Grant and Funding Opportunites

A community project often requires multiple sources of funding to make it a reality. MVRPC has staff experience and resources to help members find opportunities for these alternate funding sources.

  • MVRPC can help identify potential partnerships, funding approaches and opportunities to support your project and achieve a successful outcome.  
  • MVRPC can help analyze funding requirements and award trends, identify factors critical in winning competitive funding, connect organizations where collaboration would be beneficial, help refine project scopes to increase competitiveness, and help identify positive regional impacts.
  • MVRPC can provide data, mapping, and planning services for the application process and the project itself.

If you have specific needs or questions about funding opportunities, please contact: Martin Kim, Director of Regional Planning.

Current Funding Opportunities

On a monthly basis MVRPC will highlight several funding opportunities that could benefit communities in the Region. Click on the grant titles listed below to view more details including links to the granting agency webpage.

Ohio Development Services Agency’s Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Grant
Due: Feb 28, 2017

Ohio Development Services Agency, in partnership with Ohio EPA and the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR), has a resource to help clean up abandoned gas and service stations throughout Ohio.

The Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Grant will provide funding to assess and clean up BUSTR Class C sites (underground storage tanks with documented petroleum releases). Local government entities who own the eligible property or who have an agreement with the landowner may apply. The applicant and property owner cannot have contributed to the prior release of petroleum or other hazardous substance on the site.

Eligible Properties: A property with a documented petroleum release that has been classified by BUSTR as “Class C”, meaning the responsible party is not able to pay for cleanup costs is eligible. The property must be vacant and may contain an abandoned structure. Funding will be prioritized for former gas and/or service stations with the greatest potential for environmental, community, and economic impact, as determined by the application and scoring matrix.

Eligible Applicants: Political subdivisions are eligible to apply for funding through this program. If a political subdivision does not own the project property, the property owner and the political subdivision must apply jointly for the program. All applicants must sign an affidavit certifying that neither they nor the current property owner caused or contributed to any prior release of petroleum or other hazardous substances on the property.

Eligible Costs: Up to $500,000 for cleanup activities (through competitive rounds), including cleanup of hazardous substances, demolition, property clearance activities, seeding and grading and up to $100,000 for property assessment. Additionally, $100,000 Fast Track grants are available for projects where the only likely contamination is associated with the UST location(s), asbestos, lead-paint, or universal waste, as demonstrated by a VAP Phase I Environmental Assessment. Both Assessment grants and Fast Track grant applications are now accepted on an on-going basis.

Deadline: Application period opens: January 30, 2017, Application due: February 28, 2017

Contact: April Stevens, Environmental Specialist 2, Office of Community Assistance, phone: (614) 466-4007, email:

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Ohio Department of Transportation and Ohio Department of Health’s Active Transportation Funding
Due: March 3, 2017

As part of the Ohio Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP), the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is offering $1.7 million in state and federal Highway Safety Funds to support safe, active transportation. This is in a response to the rise in pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and fatalities across the state, as well as an ongoing chronic disease epidemic largely preventable by creating environments that support active lifestyles. These funds are reimbursable.

This funding will help jumpstart the SHSP's Active Transportation Action Plan (AT Plan) which was finalized in March of 2016 with two goals:

  1. Increase the safety of active transportation users, and
  2. Increase the number of Ohioans participating in active transportation

Project Example Types:

  • Education: Campaigns, open streets/better block, Experiential Education (ride buddy, transit training), enforcement education, older driver education, etc.
  • Infrastructure/Demonstration: Signs, signals, pavement markings, and other low-cost infrastructure ($250,000 max per project) *
  • Policy/Planning: Develop Active Transportation plans or policy
  • Data Collection: Setting up a counting program

Important Dates:


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Ohio Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School Program
January 3, 2017 - March 3, 2017

The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program provides funds for safety projects that encourage or enable children in grades K-8, including those with disabilities, to walk or ride their bikes to school. ODOT’s SRTS funds can be used for two types of projects in 5 categories. These categories are considered the 5 E’s of SRTS. The types and categories are:

Infrastructure Projects

  1. Engineering
  • Operational and physical improvements within 2 miles of schools that establish safer and fully accessible crossings, walkways, trails and bikeways as well as planning activities.
  • School Travel Plan (STP) development.

Non-Infrastructure Projects

  1. Education - Education projects are those that primarily focus on personal safety as well as the mechanics of walking or bike riding to and from home and school.
  2. Encouragement - Encouragement projects will encourage and focus on the benefits of walking or bike riding to and from home and school.
  3. Enforcement - Enforcement of traffic laws and initiating community enforcement such as training for crossing guard programs.
  4. Evaluation - Monitoring and documenting outcomes and trends through the collection of data, including the collection of data before and after the countermeasure, both infrastructure and non-infrastructure. This information is critical to the longevity of the program and required for every project.

