The deadline to accept funding applications for the 2021-22 J. Floyd Dixon Memorial Fund is this Monday, May 3.

Each year, the J. Floyd Dixon Memorial Fund awards grants to benefit nonprofit organizations located in Jackson County that focus primarily on education or health issues. Historically, grant awards have not exceeded $10,000 per grantee.

Bonny Huffman of Wellston chairs the Fund’s eight-member committee which administers the awards. According to Ms. Huffman, this year the committee will give particular consideration to applicants which have been impacted by the coronavirus.

Last year's grants totaled $49,000 and included grants to Elizabeth's Hope Pregnancy Resources, JCS Band Boosters, Jackson Area Festivals and Events, Jackson County Board on Aging, Jackson County Health Department, Jackson-Vinton Community Action, Oak Hill Union Local School District, Warriors 4 Christ Recovery Ministries, and Jackson Area YMCA.

Applications can be accessed online through, on and after April 1st. Please note that The Columbus Foundation is using a web-based portal for grant applications, a new step for the J. Floyd Dixon Fund. Once the grant cycle opens, a link to the portal will be available on the website. For more information, please see the video recording of our Technical Assistance webinar on the web page referenced above.

For more information, contact Danielle Tong,

About the J. Floyd Dixon Memorial Fund

Professor Floyd Dixon was raised on a farm in Jackson County near Oak Hill. In 1903, at the age of 17, he began a teaching career in the Wellston and Oak Hill schools. Mr. Dixon's service to area schools continued in 1920 with his appointment as superintendent of schools for Jackson County. During his tenure from 1920-1924, Mr. Dixon worked to pass a tax levy vital to the long-term success of Jackson schools, and was instrumental in creating two new high schools, Bloomfield Township and Scioto Township. He later became a professor of education at Ohio University in Athens.

Elizabeth Watson, Mr. Dixon's daughter, created the J. Floyd Dixon Memorial Fund in 1997 to honor her father's service to education. Since her passing in 2003, the fund, a component of Community Foundations, Inc., has been administered by a committee consisting of two members of the Watson family and six members of the local community.

About Community Foundations, Inc.
Community Foundations, Inc., was established in 1987 to enable donors to support nonprofit organizations primarily in the state of Ohio and beyond the central Ohio region. For more information, visit or call 614/251-4000.