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Grant Opportunities

The John and Lois Baker Education and Economic Development Fund, serving Monroe County, is accepting grant applications Tuesday, May 21, through Tuesday, July 2. Funding is available for nonprofits, schools and public organizations serving the people and communities of Monroe County. Emphasis is on supporting individuals of all ages who are spearheading projects and programs that advance economic development and growth in Monroe County. Funding requests should be between $500 and $5,000, but larger requests may be considered based on potential impact. Additional information and the grant application are available here.


The Michele L. Hart Legacy Fund is accepting 2024 grant applications Thursday, May 16, through Thursday, June 27. Nonprofit and public organizations serving Vinton County are invited to apply with a special emphasis on projects and programs directly supporting individuals in the areas of healthcare, domestic violence and higher education. Grant requests between $500 and $1,500 will be considered. Additional information and the grant application are available here.

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

The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio’s 14 geographic affiliates and the region-wide African American Community Fund accept grant applications annually. 

Funding is available for nonprofits, schools, and public organizations serving Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry, and Vinton counties, as well as Nelsonville and the surrounding communities of Buchtel, Carbon Hill, and Murray City. The African American Community Fund is accepting grant applications and capacity-building funding requests from Black-led and Black-serving nonprofit and public organizations across Appalachian Ohio’s 32 counties.

Grants will be awarded to projects and programs focusing on five areas essential to creating and sustaining transformative change in Appalachian Ohio: arts and culture, community and economic development, education, environmental stewardship, and health and human services. Emphasis is on supporting individuals of all ages who are spearheading efforts that create opportunities, meet pressing needs, and unleash the potential of local communities and the Appalachian Ohio region. Applications that support youth-led projects are encouraged as well.

Additional information and the applications are available on each affiliate’s webpage:

African American Community Fund

Community Foundation for Perry County

Gallia Community Foundation

Guernsey County Foundation

Harrison County Community Foundation

Highland County Community Fund

Hocking County Community Fund

Jackson County Community Foundation

Lawrence County Community Foundation

Meigs County Foundation

Monroe County Community Foundation

Morgan Community Fund

Nelsonville Community Foundation

Noble County Community Foundation

Vinton County Community Fund


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

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 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 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.


The Coshocton County Connectivity Fund supports nonprofit and public organizations whose projects use internet connectivity to improve quality of life in Coshocton County. 


The Perry County Connectivity Fund supports nonprofit and public organizations whose projects use internet connectivity to improve quality of life in Perry County. 


The Edge of Appalachia – Adams County Fund awards grants and scholarships to Adams County residents and organizations working to improve quality of life in their communities.


The Southwestern Energy STEM Education Fund supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) educational activities in K-12 classrooms and schools in Guernsey and Monroe Counties by offering mini-grants to public school districts and educators.


The Logan-Holl Foundation Fund provides grants for projects that benefit the City of Logan and Hocking County, Ohio. The Trustees meet twice a year in June and December. Grants open in January. 


The Strengthening Civics Education in Appalachian Ohio Grant application is open to K-12 public schools, educators, students and public and nonprofit organizations serving K-12 students in Appalachian Ohio. This grant opportunity is funded through a partnership between the Longaberger Family Foundation.


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. 2024 applications are closed.


The Husky Education Fund supports educational activities of the Harrison Hills City School District. This fund ensures permanent resources for programs and activities that enhance and enrich the educational experience of students and teachers. 2024 grant applications closed on April 30.

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.