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.

NatureWorks Ohio Grant
Due: June 1, 2019

The NatureWorks grant program from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources 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.


  • 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

Maximum Project Award: County Allocation, up to $150,000 with required 25% match.

Deadline: June 1, 2019.

Contact: Mary Fitch, Recreation Services Administrator; email; phone: (614) 265-6477.

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Green Space Conservation Program
Due: June 4, 2019

The Ohio Public Works Natural Resource Assistance Council District 4 is seeking grant applications for the Green Space Conservation Program.  The Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation Program helps to fund preservation of open spaces, sensitive ecological areas, and stream corridors. Special emphasis was given to projects that:

  • Protect habitat for rare, threatened or endangered species;
  • Preserve high quality wetlands and other scarce natural resources;
  • Preserve streamside forests, natural stream channels, functioning floodplains, and other natural features of Ohio's waterways;
  • Support comprehensive open space planning;
  • Secure easements to protect stream corridors, which may be planted with trees or vegetation to help reduce erosion and fertilizer/pesticide runoff;
  • Enhance eco-tourism and economic development related to outdoor recreation in economically challenged areas;
  • Provide pedestrian or bicycle passageways between natural areas and preserves;
  • Reduce or eliminate nonnative, invasive plant and animal species;
  • Provide safe areas for fishing, hunting and trapping in a manner that provides a balanced eco-system.

Additional information can be obtained from the Clean Ohio Website, .

More information about the program can be found on Ohio Public Works Commission’s website.


Ohio Highway Safety Improvement Program
Due: June 7, 2019

This grant program provides up to $50,000 per township in safety sign materials (signs, posts and hardware) for townships determined to:

  • Have a greater than average crash rating across their entire township based on their township's crash history over the previous five years and;
  • Not previously having received funding under this grant program.

Two hundred townships have been invited to apply for the program due to a temporary increase in available safety funding. All Townships who plan to submit an application during this funding cycle must attend a pre-grant meeting.  The same meeting will be held three different times around the state based on where the highest number of Townships eligible to apply are located:

  • Township Pre-Grant Meeting - Friday, March 22nd, 2019

               ODOT District 2 Office - 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM – Bowling Green, Ohio ​

  • Township Pre-Grant Meeting - Friday, March 29th, 2019 –

              ODOT District 3 Office - 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM –  Ashland, Ohio ​​

  • Township Pre-Grant Meeting - Monday, April 8th, 2019

              ODOT Central Office - 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM – Columbus, Ohio

Deadline: June 7, 2019.

Contact: Debbie Cox, Township Safety Sign Grant Program: email phone: 614-387-7359

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Pipeline Safety Information Grants To Communities: Technical Assistance Grants (TAG)
Due: June 22, 2019

Pipeline safety is a shared responsibility and informed communities play a vital role in the safety and reliability of pipeline operations. The Pipeline Safety Information Grants to Communities: Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) provides funding to local communities and groups of individuals for technical assistance related to pipeline safety. The program also provides opportunities that strengthen the depth and quality of public participation in the safe development and operation of pipelines in and around communities. Technical assistance is defined as engineering or other scientific analysis of pipeline safety issues.

Eligible Applicants Include:

  • Cities/towns/villages,
  • counties,
  • parishes, townships, and similar governmental subdivisions,
  • or consortiums of such subdivisions,
  • and groups of individuals; not including for-profit entities

Award Ceiling:  $100,000

Award Floor:      $0

Deadline: June 22, 2019.

Contact: Dwayne Cross, Grantor.  Email:; phone: (202) 366-4429

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Ohio Environmental Education Fund
Due: July 9, 2019

The Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF) was created by the General Assembly in 1990 to enhance Ohio citizens’ awareness and understanding of environmental issues. It is administered by the Director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) and provides approximately $1 million annually in grants to support environmental education efforts within the state of Ohio. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is accepting grant proposals to be awarded funding from the 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.

Eligibility: Only Ohio-based entities may receive grant funding from the OEEF. Eligible applicants include

  • Schools and universities, outdoor education facilities, nature centers
  • 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

Award Ceiling:  $50,000

Award Floor:      $500

Deadline: July 9, 2019.

Contact: Office of Environmental Education, Lazarus Government Center, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049.  Email:; phone: (614) 644-2873

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Municipal Bridge Program
Due August 15, 2019

The Municipal Bridge Program provides Federal funds to municipal corporations and Regional Transit Authorities (RTA) for roadway bridge replacement or bridge rehabilitation projects. A funding limit of $2 million per project has been established. ODOT will provide up to 80% of eligible costs for construction only (including construction engineering, i.e. testing and inspection), up to the specified funding limit. Currently, 15% Toll Revenue Credit (TRC) is available to increase the Federal percentage to 95% and will continue as long as TRC is available, which is currently through fiscal year 2022. The local entity is responsible for the 5% non-federal share of the construction costs and for all costs associated with preliminary engineering, environmental studies and documents, final design and right of way. The local match for construction is required to be cash. In-kind contributions cannot be accepted as part of the local share. The municipality must demonstrate the ability and commitment to oversee the project through to completion.

Eligible Work:

  • Municipal Bridge funds may be used for the following:
  • Bridge Replacement
  • Bridge Rehabilitation
  • Bridge Demolition
  • Minimal Approach Work: as necessary and related to the bridge project (general rule of thumb is 50’ on each side)
  • Utilities: if the utility lines are on the bridge and it is necessary to the project to move or replace (will not pay for “upgrades” to the current system; e.g. a 30’ pipe rather than the existing 24’)

Maximum Project Award: A funding limit of $2 million per project

Deadline: August 15, 2019.

Contact: Nichole Wade, Program Manager; email;  phone: (614) 752-6581.

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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.