Each year profits from the Franklin Soil and Water annual meeting, silent auction and tree sale are dedicated to the Conservation Fund, which supports 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.

The 2017 Conservation Mini-Grant application date is now closed. Awardees will be announced on March 10, 2017. Please contact Sara Ernst, Conservation Implementation Specialist, with any questions related to your submission.

Congratulations to the 2016 Conservation Mini-Grant Recipients!

  • Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW) and Cranbrook Elementary: The restoration of Slyh Run with the removal of invasive species and planting native trees.
  •  Chadwick Arboretum: Tree plantings and planting demonstrations during their ArboBlitz 2016.
  •  The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: Installation of a butterfly garden to improve habitat and educate visitors.
  •  Friends of the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden: Native tree plantings and improve habitat on their grounds.

Thank you to all 17 applicants!  This is a record-breaking applicant pool! We appreciate all of the hard work you are doing for conservation in Franklin County.