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Grant applications for Donald R. Myers Legacy Fund open Feb. 6

Funding available for nonprofit, public organizations in Appalachian Ohio’s 32 counties

NELSONVILLE, Ohio – The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) is accepting grant applications for the Donald R. Myers Legacy Fund to Support Partnership in Appalachian Ohio.

The Donald R. Myers Legacy Fund was created to support Appalachian Ohio’s nonprofit and public organizations in projects and activities that improve quality of life, with an emphasis on areas Myers worked so passionately to address: education, regional networking, support for community leaders and fulfillment of basic needs.

Open to organizations in Appalachian Ohio’s 32 counties, 2024 grant applications are available at Applications must be submitted between Tuesday, Feb. 6, and Tuesday, March 12, 2024, and funding requests should not exceed $1,000.

Myers was a stalwart champion for Appalachian Ohio, serving as executive director of the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Alliance and president of the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance (EODA). During his years of service, Myers advocated for Appalachian Ohio and generated countless financial investments to support the region’s progress in meeting basic needs, including infrastructure development that advanced quality of life and economic growth – a legacy that continues through the FAO fund that bears his name.

Last year, grants were awarded to:

  • The Buckeye Ruritan Club in Jefferson County to support the development of the Free Little Lending Library in the Village of New Alexandria.
  • The Lawrence County Commissioners to support the Civic Scholars Fellowship program.
  • Urban Mission Ministries in Jefferson County to support the Next Steps for Homeless Shelter Residents program.
  • The Village of Chauncey in Athens County to support its new Party in the Park Series.

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 Donald R. Myers Legacy Fund to Support Partnership in Appalachian Ohio, FAO and how you can support or create opportunities throughout the region, visit, email or call 740.753.1111.