Gar Foundation awards capital grants

GREATER AKRON — GAR Foundation has awarded $880,000 in capital funding to 28 organizations in Greater Akron. This year, the Foundation made several larger awards for special one-time cultural projects.

“We continue to be impressed with the innovative work coming from our local nonprofits and these grants will help them achieve mission-critical objectives,” said Christine Amer Mayer, president of GAR Foundation. “We saw a lot of important community-building and expansion projects that will strengthen public spaces and increase services to the community.”

Organizations receiving capital support include:

  • Akron Art Museum, $125,000 for the Centennial Campaign
  • Akron Children’s Museum, $21,000 for expansion of new exhibits
  • Akron History Center, $65,000 for the Akron History Center in The Bowery
  • Akron Parks Collaborative, $25,000 to revitalize Morgan Park in South Akron
  • Akron AxessPointe Community Health Centers, $20,000 for a new federally qualified Health Center
  • Broken Chains Jail & Prison Ministry, $10,000 for capital upgrades to its women’s residence
  • Center for Applied Theatre and Active Culture, $7,500 for new signage and safety upgrades
  • Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, $20,000 for new locomotives and maintenance of existing ones
  • Family & Community Services Inc., $20,000 for improvements to Valor Home for homeless veterans
  • Family Promise of Summit County, $24,000 for renovations to a second house in their Survive to Thrive Program
  • Friends of 91.3, $15,000 for upgrades to equipment for in-house production
  • Friends of Glendale Cemetery, $20,000 for road paving and repair
  • Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio, $30,000 for a state-of-the-art STEM facility
  • Habitat for Humanity of Summit County, $20,000 for a new storage facility and safety upgrades
  • Harmony House, $25,000 for creation of an emergency shelter space
  • Nightlight Cinema, $50,000 for the Second Screen capital campaign
  • North Hill Community Development Corp., $30,000 for enhancement of the Howard Street Heritage Courtyard
  • Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition, $100,000 for long-term maintenance of the improved Lock 3 Park
  • OPEN M, $14,000 for signage and security upgrades
  • Red Oak Behavioral Health, $20,000 for the Connect-GROW-Thrive capital facility improvement project
  • South Street Ministries Inc., $20,000 for outside safety and beautification elements
  • Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, $20,000 for renovation of concession stands
  • Stewart’s Caring Place, $15,000 for capital improvements at the Wellness Center
  • Summit ArtSpace, $20,000, for signage and space renovation
  • The Well Community Development Corp., $12,500 for facility upgrades to the Akron Food Works kitchen
  • United Way Summit and Medina, $95,000 for the Sojourner Truth Plaza
  • Urban Vision, $11,000 for signage and security upgrades
  • Wesley Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, $25,000 for kitchen renovations that support community outreach and engagement