Funds already awarded this year through the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation’s Agriculture Action & Awareness Grants Program include money for a virtual field trip to a pig farm, construction of a greenhouse in a school district and grain bin rescue equipment for a fire department. The deadline for the fall cycle of grant applications is Oct. 3.
The foundation considers applications from nonprofit organizations addressing program areas within agriculture, including education, environment, economic development and the human-animal bond. Amounts awarded are generally between $1,000 and $3,000 and are provided for a one-year period.
Grants awarded 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 and collaborations among organizations are encouraged. Applications and more information can be found at the Foundation’s website.
Donate to the Fisher Fund
The Fisher Fund for Lifelong Learning supports educational projects and programs, for school-aged youth and adults alike, that build a greater awareness of food production and knowledge of the interconnected food system. The new fund was established by Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation in 2016 in honor of former Farm Bureau Executive Vice President John C. “Jack” Fisher. Donations may be made online, select the Fisher Fund.
Foundation golf outing raises $85,000
More than 30 teams participated in the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation golf outing in June. The outing is one of the main fundraisers for the organization, which awards various grants and scholarships to current and aspiring farmers and agricultural professionals.
One team from Nationwide included from left Rich Viertel, Steve Hirsch, Brian Bell and Greg Taylor.