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Gulfport Energy Fund

The Gulfport Energy Fund is currently closed.

This year’s second grant round, slated for the fall of 2017, will focus on projects relating to health and human services and environmental stewardship. Sign up for FAO’s e-newsletter to be notified when the second round opens.

Please call the Foundation at 740.753.1111 with any questions you have.


The Gulfport Energy Fund was established to support the communities where Gulfport operates. Specifically, it will support the leaders within those communities who are creating opportunities for citizens. There are talented, dedicated leaders in schools, nonprofits, and community organizations without enough support to make a difference through their work. The Gulfport Energy Fund was created so that Gulfport Energy’s resources can serve these community leaders.

Grant Cycle Deadlines/Timeline

The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) invites tax-exempt organizations to apply for the Gulfport Energy Fund Grant program. Projects that increase quality of life, create access to opportunities, or identify and implement a solution for a community need will be considered. Proposals should leverage existing resources and seek funding to accomplish what other available dollars may not be available to do. Projects with one or more of the following characteristics will be given priority:

  • Serve the entire county and are sustainable once the project has ended;
  • Leverage resources;
  • Use cross sector partnerships or collaboration; or
  • Result in opportunities or benefits for needs that may otherwise remain unfulfilled.

Eligibility extends to tax-exempt organizations throughout Belmont, Guernsey, Harrison, Jefferson, Monroe, and Noble counties in Appalachian Ohio. Awards typically range from $500 to $2,500, though up to $10,000 may be awarded. The Foundation’s Grants Committee will review eligible applications and make funding recommendations.

There will be two grant rounds in 2017. The first grant round closed on April 19 and focused on projects related to education. The second grant round will take place in the fall and will focus on projects related to health and human services and environmental stewardship. Please sign up for the Foundation’s e-newsletter for updates when these grant rounds open.

If you have questions, please contact the Foundation at 740.753.1111 or email Kelly Morman.

What does the Gulfport Energy Fund support?

Projects should increase quality of life, create access to opportunities and/or identify and implement a solution for a community need/issue. Proposals should leverage existing resources and seek funding to accomplish what other available dollars may not be available to do. Projects with one or more of the following characteristics will be given priority:

icon-chevron-circle-right Serve the entire county and are sustainable once the project has ended;
icon-chevron-circle-right Leverage resources;
icon-chevron-circle-right Use cross sector partnerships or collaboration; or
icon-chevron-circle-right Result in opportunities or benefits for needs that may otherwise remain unfulfilled.

To see a complete list of the second round of 2015 grant recipients, please click here.

Who can apply?

Applications are accepted from any tax-exempt organization serving counties where Gulfport Energy operates, including Belmont, Guernsey, Harrison, Jefferson, Monroe, Noble counties.

How can my organization apply?

In order to receive full consideration for funding, grant requests must include the following:

icon-check-square-o A completed application; and
icon-check-square-o 501(c)(3) IRS determination letter.

The application can be completed here.

Want to learn more about Gulfport Energy?

Gulfport Energy Corporation is an Oklahoma City-based independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company with its principal producing properties located in the Utica Shale of Eastern Ohio and along the Louisiana Gulf Coast. In addition, Gulfport holds a sizeable acreage position in the Alberta Oil Sands in Canada through its 25% interest in Grizzly Oil Sands . Learn more on their website.