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I'm a Child of Appalachia Fund

Focused on the greatest needs and most promising opportunities across Appalachian Ohio's communities.

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The creation of the I’m a Child of Appalachia Fund is a dream realized for the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio. To finally have a fund focused on the greatest needs and most promising opportunities across all of our communities will accelerate our mission on an exceptional scale.

What will my gift make possible?

The I’m a Child of Appalachia Fund is dedicated to unleashing the potential of the children of Appalachia. Giving FAO the resources needed to address the areas of greatest need and opportunity in the region, the I’m a Child of Appalachia Fund supports:
  • FAO’s work to build local capacity by nurturing local community foundations and connecting partners around issue of regional importance;
  • Programmatic initiatives and grant programs creating opportunities across our 32 counties in Arts and Culture, Community and Economic Development, Education, Environmental Stewardship, and Health & Human Services; and
  • FAO’s work to encourage high expectations among all the region’s residents, including FAO’s I’m a Child of Appalachia campaign.
The I’m a Child of Appalachia Fund is unique, with half of each gift invested in endowment for the future and the other half impacting programs in the next 1 – 5 years. In the near-term, this includes: a partnership to connect books with children who need them; the first competitive, FAO grant round focused on environmental stewardship; a grant program that puts youth in the driver’s seat of substance use prevention; and a redesign of our long-treasured I’m a Child of Appalachia Writing Contest.


With so many initiatives already underway, imagine what we could do with millions in matching funds dedicated to visionary and strategic programs today and far into the future.

Permanent, flexible, and region-wide grantmaking dollars, making an impact both today and tomorrow, are essential to FAO's mission of creating an abundance of opportunity throughout the region's communities.