,000 for operations;
-Project Learn, $50,000 for operations;
-South Street Ministries Inc., $30,000 for operations;
-Summa Health System, $50,000 for the Lay Navigator Program at the Center for Health Equity;
-United Disability Services Inc., $50,000 for the VR3P program; and
-United Way of Summit County, $50,000 for fiscal sponsorship of the Bridges Out of ---Poverty Summit County Collaborative.


GAR Foundation is a private foundation established in 1967 by Galen and Ruth Roush and located in the Andrew Jackson House at 277 E. Mill St. Galen Roush was the co-founder and chief executive officer of Roadway Express. The foundation promotes quality of life, education and economic opportunities in the Akron area. To date, it has distributed more than $200 million to nonprofit organizations. For more information, contact Dina Younis at or 330-572-2809 or visit

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