To provide impactful support to our local communities by awarding grants to build a clean, safe, and healthy community for our neighbors.

Since 2009

RCIF Has awarded over $600,000 to area non-profits since May of 2009.

Our Mission

To provide impactful support to our local communities by awarding grants to build a clean, safe, and healthy community for our neighbors.

THE STATISTICS

Nelsonville is located in Athens County, in the heart of Ohio’s Appalachian region, which represents about 30% of the land in Ohio and 29 of its 88 counties. Statistics in this area show a population with a high percentage of people living in poverty, low per capita income, higher than average high school drop-out rates, higher infant mortality rates and out migration from the region. These observations are demonstrated in Athens County, Ohio’s poorest county.

  • The poverty rate is 26% compared to the state average of 10%
  • The high school drop out rate is 12%, nearly three times the national average
  • Most available jobs are low-wage-earning, fast-food, cashier and retail positions.
  • 48% of the county population is working poor
  • 39% of the population is receiving some kind of financial assistance
  • 32% of the population relies on the state for medical assistance

Statistics show that only 4.1% of all charitable contributions in Ohio flow to the Appalachian region of the state, despite the fact that this region accounts for 8.2% of the state’s human need. The Rocky Community Improvement Fund aims to help correct this by funneling money directly into the Nelsonville area, including the surrounding communities of Buchtel, Murray City, Glouster and Carbon Hill to name a few.

WHERE OUR FUNDING COMES FROM

The RCIF endowment is built from donors committed to making lasting investments in Nelsonville and the surrounding communities. Most donations come from Rocky Brands employees and through various community fundraising events. Anyone with a vested interest in the betterment of our communities is encouraged to participate. The endowment is professionally managed by our partners at the Athens County Foundation.

Since 2013, RCIF has partnered with the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville to match charitable contributions made by Rocky Brands employees. The mission of the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville is to improve the health and quality of life in the community through education, research and service consistent with our osteopathic heritage.

WHERE OUR FUNDING GOES

The Rocky Community Improvement Fund aims to positively impact our communities by funneling money directly into the area. Projects have been funded in Nelsonville, Buchtel, Haydenville, Trimble, Murray City, Glouster and Carbon Hill to name a few.

The majority of grants awarded are right here in Athens County. This means you can see the difference you’re making in your own community with your donation.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Please Contact RCIF for details on giving or receiving help:

HOW TO APPLY FOR A GRANT

Grants are awarded twice a year to registered non-profit organizations that positively impact our communities. To apply please read the current guidelines and submit or mail a completed application form.

RCIF will be partnering with the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville for our Fall Grant distribution. This combined effort will allow for even more money to be channeled into the local communities. Applications are now being accepted through October 15, 2022, for projects from local non-profits that benefit the citizens of Nelsonville and the surrounding areas. Decisions for the Fall Grant distribution will happen after December 1st, 2022.

RCIF AND OSTEOPATHIC HERITAGE FOUNDATION OF NELSONVILLE RECIPIENTS

Over $600,000 has been awarded to area non-profits with emphasis on projects relating to Children’s Welfare, Education, Hunger and Nutrition, Healthcare, Senior Citizens, Community Outreach, and Beautification.

This work could not be done without the efforts of the dedicated community members and he employees of Rocky Brands that contribute to these worthy causes.