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Lawrence County Community Foundation

Matching funds available! The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio is providing a 50-cent match for every $1 given to any endowment within the Lawrence County Community Foundation’s family of funds. Matching funds can also be used to help start a new endowed fund and for new documented planned gifts. A total of $300,000 in match funding is available on a first-come, first served basis through Nov. 8.

For more information on the 2024 match opportunity, click here.
For information on ways to give to Lawrence County, click here.


The Lawrence County Community Foundation (LCCF) was established in July 2022 as a vehicle for attracting resources that can be invested to benefit Lawrence County residents today and into the future. A local community fund of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO), LCCF is committed to increasing opportunities for Lawrence County communities and residents by inspiring and supporting philanthropy. The Lawrence Economic Development Corporation, Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization, and Lawrence County Commission spearheaded the creation of the new fund.


2023 Annual Report

To view the Lawrence County Community Foundation’s 2023 annual report, click here.


Grant Opportunities

The Lawrence County Community Foundation partners with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio to provide an annual grant opportunity to nonprofits, schools and public organizations serving the people and communities of Lawrence County.

2024 grant applications open soon!

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2023 Grant Recipients

  • HomeTown Love of Chesapeake to support a beautification project that will include building a stone flower bed, installing lighting and placing flower pots by the village’s welcome sign near the Sixth Street bridge
  • inspiHER Girls Leadership Foundation to support the inspirHER Girls Leadership Retreat for Lawrence County fifth- through eighth-grade girls at South Point Middle School
  • Ironton aLive to help purchase storage containers that will be painted with Appalachian-themed murals at the children’s splash park
  • Tri-State STEM + M Early College High School received two grants: (1) to purchase new computers and (2) to support the development of a student-led musical that highlights the positive impact of the arts on mental health
  • William C. Lambert Military Museum and Archive to support the creation of a new exhibit, “The Korean War: Soldiers Stories of Lawrence County”
  • Impact Prevention, the grant will be used to help fund a youth-led weekend conference in which high school-aged youth serve as mentors and educators for fifth- and sixth-grade students

Lawrence Family of Funds

7 funds partnering with the Lawrence County Community Foundation in service to our community:

  • Lawrence County Community Foundation Fund
  • Collins Career Technical Center Fund
  • David Ryan Mitchell Legacy Scholarship Fund
  • Dr. Karen LaRoe Scholarship
  • Hand in Hand The Clonch Legacy Fund for Lawrence County Beautification
  • Leona “June” Freeman Legacy Fund
  • Simeon and Alma Mullins Legacy Fund for Rock Hill Local School District


Lawrence Committee Members

  • Sandy Blackburn
  • Mackenzie Coakley
  • Colton Copley
  • Donna Dingus
  • Shirley Dyer
  • Dan Evans
  • Joe Freeman
  • Jim Galloway
  • Deanna Holliday
  • Dan Jeffries
  • Bill Jessie
  • Ralph Kline
  • Mike McKee
  • Shannon Smith
  • Terri L. Taylor

Support the Lawrence County Community Foundation

Your gift will permanently increase grant dollars for the Lawrence County leaders and nonprofits working to increase the quality of life for our communities. As a result of a matching opportunity from the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, your gift will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, doubling your impact.

Contributions to the fund are tax deductible and can be made in a variety of ways, including: outright gifts of cash or long-term appreciated securities; memorial gifts of cash or assets in memory or in honor of someone special; and deferred gifts through bequests, life insurance, and charitable remainder trusts. Click here to download a copy of our future gift intent form.

Donations for the Lawrence County Community Foundation Fund can be sent to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, 35 Public Square – PO Box 456, Nelsonville, Ohio 45764. Credit card donations can also be made by clicking here and designating the Lawrence County Community Foundation Fund. For additional information, please call FAO at 740.753.1111.

To read the full announcement about the creation of the Lawrence County Community Foundation Fund, click here.