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.

Whole Kids Foundation US School Garden Grant
Due: October 15, 2018

At Whole Kids Foundation we know that the more kids know and feel connected to their food, the more curious they become about how things grow or taste, and the more willing they are to try new foods. This is why we believe in edible garden learning spaces!

Our Garden Grant Program supports edible educational gardens located at a school or non-profit organization.  Gardens that are rooted in the community and supported in many different avenues are the most successful.

Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the Garden Grant program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to support a new or existing edible garden at either a:

  • K-12 school
  • 501(c)(3) Non-profit working in partnership with a K-12 school
  • 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

Eligible applicants include:

  • Public schools
  • Public or Private Charter schools
  • Private schools with 501c3 non-profit status
  • 501c3 non-profit organizations supporting a garden at a public or non-profit private school
  • School districts supporting a garden at a public or non-profit private school

Award Ceiling: $2,000

Deadline: October 15, 2018

Contact: email

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Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF Ohio)
Due: November 15, 2018

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant program provides up to 50% reimbursement assistance for state and 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. Funding is issued to the state and it is at the state's discretion how much of that funding will be made available for local government. Since the Land and Water Conservation Fund grant program became effective, the State of Ohio has received over $150 million. Over half of this funding has been used for local parks projects. The proposed project scope must be either development or acquisition, not both.

Eligible applicants may include:

  • Municipalities (cities, villages)
  • townships
  • counties
  • joint recreation districts
  • park districts
  •  conservancy districts

A minimum 50% match is required for all projects.

Award Ceiling:   $500,000

Award Floor:      $50,000

Deadline: November 15, 2018.

Contact: Mary Fitch, Recreation Services Administrator, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Real Estate2045 Morse Road, Building E-2, Columbus, OH 43229-6693; email; phone: (614) 265-6477

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Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Grant
Due: November 29. 2018

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Mission is to impact the lifesaving capabilities and the lives of local heroes and their communities.  This is accomplished by providing lifesaving equipment and prevention education tools to first responders and public safety organizations. Examples of equipment include vehicle extrication tools, automated external defibrillators (AEDs), bunker gear, thermal imaging cameras, automated chest compression systems, vehicle stabilization struts, bullet-proof vests, all-terrain vehicles, fire hoses. Prevention Education requests could include fire extinguisher training systems, inflatable fire safety houses, prevention education materials, programming initiatives to focus on issues such as DUI education, carbon monoxide poisoning, CPR training and accessibility and other relevant safety issues. Requests such as event sponsorships, exercise equipment, and family support services are not supported by our Foundation. Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation does not accept grant requests for “use of force” items such as guns or tasers.

Eligible applicants may include:

  • Law enforcement
  • EMS
  • public safety organizations
  • non-profits


Typical Award Range: $15,000-$25,000

Deadline: November 29, 2018.

Contact: Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, email:

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Save America's Treasures — Preservation Grant
Due: December 3, 2018

The Federal Save America's Treasures grants program began in 1999 and helps preserve nationally significant historic properties and collections that convey our nation's rich heritage to future generations of Americans.  The National Park Service (NPS) announces availability of $13 million in Historic Preservation Fund grants for the Save America's Treasures (SAT) program. SAT grants provide preservation and/or conservation assistance to nationally significant historic properties and collections. Grants will be awarded through a competitive process and require a dollar-for-dollar, non-Federal match, which can be cash or documented in-kind. Grants will be administered by the National Park Service in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance number for this grant program is 15.929

All projects must be nationally significant. This means that the proposed grant project concerns resources that are:

  • listed as a National Historic Landmark; or
  • listed in the National Register of Historic Places at the national level of significance; or
  • a collection of national significance


Eligible applicants include:

  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • City or township governments
  • State governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • County governments
  • Other federal agencies collaborating with a nonprofit partner to preserve the historic properties

Award Ceiling: $500,000

Award Floor:   $125,000

Deadline: December 3, 2018

Contact: Seth Tinkham, Grants Management Specialist, National Park Service, phone: 202-354-2020 email:

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Farm to School Grant Program
Due: December 4, 2018

Section 18 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (NSLA) established a Farm to School program in order to assist eligible entities, (schools, school districts, agricultural producers, Indian tribal organizations, nonprofit organizations, state agencies and local agencies), through grants and technical assistance, in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. To fulfill the farm to school mandate in the NSLA, effective October 1, 2012, $5 million will be provided to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on an annual basis to support grants, technical assistance, and the Federal administrative costs related to USDA’s farm to school program.

Designed to increase the availability of local foods in schools, grants can help new farm to school programs get started or expand existing efforts. Funds support a wide range of activities from training, planning, and developing partnerships to creating new menu items, establishing supply chains, offering taste tests to children, purchasing equipment, planting school gardens, and organizing field trips to agricultural operation. FNS will competitively award grants to eligible applicants for projects that meet the purpose of the grant program.

Eligible applicants may include:

  • Eligible schools;
  • State and local agencies;
  •  Indian tribal organizations;
  • Agricultural producers or groups of agricultural producers; and
  • Non-profit entities

Match Requirement:  25% cash or in-kind funding match is required

Award Range:

Planning and training:   $20,000 to $50,000
Implementation:           $50,000 to $100,000

Deadline: December 4, 2018.

Contact: Carla Garcia, phone: 703-305-2760, email:

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Walmart Community Grants Program
Due: December 31, 2018

Through the Community Grant Program, our associates are proud to support the needs of their communities by providing grants to local organizations.

There are 8 areas of funding for which an organization can apply. Please review the areas listed below to ensure your organization’s goals fall within one of these areas.

  • Hunger relief and healthy eating: Providing Federal or charitable meals/snacks for low income individuals and families in the United States,
  • Health and human service: Providing medical screening, treatment, social services, or shelters for low income individuals and families in the United States,
  • Quality of life: Improving access to recreation, arts or cultural experiences for low income individuals and families in the United States,
  • Education: Providing afterschool enrichment, tutoring or vocational training for low income individuals and families in the United States,
  • Community and economic development: Improving local communities for the benefit of low income individuals and families in the United States,
  • Diversity and Inclusion: Fostering the building of relationships and understand among diverse groups in the United States,
  • Public Safety: Supporting public safety programs through training programs or equipment in the United States,
  • Environmental sustainability: Preventing waste, increasing recycling or supporting other programs that work to improve the environment in the United States.

Eligible applicants include:

  • An organization holding a current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3), or (19) of the Internal Revenue Code, listed on the IRS Master File and conduct activities within the United States;
    • a. Excluding nationally sponsored organizations: American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Children’s Miracle Network and United Way
  • A recognized government entity: state, county, or city agency, including law enforcement or fire departments, that are requesting funds exclusively for public purposes;
  • A K-12 public or private school, charter school, community/junior college, state/private college or university; or
  • A church or other faith-based organization with a proposed project that benefits the community at large such as food pantries, soup kitchens, clothing closets, etc.

Award Ceiling: $5,000
Award Floor:   $250
Deadline: December 31, 2018
Contact: phone: (800) 530-9925

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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.