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!
Pataskala Public Library created a Seed Library in the spring of 2021, which took off tremendously. They gave out over 1,000 seed packets at no cost to the community. Their goal for 2022 is to collaborate with local and master gardeners to further educate the community in the science and art of gardening.
Spring Valley Neighborhood Gardens plans to transform 3,500 square feet of traditional suburban green space into a neighborhood garden dedicated to sustainable food production. It will include handicap accessible paths, no/low till raised beds, a large compost area, rain barrels, and biomass storage.
Watkins Middle School will be taking on an Aquaponics project. They will be opening the student’s eyes to a healthier alternative to traditional agriculture. The students will be educated on all parts of Aquaponics. From there, they will research the project and design a system they believe will work well with the school’s space. Once all students share their proposals, the administration and community members will decide on a design. When the design is built, the students will start their seeds under grow lights and monitor and collect data to decide the right time to introduce the plants and fish. After the plants and fish are added, the students will continue to monitor and collect data.
North Licking Conservation Club will be clearing their 2-acre pond embankment to extend the life of their pond that has been in existence since the 1950’s. Clearing the vegetation will prolong the life of the dam and make it easier to maintain on a more regular basis.
Check out 2020 grant recipient, Licking Valley Middle School, and their rain garden project!
2021 Conservation Mini Grant Information
Our 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.
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 organization's eligibility at Information@LickingSWCD.com.
Check back later for 2022 application dates!