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. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Brownfield Assessment Grant, Revolving Loan Fund Grant and Brownfield Cleanup Grant
Due Nov. 16, 2017

Brownfield Assessment Grant - Assessment Grants provide funding for developing inventories of brownfields, prioritizing sites, conducting community involvement activities, conducting site assessments and cleanup planning related to brownfield sites. Assessment Grant funds may not be used to conduct cleanups. Assessment grants for individual applicants can be either community-wide or a site-specific assessment grant, or apply as part of an assessment coalition. Community-wide proposals are appropriate when a specific site is not identified and the applicant plans to spend grant funds on more than one brownfield in its community. Site-specific proposals are appropriate when a specific site has been identified and the applicant plans to spend grant funds on this one site only. The performance period for Assessment Grants is three years. Funding is between $200,000 and $600,000 depending on the grant option selected.

Revolving Loan Fund Grant

Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grants provide funding to a grant recipient to capitalize an RLF program. RLF programs provide loans and subgrants to eligible entities to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites contaminated with hazardous substances and/or petroleum.

Revolving loan funds generally are used to provide no-interest or low-interest loans for eligible brownfields cleanups and other eligible programmatic costs necessary to manage the RLF. An RLF grant recipient must use 50% or more of the awarded funds for loans. RLF grantees may not subgrant to themselves. However, the RLF grant recipient may subgrant to other coalition members. Subgrants are limited to $200,000 per site. Entities receiving RLF subgrants must own the site that is the subject of the subgrant. An RLF grant recipient cannot make a loan or a subgrant to a party potentially liable for the contamination at the brownfield site under CERCLA §107, nor may the RLF grant recipient make a loan or subgrant to clean up a site that it is potentially liable for under CERCLA §107.

Brownfield Cleanup Grant - Cleanup Grants provide funding to carry out cleanup activities on brownfield sites owned by the applicant.


  • Applicants may request funding to address either a single brownfield site, or multiple brownfield sites, within each proposal.
  • An applicant may request up to $200,000 in each proposal.
  • An applicant can submit up to three cleanup proposals.

Applicants that exceed the maximum number of proposals allowable for Cleanup Grants will be contacted, prior to review of any of the proposals by EPA, to determine which proposals the applicant will withdraw from the competition. An applicant cannot propose an alternate site(s) if the site(s) identified in the proposal is determined by EPA to be ineligible for brownfields funding. An applicant must be the sole owner of the site that is the subject of its Cleanup Grant proposal and must own the site by November 16, 2017, in order to be eligible to receive a cleanup grant. For the purposes of eligibility determinations in these guidelines only, the term “own” means fee simple title through a legal document (for example a recorded deed); unless EPA approves a different ownership arrangement. EPA will find applicants that do not meet this requirement by November 16, 2017 ineligible. The grantee must retain ownership of the site throughout the period of performance of the grant.

Cleanup Grants provide funding to carry out cleanup activities at specific brownfield sites owned by the applicant. An applicant can apply for up to $200,000 per brownfield site and can submit up to three site-specific cleanup proposals. Applicants that exceed the maximum number of proposals allowable for Cleanup Grants will be contacted, prior to review of any of the proposals by EPA, to determine which proposals the applicant will withdraw from the competition. A separate proposal must be submitted for each site. The Brownfields Law requires applicants to provide a 20 percent cost share for Cleanup Grants.

TOTAL FUNDING/AWARDS: The total funding available, under the national competitions for Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup Grants, is estimated at $50 million subject to the availability of funds and other applicable considerations. EPA may expend up to 25 percent of the amount appropriated for Brownfields Grants on sites contaminated with petroleum. EPA anticipates awarding an estimated 198 grants among all three grant types. EPA estimates awarding the following for each grant:

  • 145 Assessment Grants for an estimated $33.5 million.
  • 38 Cleanup Grants for an estimated $7.5 million.
  • 15 Revolving Loan Fund Grants for an estimated $9 million.

Deadline for both Brownfield Assessment, Brownfield Clean-up Grants and Brownfield Revolving loan fund: The closing date and time for receipt of proposals is November 16, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). Proposals must be submitted through

Webinars to Assist in Preparing Assessment, RLF, and Cleanup Proposals

To assist applicants with understanding the guidelines, EPA will host the EPA National Assessment, RLF and Cleanup Guideline Webinar on Thursday, October 5, 2017, at 1:30 pm ET. Join the webinar at and/or via conference call (dial-in number: 1-866-299-3188/ access code: 202-566-1817).

Contact: Jerry Minor-Gordon, Program Manager, email:, phone: (202) 566-1817, US EPA Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, Mail Code 5105 T 1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20460

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United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grants Program
Due: Dec. 4, 2017

In FY 2018, NIFA's CFP intends to solicit applications and fund two types of grants. The types are entitled (1) Community Food Projects (CFP) and (2) Planning Projects (PP). The primary goals of the CFP are to: Meet the food needs of low-income individuals through food distribution, community outreach to assist in participation in Federally assisted nutrition programs, or improving access to food as part of a comprehensive service; Increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for the food needs of the communities; Promote comprehensive responses to local food access, farm, and nutrition issues; and Meet specific state, local or neighborhood food and agricultural needs including needs relating to: Equipment necessary for the efficient operation of a project; Planning for long-term solutions; or The creation of innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers and low-income consumers.

  • Estimated Total Program Funding: $8,640,000
  • Percent of Applications Funded: 18%
  • Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: 100% match required

Deadline:  December 4, 2017

Contact: Paul Cotton, PhD, RDN, National Program Leader, Division of Nutrition, email:, phone: 202.401.6010

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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.


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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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 that supersedes the previously published “EDAP2017” opportunity.

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:

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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:, phone: (614) 644-4829

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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.