Grant and Funding Opportunities

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.

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment Initiative
Due: June 12, 2017

The DOT requests applications to result in awards to eligible entities to develop model deployment sites for large scale installation and operation of advanced transportation technologies to improve safety, efficiency, system performance, and infrastructure return on investment. These model deployments are expected to provide benefits in the form of: reduced traffic-related fatalities and injuries; reduced traffic congestion and improved travel time reliability; reduced transportation-related emissions; optimized multimodal system performance; improved access to transportation alternatives, including for underserved populations; public access to real time integrated traffic, transit, and multimodal transportation information to make informed travel decisions; cost savings to transportation agencies, businesses, and the traveling public; or other benefits to transportation users and the general public.

Project selection

The FAST Act requires the Secretary to develop criteria for selection of an eligible entity to receive a grant, including how the proposed deployment of technology will:

  • reduce costs and improve return on investments, including through the enhanced use of existing transportation capacity;
  • deliver environmental benefits that alleviate congestion and streamline traffic flow;
  • measure and improve the operational performance of the applicable transportation network;
  • reduce the number and severity of traffic crashes and increase driver, passenger, and pedestrian safety;
  • collect, disseminate, and use real-time traffic, transit, parking, and other transportation-related information to improve mobility, reduce congestion, and provide for more efficient and accessible transportation;
  • monitor transportation assets to improve infrastructure management, reduce maintenance costs, prioritize investment decisions, and ensure a state of good repair;
  • deliver economic benefits by reducing delays, improving system performance, and providing for the efficient and reliable movement of goods and services; or
  • accelerate the deployment of vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-infrastructure, autonomous vehicles, and other technologies.

Eligible applicants:

  • State or local government or political subdivision thereof,
  • Transit agency,
  • Metropolitan planning organization (MPO) representing a population of more than 200,000,
  • Multijurisdictional group made up of the above eligible applicants, with a signed agreement to implement the initiative across jurisdictional boundaries, and
  • Consortium of research or academic institutions.

Deadline: June 12, 2017 at 3:00 EST through

Contact: Jeff Martin Agreement Specialist Phone 202-366-1323, email:

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Ohio Development Services Agency’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Due: Jun 16, 2017

For Program Year (PY) 2017, the Office of Community Development (OCD) expects to distribute approximately $20 million of state administered CDBG Program funds to eligible communities through the Community Development Program. The Community Development Program includes 50 percent for Community Development Allocation grant activities and 50 percent for competitive set-aside activities through the Neighborhood Revitalization, Downtown Revitalization programs, and open cycle Critical Infrastructure programs.

OCD will distribute the PY 2017 CDBG Community Development Allocation grant amount notifications on or about April 1, 2017. Each eligible community will receive a minimum $150,000 biennial allocation.

Please note that there are proposed changes to the Community Development Allocation Program Starting this program year. To learn more go to:

Deadline: The PY 2017 Community Development Program application submission deadline is Friday June 16, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST. Any community that fails to meet the deadline will forfeit its PY 2017 Community Development Allocation grant and not be considered for competitive set-aside funding.

Training: On April 12, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., OCD will conduct the PY 2017 Community Development Program Training at the Ohio Department of Transportation Auditorium, 1980 West Broad Street in Columbus. Due to changes to the proposed program structure OCD expects PY 2017 and PY 2018 grantees to attend.

For a list of program grantees for PY 2017 and PY 2018:

Contact: Find your program representative at:

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Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF)
Due: July 10, 2017 (LOI), July 17, 2017 (Application)

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is accepting grant proposals to be awarded funding from the Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF). Mini grants from $500 - $5,000 and general grants up to $50,000 each will be awarded to statewide and local organizations for the implementation of projects that raise awareness and educate the public about important environmental issues that impact the state. General grants will be awarded for up to a two-year term but we encourage projects to be completed within 12 months of the start date.

The OEEF is administered by the Ohio EPA and derives its funding from one-half of the civil penalties collected from violations of Ohio’s air and water pollution control regulations. It is anticipated the OEEF will make available approximately $1/2 million annually.

Eligible Applicants: Only Ohio-based entities may receive grant funding from the OEEF. Eligible applicants include:

  • Schools and universities, outdoor education facilities, nature centers, zoos
  • Municipalities, counties, townships and local government units such as health and park districts, soil and water conservation districts, solid waste management districts and regional planning agencies
  • State agencies
  • Watershed groups (with local government sponsorship)
  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit groups
  • Private companies and trade associations

Target Audiences: pre-school through university students and teachers, the general public, and the regulated community, including farmers. While projects may target more than one of these audiences, OEEF prefers to support projects that focus on a specific audience segment or limited range of ages.

In developing their proposals, grant applicants are strongly encouraged to consider the OEEF’s preferred characteristics for regulated community, general public and pre-school to university audiences, posted at

Deadline: There are two Deadlines per year. For the next round the Letter of Intent (LOI) is due July 10, 2017 and the Application is due July 17, 2017.

Contact: Please direct all inquiries regarding OEEF's grant program policies and procedures, or the status of a grant application, to the OEEF staff at (614) 644-2873 or

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Ohio Humanities - Cultural and Heritage Tourism Initiative
Due: Monthly; Quarterly June 15, 2017; Major July 12, 2017

Ohio Humanities considers applications for tourism projects designed to explore the history, highlight the culture, and foster the appreciation of local assets. Proposed projects should work toward enhancing community life and focus on tourism as a learning opportunity for travelers and local residents.

  • Planning Grants (max $2,000): These support planning activities that help communities convene stakeholders to assess potential projects, consult with humanities professionals, and identify regional themes.
    • The deadline is: The first business day of the month 8 weeks prior to the project beginning.
  • Implementation Grants (max $10,000): These are available to help build sustainable cultural tourism initiatives. Ohio Humanities considers implementation grants twice a year. See website for deadline.


MAJOR GRANTS (Max $20,000) - Ohio Humanities reviews major grant proposals twice each year. Applicants should submit a full draft online before the deadline. The next deadline is July 12, 2017

QUARTERLY GRANTS (Max $5,000) - Ohio Humanities reviews quarterly grant proposals four times each year. Applicants should submit a full draft online before the deadline. The next Deadline is June 15, 2017

MONTHLY GRANTS (Max $2,000) - Ohio Humanities considers small grant requests on a monthly basis. Drafts submitted online are recommended, but not required. The deadline is the first business day of each month

Contact: Robert Colby, PhD

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FY 2016 – 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.