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Grant Opportunities

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

The Community Fund grant application is open to public and nonprofit organizations. Projects should 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. This grant round opens September 7 and closes October 12.

Click a Community below and view the Grant Opportunities section to learn more and apply:

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 will be awarding 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. 

Please visit each of the Fund’s webpages for more information. Questions regarding the Community Fund grant round can be answered via phone at 740.753.1111 or by emailing Emily Vigue.


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The Foundation offers the following grant programs at other times of the 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. 


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.