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
?Apollos 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.
?Childrens 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.