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Donald R. Myers Legacy Fund to Support Partnership in Appalachian Ohio Grant Applications Now Available

Open to Public and Nonprofit Organizations in all Appalachian Ohio Counties, Applications Due March 21

Nelsonville, OHThe Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) is pleased to announce that grant applications for the Donald R. Myers Legacy Fund to Support Partnerships in Appalachian Ohio are now available. The Donald R. Myers Legacy Fund supports projects and activities of nonprofit and public organizations in the 32 Appalachian counties in Ohio. Projects should improve quality of life with an emphasis on education, regional networking opportunities, support for community leaders, and fulfillment of basic needs, areas Mr. Myers worked so passionately to address.

Don Myers served Appalachian Ohio for years as the executive director of the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Alliance (OMEGA) and president of the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance (EODA). During his years of service, Mr. Myers advocated for the region, bringing countless financial investments to support Appalachian Ohio’s progress in meeting basic needs such as through infrastructure development necessary for quality of life and economic progress. The Donald R. Myers Legacy Fund remembers Mr. Myers’ concern for basic, overlooked needs and celebrates his legacy by supporting projects addressing those needs throughout the region he held closest to his heart.

Past grants have supported safe sleep initiatives for infants in Belmont County; increased reading fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary through music for students in Harrison County; wheelchair accessibility in Hocking and Tuscarawas counties; and access to food for Guernsey County residents.

Applications are due by Tuesday, March 21, 2017 to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, PO Box 456, Nelsonville, OH 45764. For more information about the Donald R. Myers 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