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Noble County Community Foundation

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The Noble County Community Foundation was created to assist the Noble County community in growing philanthropic resources to enrich quality of life. All gifts to the Noble County Community Foundation will be invested in an endowment fund at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO). From its interest and earnings, this Fund will make grants to support the community for many years to come, ensuring permanent resources designed to address Noble County’s changing needs over time.


Grant Opportunities

The Noble County Community Foundation in partnership with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio is accepting 2022 grant applications from nonprofit and public organizations for projects or programs serving Noble County.

The Noble County Community Foundation and FAO’s I’m a Child of Appalachia® Fund will award grants to projects or programs benefitting residents of Noble County across five areas essential to generating and sustaining transformative change: Arts & Culture; Community & Economic Development; Education; Environmental Stewardship; and Health & Human Services.

Projects should increase quality of life, create access to opportunities or implement a solution to a need in Noble County. At least $10,000 will be awarded. Requests are encouraged to be between $500 and $1,500 though requests above this range may be considered based on potential impact.


2022 Grant Recipients

Our work together has already made a difference, and with further investment, our impact on the nonprofits, schools, and communities of our treasured county will only grow. Though the Noble County Community Foundation is new to FAO, here are some recent grants making a difference in Noble County through its Family of Funds:

  • Caldwell United Methodist Church to support its Caldwell Community Weekend Backpack Program, which provides food to elementary school-aged children in Noble County who have been identified as at risk for hunger on the weekends.
  • Helping Appalachian Rural Peoples to support a “Living in Hope” project that will remodel a home for a low-income veteran with a disability living in Noble County.
  • Muskingum Valley Council Boy Scouts of America to provide scholarships to cover the cost of membership fees for 17 Noble County youth.
  • Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center to support its driver’s education program, which assists 16- to 21-year-olds who want and need to work but who lack access to reliable transportation.
  • Noble County Historical Society to install new flooring in the bride’s room at the Ball-Caldwell Hospitality House.
  • Noble County Samaritan House to purchase a new upright freezer for the food pantry.
  • United Way of Guernsey, Monroe and Noble Counties for its Healthy Home Initiative, which provides rent and utility assistance, car repairs and gas cards for those fighting cancer as well as food or assistive device assistance to individuals and families in need but unable to secure help from other providers.
  • Village of Belle Valley to assist with start-up costs for “Christmas in Belle Valley” to be held at Belle Valley Park.
  • Village of Caldwell to support the third year of “A Village Christmas to Remember.”

Noble Family of Funds

Join the Family of Funds serving the Noble County community by making a gift to an existing fund or by establishing a named fund to benefit your passion and community.

The Growing Family of Funds includes:

Noble County Community Foundation
• Don Coss Memorial Scholarship Fund
• Jennifer Garrison Public Service Scholarship
• HARP Mission Endowment Fund
• Dale Hileman Legacy Fund
• Supporting Student Success Fund
• United Way of Guernsey, Monroe, and Noble Endowment


Noble Committee Members

• Judy McMullen, Chair
• Shawn Ray, Vice Chair
• Mike Buckey
• John Cline
• Mike Lloyd
• Andrea Seder
• Sherri Starr
• Don Ullmann
• Jim Warren


Support the Noble Community

Gifts are tax deductible and can be made in many ways, including cash, bequests, life insurance and charitable remainder trusts. To mail your donation, please designate the Noble County Community Foundation and mail to Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, PO Box 456, Nelsonville, OH 45764. To learn more, contact FAO at 740.753.1111.