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.

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: Fall Cycle: July 2, 2017 – August 24, 2017

Contact: Community Relations, 704.758.2917, email:

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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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United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Community Development Initiative
Grant Due: July 25, 2017

This program provides funding to help non-profit housing and community development organizations support housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas.

Eligible Applicants:

  • Public bodies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Federally Recognized Tribes

Eligible areas:

  • Rural and rural area: Any area other than (i) a city or town that has a population of greater than 50,000 inhabitants; and (ii) the urbanized area contiguous and adjacent to such city or town.

Funds can be used to improve housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas. Rural Community Development Initiative grants may be used for, but are not limited to:

  • Training sub-grantees to conduct:
    • Home-ownership education
    • Minority business entrepreneur education
  • Providing technical assistance to sub-grantees on
    • Strategic plan development
    • Accessing alternative funding sources
    • Board training
    • Developing successful child care facilities
    • Creating training tools, such as videos, workbooks, and reference guides
    • Effective fundraising techniques

Available funds:

  • Minimum grant award is $50,000; maximum grant award is $250,000
  • Grant funds are limited and are awarded through a competitive process

Matching fund requirements:

  • Matching fund requirement equal to amount of grant
  • In-kind contributions cannot be used as matching funds
  • Partnerships with other federal, state, local, private and nonprofit entities are encouraged

Deadline: July 25, 2017

Contact: Shirley Stevenson, Community Programs Specialist Phone: 202.205.9685, Email:

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National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town Grant
Due: Step 1, Sept. 11, 2017; Step 2,Sept. 18, 2017

The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places – achieving these community goals through strategies that incorporate arts, culture, and/or design. Creative placemaking is when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners deliberately integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work - placing arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies. This funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create or preserve a distinct sense of place.

Through Our Town, subject to the availability of funding, the National Endowment for the Arts will provide a limited number of grants for creative placemaking. Our Town requires partnerships between arts organizations and government, other nonprofit organizations, and private entities to achieve livability goals for communities.

Our Town offers support for projects in two areas:

·Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects: These projects represent the distinct character and quality of their communities. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000. 

·Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking: These projects are available to arts and design service organizations, and industry, policy, or university organizations that provide technical assistance to those doing place-based work. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $100,000.

Through Our Town projects, the National Endowment for the Arts intends to achieve the following objective: Livability: American communities are strengthened through the arts. See "Livability" for more details.


Step 1 - Submit SF-424 to by September 11, 2017 by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time (Register online/renew by at least August 21 and Submit by at least September 1)

Step 2 - Submit Materials to Applicant Portal by 9:00 a.m., Eastern Time September 18, 2017 to 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time on September 25, 2017

You are required to use Go online to learn how to register, prepare and submit an application at:

Contact information:

If you have questions about how to complete your application, please contact the staff at with your question or to set up a time to speak to staff. Due to the high volume of interest in Our Town, please allow 24 to 48 hours for staff to return your e-mail or call.

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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.