Making a measurable difference in communities and the agricultural industry is the goal of Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation’s Action & Awareness grants. The foundation recently awarded just over $23,000 in grants to nine organizations throughout Ohio. The grants, which ranged from $1,500 to $3,000, focus on four core areas: economic development, education, environment and the human-animal bond.
Grant recipients and projects:
- Acres of Adventure for a new activity center that will excite visitors about the world of agriculture and expose them to food and farming. The center will also be utilized for a variety of community functions.
- Ashland County Farm Bureau to support its annual third grade farm tour, which promotes agricultural awareness and teaches students and their families about the products grown and sold in their backyard.
- Cuyahoga Soil & Water for its Urban Agriculture Program, which will teach and empower residents to be better environmental stewards when farming by reducing plastics, chemicals and tillage and also increasing efficiency and self-reliance.
- Fairfield County Farm Bureau for its Careers in Ag Aviation program, which will engage 50 high school students enrolled in Pickerington School District’s Global Scholars program in digital agriculture and robotics, remote sensing, agroecosystems, precision agriculture, GIS and data analytics in a daylong program at the Farm Science Review grounds.
- Highland Youth Garden for its Green Teens programming. Funding will support teen internships to expand programming of the inner city Columbus garden as well as provide leadership development and education about agriculture, food systems and job and life skills.
- Nutrients for Life Foundation to support a two-day professional development program for 50 middle and high school science teachers. They will learn about and receive free resources about crop nutrients, soil science, agriculture, 4R nutrient stewardship and water quality. Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau is a partner on the program.
- Ross County Farm Bureau to support a water quality education program at three library branches in the county. The project will plug into the library’s existing after-school program and feature hands-on, interactive demonstrations of pollution sources and solutions to improve water quality.
- South Side Early Learning Center to support its Full Bellies, Full Minds program, which provides nutritious meals for students as well as food education, resources and hands-on opportunities for families on how to grow, harvest and prepare meals using produce grown at the Columbus center.
- Warren County Farm Bureau for its new Feed a Neighbor, Support Our Future program. The goal is to increase the number of buyers at the local county 4-H sale and pay for the processing of 42 hogs to be donated to area food pantries.
Applications are being accepted now through Oct. 1, 2019 for the next round of Action & Awareness grants. Grants may be used for general support, startup funding for new organizations, program expansion or capital for equipment necessary to implement eligible programs. Learn more