The GAR Foundation this month awarded more than $1.1 million to 31 community organizations, with two of the largest grants going to projects devoted to early childhood education.

Greenleaf Family Center in Akron will receive $140,000 for its SPARK program.

Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids provides kindergarten-readiness services for 3- and- 4-year-olds.

The Salvation Army of Summit County will receive $100,000 for the Learning Zone, which incorporates an on-site preschool with before- and after-school programming.

Other grants went to:

•?Actors’ Summit, $20,000 for operations.

•?Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, $50,000 for operations

•?Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, $15,000 for operations.

•?Boys and Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve, $85,000, for operations of after-school and summer youth development programs.

•?Children’s Concert Society, $17,500, for Concert Hall Series and school outreach.

•?Community Hall Foundation, $25,000, for sponsorship for Arts & Culture Landscape.

•?Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, $25,350, for urban outreach programs.

•?Cultural Data Project, $10,000, for training programs.

•?Emmanuel Christian Academy , $30,000, for extended-day pilot program and professional development.

•?First Glance Student Center, $25,000 for operations.

•?Greater Akron Musical Association, $105,000 for operations.

•?GroundWorks Dance Theater, $20,000 for 2014-15 season.

•?He Brought Us Out Ministries, $20,000 for operations of North Hill Community House.

•?Interfaith Caregivers, $15,000 for operations.

•?Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio, $35,000 for K-12 programs in Summit County.

•?Keep Akron Beautiful, $22,000 for operations.

•?Mobile Meals Foundation, $55,000 for operations.

•?Musical Arts Association, $100,000 for the 2014 Blossom Music Festival.

•?National Multiple Sclerosis Society — Ohio Buckeye Chapter, $5,000 for operations.

•?Philanthropy Ohio, $5,000 for operations.

•?Senior Independence of Akron/Canton, $15,000 for Adult Day Care Center.

•?Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth of Ohio, $5,000 for recruitment and training services.

•?Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, $30,000 for operations.

•?Summit Christian School, $22,000 for professional development of new learning standards.

•?The Hiram House Camp, $20,460 for the Summer Campership Fund.

•?Tuesday Musical Association, $40,000 for operations.

•?Urban Vision, $30,000 for the Set on Success Afterschool Program.

•?Victim Assistance Program, $25,000 for operations.

•?Western Reserve Historical Society, $40,000 for educational programming at Hale Farm & Village.

The GAR Foundation is a private, independent foundation established in 1967 as a charitable trust by Galen J. Roush, co-founder and chief executive officer of Roadway Express, and his wife, Ruth.

For information, go to www.garfoundation.org.