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Meigs County Community Fund

Meigs County CARES Act Fund Now Available

Meigs County has designated funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support nonprofits impacted by COVID-19, in partnership with the Meigs County Community Fund. Grant applications are currently being accepted for the Meigs County CARES Fund, with up to $149,750 in available funding. Grant requests will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with Friday, December 11, 2020 as the final date to submit an application electronically to Kelly Morman.

The Meigs County CARES Act Fund will only provide grant awards to cover costs that: 

  1. Are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19); 
  2. Were not accounted for in the organization’s budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020 (the date of enactment of the CARES Act); and 
  3. Were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020 and ends on December 30, 2020 

The following organizations are invited to submit a grant application: 

  • Local school districts; 
  • 501(c)3 public charitable organization with 509(a)1, 509(a)2, or 509(a)3 public charitable status as designated in your IRS Determination letter; 
  • 501(c)4 and 501(c)6 charitable organizations – these funds cannot be utilized for lobbying or advocacy activities; 
  • Faith-based organization providing social services to the broader community; and/or 
  • Tribal organization including housing authorities. 

To learn more and to apply, please access the Meigs County CARES Fund Application and Guidelines here.

For your convenience, a Grant Budget and Narrative template has been developed and can be accessed here. However, you are welcome to use your own format.

The Meigs County Community Fund was created in 2011 to increase and advance philanthropic activities in Meigs County. The Meigs County Community Fund works to attract philanthropic resources in the form of gifts, grants, or bequests to benefit the broader community. It helps everyone give back to Meigs County so the community can invest grants to benefit Meigs County residents.

Gifts to the Meigs County Community Fund are tax deductible and can be made in many ways, including cash, bequests, and life insurance. Donations can be made online by designating the Meigs County Community Fund when donating. To mail your donation, please designate the Meigs County Community Fund and mail to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, PO Box 456, Nelsonville, OH 45764.


Before the Meigs County Community Fund, many charitable gifts were leaving the community. When residents wanted to make a gift that would benefit the whole community for the long-term, they were looking for partners outside of the county who might have been able to help them. Now, with a fund focused on benefiting Meigs County by investing in its nonprofits, schools, and students, they can give back to Meigs County in Meigs County.

And they in the midst of a bold campaign that will not only make history, but celebrate it too. Endow 200 celebrates Meigs County’s 200th birthday by bringing together 200 gifts of $3,000 each. With gifts stretching over five years that means anyone can be a part of the effort for just $50 a month. These dollars will go into a permanent endowment that will allow the Meigs County Community Fund to make grants each year while also growing the dollars available for the community.

“Throughout Meigs County, novel ideas and elbow grease are working to expand opportunities for our neighbors,” said Jennifer Sheets, a committee member of the Meigs County Community Fund. “By launching Endow 200, the Meigs County Community Fund will be able to invest homegrown dollars into ideas that will have an impact on our local communities.”

Whether you call Meigs County home today or are looking to give back to a place where you grew up, everyone now has the chance to make a difference in Meigs for generations.


The Meigs County Community Fund is led by a volunteer commitee with strong ties to the Meigs County community. Meigs County Community Fund committee members include:

  • Ryan Buckley
  • Susan Clark
  • John Hoback
  • Tom Hunter
  • Barb Musser
  • Paul Reed
  • Charlene Rutherford
  • Jennifer Sheets
  • Linda Warner

The Meigs County Community Fund Family of Funds includes:

  • The Meigs County Community Fund
  • Forrest Bachtel Scholarship Fund
  • Chester Shade Historical Association Fund
  • Karr-Aanestad K9 Foundation Fund
  • Meigs Performing Arts Center Fund
  • New Haven School Fund