Who can apply?

Businesses, social enterprises, sole proprietors, and revenue-generating nonprofits. Funds are available for nonprofit and for-profit enterprises. Applicants must be located in one of the following counties: Appalachian Ohio Counties: Adams, Ashtabula, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Carroll, Clermont, Columbiana, Coshocton, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Highland, Hocking, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mahoning, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Vinton, and Washington Mid-Ohio Valley Counties of West Virginia: Wood, Wirt, Calhoun, Gilmer, and Roane

What can the funds be used for?

Funds are available to be used for any effort that will aid in stabilizing your business; however, awarded funds are expected to be used for the purposes outlined in your application. The fund’s goal is to help fill gaps in your enterprise that were created by the current economic challenges.

Do I have to pay this back?

No. The funders’ objective is to see you succeed!

Whom do I contact if I have a question?

For grant administration, please contact: Ellie Dudding ellie@ruralaction.org (740) 590-7661

What happens after I apply?

Grant applications will be reviewed once the application period has closed on March 26th. You will be notified of your application status within 10 business days after the close of the application period.

When will I get a check?

The grant committee will meet after the grant application period has closed. Once applications have been reviewed, checks will be sent within one month of grantees being notified of their award.

What resources are available in addition to the funds?

Applicants will also have access at no-cost to professional coaches who can advise on other resources such as loans, other grants, and information on operating under the current regulations. Coaches are available to talk about specific issues you may be facing and can also connect you to other businesses for peer support.