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Ohio Appalachia Export Grant (AEG)


The Ohio Appalachia Export Grant (AEG) is funded by the Ohio Development Services Agency in partnership with the Appalachian Regional Commission. The grant offers financial assistance for small businesses located in the Appalachian region to promote their products and services in international markets. The grant will provide a 50 percent reimbursement up to $5,000 for qualifying activities.

The Fiscal Year 16 AEG program has ended.

Company Eligibility

  • Company operates a licensed business in Appalachian Ohio to manufacture, assemble and/or distribute a product or provide an exportable service. Click here to see a map of the Ohio Appalachian region.
  • Company certifies that the products to be promoted contain a majority of U.S. content. U.S. content is valued at export-works price minus the aggregate value contributed by foreign suppliers, including labor and material.
  • Company has identified qualifying and achievable export activities or initiatives requiring financial support.
  • Company asserts that it meets the requirements of the Table of Small Business Size Standards set forth by the Small Business Association.
  • Company has been in business for no less than the one-year period ending on the date on which assistance is provided under the AEG program.
  • Company is operating profitably, based on operations in the United States from the firm's most recently completed fiscal year.
  • Company has taken the Export Questionnaire and achieved a score of at least 66, thus demonstrating an understanding of the costs associated with exporting and doing business with foreign purchasers, including the costs of freight forwarding, customs brokers and packing and shipping.
  • Company has  a strategic plan for exporting in place.
  • Company attests that it shall not knowingly enter into any transactions with a person in the Excluded Parties List System.
  • Eligible activities must be executed by direct employees of the company.
  • Nonprofits are not eligible.

Eligible Activities

  • Domestic and International Trade Shows
    • Booth space rental and construction
    • Freight costs to ship booth and materials
    • Registration fees
    • Travel expenses are not eligible
  • International Advertising
    • Cost of production and placement of advertisements
    • Printing costs are not eligible
  • Website Development
    • Website translation into foreign language and localization services
    • Search engine optimization
  • Translation Services
    • Marketing material translations and localizations
    • Label, packaging and technical manual translations
    • Printing costs are not eligible

How to apply

The Fiscal Year 16 AEG program has ended.

  • Grant applications must be pre-approved prior to commencement of activities.
  • Grant awards are administered on a first-come, first-served basis and are contingent upon availability of funds.
  • Grant awards will be based on the overall quality of the export-related activity, as determined by the Ohio Development Services Agency.
  • Grantees will not be compensated for activities also receiving funding through other sources (e.g., Ohio International Market Access Grant (IMAGE), Food Export Association).
  • Grantees must be in good standing with all state of Ohio agencies, including the Department of Taxation.

Reimbursement Requirements