Grants to Ohio nonprofit organizations and government agencies for community benefit projects in eligible locations. Funding is intended for activities within a range of focus areas including but not limited to education, children's welfare, healthcare, mental health, seniors, nutrition, community development, and disabilities. Eligible projects benefit the Nelsonville area, including Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Vinton, and Washington Counties.
Priority will be given to projects that:
Comply with the mission and values of RCIF, the Athens County Foundation, and the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville
Incorporate new approaches to current or emerging needs
Encourage cooperation among organizations and avoid duplication of services
Show the organization’s ability to leverage additional funds.
The Rocky Community Improvement Fund works through the Athens County Foundation, which believes that a healthy, inclusive community is one that preserves and expands on things that are working well and:
Values local input
Solicits diverse perspectives
Inspires cooperation and collaboration
Stewards valued resources
Encourages self-assessment and continuous learning
Promotes shared values of trust, respect, honesty, and openness
Recognizes the inter-relatedness of community development and economic development.
Grant applications are welcome from any 501c3 organization, government agency, or organization that has a fiscal agreement with a 501c3 organization.
Generally, grants are not made to or for:
- Budget deficits
- Religious purposes
- Political or legislative action groups
- Support or promotion of specific points of view on right-to-life and pro-choice issues
- Annual fundraising drives
The application deadline is October 13, 2023
Announcements will be made in December.
Grants are awarded twice a year.
Estimated Size of Grant
RCIF does not restrict how much you can request; however, the average award over the last 3 years was $3,460.