2015 Mini-Grant awardee, Franklin County Public Facilities pollinator garden on an easement property.

2015 Mini-Grant awardee, Franklin County Public Facilities pollinator garden on an easement property.

Applications for the 2017 Conservation Mini-Grant are now being accepted. The Mini-Grant program is open to non-profit organizations such as schools, watershed groups, municipalities, community groups, and civic associations. Applications for this competitive program will be accepted through March 3, 2017.

The Mini-Grant program is made possible through the District’s Conservation Fund, which utilizes profits from the District’s Annual Meeting, yearly Tree Sale, and operational fees to support the implementation of small conservation projects throughout Franklin County.  These funds are made available through an annual mini-grant program to outside organizations for conservation implementation. Funds are also available year-round for Franklin Soil and Water staff to implement projects in coordination with local partners. To date, thirteen grants have been awarded to deserving non-profits.

There are two ways to apply for a mini-grant: 1) Fill out an online application or 2) Print and mail an application to our office. Awardees will be announced the week of March 10, 2017.

*You will need the most up to date Adobe Acrobat to fill out an online application. When you click on the link above, you will be prompted in the upper left corner to open the PDF fill form in Adobe Acrobat. You will see a Submit Form button in the upper right hand corner if opened correctly.

Franklin Soil and Water will send you a confirmation email once your application has been received. If you do not receive notification within 2 business days, please contact us.

First time applying? Click here for the Conservation Fund Description or to view our Grant Agreement for 2017.

What's New

Educators & Youth Leaders

2017 Poster Contest Theme

2017 Poster Contest Theme

It is time to register for the 2017 Conservation Poster Contest!

The Conservation Poster Contest is an annual event sponsored by Soil and Water Conservation Districts nationwide. The purpose of the contest is to provide young people with an avenue to gain a better appreciation for our environment and share this caring sentiment through artwork.

The 2017 Poster Contest Theme is: “Healthy Soils Are Full of Life!” which focuses on the knowledge that productive soils are the foundation of any healthy ecosystem. For more information and contest guidelines, click here.

You can now register your class or youth group to participate in the Franklin County contest online through Eventbrite! https://fswcdconservationpostercontest.eventbrite.com 0r you may contact Linda Pettit, our Environmental Education Specialist, at (614) 486-9613 or through email with any questions.


Are you a streamside homeowner living in Plain Township? We need your help to enhance your neighborhood & protect water quality! Plant an Ohio native tree on your streamside property and we will reimburse you up to $100 on your purchase.

Select the right tree from our approved list, plant it, send in a photo of the tree planted, a copy of your receipt, and include your contact information and address. We will reimburse you $100 for participating!

Important: We will only reimburse Ohio Native Trees from the approved tree list & that fit the criteria of the bullet points below:

  • Planted in the “setback” to help repair the corridor
  • Shading and cooling the stream
  • Providing habitat along the stream
  • Recreating forested reparian

Email Kristin Hilson, Community Backyards Program Coordinator with any questions or call our office at (614) 486-9613.


Local Governments

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Chris Wible re-elected to Franklin Soil and Water Board

Chris Wible has been re-elected to the Board of Supervisors of Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District at a public election held September 15, 2016 at the Boathouse at Confluence Park, 679 W. Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio. The two candidates for one open seat were Anuja Sriparameswaran, MD and Chris Wible.

Mr. Wible is the Director of U.S. Manufacturing Quality & Continuous Improvement at Scotts Miracle-Gro. He previously led Scotts’ Environmental Stewardship Program where he collaborated with federal, state, and local water quality organizations to address urban stormwater and nutrient management issues. Chris is actively working with conservation districts across Ohio to enable districts to share information and ideas, build relationships, and leverage the unique strengths and resources of each district to implement urban programming.

“We had two excellent candidates for this year’s election.  We are excited that Mr. Wible will be able to continue his work representing Franklin Soil and Water at the State and National level.  We also hope to retain Dr. Sriparameswaran on our Associate Board of Supervisors.  She is passionate about environmental issues and has been a great advocate for Franklin Soil and Water.  She also adds a different perspective with valuable knowledge as a pediatrician. ” said Jennifer Fish, Director of Franklin Soil and Water.

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