Eligibility: The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program provides funds for safety projects that encourage or enable children in grades K-8, including those with disabilities, to walk or ride their bikes to school.

Project Caps:

  • Infrastructure: $400,000 per community
  • Non-Infrastructure
    • 1 to 10 Schools: up to $15,000
    • 11 to 25 Schools; up to $30,000
    • 26 or more schools; up to $60,000

Deadline: Submit online application between January 3, 2017 - March 3, 2017


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Lowe’s Community Partners Grants
Spring and Fall 2017

Lowe’s Community Partners grant program helps build better communities by providing monetary assistance to nonprofit organizations and municipalities looking for support of high-need projects such as: building renovations/upgrades, grounds improvements, technology upgrades as well as safety improvements.

Grants range from $2,001 to $100,000, with most projects falling between $10,000 and $25,000. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteer program is another opportunity for support, which Lowe’s can provide to some grant recipients to help supplement the labor of projects. Lowe’s encourage applicants to speak to their local store manager to see if this is a possibility before applying.

The Foundation provides funding only to 501(c) (3) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations and public agencies in communities where Lowe’s operates stores and distribution centers. Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation requires that all applicants take an eligibility test.

Grants can only be applied for during the cycle dates. It is during this time that a link for the application will be available.

Deadline: The Community Partners 2017 cycle dates are: Spring Cycle: March 19, 2017 – May 11, 2017, Fall Cycle: July 2, 2017 – August 24, 2017

Contact: Community Relations, 704.758.2917, email:

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FY 206 – FY 2019 Economic Development Administration’s Planning Program and Local Technical Assistance Program

Through its Planning and Local Technical Assistance programs, EDA assists eligible recipients in developing economic development plans and studies designed to build capacity and guide the economic prosperity and resiliency of an area or region. The Planning program helps support organizations, including District Organizations, Indian Tribes, and other eligible recipients, with Short Term and State Planning investments designed to guide the eventual creation and retention of high-quality jobs, particularly for the unemployed and underemployed in the Nation’s most economically distressed regions. As part of this program, EDA supports Partnership Planning investments to facilitate the development, implementation, revision, or replacement of Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS), which articulate and prioritize the strategic economic goals of recipients’ respective regions. The Local Technical Assistance program strengthens the capacity of local or State organizations, institutions of higher education, and other eligible recipients to undertake and promote effective economic development programs through projects such as feasibility studies and impact analyses.

Please see the Federal Funding Opportunity for full information on how to apply. Also note that any applicants who are in the process of developing an application under the previous FFO will need to apply under the new FFO and use the associated new forms.

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a continuing basis and processed as received. This Planning and Local Technical Assistance opportunity will remain in effect until superseded by a future announcement.


Jeannette P. Tamayo, Regional Director, 230 South Dearborn Street, Suite 3280, Chicago, IL 60604-1512, phone: 312-353-8143, email:
Darrin Fleener, Economic Development Representative , 230 South Dearborn Street, Suite 3280, Chicago, IL 60604-1512, phone: 312‐789‐9753, email:

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Valuable Resources for Finding Funding Opportunities

Below are MVRPC’s top picks to search for Federal and State funding opportunities.

GRANTS.GOV ( is your place to find and apply for grants for all Federal Agencies. You can sign up for a subscription to receive email updates on grant opportunities. There are also many resources to help you in the ‘Grants Learning Center’ at


The Partnership for Sustainable Communities (PSC) is an interagency parnership between HUD, DOT and EPA that works to coordinate federal housing, transportation, water, and other infrastructure investments to make neighborhoods more prosperous, allow people to live closer to jobs, save households time and money, and reduce pollution. This website lists grants, assistance and programs at


This directory provides links to critical local resources including: EDA regional office contacts, state government contacts, and EDD, TAAC, RLF, University Centers, and Tribal planning organization sites.


The Ohio Development Services Agency has a variety of bonds, grants, loans, and tax credits that can assist Ohio communities as they build an environment for economic development. More information on the various programs is listed at


The Ohio Development Services Agency has a variety of bonds, grants, loans and tax credits that can assist Ohio companies as they grow and create jobs in Ohio. More information on the various programs is listed at


The Ohio Department of Natural Resources offers several grants to entities and individuals to help further resource management and enjoyment. A description of the grants can be found at


The link below takes you directly to Ohio’s resources, which has a valuable spreadsheet of funding sources and a list of contacts by agency.