By Roslyn Imrie, OS Youth Grants Chair

    The Ozark Society is proud to announce another grant cycle for the Youth Grant. Since 2020, we have granted over $42,000 through 25 different projects. Through this small grant program, the Ozark Society has been empowering the youth of the next generation to actively engage in conservation efforts.

    Over the years, we have seen some amazing conservation projects unfold after receiving this funding. The money we have granted to nonprofits and schools in the region has allowed young people to clean up riverways, test water quality, build educational trails, break ground for gardens, construct greenhouses, and much more. Though the program favors projects that have real-world conservation impacts, we also recognize the importance of environmental education, which can change the hearts and minds of a population, making a real impact on the future.

    We welcome nonprofits and schools to apply for between $500 and $3,000 in grant funding before February 3rd.  All projects must involve youth (children under age 18) and should focus on conservation or environmental education efforts. Projects are expected to take place in 2024 or before March of 2025. Applicants can apply online with a form found through the Ozarks Society website. Our volunteer grant committee is looking forward to reviewing the types of projects people are dreaming about in the region.