Franklin Soil and Water’s 2022 Conservation Fund Mini-Grant Program

Franklin Soil and Water’s annual Conservation Mini-Grant program continues in its ninth year by offering up to $2000 to three organizations that demonstrate the need and ability to carry out on-the-ground conservation projects

Donor Name: Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District

State: Ohio

County: Franklin County (OH)

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 02/28/2022

Size of the Grant: $2000


All local conservation projects within Franklin County, Ohio will be considered and encouraged. Franklin Soil and Water’s 2022 preferred projects are those directly benefitting Underserved Communities.

Examples of appropriate areas include City of Columbus Celebrate One neighborhoods, Opportunity Zones, and areas that feature less than 20% tree canopy cover as determined by Columbus Recreation and Parks.

Project Examples

  • Rainwater storage/harvesting with rain barrels/cisterns
  • Reducing or slowing stormwater runoff by planting rain gardens or buffer zones
  • Green infrastructure with blue or green roofs, underground detention, and pervious surfaces
  • Landscaping and gardening with native trees and plants
  • Invasive species removal
  • Habitat improvement, such as litter collection, addition of wildlife shelter(s), bird houses, or pollinator sites
  • Soil improvements such as the addition of compost, green manures, or cover crop

Eligibility Criteria

Franklin County, Ohio non-profit organizations such as schools, watershed groups, municipalities, community groups (including governing bodies and associations such as HOAs and condo associations) and civic associations may apply.

Ranking and Criteria

The following criteria are considered when evaluating your project:

  • Environmental Impact: Environmental improvement and ecological benefit.
  • Connection to SWCD Mission: Demonstrates clear promotion of responsible land use decisions for the conservation, protection, and improvement of soil and water resources.
  • Visibility: Potential number of people reached/impacted by the project.
  • Cost Efficiency: The impact of the project relative to the funds requested.

For more information, visit Conservation Mini-Grants.