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Dale Hileman Legacy Fund

The deadline for the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund grant application has been extended until April 15, 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Dale Hileman Legacy Fund grant application is open to public and nonprofit organizations working to promote economic growth within the 16 counties served by Eastern Ohio Development Alliance: Athens, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Tuscarawas, and Washington counties.

This year, the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund plans to award up to $2,000 in grants through its first competitive grantround. Grant requests should not exceed $1,000.

Applications are due Wednesday, April 15, 2020 and are available here. Please note that we have recently changed our online application system, so you may need to create a new User ID and password. If you require assistance, please contact Emily Vigue by email or at 740.753.1111.


The Dale Hileman Legacy Fund promotes economic development and growth, a cause that was close to Mr. Hileman’s heart.

Mr. Hileman passed away in February 2015 after a lifetime of service to eastern Ohio. Mr. Hileman was a native of Columbiana County and worked for Columbia Gas of Ohio for 40 years, serving Carrollton, Jackson, and Cambridge in Appalachian Ohio. After his retirement, he remained committed to improving quality of life and steadfastly promoting his community of Cambridge in Guernsey County, where he shared his final years with his wife, Evelyn.

Known to take an active role in whatever community he called home, Mr. Hileman is described as a humble man who had a great gift for networking to bring people together for the greater good, while remaining behind the scenes and away from public praise or recognition.

The Fund was founded with the support of the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance (EODA), an organization that Mr. Hileman helped found to promote economic growth and development in eastern Ohio. Counties served by EODA and grants from the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund include Athens, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Tuscarawas, and Washington.

In its first three years, the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund awarded strategic grants to support economic growth. Most recently, in 2019, the Fund supported the United Way of Guernsey, Monroe, and Noble Counties and their Young Professionals Program. The program connected students in the Rolling Hills and Cambridge City school districts with professionals across a variety of fields and who are under the age of 40. The program exposed students to careers that would allow them to make a great living in their local community.

The Fund’s announced its inaugural, competitive grantround in 2020.