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Funding available for projects promoting economic growth in 16 eastern Ohio counties

Dale Hileman Legacy Fund grant applications due March 12

NELSONVILLE, Ohio – Grant funding is available for projects and activities that promote economic growth in 16 eastern Ohio counties.

The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) is accepting grant applications Feb. 6 through March 12 for the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund, created with support from the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance (EODA).

The Dale Hileman Legacy Fund supports causes close to Hileman’s heart – economic development and growth – and organizations within EODA’s service area. The service area covers Athens, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Tuscarawas and Washington counties.

Grant applications and additional information are available at Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, March 12, and funding requests should not exceed $1,000.

A native of Columbiana County, Hileman’s legacy includes a lifetime of service to eastern Ohio. He worked for Columbia Gas of Ohio for 40 years, serving Carrollton, Jackson and Cambridge in Appalachian Ohio, and helped establish EODA to promote economic development and growth in eastern Ohio. In retirement, he remained committed to improving quality of life in the region and to promoting his community of Cambridge in Guernsey County, where he shared his final years with his wife, Evelyn.

In 2023, two grants were awarded through the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund. The Urban Thrift & Opportunity Center of Urban Mission Ministries in Jefferson County received funding to purchase equipment needed to start a new social enterprise that employs people to cut clothing that would have been recycled into remnants to be sold. Homeless Hands of Zanesville in Muskingum County received funding to support a project to help shelter residents obtain employment.

This year’s grant recipients will be celebrated at EODA’s Annual Meeting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 26, at the Carlisle Village Inn in Walnut Creek.

For more information about the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund, FAO and how you can support or create opportunities throughout the region, visit, email or call 740.753.1111.