The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation awarded a total of $17,300 in funding to five different organizations during the fall grants award cycle. Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, the Ohio Energy Project, Canton City Schools, the Living Lands & Waters organization and Valley Oak Farm all received grants varying from $2,600 to $5,700.
Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm in Dayton was awarded $2,600 to support their ongoing Maple Syrup and Candle Dipping Education Program that serves more than 6,000 students and their families every year.
The Ohio Energy Project was awarded $3,000 for Energy is Electric, a program of professional development workshops for fourth-, seventh- and ninth-grade science teachers throughout the state.
Another $3,000 was granted to Canton City Schools for the STEAMM’d Vegetables project in Stark County. Through the program students learn about agriculture and entrepreneurship by growing vegetables indoors then planting the starts and cultivating the vegetables in an outdoor garden.
Living Lands & Waters, a non-profit organization created to inspire community members to take action in creating a healthier, cleaner, and more sustainable Ohio River, was awarded $3,000 to sustain its efforts in Hamilton County.
Valley Oaks Farm’s Horses Bringing Hope program is a collaboration with O-Huddle Inc. to provide the opportunity for at risk students from middle schools in Wayne County to learn about horses and to experience the human-horse bond for themselves through education, demonstrations, and individual hands-on activities with a Foundation grant of $5,700.
Foundation grants are typically made only to nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code, or who have a sponsoring agency with this status. There are four core areas of funding – education, environment, economic development and fostering the human-animal bond. In all cases, the applicant organization must deliver services in the State of Ohio and have a clear charitable purpose.