OFB Foundation awards grants for local programs

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The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation (Foundation) continues to develop programs helping smaller, community-based groups and has awarded a series of Agricultural Action and Awareness Grants for the 2011  program year.

The competitively awarded grants support programs and projects focusing on agricultural education, ecological and/or economic development.

This year’s grant recipients and projects include:

•    Boardman City Schools, Secret Garden Program, $3,000;

•    Fairfield County Community Gardens, High Tunnel Green House for Locally Grown Initiative, $3,000;

•    Fairfield County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), Water Quality Testing Program, $3,000;

•    Fulton County 4-H Carteens, Share the Road with Farm Machinery Program, $1,500;

•    HANDS Foundation of Medina County, Know Your Medina County Farm Markets, $3,000;

•    Licking County SWCD, Mobile Learning Lab Program, $3,000;

•    Logan County Land Trust, Ag Education Leadership Tour, $2,500;

•    Mercer County Farm Bureau, Watershed Improvement Initiative Program, $2,500;

•    Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, AgriPOWER Institute, $3,000;

•    Ohio State University Scarlet & Gray Agriculture Day, Agriculture = Food x Fiber x Fuel, $3,000;

•    Ridgemont High School FFA, Connect to Agriculture Program, $3,000;

•    Sandy Valley Schools – Carroll County, Agricultural Field Days Program, $2,000;

•    Washington Community College Foundation, AgriLab Construction Project, $3,000.

“The Foundation surpassed its 2010 appropriations record by awarding a total of $35,500 in grants,” Foundation President Jack Fisher said. “That is double what we were able to do when the grant program started six years ago.”

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. The program works in conjunction with the Foundation’s Community Grantsmanship training program. Community Grantsmanship helps individuals and small groups form leadership teams, identify community issues, and prepare effective proposals to compete for grant awards.

Applications for 2012 grants will be available this fall.

Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.

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