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.
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:
- Food stands, food trucks, food carts
- 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
- *Brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms
- *Breweries and/or microbreweries
- *Wineries and distilleries
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
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: email@example.com
CARES Act -Coronavirus Relief Fund - COVID Safety Funds to Veterans Posts (Updated)
Due: December 31, 2021
The Office of Budget and Management (OBM), with authority granted by the controlling board on July 27, 2020, is distributing Coronavirus Relief Funds provided to the state from the US Department of Treasury as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act"). OBM is currently accepting applications from Congressionally chartered veterans service organizations in Ohio with an active post location for a $5,000 grant to support posts operating safely during the COVID-19 public health emergency, including supporting increased sanitation costs, maintaining social distancing, purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE) and other necessary costs to comply with public health orders, local health department recommendations and best practices. Funds must be used in accordance with the requirements of Section 5001 of the "Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act," as described in 42 U.S.C. 801(d) and must adhere to guidance published by the US Department of Treasury and OBM.
- Veterans Service Organization
Maximum Amount: $5,000
Deadline: December 31, 2021
Contact: Ohio Agency Office of Budget & Management, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- 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: email@example.com
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:
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.
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: 800-659-2955
See more at: https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/
EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs
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.
- 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
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.
- Non-profit serving Miami County residents
Deadline: none listed
Contact: Karen, P. O. Box 1526, Piqua, OH 45356, email: email@example.com; phone: (937) 773-9012;
See more at: http://www.miamicountyfoundation.org/
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.
Build Back Better Regional Challenge
Due: October 19, 2021
Through this American Rescue Plan Act Build Back Better Regional Challenge Notice of Funding Opportunity (ARPA BBBRC NOFO), EDA aims to assist communities and regions impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic has caused, and continues to cause, economic injury to U.S. communities and regions in devastating and unprecedented ways. This is designed as a two-phase competition to (1) help regions develop transformational economic development strategies and (2) fund the implementation of those strategies that will create and grow regional growth clusters. Such efforts will help regional economies recover from the pandemic and build economic diversity and resiliency to mitigate impacts of future economic disasters.
This is designed to support clusters in transforming their regional economy through groups of complementary, aligned construction and non-construction projects. The projects should be organized under a singular vision to support industry growth across the region. Interested regions should form regional coalitions, in coordination with private sector partners and other partners, that share a common vision for how significant investment from EDA could catalyze wage growth, increased economic growth, the creation of a new industry, and/or the scaling or growth of existing industries in their region. The identified projects should foster economic growth and competitiveness through job creation, capacity building, and attracting private investment.
In Phase 1, EDA will provide technical assistance grants to approximately 50-60 coalitions (through a lead institution). These coalitions will be considered “finalists” and the grants will be used by the finalists to prepare more detailed applications for transformational projects that benefit their respective geographic regions and are aligned around a holistic approach to building and scaling a strategic industry. In Phase 2, EDA will award each of the 20-30 finalist coalitions $25-75 million (and potentially up to $100 million) to fund the collection of projects they identified. The projects will be funded through grants to coalition members.
This particular Funding Opportunity is for Phase 1 Concept Proposals ONLY.
Eligible applicants may include:
- District Organization of an EDA-designated Economic Development District
- 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
- Public or private non-profit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State
Award Ceiling: $500,000
Award Floor: $200,000
Deadline: October 19, 2021.
Contact: Ellen Heinz, Ohio Economic Development Representative, Chicago Regional Office, Economic Development Administration, Department of Commerce, 230 South Dearborn Street, Suite 3280 Chicago, IL 60604; email: firstname.lastname@example.org;
State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Company Grants
Due: October 31, 2021
We make it our business to be like a good neighbor, helping to build safer, stronger and better educated communities across the United States. Through our company grants, we focus on three areas: safety, education, and community development.
Safety Grants - State Farm values the importance of keeping our neighbors safe.
Our national and local funding is directed toward:
- Auto and roadway safety.
- Teen driver education.
- Home safety and fire prevention.
- Disaster preparedness.
- Disaster recovery.
Community Development - Strong neighborhoods are the foundation of a strong society. We're committed to maintaining the vibrancy of our communities by assisting nonprofits that support: affordable housing, first time homeowners, neighborhood revitalization, financial literacy, job training, and small business development. Through community outreach and community development grants and investments, State Farm gives back to the neighborhoods it serves and helps develop stronger neighborhoods by reinvesting in the community. Our national and local funding is directed toward:
- Affordable housing.
- Job training.
- Neighborhood revitalization.
- Small business development.
- First time homeownership.
Education Grants - Our education funding is directed toward initiatives that support:
- Academic performance improvement programs that impact K-12 students.
- Education initiatives that more directly support underserved individuals (13 years and older), helping them enroll in post-secondary education and obtain the skills and credentials they need to be successful in today’s workforce.
- Service-learning programs that provide students opportunities to connect and apply learning skills from classroom to address unmet needs that exist in their community.
- Teacher development programs.
- Financial literacy.
Eligible applicants include:
- Educational institutions.
- Programs conducted by Municipal, county, state or federal government entities that align with the State Farm® charitable focus.
- 501(c)(3) Charitable nonprofit organizations.
- 501(c)(4) Volunteer fire companies.
- 501(c)(6) Chambers of commerce.
Award Ceiling: $5,000 (est)
Deadline: October 31, 2021
Contact: phone: (800) 782-8332
Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF Ohio)
Due: November 15, 2021
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant program provides up to 50% reimbursement assistance for state and local government subdivisions (townships, villages, cities, counties, park districts, joint recreation districts, and conservancy districts) for the acquisition, development, and rehabilitation of recreational areas.
Eligible applicants may include:
- Cities or villages
- Joint recreation districts,
- Park districts and;
- Conservancy districts
Award Ceiling: $500,000
Match Requirement: Yes; 1:1 ratio
Deadline: November 15, 2021.
Contact: Timothy Robinson, Program Manager; email: email@example.com; phone: 614-265-6528
Township Stimulus Program
Due: November 19, 2021
The Township Stimulus Program is a one-time program providing Federal funds to townships for sidewalk, roadway and culvert (less than 10 feet in span) projects located within township limits. The allocation for this program will be administered by ODOT’s Division of Planning, Office of Local Programs. The total funding available for this program is $8 million and a funding limit of $250,000 per project has been established. ODOT will provide 100% of eligible costs for all phases of the project, up to the specified project funding limit. The project funds will be pre-paid to the township and must be spent by December 31, 2024. There are currently 1,308 townships in the State of Ohio.
To be eligible for the Township Stimulus Program, the project must:
- be within township limts;
- be maintained by the township;
- require no or minimal environmental or right-of-way work; and
- be a culvert (less than 10 feet in span), sidewalk, or roadway (including pavement marking and guardrail) project
For more information go to Township Stimulus Program Guidance.
Deadline: November 19, 2021
Ohio Water & Wastewater Infrastructure Grant Program
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.
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 constructions 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss potential projects in your community.
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
See more at:
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.
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 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