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 government or organization-eligible 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.

NEA Challenge America
Due: April 25, 2024

Challenge America offers support primarily to small organizations for projects in all artistic disciplines that extend the reach of the arts to groups/communities with rich and dynamic artistic and cultural contributions to share that are underserved. The program is rooted in principles that include, but are not limited to, our recognition that:

  • Some groups/communities and some geographic areas with rich cultural identities have limited grant funding opportunities, and/or have been historically underserved by national arts funding;
  • Some small organizations may face barriers to accessing grant funding; and
  • Some applicants to the NEA may benefit from enhanced technical assistance resources.

Challenge America seeks to address these potential barriers for organizations seeking funding. The program features an abbreviated application, a standardized $10,000 grant amount, and a robust structure of technical assistance to facilitate entry to NEA funding opportunities. This category may be a good entry point for organizations that are new to applying for federal funding.  

Eligible applicants include:

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

Award Ceiling: $10,000

Deadline: Apr 25, 2024.
Contact: NEA Web Manager; email: webmgr@arts.gov
See more at: https://www.grants.gov/search-results-detail/351339

Green and Resilient Retrofit Program (GRRPL) Leading Edge Modification
Due: April 30, 2024

The Green and Resilient Retrofit Program (GRRP) seeks to amplify recent technological advancements in utility efficiency and energy generation, bring a new focus on preparing for climate hazards by reducing residents’ and properties’ exposure to hazards, and protecting life, livability, and property when disaster strikes. GRRP is the first HUD program to simultaneously invest in energy efficiency, energy generation, and climate resilience strategies specifically in HUD-assisted multifamily housing. Comprehensive Awards are designed for the widest range of properties, including those that have not yet developed a recapitalization plan. To the greatest extent feasible, these approaches will:

  • Substantially improve energy and water efficiency, including moving properties toward net zero, zero energy ready, or zero over time energy performance;
  •  Address climate resilience, including synergies that can be achieved between efficiency and resilience investments;
  • Enhance indoor air quality and resident health; Implement the use of zero-emission electricity generation and energy storage;
  • Minimize embodied carbon and incorporate low-emission building materials or processes; and
  • Support building electrification.

Eligibility Requirements include:

An entity is an Eligible Applicant and may apply under this NOFO if it:

  • Owns a property that is assisted under one form of assistance contract with HUD
  • Has a signed purchase agreement, purchase option, or an agreement or option to enter into a long-term ground leasehold interest (more than 50 years) for a property assisted under HUD
  • Individuals, foreign entities, and sole proprietorship organizations are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement

Award Ceiling: $10,000,000
Award Floor:    $1
Deadline: April 30, 2024
Contact: HUD GRRP Team; email: GRRP@hud.gov

See more at: https://www.grants.gov/search-results-detail/348063

NatureWorks
Due: June 1, 2024

NatureWorks projects are funded through the Ohio Parks and Natural Resources Bond Issue which was approved by Ohio voters in November 1993.

The NatureWorks grant program provides up to 75% reimbursement assistance for local government subdivisions (townships, villages, cities, counties, park districts, joint recreation districts, and conservancy districts) to for the acquisition, development, and rehabilitation of recreational areas.

Since NatureWorks' inception, the grant has funded over 2300 public park projects in all 88 counties.

Eligibility:

  • All local subdivisions of government are eligible (local school boards are ineligible).
  • The agency must have proper control (title or at least a 15-year non-revocable lease) to be eligible for a development or rehabilitation grant.

Award Ceiling: Total funding for the NatureWorks grant program has not been determined for the FY2025 grant cycle, check site for updates

Match Required: 25% match
Deadline: June 1, 2024.
Contact: Dee Burlison, 2045 Morse Road E-2, Columbus, OH 43229, phone: (614) 265-6834, email: dolores.burlison@dnr.ohio.gov

See more at: https://ohiodnr.gov/buy-and-apply/apply-for-grants/grants/natureworks

ODOT Township Safety Sign Grant Program
Due: June 7, 2024

This grant provides signs, posts, and hardware to townships identified as having a higher-than-average crash rate and also based on specific criteria listed below. Any township which hasn't previously received a grant is eligible to apply.  If your township has received a grant under this program before, please do not submit this application as it will not be considered.

Township-wide Crash Criteria:

  • When a township has been identified as having a higher-than-average crash rate across the entire township system, and
  • the township has not previously received funding under this grant program.

Any township who has not previously been funded is eligible to apply for up to $50,000.00 in value of signs, posts, and hardware to systematically improve the safety signage in their townships.

To see if your township qualified to apply for the 2024 grant, please visit the list of eligible townships available at: https://www.transportation.ohio.gov/programs/local-funding-opportunities/supporting-resources/township-list-for-2025-ssga

If your township is one of those listed, it is eligible to apply using the application form on our website. Your township may include with your request signs, posts, and hardware for villages which are within (or touching) your township. Your township must arrange with the village to work in partnership to provide these materials and have the village install them. The grant request with the village's items included still may not exceed $50,000.00.

