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Licking Soil and Water’s first annual Conservation Mini-Grant program offers up to $1000 to Licking County 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 Licking Soil & Water 75th Anniversary Fund.  This new program will award up to $5,000 in 2019 to deserving non-profits, local government entities and/or schools for their local conservation projects.  Projects are limited to Licking County, Ohio.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.

Who May Apply
The Mini-Grant program is open to non-profit organizations such as schools, watershed groups, local government entities, 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 at Information@LickingSWCD.com.  

Important Dates
Applications Accepted from May 1st - December 1st, 2019.
Awardees will be notified within 2 months of application receipt.

Grant Application and Award Details
A.    Grant proposals will be reviewed by Licking Soil & Water Mini-Grant Committee with final approval of the Licking Soil & Water Board of Supervisors. 
B.    Funds must be used within one year of Mini-Grant receipt.  The project must also be completed within one year of Mini-Grant receipt.  Request must be $1,000 or less.  
C.    Fifty percent of funding (up to $500) may be dispersed upon grant approval if requested, 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. 
D.    Previously completed projects are not eligible to receive a mini-grant. 
E.    Previously-awarded groups may not apply in consecutive years to encourage new applicants.
F.    Acceptable expenses may include supplies and tools for project implementation.  Signage or outreach material will be considered for funding, 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.  The Licking Soil & Water team is available for complimentary technical assistance.  Grant recipients must review and sign our Grant Agreement, provide progress and final reports, and host a final site visit upon completion. 

Project Examples - Preferred projects may include but are not limited to:
•    Habitat improvement or landscaping with native trees and plants, including installation or enhancement of outdoor classrooms and pollinator habitat
•    Professional development such as attending a conference or training
•    Classroom equipment and supplies to teach about soil and/or water conservation
•    Streambank or riparian zone stabilization or revegetation with native plants
•    Reducing or slowing stormwater runoff by planting rain gardens, buffer zones, or installing green infrastructure
•    Soil improvements such as the addition of compost, green manures or cover crops


Ranking and Criteria - Grant Committee uses the following criteria to help us rate applications:

1    Connection to Licking Soil & Water's mission: Promotes conservation of natural resources through local leadership, education and technical assistance.
2    Environmental Impact:   Environmental improvement and ecological benefit.
3    Visibility:  Potential number of people reached/impacted by the project.
4    Cost efficiency:  The impact of the project relative to the funds requested.