OFB Foundation offering Agricultural Action and Awareness Grants for 2010-2011

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation (Foundation) is offering a new series of Agricultural Action and Awareness Grants for the 2010-11 program year. The competitively awarded $1,000 – $3,000 grants are earmarked to support programs and projects focusing on agricultural education, environmental and/or economic development.

All parties interested in submitting grant proposals are invited to obtain copies of grant application forms and proposal instructions by at the Foundation’s website (and by clicking on the previous link). All completed forms and proposals must be received by November 15, 2010. Participants will be selected and awards given in January 2011.

Since its creation in fall 2005, the Foundation’s Agricultural Action and Awareness Grant Program has collectively awarded close to $100,000 to community action organizations, schools, producer organizations, non-profit service organizations, neighborhood groups and individuals. Grant resources have been used to enhance projects in rural, suburban and urban communities throughout Ohio.

“Our donors, volunteers and leaders continue to help generate funding so more projects can be supported,“ Foundation Director Dale Arnold said. “The program has seen steady growth at about 15 percent per year.”

Small groups wanting to gain better insight and experience in the whole grant planning and solicitation process can participate in our Community Grantsmanship program. The program offers both single and multi-workshop options, helping local organizations form leadership teams, complete a community needs assessment, write a proposal, budget resources and initiate the program planning required to fulfill grant acceptance agreement obligations.

“Our workshops fit the needs of a lot of smaller groups that could find larger grant applications challenging,” Arnold said. “The goal is to make entire process as user friendly as possible.”

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. Along with its Agriculture Action and Awareness Grant and Community Grantsmanship programs, the Foundation maintains three scholarship programs and has been involved in major development and endowment projects.

Families and individuals wishing to establish their own life gifts to enhance scholarships and service programs have the opportunity to become involved in the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Bequest Society. More information on these programs can be found at www.OFBFoundation.org.

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