The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation has added a spring round of grants this year, and April 29 is the deadline to apply. The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation funds programs that create a positive, measurable impact in four core areas:
- Education – Providing grants for professional development programs allowing individuals to advance their knowledge of agriculture, share ideas and improve people’s lives.
- Environment – Funding sensible solutions that contribute to a healthier, cleaner and more sustainable Ohio by focusing on increased care for land and water.
- Economic Development – Capturing opportunities that build prosperity, create jobs and enhance the quality of life for Ohioans by funding projects that spur economic growth in local communities.
- Human-Animal Bond – Promoting the proper care of animals and the many ways they bring quality to human life.
Grant amounts are typically between $1,000 and $3,000 and are for a one-year period. Grants may be used for general support, startup funding for new organizations, program expansion or capital for equipment necessary to implement eligible programs. Matching funds and/or resources are required. Collaboration among organizations is encouraged.
In 2015, the foundation awarded grants to the Ohio Energy Project – Energy Sources Tour and Blitz for Educators; Friends of Sunrock Farm – Farm Tour Subsidies for Children; Collegiate Young Farmers at Ohio State University – Farm to Fork Food Event; Licking County Food Enterprise Hub – Feasibility Assessment and Business Modeling; Ohio State University Extension’s Stanton Elementary Farm-to-School Program, and Parma Area Historical Society’s Bringing the Farm to the City program.
Individuals interested in giving to the foundation can do so in the following ways: outright gifts, deferred or planned giving, endowments, memorial or tributes, gifts in trust, annuities and annuity trusts. Contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law.
Contact the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation via email or call 614-246-8228.