Resilience Fund


The Resilience Fund’s initial round of funding has been designated. 

All applicants should receive notification of their status no later than Wednesday, July 15th, 2020.  If another round of funding becomes available, this site will be reactivated. 

The Resilience Fund was designed to assist businesses in the Appalachian Ohio counties or the Mid-Ohio Valley counties of West Virginia facing serious economic challenges. 

Who can apply?

Limited funding remains in the Resilience Fund for applicants that are sustainable non-profit social enterprises in the following OH and WV counties: (OH) Athens, Vinton, Meigs, Gallia, Jackson, Morgan, Washington; (WV) Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wayne, Wirt, Wood.

 

​The role of these funds is to fill a gap in resources for small businesses due to economic challenges. Nonprofit social enterprises are eligible to apply. If you have questions about eligibility or are not eligible but still need support, please feel free to reach out and our team will do our best to direct you to aid.

How can funds be used?

Grants will be made to businesses whose stability has been disrupted by the current economic challenges. These funds can be used for business inventory, rent, and utilities, securing the employment of staff, or other costs that are preventing the sustainability of your operation. Clearly specify your needs on the application since applying to the fund does not guarantee an award. Applications will be assessed by need, the stability of your enterprise before the crisis, and your ability to sustain your business with the award. Each application will be reviewed by a committee of stakeholders.

 

In addition to offering grants, funders participating in the Resilience Fund are available to provide support before grant applications are  filed and following awards. Potential applicants and grant winners can receive referrals to business support offices that provide training and guidance with planning, financing, marketing, and other business activities from the funders’ professional staff  at no charge. 

 

Contact Us

If you have a question about the Resilience Fund or a question about applying, please see our FAQ page or reach out to us at:

 

 

Ellie Dudding

ellie@ruralaction.org 

(740) 590-7661

 

The following organizations are working in partnership to provide rapid-response grants through the Resilience Fund:

Supporting Organizations

 
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