Four local, nonprofit organizations will receive funding for conservation projects through Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District's Conservation Mini-Grant program.

Four local, nonprofit organizations will receive funding for conservation projects through Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District's Conservation Mini-Grant program.

Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed and Cranbrook Elementary School will head the restoration of Slyh Run with the removal of invasive species and planting of native trees. Chadwick Arboretum will use the money for tree plantings and planting demonstrations during ArboBlitz 2016. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will install a butterfly garden to improve habitat and educate visitors, and the Friends of the Ohio Governor's Residence and Heritage Garden will fund native tree plantings and improve habitat on its grounds.

This year, Franklin Soil and Water received 17 applications, a record-breaking number for the mini-grant program. As a result of a large pool of qualified applications, the district and its board of supervisors awarded mini-grants to four organizations this year, the first time more than three applicants have received funding awards.

Each organization will be awarded up to $1,500 toward its respective projects.