RCIF Has awarded over $900,000 to area non-profits since May of 2009.
To provide impactful support to our local communities by awarding grants to build a clean, safe, and healthy community for our neighbors.
Nelsonville is located in Athens County, in the heart of Ohio's Appalachian region, which represents about 30% of the land in Ohio and 32 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.
- In 2022, the poverty rate was 25.5% compared to the state average of 13.6%
- In 2022, 21.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems
- In 2022, the high school dropout rate was 9%
- In 2022, 27.2% of the population is working poor
- In 2021, 15.6% of the population relied on some kind of financial assistance
- In 2021, 18.4% of the population relied on the state for medical assistance
- Most available jobs are low-wage-earning, fast-food, cashier, and retail positions
*Sources: American Community Survey, DataUSA, Feeding America, and DataOhio
Statistics show that only a minor percent of all charitable contributions in Ohio flow t the Appalachian region of the state, despite the fact that this region accounts for almost ten percent of the stat's human need. The Rocky Community Improvement Fund aims to help correct this by funneling money directly in 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
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.