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Gulfport Energy Fund Opens Applications for Grants to Create Educational Opportunities

Nonprofit Organizations in Belmont, Guernsey, Harrison, and Monroe Counties Encouraged to Apply

This round of the Gulfport Energy Fund’s grants are focused on education because of the vital role it plays in quality of life. Tax-exempt organizations, including schools and nonprofits, serving Belmont, Guernsey, Harrison, and Monroe Counties are invited to apply.

“We were very impressed by the first round of grantees from the Gulfport Energy Fund,” said Mike Moore, CEO and president of Gulfport Energy. “Gulfport remains devoted to supporting the communities where we operate and the impact these organizations make by providing educational opportunities that will leave a powerful and lasting influence in these counties of Appalachian Ohio.”

The Gulfport Energy Fund was established to support the communities where Gulfport operates. With FAO’s support, they release funding cycles on a bi-annual basis to address specific areas of investment essential to ensuring and sustaining a high quality of life. Past programs funded by the Gulfport Energy Fund include a Lego Robotics Club set up by the St. Clairesville Public Library in Belmont County; a public service program teaching about teen suicide, drinking, and driving in Guernsey County; vision screenings of school-aged children in Harrison County schools; and a higher education career expo and ACT program in Monroe County.

The second funding cycle has approximately $34,000 available for grant awards. While requests for up to $10,000 in funding can be made, typical grant awards will range in size from $500 to $2,500. Applications will be accepted from February 13, 2015 to April 13, 2015, and grant awards will be announced no later than May 21, 2015.

More information on the Fund and the grant application process can be found on the Gulfport Energy Fund webpage.