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 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Grant
Due: April 1, 2018

The purpose of the State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire, and Transportation Services Grant Program, administered by the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Medical Services, is to improve and enhance EMS and trauma patient care in Ohio through the provision of grant funding for equipment, training, and research. The funding source for the grant program is fines levied in the State of Ohio for seat belt violations.

The EMS grant award year begins on July 1 and runs through June 30. There are six types of grants (Priorities 1 - 6) available. The amount awarded for each priority is determined by the State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire, and Transportation Services and by the amount of funds available during the award year. Section 4765.07 of the Ohio Revised Code defines the priority distribution of the available funds for the grant program.

Priority 1 grant applications are submitted online. Priorities 2 - 6 must utilize paper applications. Grant awards are approved at the June meeting of the State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire, and Transportation Services. Award letters are mailed to recipients at the end of June.

Grant recipients are required to meet all Ohio Administrative Code requirements to be eligible to receive funds from the State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire, and Transportation Services Grant Program.

Priority 1: First priority shall be given to emergency medical service organizations for the training of personnel, for the purchase of equipment and vehicles, and to improve the availability, accessibility, and quality of emergency medical services in this state. In this category, the board shall give priority to grants that fund training and equipping of emergency medical service personnel.

Beginning in 2016-2017, the State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire, and Transportation Services introduced additional funding opportunities for Training and Equipment grant applicants. The two new supplemental grant opportunities, Economic Hardship and Board Priorities, were created to provide additional support to Ohio EMS agencies throughout the state. The Economic Hardship funds provide additional financial support to agencies experiencing serious economic difficulty; the Board Priority funds provide assistance to Ohio EMS organizations with the acquisition of equipment and training determined to be a priority by the State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire, and Transportation Services. The supplemental funds are needs-based and are determined by rank of score and total funding available.

Priority 2: Second priority shall be given to entities that research, test, and evaluate medical procedures and systems related to adult and pediatric trauma care.

Priority 3: Third priority shall be given to entities that research the causes, nature, and effects of traumatic injuries, educate the public about injury prevention, and implement, test, and evaluate injury prevention strategies.

Priority 4: Fourth priority shall be given to entities that research, test, and evaluate procedures that promote the rehabilitation, retraining, and reemployment of adult or pediatric trauma victims and social service support mechanisms for adult or pediatric trauma victims and their families.

Priority 5: Fifth priority shall be given to entities that conduct research on, test, or evaluate one or more of the following:

  • Procedures governing the performance of emergency medical services in this state;
  • •The training of emergency medical service personnel;
  • •The staffing of emergency medical service organizations.

Priority 6: Sixth priority grants are distributed for the grant award years occurring not later than the award year ending June 30, 2017. Sixth priority grants shall be given to entities that operate paramedic training programs and are seeking national accreditation of the programs.


As provided in Chapter 4765-5-02 of the Ohio Administrative Code, eligible grantees are limited to the following:

  • EMS organizations with the main responsibility of providing continuous emergency medical services to the community pursuant to requests and/or calls from the public for emergency medical service response. Such EMS organizations must also meet one of the following:

1. The EMS organization must be established or operated by a township, municipality, village, city, county, joint fire district, joint ambulance district, or joint township fire district within the state;

2. The EMS organization must provide services, pursuant to a contract or letter, to a township, municipality, village, city, county, joint fire district, joint ambulance district, or joint township fire district within the state.

  • Entities that meet the requirements of section 4765.07 (A) of the Revised Code.
  • Grant applicants must provide to the division documentation of eligibility in accordance with the grant application form.
  • Eligible grantees must comply with all applicable provisions of Chapter 4765 of the Revised Code and Chapter 4765-3-05 of the Ohio Administrative Code.
  • An EMS organization's failure to report as required under section 4765.06 of the Revised Code and Chapter 4765-4 of the Administrative Code may result in ineligibility status for purposes of the emergency medical services grant program established under section 4765.07 of the Revised Code and as provided in this chapter.
  • Effective January 1, 2013, if an EMS organization's medical director fails to meet the minimum qualifications established in rule 4765-3-05 of the Administrative Code, the EMS organization may be ineligible for the grant program established under section 4765.07 of the Revised Code and as provided in this chapter.

Deadline: April 1, 2018.

Contact: email:; phone: (614) 728-8661.

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Hope VI Main Street Program
Due: April 12, 2018

The Main Street program seeks to rejuvenate older, downtown business districts while retaining the area's traditional and Historic character. To do this, the Main Street program provides assistance to smaller communities in the development of affordable housing that is undertaken in connection with a Main Street revitalization effort. Obsolete commercial offices or buildings can be reconfigured into rent producing affordable housing.

Only units of general local government, as defined in each current NOFA, are eligible to apply. The primary eligibility requirements are that the applicant:

  • Be a local government (subdivision of a State or Territory);
  • Have a population of 50,000 or less within its jurisdiction; and
  • Have 100 or fewer physical public housing units within its jurisdiction.

In general, the grant funds can be used to build new affordable housing or reconfigure obsolete or surplus commercial space (or extremely substandard, vacant housing) into affordable housing units. The grant funds cannot be used on general infrastructure or commercial development. The funds in the NOFA must be used to assist Units of Local Government that have existing Main Street area rejuvenation projects and have the population and public housing unit limits stated above. Main Street housing units must be affordable to the initial residents that occupy the Main Street housing project.

Deadline: April 12, 2018 (Estimated Deadline).

Contact: Lawrence Gnessin, Program Coordinator: email: phone: (202) 402-2676.

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Ohio Highway Safety Improvement Program
Due: April 30, 2018

The Ohio Department of Transportation dedicates about $102 million annually for engineering improvements at high-crash and severe-crash locations – one of the largest state investments in the nation. This funding is available to ODOT staff and local governments, and it can be used to make improvements on any public roadway. ODOT funds a mix of spot safety projects, such as intersection and curve realignment, and systematic safety treatments, such as edge line rumble stripes and cable barrier, which can be installed across hundreds of miles. Safety improvements, such as upgrading signs, signals, pavement markings and guardrail are eligible for 100% funding.

Funding requests typically range from $200,000 to $5 million, though the department will consider funding requests up to $10 million. Funding is available for all stages of development and typically requires a minimum 10% local match.

Funding Application Process:

ODOT accepts applications twice a year. The deadlines are April 30 and September 30. Applications must be reviewed by the local District Office before they are submitted to Central Office. The department encourages project sponsors to coordinate with the local District Office at least eight weeks in advance of these deadlines. Applications are reviewed by multi-disciplinary committees in the District and Central Office. The committees have expertise in safety analysis, roadway design, traffic engineering and highway maintenance. These committees evaluate investments based on factors such as crash analysis; statewide, regional or local priority; matching funds; and cost/benefit analysis. The committee reviews about 70 applications per year requesting more than $150 million.

Deadline: April 30, 2018.

Contact: Michelle May, Highway Safety Program Manager: email: phone: (614) 644-8309.

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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.