Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation names 2014 grant recipients

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation continues to develop programs to help smaller, community-based groups and has awarded a series of Agricultural Action and Awareness Grants for the 2014 program year.

The grants help groups that often find the larger-scale, public and private grant solicitation process daunting. The competitively awarded grants support programs and projects focusing on agricultural education and ecological and/or economic development.

This year’s $3,000 grant recipients and projects include the Ohio Energy Project – Energy Sources Tour and Blitz for Educators; Preble County Development Partnership, Inc. – Preble County Food Co-op/Facility and Concept Study Initiative; Parma Area Historical Society – Bringing the Farm to the City; Collegiate Young Farmers at Ohio State University – Farm to Fork Food Dialogues; Shelby County Farm Bureau – The Life of a COW; Sycamore Run Farms, LLC – A View from the Driver’s Seat; Friends of Sunrock Farm – Farm Tour Subsidies for Children; and teacher Nicki Gordon-Coy – Google Hangouts: Bringing Natural Resources, Agriculture and Science to Primary and Secondary Classrooms. A $1,500 grant went to OWjL Camp at Wesleyan University – OWjL Camp Agricultural Awareness Classes.

“The Foundation awarded more than $25,000 in grants,” Foundation Director David Rule said. “That is nearly double what we were able to do when the grant program started nine years ago.”

Founded in 1985, the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, public, charitable organization registered in Ohio. Among its efforts, the Foundation endowed the C. William Swank Chair for Agricultural Economics and Rural Development and provided significant 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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