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Grant Opportunities

The Foundation is pleased to offer the following grant programs that are currently open:


The School-Based Healthcare grant application is open to nonprofit and public organizations, including school districts serving the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio, beginning October 29 until December 10. The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO), in partnership with UnitedHealthcare (UHC), are pleased to launch a grant round focused on collaboration and implementation for projects related to school-based healthcare in Appalachian Ohio through FAO’s Health & Human Services Pillar of Prosperity, part of the I’m a Child of Appalachia Fund®.


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The Foundation offers the following grant programs at other times of the year:


The Civics Education Grant application is for public educators and nonprofit service providers. Educating and equipping strong citizens is essential to strong communities and a strong democracy. That’s why the Longaberger Family Foundation and the I’m a Child of Appalachia Fund at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio were offering grants to K-12 public educators and nonprofit service providers. Projects encourage students to acquire a broad, deep knowledge base in subjects integral to robust citizenship, forge positive relationships with the self and wider-world, and work to analyze different views to feel empowered to participate in civic life.


The Michele L. Hart Legacy Fund grant application is for projects in Vinton County. Nonprofit and public organizations serving Vinton County with a special emphasis on projects and programs directly supporting individuals in the areas of healthcare, domestic violence, and higher education, were funded. Grant requests were between $500 and $1,000.

The Fund is in memory of the late Michele L. Hart. Hart’s sister, Rebecca “Becky”, established the Fund to support those areas close to Michele’s heart. Becky shared her family’s desire to help people in Vinton County. It was this passion that led her to create a fund to honor her late sister by helping Vinton County residents and making resources available to all.


The Southwestern Energy Grant application is for public school educators in Guernsey, Monroe, and Noble counties. Southwestern Energy (SWN) and the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) partnered to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education activities in classrooms by offering mini-grants. 

Grant requests couldn’t exceed $500 and a total of $9,000 was available to award. Any K-12 educators in public schools serving students in Guernsey, Monroe, and Noble counties were able to apply. Grants will be used during the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year. 


The Dale Hileman Legacy Fund supports 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.


The Donald R. Myers Legacy Fund to Support Partnership in Appalachian Ohio supports projects and activities of nonprofit and public organizations in the 32 Appalachian counties in Ohio. Projects should improve quality of life with an emphasis on education, regional networking opportunities, support for community leaders, and fulfillment of basic needs. Two $700 grants will be awarded in 2021.


The Gulfport Energy Fund‘s grant applications are open to nonprofit and public organizations for projects serving Belmont, Guernsey, Harrison, Jefferson, Monroe, and Noble counties. The Fund hosts two annual grant rounds, supporting education projects in the spring and environmental stewardship and health & human services projects in the fall. Grant awards typically range from $1,500 to $5,000 though grant requests of up to $10,000 may be considered. Click here for more information.


The Landrum Endowment Fund supports projects related to improving lives of individuals with developmental disabilities in Ross County, Ohio. Learn more here.


The Max Conner Memorial Fund supports an annual grant round that promotes academic excellence and classroom enrichment for students in the Nelsonville-York School District. Funding will support projects taking place during the 2021-2022 school year, with mini grants ranging in size from $100 to $500. Any employee of the Nelsonville-York School District is eligible to apply. 


The Southern Perry County Academic Endowment Fund supports programs throughout Southern Perry County that positively impact the community by promoting academic excellence and opportunities for educational enrichment. These grants have been used to fund a variety of programs in the past, including historical preservation, community arts and culture programming, and classroom enrichment activities and resources. 


The Community Fund grant round supports public and nonprofit organizations. Projects increase quality of life, create access to opportunities, or implement a solution for a need in that community within one or more of the Pillars of Prosperity: arts and culture, community and economic development, education, environmental stewardship, and health and human services.

Community Fund grants are available in Perry, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, Meigs, Monroe, and Morgan counties; the City of Nelsonville area; and for African American communities in Appalachian Ohio.

Click a Community below to learn more about each fund and view past recipients :

African American Community Fund

Community Foundation for Perry County

Gallia Community Foundation Fund

Guernsey County Foundation Fund

Harrison County Community Foundation Fund

Highland County Community Foundation Fund

Hocking County Community Fund

Jackson County Community Foundation Fund

Meigs County Foundation 

Monroe County Community Foundation Fund

Morgan County Community Fund

Nelsonville Community Foundation Fund

Each Community Fund was awarded up to $10,000 in grants to projects or programs within that county or community. Together, the Community Funds and the I’m a Child of Appalachia® Fund are working to meet pressing needs and pursue exciting opportunities in Appalachian Ohio. 


If you have any questions regarding FAO’s grant programs, or if you would like to share information about a potential grant project, please contact Us at 740.753.1111.