Local organizations receive grants from Gulfport Energy

NELSONVILLE — Four organizations that serve local residents are among the 13 groups that will receive more than $40,000 in grants from the Gulfport Energy Fund at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio.

The recipients are nonprofit and public organizations in Belmont, Guernsey, Harrison, Jefferson, Monroe and Noble counties.

“Gulfport is excited about the opportunities these grants will provide for students and teachers across our six operating counties,” said Mike Moore, Gulfport president and CEO. “The role of education is vital in the success of our students and their communities, which is why we are so pleased to award grants for educational advancement for the fourth year.”

The fund was created to support nonprofits, schools and communities through projects that increase quality of life, create access to opportunities or identify and implement a solution for a community need in the counties where Gulfport operates.

Grantees serving Jefferson County include:

— Books with Badges, a nonprofit community outreach program serving students in Belmont and Jefferson counties, which received a $10,000 grant. This grant will support the purchase of a mobile library vehicle to expand the program through additional storytelling sessions at elementary schools where law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel read and offer free books to elementary students.

— The Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, which received a $2,144 grant to support its health technology program. The grant will be used to purchase a vital sign monitor to help students who are in training to become nurses and health care professionals.

— The Old Fort Steuben Project, which received a $265 grant to support its the Bill of Rights and You exhibit. Serving residents of Jefferson, Harrison and Belmont counties, the exhibit will educate visitors on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, coinciding with Constitution Day.

— The Zion Foundation, which received a $2,500 grant to support its nature education program. This grant will support the purchase of test tubes, microscopes, slides and magnifiers to use in its pond microorganism lessons in addition to dissection equipment to learn about the anatomy of other small animals.

Students from Jefferson, Harrison, and Belmont counties will benefit from this grant.

This year’s second grant round, set to open in early August, will focus on projects related to health and human services and environmental stewardship. Visit www.AppalachianOhio.org or call (740) 753-1111 for information about grant opportunities.

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