The GAR Foundation last week announced $1.5 million in grants to 38 community organizations in Summit County, including a $450,000 challenge grant to the United Way of Summit County.

“Both GAR and United Way of Summit County recognize the value of focused, strategic giving,” said Kirstin Toth, senior vice president of GAR Foundation. “This allocation to support education programs working along the Cradle to Career continuum supports GAR’s highest funding priority.”

The following grants are for operational costs unless otherwise listed:

•?Akron Roundtable, $3,000 to bring artist Theaster Gates to speak in Akron.

•?Alchemy Inc., $45,000.

•?Battered Women’s Shelter, $10,000 for a home goods/supplies donation clearinghouse.

•?Building for Tomorrow, $80,000 for the Early Childhood Initiative.

•?BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence, $75,000.

•?CASA Board Volunteer Association Inc., $20,000.

•?Child Guidance & Family Solutions, $60,000 for the Toddlers and Preschoolers Succeeding Program.

•?City of Akron, $15,000 for the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival.

•?CORE Furniture Bank, $8,000.

•?Crafty Mart Inc., $5,000.

•?Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, $20,000 for lab upgrades in the science wing.

•?Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, $50,000 for power car acquisition and rehabilitation.

•?Dr. Bob’s Home, $5,000 for renovations and upgrades.

•?East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation, $20,000 for building repairs.

•?East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation, $40,000 for the East Akron Neighborhood Revitalization Plan.

•?Emmanuel Christian Academy, $50,000 for the building renovation project.

•?Family Promise of Summit County, $15,000.

•?Friends of Historic Glendale Cemetery, $20,000 for the restoration of the bell tower at Glendale Cemetery.

•?Friends of the Summit, $15,000 for the fall membership campaign (challenge grant).

• Great Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America, $45,000 for the Exploring and Venturing program

•?Greater Akron Musical Association, $80,000.

•?ideastream, $30,000 for middle school STEM professional development with coaching in Twinsburg City Schools.

•?Infoline Inc., $25,000 for the Summit County Basic Needs Access Services System.

•?Jewish Family Service, $35,000.

•?Kent State University Foundation, $40,000 for coaching for K-3 Literacy in Barberton West Elementary School.

•?NEOMED Foundation, $80,000 for the NEOMED health Pipeline-to-Practice program in Akron Public Schools.

•?The Nightlight, $20,000 for operations and $5,000, for main auditorium upgrades.

•?Northeast Ohio Center for Choreography, $5,000 for office space renovation.

•?Proyecto Raices, $10,000.

•?Rubber City Jazz and Blues Festival, $20,000, for event in downtown Akron.

•?Shelter Care Inc., $5,000 for agency property upgrades.

•?South Street Ministries, $10,000 for Phase II of the Front Porch Project.

•?University of Akron Foundation, $20,000 for the Center of Literacy coaching in Summit County.

•?Torchbearers Akron, $7,500.

•?Tri-County Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates, $50,000.

•?Wandering Aesthetics, $17,500 for the Bigger Than a Breadbox project

•?Weathervane Community Playhouse, $40,000.

•?Woodside Management, $17,500 for the Storefront Windows Project.

The GAR Foundation was established in 1967 by Galen and Ruth Roush. Galen was the co-founder and chief executive officer of Roadway Express.