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.

Ohio Recreational Trail Program Grant (RTP)
Due: March 2, 2020

  • This is a reimbursement grant program that provides upto-80 percent project funding. This grant program is federally funded and is administered by the ODN.
  • The following types of projects are eligible for RTP funding:
  • New recreational trail construction (non-motorized and motorized)
  • Trail maintenance/restoration
  • Trailside and trailhead facilities (for example, parking, restrooms, potable water, etc.)
  • Purchase/lease of recreational trail construction and maintenance equipment
  • Acquisition of easements and property for recreational trails or recreational trail corridors
  • Educational programs promoting trail safety and environmental protection (These projects cannot exceed 5 percent of Ohio’s annual RTP apportionment.)

Eligible applicants include:

  • Cities, villages, townships
  • counties,
  • special districts such as park districts, joint recreation boards and conservancy districts,
  • jointly sponsored projects between political subdivisions,
  • state government agencies,
  • federal government agencies, and
  • non-profit organizations.

Award Details: Up to 80 percent matching federal funds is reimbursed.

Matching Requirement: yes

Deadline: March 2, 2020

Contact: D'Juan Hammonds, Program Manager, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Real Estate, 2045 Morse Road, Building E-2 Columbus, OH 43229-6693 phone: (614) 265-6417 email:

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STOP School Violence Grant Program
Due: March 3, 2020

Pursuant to the Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act of 2018 (or STOP School Violence Act), BJA funds for school safety projects that provide:

  • Training to prevent student violence against others and self, including training for local law enforcement officers, school personnel, and students
  • The development and operation of anonymous reporting systems for threats of school violence, including mobile telephone applications, hotlines, and internet websites
  • The development and deployment of:
  • School threat assessment and intervention teams that include coordination with law enforcement agencies and school personnel
  • Specialized training for school officials in responding to mental health crises

Purpose Areas:

Train school personnel and educate students on preventing student violence against others and themselves to include anti-bullying training. This can also include specialized training for school officials to respond to mental health crises.

Develop and implement threat assessment and/or intervention teams to operate technology solutions such as anonymous reporting systems for threats of school violence, including mobile telephone applications, hotlines, and websites. These teams must coordinate with law enforcement agencies and school personnel. The goal of this program is to address specific areas of concern related to preventing and reducing school violence.

The program’s objective is to increase school safety by implementing training and school threat assessments and/or intervention teams to identify school violence risks among students; technological solutions such as anonymous reporting technology that can be implemented as a mobile phone-based app, a hotline, or a website in the applicant’s geographic area to enable students, teachers, faculty, and community members to anonymously identify threats of school violence; or other school safety strategies that assist in preventing violence.

Applicants will be required to document all training and education sessions conducted under the award, as applicable. OJP strongly emphasizes the use of data and evidence in policymaking and program development in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services.

Eligible applicants include:

  • City, County, or Town Government,
  • Native American Tribal Government,
  • State Government

Award Ceiling: $750,000

Matching Requirement: no

Deadline: March 3, 2019.

Contact: National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center phone: (800) 851-3420 email:

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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:

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

Available funding:

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:

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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.