Major Funding Opportunities for the OVRDC Region


Governor’s Office of Appalachia/Ohio Department of Development

 Name/Link Deadlines Eligible Entities General Purpose Funding

Appalachian Community Grant Program (ACGP)


Round 1 awarded.

Round 2 awards in April/May 2024

Round 2 application period opened November 2023, due by 4:00 pm on December 8, 2023.

Entities must be exclusively within the 32-county Ohio Appalachian region. Local units of government and government-related entities are eligible to serve as Lead Applicants for a project. Educational institutions and nonprofits are also Eligible Lead Applicants. Additional details can be found in the program guidelines. Technical Assistance Grants and Development Grants

Assist local stakeholders to identify opportunities for transformational change and include one or more components from three concentration areas:  infrastructure, healthcare, or workforce

$500 million available in multiple rounds; no match required; applications must be minimum of $1 million and up

Broadband Funding 

 Name/Link Deadlines Eligible Entities General Purpose Funding
Broadband USA/National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Interactive Grant Guide


multiple Local Government/Public Agency/Non-Profits The interactive guide is based on the information
provided by federal agencies and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for NTIA’s
BroadbandUSA Federal Funding Website.
Broadband – USDA ReConnect  various

Corporations, LLCs and  Partnerships, Co-Op, State or Local Government, Agency, Political Subdivision, Territories, or Indian Tribes

Broadband Construction, Improvement, Facility Acquisition & Equipment in Eligible Rural Areas Varies – 100% grant, 100% loan, or 50% grant/plus 50% loan

Community Connect Grant Program – Rural Utilities Service Telecommunications Program

Now open – deadline to submit:

February 20, 2024

An incorporated organization,  Indian tribe or tribal organization, as defined in 25 U.S.C. 5304;
a State, unit of local government; any other legal entity, including a cooperative, private corporation, or limited liability (LLC) company organized on a for-profit or not-for-profit basis; applicant may not be an individual or partnership

Serve a Proposed Funded Service Area (PFSA) where Broadband Service (25 Mbps/3 Mbps) does not currently exist; grant funds be used to fund at least 2, but not more than 10 computer access points

Grant guidelines available here.

minimum $100k, maximum $5 million  (15% cash match required)
Ohio Residential Broadband Expansion Grant Program (ORBEG) Round 2 coming soon

Click here for list of Rd 1 awards to ISPs

Internet service providers Broadband Construction Projects (in unserved and underserved areas of Ohio) Varies (5% – 15% match required)

Economic & Community Development

 Name/Link Deadlines Eligible Entities General Purpose Funding
AARP Community Challenge Grant March 501(C)(3), 501(C)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits, Government entities and Others Small grants to fund quick-action projects (completed in the same year awarded) to help communities become more livable for people of all ages. Varies, usually $10k – $15k, no match
ARC – Appalachian Regional Commission  Pre-application due May 24, 2024 Local Government/Public Agency/Non-Profits Jobs/Infrastructure/Culture through various programs including Distressed County, Area Development, Rapid Response, Access Roads Varies
ARC – Appalachian Regional Commission Varies Local Government/Public Agency/Non-Profits Individuals/Students INSPIRE, POWER, ARISE, READY and capacity building opportunities including ARC Leadership Academy, STEM Academy Varies
Building Demolition & Site Revitalization Program – Ohio Department of Development Ongoing

Counties must establish one “Lead Entity” as Applicant, usually a Land Reutilization Corporation

Blighted, Vacant, or Abandoned Structures Eligible for Demolition

FAQ available here

$500,000 set-aside per county that will be awarded on a first-come, first served basis until June 30, 2022
CDBG – Community Development Block Grants varies some June 2024 Local Government/Public Agency/Non-Profits Community & Business-related Grants Varies

