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NELSONVILLE – The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio has new funding opportunities through its Environmental Stewardship Pillar of Prosperity to advance conservation, environmental stewardship and the overall well-being of Ohio’s Appalachian region.

Thanks to a $5 million investment by the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, funds are available to support community projects, grants, research projects and innovations in conservation and environmental stewardship.

“We are grateful to the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District for its groundbreaking investment in our region’s enduring ability to advance conservation and environmental stewardship,” said Cara Dingus Brook, foundation president and CEO. “The MWCD’s donation is the largest conservation grant the foundation has received to date and represents a significant investment in the well-being of our people and communities.”

In addition to financial contributions, MWCD also provides its expertise in the areas of environmental protection and nature conservation.

“We believe that partnerships between groups are critical to advancing sustainability and environmental stewardship in Appalachia,” said Craig Butler, executive director of the MWCD. “By working together, we can leverage our collective resources and expertise to create greater impact and support a variety of projects and initiatives, from local community efforts to large-scale research and innovation.”

A total of $125,000 in grants are available across Ohio’s 32 Appalachian counties and seven other counties served by MWCD, thanks to the MWCD’s donation – and additional donations from donors who helped establish FAO’s Environmental Stewardship Pillar of Prosperity Fund, including Nicolozakes Trucking and Construction Inc., Ohio CAT and American Electric Power.

Available options include:

• Community grants to support locally implemented projects to protect and improve the environment. Public and non-profit organizations, as well as individuals or groups working with a financial sponsor, can apply.

• Scholarships to support individuals pursuing graduate or advanced training in ecology, forestry, wildlife ecology or related natural resource fields, as well as craft, vocational and technical training in areas that integrate and support green energy technology, sustainable agriculture and land management;

• Fellowships providing two years of support (including a financial stipend and mentorship) to individuals driving positive change through projects addressing environmental issues and promoting biodiversity conservation;

• Innovation grants to invest in new and creative approaches that contribute to the well-being of the environment while promoting environmental protection; and

• Research grants to support studies that fill gaps in the understanding of the region’s diverse ecosystems and contribute to the conservation and enhancement of aquatic biodiversity and healthy habitats.

Information and funding applications are available at

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