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.
Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grant
Due: July 19, 2018
BUILD Transportation grants are for investments in surface transportation infrastructure and are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. BUILD funding can support roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports or intermodal transportation.
Projects for BUILD will be evaluated based on merit criteria that include safety, economic competitiveness, quality of life, environmental protection, state of good repair, innovation, partnership, and additional non-Federal revenue for future transportation infrastructure investments.
To reflect the Administration’s Infrastructure Initiative, DOT intends to award a greater share of BUILD Transportation grant funding to projects located in rural areas that align well with the selection criteria than to such projects in urban areas. The notice highlights rural needs in several of the evaluation criteria, including support for rural broadband deployment where it is part of an eligible transportation project.
Eligible applicants may include:
- State, local, and tribal governments;
- Transit agencies, port authorities;
- Metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs); and
- Other political subdivisions of State or local governments.
Award Ceiling: $25,000,000
Award Floor: $0
Deadline: July 19, 2018.
Contact: Robert Mariner, Program Manager, U.S. Department of Transportation ; email firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: (202) 366-8914
National Endowment for the Arts - Our Town Program
Due: August 9, 2018
Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts’ creative placemaking grants program. These grants support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Successful Our Town projects ultimately lay the groundwork for systemic changes that sustain the integration of arts, culture, and design into strategies for strengthening communities.
To apply, choose a program area:
- Place-Based Projects. Through arts engagement, cultural planning, design, and/or artist/creative industry support, these projects contribute to improved quality of life in local 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, with a minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount.
- Knowledge Building Projects. These projects build and disseminate knowledge about how to leverage arts, culture, and design as mechanisms for strengthening communities. These grants are available to arts service or design service organizations, and/or other national or regional membership, policy, or university-based organizations. These projects require a partnership that will facilitate the knowledge sharing and/or exchange. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $100,000, with a minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount.
Eligible applicants include:
- Independent school districts
- City or township governments
- Private institutions of higher education
- Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- County governments
- Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
- State governments
- Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
- Special district governments
Award Ceiling: $200,000
Award Floor: $25,000
Deadline: August 9, 2018.
Contact: email staff at: email@example.com; phone: (202) 682-5400
Ohio History Fund
Due: September 5, 2018
The History Fund (Fund) was created to support the preservation and sharing of Ohio’s heritage by funding local, regional, and statewide projects, programs, and events related to the broad sweep of the state’s history and pre-history. Grants will support projects that enrich our understanding of the context in which people, places, things, or events functioned historically. The number and size of grants will vary according to the amount donated. Experts from history-related organizations across Ohio review applications and make grant recommendations. All History Fund grants must be matched. See each grant category’s specific guidelines in the application link for match requirements.
Eligible projects fall into one of three grant categories:
- Organizational Development grants focus on building capacity: providing the training and materials to help historical societies and like organizations help themselves. Grants in this category can include, but are not limited to: training for board and staff, professional assistance with organizational issues, improving governance structures, volunteer or membership program development, and assessments or strategic plans (including paid facilitators/consultants). Applications must explain the issue(s) faced by the organization and how the grant will address the issue(s). Solutions must align to the issues identified.
- Programs & Collections encompasses a variety of projects that further the study, recordation, interpretation, publication and dissemination of historical information, engagement of communities in history, or conservation of historical collections and archives. Projects that can be funded under this category could include, but are not limited to, public programs, exhibits, care and management of archival materials and artifacts, digitization of collections, oral history, archeological/architectural/historical surveys, archaeological field work, nominations of historic buildings and sites to the National Register of Historic Places, preparation of historic preservation plans or feasibility studies, mobile or online applications, walking tours, and events.
- Bricks and mortar projects can involve the following:
- Rehabilitation, restoration, protection, or acquisition of historic properties and archaeological sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places or designated by local ordinance.
- Building work related to the preservation of historical or archival collections regardless of the building’s historic status.
- New construction dedicated to the preservation of historical or archival collections.
Eligible applicants may include:
- Ohio-based, nonprofit organizations in good standing
- Public entities in Ohio, such as units of local government, public libraries, and educational institutions
- Organizations operating Ohio History Connection sites under “site management agreements” are eligible to apply under their own names. Functions and fiscal responsibilities assigned to the Ohio History Connection under site management agreements are not eligible for grants from the History Fund. An applicant in this category must attach its up-to-date site management agreement as a part of the grant application.
