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Dale Hileman Legacy Fund Grant Applications Now Open

Organizations in 16 Eastern Ohio Counties Can Apply Until March 21

Nelsonville, OH – Grant applications now are 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 plans to award at least $2,000 in grants through its second competitive grant round. Individual grant requests should not exceed $1,000 and must be submitted by Monday, March 21, 2022.

The Dale Hileman Legacy Fund promotes economic development and growth, a cause that was close to Mr. Hileman’s heart. The Fund supports organizations working to promote economic growth within the 16 counties served by the 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. A native of Columbiana County, he 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. 

In 2021, grants supported the Tuscarawas Economic Development Corporation (EDC), BRITE Energy Innovators, and the Village of Chauncey in Athens County. The Tuscarawas EDC received funding to support the purchase of educational resources for entrepreneurs. BRITE Energy Innovators utilized the grant to provide outreach and technical assistance to local companies in Columbiana, Carroll, Belmont, Jefferson, and Harrison counties. The Village of Chauncey received funding to support the building and installation of a message board connected to Baileys Trail System.

The 2022 grant applications are due by Monday, March 21, 2022, and may be submitted at For any questions, contact FAO at 740.753.1111.

Since 1998, FAO has been working with donors who are passionate about Appalachian Ohio, its communities, and its future. The organization helps donors give back in ways that are meaningful – to them and to our region.

To learn more about the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio and opportunities to give, grow and create with FAO, visit or contact or 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 and follow FAO on Facebook and Instagram.