Second Round of Appalachian Community Grants Open

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Approximately $420 million in grant funding is now available to help transform Ohio’s 32-county Appalachian region.

The Ohio Department of Development is accepting applications for the second round of the Appalachian Community Grant Program, which funds projects that revitalize downtowns, enhance quality of life and help rebuild local economies.

“Ohio’s Appalachian region has so much to offer – from a willing workforce to historic downtowns and breathtaking natural wonders,” Gov. Mike DeWine said. “Funding from this program will help positively transform Appalachia and impact those living there for generations to come.”

In total, $500 million has been dedicated to the Appalachian Community Grant Program. In its first round, the program awarded $30 million for planning and $50 million in development grants for projects impacting communities in Athens, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Gallia, Hocking, Jefferson, Mahoning, Meigs and Perry counties. 

The Utica Shale Academy in Salineville was awarded a $2.35 million grant to increase access to workforce training for at-risk, low-income young adults, individuals and families impacted by substance use disorders in Columbiana, Mahoning, Carroll and Jefferson counties.  

“With this funding, our Appalachian communities are on the precipice of creating a legacy of sustainable progress,” said Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Department of Development. “The leadership and collaboration shown by stakeholders in Appalachia will not only result in transformative projects for this region but create lasting change for generations to come.”

Applications and program guidelines are available HERE. Applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. Dec. 8. 

The Governor’s Office of Appalachia will host a question and answer session Dec. 1. Registration details are available HERE.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.