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Funding Available for Projects Serving Ross County Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Landrum Endowment Fund to Open Annual Grant Round January 3, 2022

Chillicothe, OH – The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio and the Ross County Board of Developmental Disabilities are offering a grant opportunity to support projects that will improve the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities in Ross County. Applications will open Monday, January 3, 2022, and are due by Monday, January 31, 2022.

The Landrum Endowment Fund’s annual grant round is open to nonprofit and public organizations whose projects are directly tied to the Fund’s mission. Organizations based outside of Ross County are welcome to apply, although grant proposals must focus on Ross County residents. Project should focus on the areas of advocacy, community inclusion, community employment, or parent/family support for individuals with development disabilities.

In 2021, more than $40,000 was awarded to six Ross County projects:

• Camp Cattail Inc.: increased the accessibility and overall experience of its day camp programs. The camp made restrooms more accessible and created programming to engage children and adults in activities such as walking and fishing.

• Easterseals Central and Southeast Ohio provided new handicap accessible doors for its entrance.

• The Mighty Children’s Museum created instructional videos, offering educators and parents the tools to tailor the use of museum resources for students in grades K-12.

• Ohio University Student Success Center in Chillicothe supported college-bound students with remote tutoring programs.

• Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center Driving for Success project selected young people with disabilities to utilize the center’s driving simulator in preparation for driving school.

• The Ross County Park District increased the accessibility of outdoor experiences and its nature conservation with ADA-compliant sidewalks and a shelter house.

The Landrum Endowment Fund was created in 2016 when George Landrum, a lifelong resident of Ross County, left an endowment of $1.2 million to the Ross County Board of Developmental Disabilities, also known as the Pioneer Center. George’s brother, John Landrum, received more than 30 years of service from the Pioneer Center.

Applications for the Fund’s grant round are available at, and will be accepted from Monday, January 3, 2022, through Monday, January 31, 2022.

For more information about the Landrum Endowment Fund and its upcoming grant round, visit or contact the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio at 740.753.1111 or

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.