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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. In 2022, four applications were received from non-profits, local government entities, and/or schools for local conservation projects. Just over $2,800 will be distributed to all four organizations.

Congratulations to the 2022 Conservation Mini-Grant Program Fund Recipients!

Ace of Clubs 4-H will be creating a Pollinator Pocket Park.

Utica FFA Chapter plans to purchase 5 clinometers to assist in teaching soil science in the Utica Middle/High School. These new tools will allow students to expand their knowledge of natural resources through FFA soil science competitions. The schools will also be able to grow their curriculum with new materials that will allow them to teach more in-depth soil science lessons. In the long run, this will help the schools to grow their curriculum on the conservation of natural resources and land.

Watkins Intermediate School will be creating a beautiful 4-part garden in a plot that sits in the middle of their playground. They will be creating a space for teachers and students to appreciate for years to come. The school garden will have a section dedicated to pollinators and butterflies, a section where a serviceberry tree will be planted to create a shady reading area, a section with a sunflower friendship trail, and a section for an "art in nature" area featuring students' art projects.

Buckeye Lake for Tomorrow will be installing signs in highly visible public locations to educate Licking County residents, businesses, and visitors about
initiatives aimed at improving the water quality of Buckeye Lake.



2023 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  

Deadline to Apply
Deadline to apply is September 29. Click here to get to the online Application.