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Appalachian Ohio Emergency Response Fund

To continue supporting FAO’s work to meet the most pressing needs throughout our communities, click here to give to the I’m a Child of Appalachia Fund today.

In the face of the coronavirus, we are all being called upon to play a part in safeguarding the health of our family, friends, and neighbors. We have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. Our communities’ nonprofits are stepping into the breach to meet new needs, serve our most vulnerable, and adjust to extraordinary and unexpected circumstances.

In Appalachian Ohio, our communities face a substantial philanthropy gap. With nine times fewer philanthropic dollars than the rest of Ohio, Appalachian Ohio does not have the same capacity for grants, scholarships, and partnerships. FAO is working to change that every day.

The Emergency Response Fund was created to award grants to help nonprofits whose resources are and will continue to be, strained over this unprecedented event due to the need for them to expand and modify how they deliver services.

Click here to learn about the impact that the Emergency Response Fund helped make possible.

To discuss how the children of Appalachian Ohio can continue banding together to support the nonprofits protecting our seniors, caring for patients, feeding our children, and carrying Appalachian Ohio forward, contact FAO at 740.753.1111 or

The Emergency Response Fund’s Impact

The Appalachian Ohio Emergency Response Fund supported nonprofits across all 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio. Click here to learn about each of the grants that the Fund helped make possible.

Resources from the Fund are continuing to support FAO’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic by enhancing digital connectivity throughout our communities and fostering youth resiliency.

Additional Resources

For additional resources that may be helpful to individuals, educators, small businesses, and other entities not eligible for direct support through our Emergency Response Fund, click here.

Our Partners

Partners that joined FAO in our work to grow the Emergency Response Fund and meet the most pressing needs of our communities include:

  • Columbia Gas
  • DTE Energy
  • Guernsey Power Station
  • JobsOhio
  • Osteopathic Heritage Foundations
  • Peoples Bank Foundation

Is your organization interested in partnering with FAO to help meet the most pressing needs facing our communities? Contact FAO at or 740.753.1111.