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FAO invites proposals for education mini-grants in Appalachian Ohio

Nelsonville, OH — The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio isoffering a new round of grant resources for Appalachian Ohio communities throughthe 2008 I’m a Child of Appalachia®Fostering Access to Education Mini-Grant program. The Mini-Grant Programwill provide awards ranging from $500 to $2,500 to fund activities and projectsthat provide educational opportunities to students within the 29 counties ofAppalachian Ohio.

The Foundation invitesproposals for initiatives that improveeducational opportunities for families and children in Appalachian Ohio.Eligible projects and programs include, but are not limited to: health,nutrition, physical activities and programs promoting wellness; early-childhood, school-readiness andpre-kindergarten programming; after-school and summer learning programs;classroom enrichment activities; workforce training and development; andcollege access and retention.

Organizations serving one ormore of the 29 counties in Appalachian Ohio are invited to apply. Eligible applicants include schools,not-for-profits and organizations with 501(c)(3) status.

“Access to quality educationalopportunities, beginning in early childhood, continuing through post-secondaryeducation and then lifelong, is essential to the health and well-being offamilies and the future prosperity of Appalachian Ohio,” said Cara Dingus Brook, president and CEO of the Foundation forAppalachian Ohio. “The I’m a Child ofAppalachia® Fostering Access to Education Mini-Grant program isdesigned to be easily accessible to respond quickly to educational needs andclassroom enrichment activities in Appalachian Ohio.”

Fostering Access to EducationMini-Grant guidelines and application are now available. For more information or to request a paper copy, contact Laura Risler, Mini-Grant Program Coordinator,at 740-753-1111.

Grant proposals must be postmarked by July21, 2008.