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Foundations announce $350K in grant awards

NELSONVILLE — The I’m a Child of Appalachia Fund at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio and the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville have announced $350,000 in grant awards designed to strengthen youth resiliency in Appalachian Ohio.

Given the critical role of childhood development on lifelong well being, and the extraordinary challenges youth face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, grants address the social, economic, educational and health challenges faced by young people in the region.

FAO’s I’m a Child of Appalachia Fund and OHFN partnered to fund organizations serving youth across Appalachian Ohio.

“We are grateful for the important work of the organizations supported through this partnership. These projects will increase protective factors supporting youth in building academic success, self-esteem, coping skills, and healthy relationships, while expanding access to basic needs and services,” said Susan Beaudry, OHFN vice president.

The 19 grantees were selected from a competitive pool of 125 applicants that requesting more than $2.5 million in grant awards, underscoring continued needs to support Appalachian Ohio youth.

Local organizations receiving grants included the Ohio Valley Youth Network to expand the After School Enrichment and Life Skills program for K-12 students by providing transportation and technology support for children in Jefferson County impacted by the social, economic, educational and health effects of poverty.

“We are excited to fund 19 of the many visionary organizations serving our region’s youth,” said Cara Dingus Brook, FAO’s president and CEO.

The fund’s service area includes the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio. For information, contact FAO at (740) 753-1111.

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