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Buckeye Farm News
Eleven community service groups throughout Ohio are recipients of $30,000 in Agriculture and Awareness Grants this year from the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.
First started in 2006, the Foundation’s program awards grants to support programs and projects focusing on agricultural education, ecological and/or economic development.
“Over the past four years, we've established a great record,” Foundation Director Dale Arnold said. “The total amount of funding awarded each year continues to grow by an average of 20 percent. We’ve been able to increase maximum individual award levels from $2,500 to $3,000 over the same period.”
This year’s recipients are Seed Crops Farm Cooperative, Brandon Jaeger, Athens; Agriculture and Natural Resource Conservation Expo, Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation District, Carrollton; Senior Farmer’s Market Program, Hands Foundation, Brunswick; Splendor of the Valley Farm Tour, Mahoning Valley Agribusiness Focus Group, Canfield; Land Heritage Education Efforts, Land Heritage Trust of Union County, Raymond; Signage and Marketing Boost Economic Development for Lancaster Farmer’s Market, Main Street Lancaster, Lancaster; Energy Sources Tours, Ohio Energy Project, Worthington; AgriPOWER, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Columbus; OhioFoodShed.org, Rural Action, Trimble; Commercial Kitchen Equipment Project, Team Monroe, Woodsfield; and Babyland – Agricultural Exhibit at the Huron County Fair, Western Reserve FFA, Collins.
“We look forward to working with our supporters to increase total amounts given on an annual basis – both collectively and for individual awards. We look forward to adding more community organizations to our group receiving awards, too,” said Foundation President Jack Fisher.
One objective that won’t change is that the grants will focus on funding the specific needs of smaller, community-based groups that often find the larger-scale, public and private grant solicitation process daunting.
To complement this mission, the Foundation's Community Grantsmanship workshops help small groups form leadership teams to identify local issues, leverage support and prepare effective proposals to compete for a variety of grant awards.
More information on Foundation programs and projects can be found at www.OFBFoundation.org.