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1404 Goodale Boulevard, Suite 100
Columbus, OH 43212
Phone: (614) 486-9613
Fax: (614) 486-9614

Conservation Mini-Grants

We are no longer accepting applications for 2021.View this year's recipients!
Check back in early 2022!


Franklin Soil and Water’s annual Conservation Mini-Grant program continues in its eighth year by offering up to $2000 to three non-profits that demonstrate the need and ability to carry out on-the-ground conservation projects.

Franklin Soil and Water’s Conservation Fund is a pool of fees and proceeds originating from donations and events including the Annual Meeting and Tree Sale. This fund supports our Mini-Grant program and allows the District to support partner programming and projects throughout the year. Nearly 30 organizations have been awarded full or partial funding since 2013.


Franklin County, Ohio non-profit organizations such as schools, watershed groups, municipalities, community groups, including governing bodies and associations such as HOAs and condo associations, and civic associations may apply.

Ranking and Criteria

  • Environmental Impact
    • Environmental improvement and ecological benefit.
  • Connection to SWCD Mission
    • Demonstrates clear promotion of responsible land use decisions for the conservation, protection, and improvement of soil and water resources.
  • Visibility
    • Potential number of people reached/impacted by the project.
  • Cost Efficiency
    • The impact of the project relative to the funds requested.

Call our office at 614-486-9613 to meet with us virtually prior to applying this February. .
Congratulations to the 2021 Conservation Mini-Grant Recipients!
    • Heart of Ohio Family Health - Community Garden in Northern Lights for Using Urban-Runoff to Grow a Pollinator Habitat

    • Village of Marble Cliff for Tarpy Woods Stream and Wetland Restoration

    • South Side Family Farms for Urban Garden Rainwater Collection and Living Hillside


    We appreciate all of the hard work you are doing for conservation in Franklin County!

    2020 Mini-Grant Awardees

    • City of Grove City Native Plantings at Hoover Crossing Park
    • Jones Middle School for Habitat Restoration at OSU golf course
    • Willow Brook Condominium Association for Turkey Run streambank stablization and revegetation

    2019 Mini-Grant Awardees

    • City of Gahanna Department of Parks & Recreation: West Side Park native habitat install
    • Clinton Township: Native Plantings in two community pocket parks.
    • Ecole Kenwood Parent Teacher Organization: Dry Stream Bed and Mini-wetland Outdoor Classroom. 
    • Franklin County Public Facilities Management: Early Run North Tree Planting 
    • South Eastmoor Civic Association: Park Sign Pollinator Plot

    2018 Mini-Grant Awardees

    • Canal Winchester Human Services: Rainwater storage and soil improvement for use with community garden
    • Southeach, Inc. (Friends Community Garden): Enhancing community garden and green space with native trees and plants
    • Worthington Hills Garden Club: Bioretention/rain garden installation for filtering runoff and habitat improvement at Worthington Hills Golf Course
    • Worthington Parks and Recreation Department: Landscaping and gardening with native plants at East Granville Road Park-Moses Wright Nature Area

    2017 Mini-Grant Awardees

    • Jefferson Township: Kitsmiller Crossing Pond bank stabilization and landscaping. The proposed project will serve as a Township-wide education and outreach program for HOA-managed stormwater ponds.
    • The City of Reynoldsburg Parks and Rec Department: Establishment of 10acre native prairie from seed at 3 locations within Civic Park
    • High Point Elementary: An outdoor reading garden expansion project adjacent to FSWCD'd Tripp conservation easement
    • Ohio Association of Garden Clubs: Installing native trees and plants, along with soil prep, plant ID at Natural Resources Park's kayak pond and pioneer cabin.