J. Floyd Dixon Memorial Fund accepting grant applications to benefit Jackson CountyFree Access


The J. Floyd Dixon Memorial Fund is currently accepting applications for its 2023-2024 grant program.

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.

The application deadline is Thursday, March 23, 2023. Applicants are asked to note that this deadline is one month earlier than previous grant cycles. Applications can be accessed online through columbusfoundation.org/nonprofit-center/grant-opportunities/columbus-foundation-grants/operating-and-program-support/regional-funds. Please note that The Columbus Foundation is using a web-based portal for grant applications. For technical assistance with the application, please reach out to Melissa McCool, [email protected].

For questions regarding proposal content, contact Danielle Tong, [email protected].

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.

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 columbusfoundation.org or call 614-251-4000.

Last year’s grants totaled $56,000 and included grants to Buckeye Community Services, Elizabeth’s Hope, Jackson Area Festivals & Events, Jackson City Library, Jackson City Schools, Jackson County Health Department, Jackson-Vinton Community Action, Make Wellston Beautiful, Oak Hill Union Local School District, Stargazey’s Equine Therapy, Warriors for Christ, and Wellston City Schools.

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