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DeWine Announces Details Related to Appalachian Community Grant Program

The program aims to infuse $500 million into Ohio's Appalachian region

Today, Governor Mike DeWine, LT. Governor Jon Husted and the Ohio Department of Development announced details for the Appalachian Community Grant Program. This program will infuse $500 million into Ohio's 32-county Appalachian region to revitalize communities and stimulate transformational change.

This morning, the Governor's Office of Appalachia released detailed guidelines for the program, including project requirements, eligibility and the awards timeline.

The $500-million Appalachian Community Grant Program is part of DeWine's "OhioBuilds – Small Communities, Big Impact – A Plan for Appalachia." The program will specifically support transformational projects in Ohio's Appalachian communities that focus on infrastructure development, physical and behavioral health and workforce development. As part of this program, up to $30 million will support project planning and technical assistance, and the remaining $470 million will be awarded to implement development projects.

  • The Governor's Office of Appalachia, which is part of the Ohio Department of Development, will begin accepting grant applications on Nov. 2, 2022.
  • The Governor's Office of Appalachia will host a webinar at 1 p.m. on Oct. 25, 2022, to present the guidelines in detail and allow interested parties to ask questions.
  • Program information and full guidelines can be found via this link.

The Appalachian Community Grant Program was created with the support of the Ohio General Assembly and is funded as part of House Bill 377. Guidelines for the grant program were developed in coordination with members of the legislature and numerous stakeholders.

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