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Dale Hileman Legacy Fund Grant Applications Now Available

Open to Public and Nonprofit Organizations in Sixteen Eastern Ohio Counties, Applications Due March 31

Nelsonville, OH – Grant applications are now available for projects promoting economic growth in 16 eastern Ohio counties.

Applications are available through the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) and may be found online at

The Dale Hileman Legacy Fund promotes economic development and growth, a cause that was close to Mr. Hileman’s heart. The Dale Hileman Legacy Fund supports organizations working to promote economic growth within the 16 counties served by Eastern Ohio Development Alliance, comprising Athens, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Tuscarawas, and Washington counties.

Mr. Hileman passed away in February 2015 after a lifetime of service to eastern Ohio. Mr. Hileman was a native of Columbiana County and worked for Columbia Gas of Ohio for 40 years, serving Carrollton, Jackson, and Cambridge in Appalachian Ohio. After his retirement, he remained committed to improving quality of life and steadfastly promoting his community of Cambridge in Guernsey County, where he shared his final years with his wife, Evelyn.

The 2020 grant round represents the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund’s first competitive grant awards. In its first three years, the fund awarded strategic grants to support economic growth. Last year, the Fund supported the United Way of Guernsey, Monroe, and Noble Counties and their Young Professionals Program. The program connected students in the Rolling Hills and Cambridge City school districts with professionals across a variety of fields and who are under the age of 40. The program exposed students to careers that would allow them to make a great living in their local community.

This year, the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund plans to award up to $2,000 in grants through its first competitive grant round. Individual grant requests should not exceed $1,000.

Applications are due by Tuesday, March 31, 2020 to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, PO Box 456, Nelsonville, OH 45764. For more information about the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund and for the grant application, please visit or call FAO at 740.753.1111.

About the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio
The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) is a regional community foundation serving the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio. A 501(c)(3) public charity, the Foundation creates opportunities for Appalachian Ohio’s citizens and communities by inspiring and supporting philanthropy. For more information about FAO, visit