SOMERSET — The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) published an announcement on June 10 regarding the Village of Somerset being awarded a grant set to go towards sanitation improvements in Perry County.

The FAO stated that the Appalachian Ohio Emergency Response Fund recently awarded over $29,000 in grant funding to support local nonprofits that are working to give basic needs. They also support and ensure the health and safety of the region’s most vulnerable.

Through the FAO’s most recent round of funding, the organization, connected with the Community Foundations for Perry County, has awarded grants to eight nonprofits working to make differences across 14 counties in Appalachian Ohio.

The FAO has awarded over $148,000 to local organizations serving in 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio. The FAO commented that there will be more grant award recipients announced in the next coming weeks.

FAO Board Chair Ron Strickmaker stated that local nonprofits are and will continue to “require extra additional support in meeting the most pressing of needs of the communities.”

Among the eight grantees of the most recent round of funding from the Emergency Response Fund, the Village of Somerset received funding to improve safety infrastructure at the farmer’s market. The proposed improvements are detailed to make sure proper social distancing and sanitizing opportunities as the market is scheduled to begin its summer operations.

The FAO added that the more grants awarded through the emergency fund include recipients such as the Ashtabula YMCA, the Bethel Ridge Food Pantry, Coleman Professional Services, Family Recovery Center, the Gallia Downtown Revitalizations Project, Shawnee Family Health Center and the Urban Mission.

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