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: Kathryn Youra Polk, Senior Planner.
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.
Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program 2020
Due: January 30, 2020
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), USDA Forest Service (USFS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), FedEx, Southern Company and BNSF Railway are pleased to solicit applications for the 2020 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration program. The Five Star and Urban Waters program will award approximately $1.5 million in grants nationwide.
The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration grant program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds and the species and habitats they support.
Projects include a variety of ecological improvements along with targeted community outreach, education and stewardship. Ecological improvements may include one or more of the following: wetland, riparian, forest and coastal habitat restoration; wildlife conservation, community tree canopy enhancement, water quality monitoring and green infrastructure best management practices for managing run-off. Projects should also increase access to the benefits of nature, reduce the impact of environmental hazards and engage local communities, particularly underserved communities, in project planning, outreach and implementation.
This program expects that applicants will represent a mixture of urban and rural communities. NFWF may use a mix of public and private funding sources to support any grant made through this program.
Eligible and Ineligible Entities:
Eligible applicants include: non-profit 501(c) organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes and educational institutions
Ineligible applicants include: unincorporated individuals, businesses, international organizations and U.S. federal government agencies
Matching Funds Requirement: Yes
Deadline: January 30, 2020.
Contact: Chloe Elberty, Coordinator, Community Stewardship, phone: 202-595-2434, email: Chloe.Elberty@nfwf.org
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Recycling and Litter Prevention Grants
Due: February 7, 2020
Ohio EPA's competitive grants provide opportunities for communities, local governments, businesses and non-profit organizations to establish and implement recycling, recycling market development, litter prevention and scrap tire recycling programs.
Community and Litter Grants Local governments can receive funding to purchase equipment for the collection and processing of recyclables and construction demolition debris. Communities and non-profit organizations can also receive funding to implement litter collection events, outreach and education as well as tire amnesty programs (tire amnesty programs require a minimum $0.50/tire collection fee). Grantees have 12 months to complete the project.
Market Development Grants provide opportunities for businesses, manufacturers and material processors to create or expand recycling processing capacity and recycled material production. Funding is available for equipment specifically needed to remanufacture recyclable materials into bulk raw material or finished product. To be eligible for this grant, the applicant must have a government sponsor. Grant funds are reimbursed only after project completion through the government sponsor. Grantees have 24 months to complete the project.
Scrap Tire Grants offer funding for businesses, manufacturers and material processors to create or expand scrap tire processing capacity and product manufacturing. Funds are also available for beneficial use projects that incorporate the use of ground tire rubber and recycled asphalt shingles. Business applicants must have a government sponsor. Grant funds for business applicants are reimbursed only after project completion through the government sponsor. Grantees have 24 months to complete the project.
Deadline: The 2020 Recycling and Litter Prevention Grant applications are now available, with an application submittal deadline of Feb. 7, 2020.
Contact: Marie Barnett, Grants Administrator; email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: (614) 705-1019.
NEA Grants for Arts Projects
Due: February 13, 2020
Grant applications previously submitted to the Art Works category will now be submitted to the Grants for Arts Projects category. “The Arts . . . belong to all the people of the United States” Grants for Arts Projects 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.
The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and fostering mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all individuals and groups.
While we welcome applications for a variety of artistically excellent projects, we encourage projects that address any of the following activities below:
- Celebrate America’s creativity and/or 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
- 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)
- Arts organizations, local arts agencies, arts service organizations, local education agencies (school districts)
Award Ceiling: $100,000
Award Floor: $ 10,000
Deadline: February 13, 2020
Contact: NEA web manager, email: email@example.com
Ohio Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School (SRTS)
Due: March 6, 2020
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.
Applications must be projects identified in a School Travel Plan (STP), an Active Transportation (AT) Plan, or equivalent plan, approved by ODOT. Additionally, if applicable, infrastructure applications require a Letter of Support from relevant MPO/RTPO. Projects must enable students K-8 to safely walk or bike to school.
Eligible applicants may include:
- PreK-12 Educational Agency
- City, County, or Town Government
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 6, 2020.
Contact: Caitlin Harley, Safe Routes to School & Active Transportation Manager, ODOT Office of Program Management, phone: (614) 466-7170, email: Caitlin.Harley@dot.ohio.gov
FY 2016 – FY 2019 Economic Development Administration’s Planning Program and Local Technical Assistance Program
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Darrin Fleener, Economic Development Representative , 230 South Dearborn Street, Suite 3280, Chicago, IL 60604-1512, phone: 312‐789‐9753, email: email@example.com
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U.S. Economic Development Assistance (EDA) Programs Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
See more at: https://www.eda.gov/funding-opportunities/
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Targeted Brownfield Assessment (TBA)
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.
Contact: Martin Smith, VAP/SABR Manager, email: email@example.com, 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 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