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.

Due: March 22, 2019

Wells Fargo Bank and the Wells Fargo Foundation are teaming up with the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) to offer the CommunityWINSSM (Working/Investing in Neighborhood Stabilization) Grant Program.

CommunityWINSSM will be administered by USCM with the goal of awarding $3 million over three years, to support local nonprofits in promoting long-term economic prosperity and quality of life for their community. All dollars must be utilized within one year of receipt unless otherwise noted. All award recipients must complete and submit a CommunityWINS final impact report within one year of grant award

Nominate up to three initiatives or programs through an eligible nonprofit of your choice that addresses one of the following categories:

  • Neighborhood stabilization – projects designed to stimulate growth and stability while assisting in the removal of blight and the rebuilding of neighborhoods
  • Economic development – projects designed to promote business development
  • Job creation – projects designed to aid in local job creation or assist in job training

Eight awards are available in 2019 — two awards per population category. Awards are based on population size:

  • Metropolitan: Population greater than 500,000
  • Large: Population of 275,000 to 500,000
  • Medium: Population of 50,000 to 275,000
  • Small: Population less than 50,000

Eligible applicants may include:

  • local government entity;
  • non-profit

Award Range:

 $1,000,000 spread across 8 grant winners, with two awards per population category.

Deadline: March 22, 2019.

Contact: email:

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Baseball Tomorrow Fund
Due: April 1, 2019

Overview: The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) awards grants to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations involved in the operation of youth baseball and/or softball programs and facilities. Organizations operating in the U.S. and international locations are eligible to apply. To date, an average of 150 requests are received annually; approximately 20 percent are awarded grants. Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis.

  • Grants are intended to provide funding for incremental programming and facilities for youth baseball and softball programs, not for normal operating expenses or as a substitute for existing funding or fundraising activities.
  • The funds may be used to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball or softball programs.
  • Grants are designed to be flexible to enable applicants to address needs unique to their communities.

Key Criteria:

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) will initially evaluate each request based on the following key criteria – Does this project...

  • Increase the number of youth participating in baseball and softball programs?
  • Improve the quality of youth baseball and softball programs?
  • Create new or innovative ways of expanding and improving baseball or softball programs?
  • Generate matching funds? (Please note that most successful applications demonstrate a high ratio of confirmed matching funds – a minimum match of 50 percent is generally required for further consideration.)
  • Address programs for children aged 10-16?
  • Support existing programs which have demonstrated success in providing a quality baseball or softball experience for youth?

Eligible applicants include:

  • Non-Profit,
  • PreK-12 Educational Agency,
  • City, County, or Town Government

Use of Grant Funds: Generally, grant funds are awarded for capital expenditures to benefit youth baseball and softball programs and facilities including, but not limited to:

  • Baseball/softball equipment and uniforms (jerseys, pants, caps, visors, cleats only)
  • Basic baseball/softball field renovations and construction (e.g. infield mix, sod/seeding, bases, dugouts, fencing, field lighting, irrigation system, laser grading, bleachers, etc.)
  • Coaches' training materials

Deadline: April 1, 2019

Contact: email:

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USDA Rural Economic Development Innovation
Due: April 5, 2019

Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and four of its partners are accepting applications from rural communities and regions for technical assistance to implement economic development planning projects.

USDA and its partners will review the applications as part of the Rural Economic Development Innovation (REDI) initiative. USDA is partnering with the National Association of Counties, Rural Community Assistance Partnership, McClure Engineering Company, and Purdue University Extension/Community & Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky.

NARC is partnering with the National Association of Counties on this project to develop a peer-learning program to teach local and regional leaders in rural areas how to implement multi-jurisdictional economic development plans and projects. The program will include workshops, team mentoring, educational webinars, community case studies, and interactive learning opportunities.

Successful applicants will receive free technical assistance to develop and implement rural economic development plans. Rural communities with 50,000 or fewer people are eligible to apply. Applications will be scored, reviewed, and selected on a competitive basis. Community and regional engagement with the REDI Cooperators will support technical assistance outcomes that build capacity within targeted areas of planning. This technical assistance will result in a strong regional economic development plan that identifies projects that may be eligible for other Rural Development programs and/or be a blueprint for leveraging other federal, state, local, or private sector resources.


The term ‘rural area’ means the Rural Business Service’s Rural Area definition as outlined in Section 343(a)(13)(A)(i) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act which states:  any area other than:

  •  (1) A city or town that has a population of greater than 50,000 inhabitants; and
  •  (2) any urbanized area contiguous and adjacent to such a city or town.

Deadline: April 5, 2019.

Contact: email:;  

See more at: Under” Spotlight Opportunities”

Application link:

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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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.