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

Conservation Stewardship Fund

The Big Give

What is the Big Give? The Big Give is a 25-hour online giving event developed to provide critical support to our area non-profits during this unprecedented time that will take place June 10, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. ET, through Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 11:00 a.m ET.

The Columbus Foundation, its family of donors, and corporate and community partners have provided $1 million+ in Bonus Pool funds to help everyone's dollars go further. Every donation received during the event will be boosted by Bonus Pool funds on a pro rata basis. The Foundation will also cover all credit card fees, so 100% of donations will go to our Conservation Stewardship Fund.

Please consider making a donation during The Big Give event to support our Conservation Stewardship Fund through The Columbus Foundation, so that we can continue to raise money for valuable conservation projects in Franklin County.

Conservation Stewardship Fund


The purpose of our Conservation Stewardship Fund is to raise money for the implementation of conservation projects targeted to improving water quality for the benefit of wildlife, recreation and drinking water. While focused on water quality and rainwater runoff, these projects will also benefit wetlands, forestry, carbon offsets, pollinators, native plants, and bird populations throughout Central Ohio. To donate to our conservation fund, click on the donate button to the right, you will be directed to the Columbus Foundation website, then search for Franklin Soil and Water.

Management of Funds

Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District (FSWCD) will be the manager of these funds in partnership with the Columbus Foundation. Project implementation may be led by other local governments or non-profits through coordination and oversight provided by Franklin SWCD.

Each year the Board of Supervisors will authorize spending from the Conservation Fund to ensure long term sustainability of funds as well as to ensure that funds are used according to the established purpose.

Conservation Mini-Grants

    If you have a conservation project that needs additional funding you can apply for a conservation mini-grant. Applications are accepted from January to March each year. Questions and applcations can be directed to Sara Ernst, Conservation Implementation Specialist, (614) 486-9613, ext. 125.