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: 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.

The Kettering Fund
Due: July 31, 2019

The Kettering Fund was founded July 1, 1958 by Charles F. Kettering, renowned inventor, businessman and philanthropist. The mission of The Kettering Fund is to support scientific, medical, social and educational studies and research carried on within the State of Ohio. The Fund’s Distribution Committees meet biannually (May and November) to determine funding recommendations to the trustees of The Kettering Family Foundation.

The Kettering Fund will consider activities in the following categories:

  • Arts, Culture and Humanities
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health/Medical
  • Human Services
  • Public/Society Benefit

Eligible applicants:

  • Non-Profit,
  • Town, City or County Government.
  • Organizations that are not units of government or affiliated with a religious organization must have a current 501(c)(3) determination letter from the IRS. Fiscal sponsorships will be accepted, but only under special circumstances.

Deadline: Request Summaries: July 31, 2019.  If your organization is invited to submit a Full Proposal, the deadline will be September 16, 2019.

Contact: E-mail: , phone: (937) 228-1021.

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Integrated Mobility Innovation Demonstration Program
Due: August 7, 2019

The Integrated Mobility Innovation (IMI) Demonstration program’s primary purpose is to fund projects that demonstrate innovative, effective approaches, practices, partnerships, and technologies to enhance public transportation effectiveness, increase efficiency, expand quality, promote safety, and improve the traveler’s experience.

FTA's IMI 2019 funding opportunity provides $15 million for demonstration projects focused on three areas of interest: Mobility on Demand (MOD), Strategic Transit Automation Research (STAR) and Mobility Payment Integration (MPI), to allow applicants to comprehensively plan multiple areas of mobility research:

  • Explore new business approaches and technology solutions that support mobility
  • Enable communities to adopt innovative mobility solutions that enhance transportation efficiency and effectiveness
  • Facilitate the widespread deployment of proven mobility solutions that expand personal mobility

Eligible applicants include:

  • providers of public transportation, including:
    • public transportation agencies,
    • state/local government DOTs, and
    • federally recognized Indian tribes.

Award Ceiling:   $15,000,000

Deadline: August 6, 2019.

Contact: Mr. Hendrik Opstelten, email:; phone: (202) 366-8094

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Our Town
Due: August 8, 2019

Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts’ creative placemaking grants program. Through project-based funding, we support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Successful Our Town projects ultimately lay the groundwork for systemic changes that sustain the integration of arts, culture, and design into local strategies for strengthening communities. These projects require a partnership between a local government entity and nonprofit organization, one of which must be a cultural organization; and should engage in partnership with other sectors (such as agriculture and food, economic development, education and youth, environment and energy, health, housing, public safety, transportation, and workforce development). Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000, with a minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount.

FY 2020 marks the 10 year anniversary of the Our Town program. We are looking for projects that reflect a new and catalytic way of working, and demonstrate the potential for sustained support and recognition for arts, design, and cultural strategies as integral to every phase of community development.

We encourage applications for artistically excellent projects that:

  • Bring new attention to or elevate key community assets and issues, voices of residents, local history, or cultural infrastructure.
  • Inject new or additional energy, resources, activity, people, or enthusiasm into a place, community issue, or local economy.
  • Envision new possibilities for a community or place - a new future, a new way of overcoming a challenge, or approaching problem-solving.
  • Connect communities, people, places, and economic opportunity via physical spaces or new relationships.

Eligible applicants may include:

  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education,
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized),
  • Private institutions of higher education,
  • City or township governments,
  • Special district governments,
  • County governments,
  • Independent school districts,
  • State governments,
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education.

Award Ceiling:   $200,000

Award Floor:      $25,000

Matching Requirement: Yes

Deadline: August 8, 2019.

Contact: National Endowment for the Arts; email; phone: (800) 518-4726

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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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Ohio History Fund
Due: September 4, 2019

The History Fund (Fund) was created to support the preservation and sharing of Ohio’s heritage by funding local, regional, and statewide projects, programs, and events related to the broad sweep of the state’s history and pre-history. Grants will support projects that enrich our understanding of the context in which people, places, things, or events functioned historically. The number and size of grants will vary according to the amount donated. Experts from history-related organizations across Ohio review applications and make grant recommendations.  All History Fund grants must be matched. See each grant category’s specific guidelines in the application link for match requirements.

Eligible projects fall into one of three grant categories:

  • Organizational Development grants focus on building capacity: providing the training and materials to help historical societies and like organizations help themselves. Grants in this category can include, but are not limited to: training for board and staff, professional assistance with organizational issues, improving governance structures, volunteer or membership program development, and assessments or strategic plans (including paid facilitators/consultants). Applications must explain the issue(s) faced by the organization and how the grant will address the issue(s). Solutions must align to the issues identified.
  • Programs & Collections encompasses a variety of projects that further the study, recordation, interpretation, publication and dissemination of historical information, engagement of communities in history, or conservation of historical collections and archives. Projects that can be funded under this category could include, but are not limited to, public programs, exhibits, care and management of archival materials and artifacts, digitization of collections, oral history, archeological/architectural/historical surveys, archaeological field work, nominations of historic buildings and sites to the National Register of Historic Places, preparation of historic preservation plans or feasibility studies, mobile or online applications, walking tours, and events.
  • Bricks and mortar projects can involve the following:
    • Rehabilitation, restoration, protection, or acquisition of historic properties and archaeological sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places or designated by local ordinance.
    • Building work related to the preservation of historical or archival collections regardless of the building’s historic status.
    • New construction dedicated to the preservation of historical or archival collections.

Eligible applicants may include:

  • Ohio-based, nonprofit organizations in good standing   
  • Public entities in Ohio, such as units of local government, public libraries, and educational institutions
  • Organizations operating Ohio History Connection sites under “site management agreements” are eligible to apply under their own names. Functions and fiscal responsibilities assigned to the Ohio History Connection under site management agreements are not eligible for grants from the History Fund. An applicant in this category must attach its up-to-date site management agreement as a part of the grant application. 

Award Ceiling:   $20,000

Award Floor:      $1,000

Deadline: September 4, 2019.

Contact: Andy Verhoff, Grant Manager, Local History Office Ohio History Connection 800 East 17th Avenue Columbus, OH 43211; email; phone: (614) 297-2341

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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.