Who can apply?

Businesses, social enterprises, sole proprietors, and entrepreneurs. 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: Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood

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 seeing 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 are reviewed weekly by the Grants Committee. You will receive a response no later than 10 business days after you submit your application.

How often will funds be distributed?

The Grants Committee meets weekly. After an application has been filed, the committee will review it at their next meeting and will notify you of the status of your application no more than10 working days after that meeting.

When will I get a check?

If you receive an award, funding will be distributed no more than 10 business days after the funding decision.

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. A list of more resources: https://ohiose.com/covid-19-business-resources/