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.

Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Programs
Due: January 29, 2019

The Administration on Aging (AoA) within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) forecasts the possible availability of Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 funds to make three-year grants to approximately 10 entities to develop capacity, bring to scale, and sustain evidence-based falls prevention programs that will help to reduce the number of falls, fear of falling, and/or fall-related injuries in older adults. ACL aims to compete these 10 grants via two options (both with 36-month grant periods): (A) Sustainable Systems Grants: approximately six grants of $400,000 to $600,000 focused on developing integrated, sustainable systems for delivering falls prevention programs; (B) Capacity-Building Grants: approximately four grants of $50,000 to $150,000 to build capacity to introduce and deliver falls prevention programs within underserved areas and/or populations.

Eligible applicants include:

  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • County governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • City or township governments
  • Special district governments
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • State governments
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education

Award Ceiling:  $600,000

Award Floor:      $ 50,000

Deadline: January 29, 2019

Contact: Casey DiCocco, phone: (617) 565-1170, email: casey.dicocco@acl.hhs.gov

See more at: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=309713

 

Art Works
Due: February 14, 2019

“The Arts . . . belong to all the people of the United States” * Art Works is the National Endowment for the Arts’ principal grants program. Through project-based funding, we support public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation, the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. Projects may be large or small, existing or new, and may take place in any part of the nation’s 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.

We encourage applications for artistically excellent projects that address any of the following activities below:

* Honor the 2020 centennial of women’s voting rights in the United States (aka the Women’s Suffrage Centennial).

* Engage with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); Hispanic or Latino organizations; or the Native American, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian arts.

* Celebrate America’s creativity and cultural heritage.

* Invite a dialogue that fosters a mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all persons and groups.

* Enrich our humanity by broadening our understanding of ourselves as individuals and as a society.

 

Eligible applicants include:

  • Private institutions of higher education
  • State governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Special district governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)

Award Ceiling:  $100,000

Award Floor:      $ 10,000

Deadline: February 14, 2019

Contact: NEA web manager, email: webmgr@arts.gov

See more at: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=311054

Ohio Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School (SRTS)
Due: March 4, 2019

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:

1. Engineering — Operational and physical improvements within 2 miles of schools that establish safer and fully accessible crossings, walkways, bike facilities, and trails.

2. Education — Teaching children about the broad range of transportation choices, instructing them in bicycling and walking safety skills, and launching driver safety campaigns near schools.

3. Encouragement — Using events and activities to promote walking and bicycling.

4. Enforcement—Enhancing enforcement of traffic laws and initiating community enforcement such as training for crossing guard programs.

5. Evaluation — Monitoring and documenting outcomes and trends through the collection of data, including before and after infrastructure or non-infrastructure countermeasures. This information is critical to the sustainability of the program and required for every project.

Prior to requesting infrastructure or non-infrastructure funds, communities are required to develop a school travel plan that address the most effective strategies to improve safety in those communities. Additionally, communities may utilize priority projects identified in an Active Transportation Plan (or equivalent plan) that enable K-8 students to walk or bike to school safely within two miles of school. Projects are competitively selected based on percentage of students expected to benefit, crash rate, economic status and delivery of past projects.

Eligible applicants may include:

  • Non-Profit
  • PreK-12 Educational Agency
  • City, County, or Town Government

Available funding:

ODOT can provide up to 100% reimbursement of eligible costs; up to $400,000 for infrastructure and up to $60,000 for Non-Infrastructure. Program total is $4 Million.

Deadline: March 4, 2019.

Contact: Ohio Department of Transportation, email: SRTS.data@dot.ohio.gov

See more at: http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Planning/ProgramManagement/HighwaySafety/ActiveTransportation/Pages/Funds.aspx

FY 2016 – FY 2019 Economic Development Administration’s Planning Program and Local Technical Assistance Program
Due: Ongoing

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.

Contacts:

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

See more at:

https://www.eda.gov/funding-opportunities/

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=280447

U.S. Economic Development Assistance (EDA) Programs ­ Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs
Due: Ongoing

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: kdarton@eda.gov

See more at: https://www.eda.gov/funding-opportunities/

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Targeted Brownfield Assessment (TBA)
Due: Ongoing

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.

Deadline: Ongoing

Contact: Martin Smith, VAP/SABR Manager, email: martin.smith@epa.ohio.gov, 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 (www.grants.gov)

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