info webinar available here

Clean Ohio Greenspace Conservation – NRAC September 30, 2024 by 4 pm Multiple Preserve/Revitalize Green Space Varies
Don Myers Legacy Fund – Foundation for Appalachian Ohio March 2024 Non-Profit and Public Organizations Improve Quality of Life (Educational, Regional Networking Opportunities, Support for Community Leaders, and Fulfillment of Basic Needs
EDA Distressed Areas RECOMPETE Program Round 2 due on Thursday, April 25, 2024; by 4:59 pm Local Government/Public Agency/Non-Profits Invest in persistently distressed communities to create and connect people to good jobs, renew economic opportunity in communities where prime-age (25-54 years) employment significantly trails the national average, with the goal to close this gap through large, flexible investments Varies – $200 million total available
EDA – Economic Development Administration  Multiple Public Agency Create/Retain Jobs Varies
EPA – Environmental Protection Agency Multiple Multiple Improve Air & Water Quality Varies
EPA H2Ohio:  Chlorine Reduction Grant January 31, 2024 Ohio municipalities, villages, townships, and counties Upgrades to road salt application equipment and storage facilities equipment and upgrade purchases are eligible for the reimbursement grant
EPA – Recreation Economy for Rural Communities November Local Governments/Indian Tribes/Non-Profits Planning Assistance Workshops and Project Funding Varies
FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) March 2024 Fire Departments, non-affiliated EMS, State Fire Training Academies Operations and Safety, Vehicle Acquisition and Regional Projects Varies
FEMA Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFIR) April 12, 2024 Fire Departments; any federally recognized Indian tribe or tribal organization; and nonprofits representing the
interests of volunteer firefighters
Hiring of Firefighters (Hiring) Activity; plus, Recruitment and Retention (R&R) Activity Varies – program has $560 million total capitalization (no match required)
Foundation for Appalachian Ohio Community Grant Program September 2024 Lawrence, Vinton, Gallia, Highland, Jackson; and for Black-led and Black-serving organizations across Appalachian Ohio local nonprofit and public organizations working in Arts & Culture, Community & Economic Development, Education, Environmental Stewardship, and Health & Human Services at least $10,000
Just Transition Fund RFP rolling for some funds Qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofits Support for Coal Communities Funding Applications (technical support, planning, match and more) Up to $25,000
ODOD Water/Wastewater Infrastructure

January 17, 2024

All political subdivisions with the authority to own and operate public water and sewer systems and non-profit, non-community public water systems examples could include:

•    Sewer/wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) improvements or 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

Up to $5 million
ODNR – H2Ohio:  Ohio River Basin Wetlands Grant Program

accepting new applications beginning May 1, 2024

Multiple Improve Water Quality Up to $500,000  (no match)
OPWC – Ohio Public Works Commission Multiple Government Water/Sewer/Road Varies
RIPL – Rural Industrial Park Loan Ohio Department of Development Multiple Multiple Infrastructure/Business Varies
RLF – Revolving Loan Funds Rolling Businesses Create/Retain Jobs $300,000 max
School-Based Health Clinics (SBHC) Expansion or Existing April 1, 2024 Applicants must have three or more years’ experience in and be currently operating a SBHC that provides
comprehensive health services. These funds are to be used to support specific activities that will assist in sustaining operations in the future. Priority given to applicants who have not been previously funded by ODH for SBHCs
The project objective is to support established SBHCs that have been operational three or more years with infrastructure activities that are needed to strengthen and improve sustainability of current SBHCs. $400,000 max

(of that max amount $250, 000 max allowed for capital costs)

School Safety Grants from Ohio AG Office February 29, 2024 Public schools, charter schools, educational service centers, STEM schools, and schools operated by county boards of developmental disabilities Safety projects, crisis-response technology, training, resources, supplies Varies $2,500 up to $20k
TechCred Ohio Quarterly Businesses Upskilling/Training for Credentials Varies
T-Mobile Hometown Grants Program Spring: Applications open January–March

Summer: Applications open April–June

Fall: Applications open July–September

Winter: Applications open October–December

Small towns with population fewer than 50k

Funds for projects to build, rebuild, or refresh community spaces that help foster local connections in your community

Up to $50k
USDA – Rural Energy for American Program Technical Assistance Grant  March 31, 2024    June 30, 2024 September 30, 2024


