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

Conservation Mini-Grants

The 2019 Mini-Grant Program application period is now closed. 

Program Summary

The Franklin Soil and Water's Annual Conservation Mini-grant program offers up to $2,000 to three non-profits that demonstrate the need and ability to carry out on-the-ground conservation projects.

The Mini-Grant program is made possible through the District's Conservation Fund, which utilizes profits from the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District's Annual Meeting, silent auction, tree sale, and operational fees to support the implementation of conservation projects throughout Franklin County. The seven-year-old program has awarded nearly 30 grants to deserving non-profits for their local conservation projects. Any remaining funds are then utilized throughout the year by Franklin Soil and Water to implement projects and programs, many times in coordination with our partners. Projects are limited to Franklin County, Ohio.

Who May Apply

The Mini Grant program is open to non-profit organizations such as schools, watershed groups, municipalities, community groups (including governing bodies and associations such as HOA's and condo associations) and civic associations. Previously-awarded groups may not apply in consecutive years to encourage new applicants. Please contact us prior to applying if you have any questions regarding your organizations eligibility.

Important Dates

Grant Application and Award Details

  • Grant proposals will be reviewed by Franklin Soil and Water staff with final approval of the Director and Board of Supervisors.
  • Funds must be used by the year's end, though the project can be completed anytime throughout the year.
  • Fifty percent of funding (up to $1000) may be dispersed upon grant approval if desired, with the remaining funds to be released upon project completion and submission of project report. The funds can also be issued completely on a reimbursement basis.
  • Previously completed projects are not eligible to receive a mini-grant.
  • Previously-awarded groups may not apply in consecutive years to encourage new applicants.
  • Acceptable expenses may include supplies and tools for project implementation and signage or outreach material, but the cost of these materials may not exceed more than 20 percent of the total funds requested. Grant funding cannot be applied towards design and consulting fees, research, administration, or food.
  • Grant recipients must review and sign our Grant Agreement, provide progress and final reports, and host a final site visit upon completion.

Project Examples

Ranking and Criteria

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Questions and mini-grant applcations can be directed to Sara Ernst, Conservation Implementation Specialist, (614) 486-9613, ext. 125.