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.
Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants
Due: June 12, 2018
With this publication, HUD is making available up to $5,000,000 for Planning Grants, including Planning and Action Grants.
- Planning Grants are two-year grants that assist communities with severely distressed public or HUD-assisted housing in developing a successful neighborhood transformation plan and building the support necessary for that plan to be successfully implemented.
- Planning and Action Grants are three and a half year planning grants that pair planning with action.
Experience shows that tangible actions taken early on help communities build momentum for further planning and the eventual transition from planning to implementation of that plan. These actions improve neighborhood confidence, which in turn sustains the community’s energy, attracts more engagement and resources, and helps convince skeptical stakeholders that positive change is possible. Under these grants, the planning process activities would take place during the first 24 months of the grant period. The planning process will identify Action Activities that will be carried out during the latter portion of the grant period. Action Activities must build upon the planning for the target housing and neighborhood.
Who may apply?
Eligible applicants include:
- Public Housing Authorities (PHAs)
- local governments
- tribal entities
Award Ceiling: $1,300,000
Award Floor: $1
Deadline: June 12, 2018.
Contact: email firstname.lastname@example.org ; phone: (800) 877-8339.
Greater Dayton Conservation Fund
Due: June 29, 2018
The Greater Dayton Conservation Fund (GDCF) is now soliciting grant proposals from organizations that benefit the natural environment of the communities in the Great Miami and Little Miami River watersheds --19 counties in Southwest Ohio-- and that are recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
In 2018 the GDCF will award funds to eligible projects for up to $5,000 to one or more organizations. Projects that benefit water may also apply for additional funds of a match equal to or less than their GDCF request (see page 5 for details on eligibility for matching funds).
Download the RFP and learn more about the Greater Dayton Conservation Fund at The Dayton Foundation website: https://www.daytonfoundation.org/conservation.html.
Applications must be received or postmarked on or before June 29, 2018.
For questions or more information contact: Cait Botschner, Program Assistant for the Partners for the Environment at Admin@gdpartners.org
New Funding for Water Infrastructure Projects
Due: July 6, 2018
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $5.5 billion in loans, which could leverage over $11 billion in water infrastructure projects through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program.
In the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, signed by the President on March 23, 2018, Congress provided $55 million in budget authority for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2014 (WIFIA) program to cover the subsidy required to provide a much larger amount of credit assistance. EPA estimates that this budget authority may provide approximately $5.5 billion in credit assistance and may finance approximately $11 billion in water infrastructure investment.
This Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is to solicit letters of interest from prospective borrowers seeking credit assistance from EPA. Prospective borrowers may submit letters of interest until July 6, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) EDT. It also announces two priorities for this selection round:
- Provide for clean and safe drinking water, including reducing exposure to lead in the nation’s drinking water systems; and
- Repair, rehabilitate, and replace aging infrastructure and conveyance systems.
In the letter of interest, the prospective borrower provides information to demonstrate its projects eligibility, financial creditworthiness, engineering feasibility, and alignment with EPA’s policy priorities. If EPA selects the projects, then the prospective borrower is invited to submit an application. EPA will only select projects that it expects might reasonably proceed to closing.
- Phase 1 - Project Selection:
EPA announces the amount of funding it will have available and solicits letters of interest from prospective borrowers. In the letter of interest, prospective borrowers demonstrate their projects eligibility, financial creditworthiness, engineering feasibility, and alignment with EPA’s policy priorities. Based on this information, EPA selects projects which it intends to fund and invites them to continue to the application process.
- Phase 2 - Project Approval:
Each invitee must apply for WIFIA credit assistance. Using this information, the WIFIA program conducts a detailed financial and engineering review of the project. Based on that review, the WIFIA program proposes terms and conditions for the project and negotiates them with the applicant until they develop a mutually agreeable term sheet. The Administrator demonstrates project approval by executing the project’s term sheet.
- Phase 3 - Negotiation and Closing:
Based on the term sheet, the WIFIA program finalizes the terms of credit assistance to the applicant. At closing, the Administrator (or his designee) and the prospective borrower execute the credit agreement, which is the binding legal document that allows the borrower to receive WIFIA funds.
Deadline: July 6, 2018.
Contact: Karen Fligger, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, WIFIA Program, Office of Water, Office of Wastewater Management; email: WIFIA@epa.gov; phone: 202-564-2992
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: email@example.com
Darrin Fleener, Economic Development Representative , 230 South Dearborn Street, Suite 3280, Chicago, IL 60604-1512, phone: 312‐789‐9753, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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