We provide funding and create connections between community-minded nonprofits and the resources they need. Together, we’re a community catalyst for positive change.

The Athens County Foundation manages 40 different grant funds for families and businesses throughout Athens County as well as a large unrestricted fund. Operating for over 35 years, the Foundation has grown to an asset size of $6.5 million and about $3 million in total grant making.

The Athens County Foundation has two funding cycles: Spring grant cycle (deadline March 15th) and a Fall grant cycle (deadline September 15th).

To be considered for a grant, all applicants must be the requirements detailed in our Grant Guidelines.

Field of Interest Funds

Women’s Fund | To promote philanthropy among women and to establish a permanent fund which will provide funding to programs and projects in Athens County which empower women to achieve their full potential.

Children Conservation League | Spring grant cycle onlyThe Intermediate Circle of the Child Conservation League is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children in our community.  Since 1970, CCL has donated over $270,000 to children’s charities in Athens County and continues to host the annual Starlight Ball.

Senior’s Fund | Fall grant cycle only | aims to provide funding to support organizations and programs in Athens County that work to improve the lives of seniors.

Beale Fund | In memory of a local environmentalist and inventor, this small grant fund provides matching support to local projects with direct impact on the reduction of the use of fossil fuels.

Priority will be given to projects that:

Build upon Economic Vitality – Build on our regional strengths, create a vibrant community where people want to live and work, and support an educated community

Support Thriving Communities – Become more livable, more self-sustainable, and create spaces for diverse voices to come together

Focus on Individual Health and Wellbeing – sustainable solutions for individuals and families to become secure- such as food security, mental and physical health initiatives, and safety and advocacy efforts

For more information concerning our grant process, please visit our Grant Guidelines.