OFBF grants distributed

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation continues to develop programs helping smaller, community-based groups and has awarded a series of Agricultural Action and Awareness Grants forthe 2012 program year.

The competitively awarded grants support programs and projects focusing on agricultural education and ecological and/or economic development. This year’s grant recipients and projects:
·        Clintonville Farmer’s Market, Connecting Farmers and Emerging Market Customer Population, $2,000; 
·        Community Food Initiatives, Dig in for Health, $2,500; 
·        Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District, Conservation From the Ground Up: From Soil to a Healthy Ecosystem, $2,266; 
·        Fairfield Soil and Conservation District, Soil Testing for Fields Receiving Municipal Biosolids and Digester Biosolids, $700; 
·        Ohio State University Scarlet & Gray Ag Day Committee, Agriculture: Superheroes in Our Fields, $3,000; 
·        Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation District, Kids Farm Safety Day, $1,100; 
·        Ohio State University Ag Safety and Health, Farm Safety Round Up, $3,000; 
·        Preble County Farm Bureau, Preble County Grow It Know It Expansion Grant, $3,000; 
·        Rural Action, Developing a Local Food, Regional Distribution System, $3,000; 
·        Seneca Soil and Water Conservation District, Agriculture Technology for Youth by Soil and Water, $3,000; 
·        Southeastern Correctional Institution, The Green Zone Community Garden, $2,966; 
·        Stratford Ecological Center, Stratford’s Children’s Program, $3,000.
“The Foundation awarded more than $29,000 in grants,” Foundation President Jack Fisher said. “That is double what we were able to do when the grant program started seven years ago.”

Agricultural Action and Awareness Grants focus on funding needs for smaller, community based groups that often find the larger-scale, public and private grant solicitation process daunting. The program works in conjunction with the Foundation’s Community Grantsmanship training program.  Community Grantsmanship helps individuals and small groups form leadership teams, identify community issues, and prepare effective proposals to compete for grant awards.

Founded in 1985, The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit, public, charitable organization registered in the State of Ohio. Over the past two decades the Foundation has been involved in a variety of programs focusing on agricultural education and environmental and rural economic development. The Foundation recently completed the endowment for the C. William Swank Chair for Agricultural Economics and Rural Development and funding for the Nationwide – Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Both projects are associated with Ohio State University.

More information about the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation and its grant program can be obtained at www.OFBFoundation.org.

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