Award Ceiling: $50,000

Deadline: June 7, 2024.

Contact: Tina Potter, ODOT Office of Local Programs: email; tina.potter@dot.ohio.gov                       phone: 614-387-7359

See more at: https://www.transportation.ohio.gov/programs/local-funding-opportunities/resources/township-safety-sign-grant-program

Ohio Water & Wastewater Infrastructure Grant Program
Due: Ongoing

The Ohio Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Grant Program will award approximately $250 million to provide safe, reliable drinking water in areas that lack infrastructure, bring sewage treatment capacity to unsewered areas, and develop regional infrastructure to serve multiple communities. This presentation offers more information.

Water and wastewater construction projects are eligible for up to $5 million in grant funding, and infrastructure engineering design projects are eligible for up to $250,000.

Examples of water infrastructure construction projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Sewer/wastewater treatment plant improvements/expansion
  • New/replacement sanitary sewer lines
  • Excess sanitary sewer infiltration/inflow correction
  • Improvements to public drinking water treatment facilities
  • Drinking water line improvements or extensions
  • Repair, replacement, and construction of drinking water storage towers

Click to download the application to the Ohio Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Grant Program, and contact Matt Lindsay at mlindsay@mvrpc.org to discuss potential projects in your community.

FY 2021 – FY 2023 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.

Contact: Ellen Heinz, State of Ohio Economic Development Representative, (312)505-4953, eheinz@eda.gov

See more at:

 https://www.eda.gov/funding/funding-opportunities/fiscal-year-2021-2023-eda-planning-and-local-technical-assistance

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=280447

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 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: kdarton@eda.gov

See more at: https://www.eda.gov/funding/funding-opportunities/all-opportunities

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: Ellen Heinz, State of Ohio Economic Development Representative, (312)505-4953, eheinz@eda.gov

See more at: http://epa.ohio.gov/derr/SABR/Grant_Assistance.aspx

Special COVID-19 Funding Opportunities

During the COVID-19 pandemic, MVRPC will highlight special COVID-19 funding opportunities. Deadlines on many of these are tight, and we will update the page as often as needed as more opportunities are found.

Restaurant Revitalization Funding Programs
Deadline: None Given

SBA is awarding funding through the Restaurant Revitalization Program to restaurants, bars, and other similar places of business that serve food or drink. The purpose of this funding is to provide support to eligible entities that suffered revenue losses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible entities include:

Eligible entities are businesses that are not permanently closed and include businesses where the public or patrons assemble for the primary purpose of being served food or drink including:

  • Restaurants
  • Food stands, food trucks, food carts
  • Caterers
  • Bars, saloons, lounges, taverns
  • Licensed facilities or premises of a beverage alcohol producer where the public may taste, sample, or purchase products
  • Other similar places of business in which the public or patrons assemble for the primary purpose of being served food or drink
  • Snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars
  • *Bakeries
  • *Brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms
  • *Breweries and/or microbreweries
  • *Wineries and distilleries
  • **Inns

Maximum Amount: $5,000,000 per location (not to exceed $10,000,000 total for the Applicant and any Affiliated Businesses

Minimum  Amount: $1,000

Deadline: none given

Contact: Restaurant Revitalization fund, U.S. Small Business Administration, phone: (844) 279-8898

See more at: https://www.sba.gov/document/support-restaurant-revitalization-funding-p...

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (opening early April)
Due: None Given

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Eligible entities include:

  • Live venue operators or promoters
  • Theatrical producers
  • Live performing arts organization operators
  • Relevant museum operators, zoos and aquariums who meet specific criteria
  • Motion picture theater operators
  • Talent representatives
  • Each business entity owned by an eligible entity that also meets the eligibility requirements

Maximum Amount: none listed

Deadline: none given

Contact: U.S. Small Business Administration, email: answerdesk@sba.gov

See more at: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/shuttered-venue-operators-grant

Home Relief Grant
Due: None Given

Ohioans can receive assistance with rent, mortgage, or utilities including gas, electric, bulk fuel, water/sewer and trash, from the state of Ohio, through their local Community Action Agency (CAA). Ohio’s Community Action Agencies work with the Ohio Development Services Agency to provide assistance to Ohioans in need. Any federal unemployment stipend is excluded from determining a household’s benefit.

When applying for assistance, you should be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Names of all household members
  • Date(s) of birth
  • Social Security Number(s), if applicable
  • Current or previous address
  • Copies of Social Security cards, or verification for each household member, if applicable
  • Proof of income for all household members 18 years or older
  • Any supporting documentation to demonstrate need
  • Proof of hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Maximum Amount: none listed
Deadline: none given
Contact: Ohio Development Services Agency, email: EnergyHelp@Development.Ohio.Gov

See more at: https://businesshelp.ohio.gov/home-relief-grant.html

COVID-19 Emergency School Nutrition Funding
Due: None Given

GENYOUth is providing grants of up to $3,000 per school to supply much-needed resources for meal distribution and delivery efforts to get food to students during COVID-19. From soft-sided coolers, bags and containers for individual servings, to protective gear for food service sanitation and safety, this equipment will help ensure our children continue to receive the nutritious meals they need.

