Grants available through OFB Foundation

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Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation (Foundation) is inviting 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, All completed forms and proposals must be received by Nov. 16. 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.

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