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Grant funding available for projects promoting economic growth in 16 eastern Ohio counties

Applications for the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund are due March 21

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. 14 through March 21 for the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund, created in partnership with FAO and 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 is available at Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, March 21, 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 and to promoting his community of Cambridge in Guernsey County, where he shared his final years with his wife, Evelyn.

In 2022, three grants were awarded through the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund. Cambridge Main Street received funding to expand its “Even Bigfoot Shops Downtown” marketing campaign. The Ohio Valley Youth Network, serving Columbiana, Harrison and Jefferson counties, received funding for its Sycamore Young Entrepreneurs Program. The Athens-Meigs Educational Service Center received a grant for its Project RISE program to provide paid summer internships to high school students in Athens, Meigs and Perry counties.

For more information about the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund, FAO and how to support the creation of opportunities throughout the region, visit, email or call 740.753.1111.