Eligibility

  • School must be located in the United States
  • School must participate in the National School Lunch Program
  • School must include at least one of the grades K-12
  • School must be located in a recognized “brick and mortar” school building

Maximum Amount: $3,000
Deadline: none given
Contact: GENYouth, email: info@genyouthfoundation.org

See more at: https://covid-19.genyouthnow.org/

The Greene Giving Pandemic Relief Fund
Due: None given

The Greene County Community Foundation and the United Way will administer the grantmaking process with an oversight committee of funders. The size and number of grant awards are directly related to the amount of money available.

Grants from the fund will complement the work of public health officials and expand the community’s capacity to respond and assist effectively and efficiently in the outbreak. Grants will be awarded to vetted community-based and 501(c)(3) charitable organizations that are focused on:

Eligibility

To Be Eligible for a Grant, Your Organization Must:

  • be recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, church, or an eligible government or educational institution;
  • provide services in Greene County; and
  • benefit citizens of Greene County Ohio.

In Addition, You Must Focus On:

  • Immediate, basic human needs (food, shelter, safety, etc.);
  • Mental health services;
  • Addressing the economic impact on individuals from reduced or lost work due to the outbreak.

Deadline: none given
Contact: Greene County Community Foundation, 941 W Second St., Xenia, OH 45385. Phone: 937-458-2064

Stay up to date about this program: https://greenegiving.org/pandemic-relief-fund/

New Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance
Due: First come, first served

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories were able to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. This advance is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This loan advance will not have to be repaid.

Eligibility:

  • Agricultural businesses includes those businesses engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture, and all other farming and agricultural related industries (as defined by section 18(b) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 647(b)).
  • SBA is encouraging all eligible agricultural businesses with 500 or fewer employees wishing to apply to begin preparing their business financial information needed for their application.

Award Ceiling:  $10,000

Deadline: first come, first served.

Contact: U.S. Small Business Administration, email: disastercustomerservice@sba.gov; phone: 800-659-2955

See more at: https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/

EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs
Due: Ongoing

EDA provides strategic investments on a competitive merit basis to support economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment in economically distressed areas of the United States. Under this NOFO, EDA solicits applications from applicants in order to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, planning, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works program and EAA program (which includes Assistance to Coal Communities). Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities, including those negatively impacted by changes to the coal economy.

Eligibility:

  • District Organization;
  • Indian Tribe or a consortium of Indian Tribes;
  • State, county, city, or other political subdivision of a State, including a special purpose unit of a State or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions;
  • Institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education; or
  • Public or private non-profit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State.

Award Ceiling:  EDA was appropriated $118.5 million for the Public Works program, $37 million for the EAA program, an additional $30 million in EAA funds for ACC, and $15 million for NCC pursuant to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020

Deadline: Ongoing.

Contact: U.S. Economic Development Administration

See more at: Applicants may search for this funding opportunity on Grants.gov using Funding Opportunity Number “PWEAA2020”. https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html .

Miami County COVID-19 Emergency Grant Application Program Spring 2020
Due: None listed

Due to the current events happening in our county, the Miami County Foundation has reevaluated our Spring Grant cycle to address the current need for humanitarian relief.  The Miami County Foundation will support our Miami County nonprofits in their efforts to provide additional enhanced services to counter the effects the coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on our Miami County friends and neighbors. Thus the “normal” spring grant cycle will not occur this year.

The funds previously budgeted for the spring grant cycle will now be used to support the Miami County Foundation’s Emergency COVID-19 Grant Program. The Miami County Foundation will immediately begin providing emergency COVID-19 funding (applications reviewed in the order they are received) to organizations supplying food, shelter, and other humanitarian needs.

Eligibility:

  • Non-profit serving Miami County residents

Deadline: none listed

Contact: Karen, P. O. Box 1526, Piqua, OH 45356, email: karen@miamicountyfoundation.org;  phone: (937) 773-9012;

See more at: http://www.miamicountyfoundation.org/

Valuable Resources for Finding Funding Opportunities

Below are MVRPC’s top picks to search for Federal and State funding opportunities.

GRANTS.GOV (www.grants.gov)

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 https://www.grants.gov/learn-grants.

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/grant-resources/economic-development-directory/oh

OHIO COMMUNITY GRANTS, LOANS, BONDS, AND TAX CREDITS

The Ohio Department of Development 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 https://ohiodnr.gov/wps/portal/gov/odnr/business-and-industry/municipalities-and-public-entities/grants-and-equipment/grants-and-equipment.

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

US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

The USDA Rural Development has a variety of programs that support projects related to housing, community facilities, business development and utilities in rural communities. For more information please visit their website https://www.rd.usda.gov/oh or contact your USDA state representative https://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-page/ohio-contacts.

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