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FAO affiliate foundations open 2023 grant applications

Deadline to apply for funding is Sept. 12

NELSONVILLE, Ohio – The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio’s 14 geographic affiliates and the region-wide African American Community Fund, in partnership with FAO’s I’m a Child of Appalachia® Fund, announce the Aug. 1 opening of 2023 grant applications.

Funding is available for nonprofits, schools, and public organizations serving Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry, and Vinton counties, as well as Nelsonville and the surrounding communities of Buchtel, Carbon Hill, and Murray City. The African American Community Fund (AACF), with support from the AEP Foundation, will be awarding grants to Black-led and Black-serving nonprofit and public organizations across Appalachian Ohio’s 32 counties.

Grants will be awarded to projects and programs focusing on five areas essential to creating and sustaining transformative change in Appalachian Ohio: arts and culture, community and economic development, education, environmental stewardship, and health and human services. Emphasis is on supporting individuals of all ages who are spearheading efforts that create opportunities, meet pressing needs, and unleash the potential of local communities and the Appalachian Ohio region. Applications that support youth-led projects are encouraged as well.

AACF, with support from the U.S. Bank Foundation, is also accepting capacity-building funding requests designed to help Black-led and Black-serving organizations best meet the needs of those they serve by expanding services, enhancing program quality, and/or improving operational efficiencies.

Applications are due by Sept. 12 and available at