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.

Ohio Development Services Agency’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Due: April 12, 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 Department of Natural Resources; Office of Real Estate’s Nature Works
Due: May 1, 2017

NatureWorks projects are funded through the Ohio Parks and Natural Resources Bond Issue which was approved by Ohio voters in November 1993.

The NatureWorks grant program provides up to 75% reimbursement assistance for local government subdivisions (townships, villages, cities, counties, park districts, joint recreation districts, and conservancy districts) to for the acquisition, development, and rehabilitation of recreational areas. Since NatureWorks' inception, the grant has funded over 2300 public park projects in all 88 counties.


  • All local subdivisions of government are eligible (local school boards are ineligible).
  • Local governments can apply for up to 75 percent reimbursement grants (state funding) for acquisition, development, or rehabilitation of public park and recreation areas.
  • The agency must have proper control (title or at least a 15-year non-revocable lease) to be eligible for a development or rehabilitation grant.
  • Eligible government agencies within each county

Deadline: All applications must be postmarked by May 1, 2017

Contact: Mary Fitch, Office of Real Estate, 614-265-6477, 2045 Morse Road, Building E-2, Columbus, Ohio 43229-6693, email:

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Ohio Development Services Agency’s Community Housing Impact and Preservation (CHIP) Program
Due: May 5, 2017

For the Notice of Funding Availability and a list of eligible jurisdictions go to:

For Program Year (PY) 2017, the Ohio Development Services Agency’s Office of Community Development (OCD) expects to allocate approximately $19 million to Community Housing Impact and Preservation (CHIP) Program through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program. The PY 20178 CHIP Program funds will be distributed to eligible single-jurisdiction or partnership applicants in one competitive funding round.

Specifications provided in this notice will be in effect for the PY 2017 CHIP Program grants subject to PY 2017 Consolidated Plan approval. The State of Ohio’s Draft Consolidated Plan will be available on ODSA’s website after March 1, 2017. The Consolidated Plan public hearing meeting will be held March 16, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at: 77 South High Street, Room 1960, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

OCD will post application materials on their Technical Assistance website at:

The CHIP Program provides grants to eligible communities interested in undertaking housing-related activities, including necessary infrastructure improvements. Grantees can use CHIP funds to improve the housing stock in their communities through the following activities:

  • Owner and Rental Rehabilitation Assistance
  • Owner and Rental Repair Assistance
  • Homeownership Assistance
  • Down Payment Assistance and Rehabilitation
  • Down Payment Assistance only
  • New home construction in partnership with Habitat for Humanity
  • Tenant-Based Rental Assistance

Deadline: The application will be available in OCEAN (the Housing Site for HOME and CDBG funded Projects) beginning March 1, 2017. All applications must be submitted electronically through OCEAN by Friday, May 5, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

Contact OCD at (614) 466-2285

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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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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.