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Soil & Water Gives Back

To celebrate Soil & Water’s 75th Anniversary, the Board established a community Conservation Mini-Grant Program in 2019. The program offers up to $1,000 to Licking County non-profits that demonstrate the need and ability to carry out on-the-ground conservation projects. Thirteen applications were received from non-profits, local government entities, and/or schools for local conservation projects with just over $5,000 distributed to seven organizations the inaugural year.

Congratulations to the Inaugural Conservation Mini-Grant Program Fund Recipients!

The Granville Garden Club installed a prairie garden walkway at the Bryn Du Mansion. The walkway allows the public and school groups to closely observe pollinators enjoying native plants.

The Learning Spectrum created, painted, and installed rain barrels to collect stormwater for the schoolyard flower and vegetable gardens.

The City of Pataskala is developing outdoor teaching gardens providing educational demonstrations, and creating educational materials for the William V. Karr Park.

Licking Memorial Hospital plans to increase pollination on their mini-farm by establishing adjacent pollinator habitat. The mini-farm provides fresh produce for the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program.

Learning 4 Life Farm will create an educational organic garden that will serve as a transition training site for middle and high school students on the autism spectrum.

The Johnstown Sportsman Club will improve stormwater drainage in the main field used for outdoor education events.

Eagle Wings Academy will build an outdoor classroom area with a pollinator habitat.


2021 Conservation Mini Grant Information

We are excited to announce the Conservation Mini-Grant was funded by the Board of Supervisors for $5,000 for the 2021 Program year!  

The Licking Soil & Water's Conservation Mini-Grant program offers up to $1,000 to non-profits, including schools, that demonstrate the need and ability to carry out on-the-ground conservation projects. Applications will be accepted until October 1, 2021. Awards will be announced by October 31,2021. 

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.  Projects are limited to Licking County, Ohio.  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 organization's eligibility. 

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.