September 8, 2009
COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation (Foundation) invites community service groups in rural, suburban and/or urban settings, as well as independent producers and agribusinesses to apply for a series of grants to fund programs highlighting agriculture and its impact on the community.
The competitively awarded $1,000 to $3,000 Agricultural Action and Awareness Grants are designed to support programs and projects focusing on agricultural education, ecological and/or economic development.
Since its creation in fall 2005, the program has awarded more than $60,000 to community action organizations, schools, producer organizations, non-profit service organizations, neighborhood groups and individuals.
“Agricultural Action and Awareness Grants focus on funding needs for smaller, community-based groups that often find the larger-scale public and private grant solicitation process daunting,” Foundation President Jack Fisher said.
Grant application forms and proposal instructions may be downloaded at the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Web site, www.OFBFoundation.org. All completed forms and proposals must be received by November 16, 2009. Participants will be selected and awards given in January 2010.
Small groups wanting to gain better insight and experience in the grant planning and solicitation process can participate in the Foundation’s Community Grantsmanship program. The program helps local organizations form leadership teams, complete a community needs assessment, write a proposal, budget resources and initiate the planning required to fulfill grant acceptance agreement obligations.
“We have a great combination here,” Fisher said. “We have a source of funding available for small groups, plus a process to help get further involved in grant solicitation, funding and program management.”
The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 public, charitable organization, supporting programs in agricultural education, environmental and community development. The Foundation is a supporting organization of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. The Foundation also maintains three scholarship programs and has been involved in several major development projects, providing resources for the Nationwide-Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio.
Information on these programs and more can be found at www.OFBFoundation.org.
CONTACT: Dale Arnold
PHONE: (614) 246-8294
E-MAIL: [email protected]