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

Conservation Mini-Grants

No longer accepting applications for 2021.


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. This year brings two new announcements:  

  1. Franklin Soil and Water’s preferred projects are those directly benefitting Wetlands and Streams. Other projects are still accepted and considered.

  2. We will be holding two free, virtual Q&A session for interested parties this February. First-time applicants are especially encouraged to visit with us. Details below.


    • Feb 9, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)



    • Feb 10, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


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.

Project Examples

Franklin Soil and Water’s first preference this year will go towards projects benefitting
Wetlands and Streams. Examples include stream buffers, erosion control, riparian area invasive removal/replacement, stormwater infiltration, and the addition of aquatic/wetland plants.

Other acceptable projects may include:

  • Rainwater storage/harvesting with rain barrels/cisterns
  • Reducing or slowing stormwater runoff by planting rain gardens or buffer zones
  • Green infrastructure with blue or green roofs, underground detention, and pervious surfaces
  • Landscaping and gardening with native trees and plants
  • Invasive species removal
  • Habitat improvement, such as litter collection, addition of wildlife shelter(s), bird houses, or pollinator sites
  • Soil improvements such as the addition of compost, green manures, or cover crops


How to Apply

This is a competitive grant. Applicants score based on their project's relative strength and adherence to "Ranking & Criteria" metrics, listed above.

A virtual Q&A session will be held online for interested parties, and first-time applicants are especially encouraged to meet with us prior to submitting their application. Please contact our office to sign up or for additional details.

We regret that not all applicants will receive funding. However, in most cases, technical assistance is available regardless of award granted.

Grant Application & Award Details

  1. Only one application per organization/individual is accepted.
  2. Funds are issued on a reimbursement basis, with documentation (receipts, photos, etc.) of work completed. Funds must be used by the end of the year.
  3. Primary expenses should include supplies and tools for permanent on-the-ground materials. Signage, outreach, and single-use items are limited to 20% of the total cost.  
  4. Grant recipients must review and sign our Grant Agreement, provide brief progress updates and final report*, and host a final site visit upon project completion.
  5. Grant proposals are reviewed by Franklin Soil and Water staff with final approval of the Director and Board of Supervisors.
  6. Ineligible expenses include:
    1.  Projects previously completed or in progress
    2.  Design and consulting fees
    3.  Research
    4.  Salary and administration
    5.  Food


*Updates may be simple phone calls and emails to ensure progress. Final report consists of a few visual aids such as photos/video, and 1-page written summary.


Important Dates

Applications Accepted

  • January 2021 - February 28, 2021

Awardees Notified

  • March 15, 2021

Project Check-In #1

  • June 21, 2021

Project Check-In #2

  • November 19, 2021

Project Report Due, Project Closure, and Tour

  • When project complete or end of year, whichever first

Apply using our online form
Fill out the Cover Sheet below and mail with your application to Franklin SWCD (1404 Goodale Blvd., Suite 100 Columbus, OH 43212) or attach to an e-mail for Sara Ernst .

Call our office at 614-486-9613 to meet with us virtually prior to applying this February. 

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