Award Ceiling: $20,000
Award Floor: $1,000
Deadline: September 5, 2018.
Contact: Andy Verhoff, Grant Manager, Local History Office Ohio History Connection 800 East 17th Avenue Columbus, OH 43211; email firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: (614) 297-2341
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: email@example.com
Darrin Fleener, Economic Development Representative , 230 South Dearborn Street, Suite 3280, Chicago, IL 60604-1512, phone: 312‐789‐9753, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
See more at:
U.S. Economic Development Assistance (EDA) Programs Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs
The Economic Development Administration's (EDA's) mission is to lead the Federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for economic growth and success in the worldwide economy. EDA fulfills this mission through strategic investments and partnerships that create the regional economic ecosystems required to foster globally competitive regions throughout the United States. EDA supports development in economically distressed areas of the United States by fostering job creation and attracting private investment. Specifically, under the Economic Development Assistance programs (EDAP) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), EDA will make construction, non-construction, and revolving loan fund investments under the Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) Programs. Grants made under these programs will leverage regional assets to support the implementation of regional economic development strategies designed to create jobs, leverage private capital, encourage economic development, and strengthen America's ability to compete in the global marketplace. Through the EDAP NOFA, EDA solicits applications from rural and urban communities to develop initiatives that advance new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic conditions.
Award Ceiling: $3,000,000
Award Floor: $100,000
Please access this opportunity, “EDAP-2017” on Grants.gov that supersedes the previously published “EDAP2017” opportunity. https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=294771
Deadline: There are no submission deadlines under this opportunity. Proposals and applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the publication of a new EDAP NOFA.
Contact Information for Indiana/Ohio Region: Kyle Darton, 230 South Dearborn Street, Suite 3280, Chicago, IL 60604-1512, phone: 312-789-9752, email: email@example.com
See more at: https://www.eda.gov/funding-opportunities/
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Targeted Brownfield Assessment (TBA)
The Targeted Brownfield Assessment (TBA) program provides property assessment services at no cost to eligible applicants. SABR utilizes either in-house field staff or contractors to perform the requested assistance and the applicant receives a written report of the work performed.
Typical services include Phase I environmental site assessment, asbestos surveys, geophysical surveys, and limited or supplemental phase II property assessment. TBA staff will work with applicants to provide the appropriate services to meet their needs.
New services available through TBA include those required for participation in the Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup program administered by Ohio Development Services Agency. The program includes certain perquisites for eligibility including a Phase I assessment to Ohio EPA Voluntary Action Program (VAP) standards, Class C designated release by the Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR) and former use of the property as a gas station or service station. TBA can assist with preparatory activities including Phase I assessment, determining if underground storage tanks (USTs) are present, determining if there was a release from UST’s, tank closure assessment and completing the BUSTR Class C release form. For more information about the Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup program click here.
Eligible applicants: Eligibility for the TBA program requires the following:
- Applicant is a local government or quasi-governmental entity
- Applicant is not a potentially responsible party
- If applicants do not own the property, access to the site has been granted
- Property must be a brownfield (former industrial/commercial use or residential if more than 4 units)
- Property is not subject to federal CERCLA orders or on the National Priorities List.
Contact: Martin Smith, VAP/SABR Manager, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: (614) 644-4829
See more at: http://epa.ohio.gov/derr/SABR/Grant_Assistance.aspx
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 www.grants.gov/web/grants/learn-grants.html.
PARTNERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES
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 https://www.sustainablecommunities.gov/partnership-resources.
US ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTORY
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. https://www.eda.gov/resources/economic-development-directory/states/oh.htm
OHIO COMMUNITY GRANTS, LOANS, BONDS, AND TAX CREDITS
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 http://development.ohio.gov/cs/cs_grantsloansbonds.htm.
OHIO BUSINESS GRANTS, LOANS AND TAX CREDITS
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 http://development.ohio.gov/bs/bs_busgrantsloans.htm.
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES GRANTS
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 http://ohiodnr.gov/grants.
OHIO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
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. http://epa.ohio.gov/DoBusiness/GetHelp/FinancialAssistance.aspx