A unit of State, Tribal, or local government; A land-grant college or university, or other institution of higher education; An electric cooperative; A public power entity; Investor-owned utility; A council, as defined under the Resource Conservation and Development Program, at 16 U.S. C. 3451; Not-for-profit entity; For-profit entity; Sole proprietor business; Other business entities (regardless of legal structure)
  • Assisting agricultural producers or rural small businesses to apply for assistance under the Rural Energy for America Program for Energy Efficiency Improvements, or Renewable Energy Systems.
  • Providing information on how to improve the energy efficiency of the operations and to use renewable energy technologies and resources in their operations.
  • Conducting and promoting energy audits and assessments as defined in Section 4280.103.
  • Preparing a technical report in accordance with the Section 4280.110.
  • Assisting with filing in SAM and UEI registration.
  • Assisting with completing a REAP grant application in accordance with Section 4280.116
  • Assisting with planning construction and development in accordance with Section 4280.125
  • Assisting with completion of environmental reports required for completion of applications.
$100k to $500k
USDA – Rural Energy for America Program REAP will host six quarterly competitions to obligate $1.05 billion throughout the remainder of FY 2023 and FY 2024. A unit of State, Tribal, or local government; A land-grant college or university, or other institution of higher education; An electric cooperative; A public power entity; Investor-owned utility; A council, as defined under the Resource Conservation and Development Program, at 16 U.S. C. 3451; Not-for-profit entity; For-profit entity; Sole proprietor business; Other business entities (regardless of legal structure) Loan guarantees on loans up to 75 percent of total eligible project costs.

Grants for up to 50 percent of total eligible project costs.

Combined grant and loan guarantee funding up to 75% of total eligible project costs.


The maximum grant size was increased from $250,000 to $500,000 for energy efficiency projects and from $500,000 to $1 million for renewable energy systems.

USDA – US Department of Agriculture Rural Development Multiple Multiple Infrastructure/Business/Facilities/Housing Varies
Water & Wastewater Infrastructure Grants (CARES Act/ARPA) Rolling (until funds are depleted) County, Township, Municipal Corporation, also Public Entities (within a political subdivision with the authority to own and operate public water and sewer systems and non-profit, non-community public water systems) Water & Wastewater Infrastructure Varies, typically $5mil – $10mil

Housing Funding

Name/Link Deadlines Eligible Entities General Purpose Funding
Welcome Home Ohio


Opens January 9, 2024; closes February 2024 land banks, county land reutilization corporations, and electing subdivisions Grants for the purchase of qualifying residential properties, the cost of construction or rehabilitation, or a nonrefundable tax credit for qualifying activities. Varies

Transportation Funding

Name/Link Deadlines Eligible Entities General Purpose Funding
Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) August 2023 Government Freight/Inter-Modal/NHS $5mil or $25mil+
National Park Service (NPS)

NPS History of Equal Rights (HER) 

NPS Underrepresented Communities Grant Fund (URC)


July 11, 2023


July 18, 2023

Multiple HER Grants will fund a broad range of preservation projects for historic sites including: architectural services, historic structure reports, preservation plans, and physical preservation to structures

URC Grant projects include surveys and inventories of historic properties associated with communities underrepresented in the National Register, as well as the development of nominations to the National Register for specific sites

Ohio Bridge Partnership Program  April 15, 2022 Counties/Municipalities Bridges Varies up to $1mil
Safety  April 30/Sept 30 Government Roadway Safety Varies
Safe Routes To Schools (SRTS) December 1, 2023 Government Improve School Travel Safety Varies
Small Cities June 15, 2022 Cities (5k to 25k) Chillicothe, Hillsboro, Jackson, Portsmouth, Washington CH, Wellston Multiple Varies
OVRDC Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) February 29, 2024 by 3 pm Project must be located in one of OVRDC RTPO member counties: Adams, Brown, Fayette, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, rural portions of Lawrence (not covered by KYOVA), Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton Roadway projects on Federal-Aid Eligible Routes (exceptions for bike/ped, transit, safety, non-highway freight projects) Requires 10% local match; Max $200k for preliminary engineering; $500k for other phases of construction
Township Safety Sign Program (ODOT) June 7, 2024 Townships Upgrade/Install Signage; Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) Up to $50K
Township Stimulus Program (ODOT) November 19, 2021 (one time program) Townships Only Roads, Sidewalks, Culverts Up to $250,000 (no match required)
Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Letter of Interest due

October 31, 2022
Government Bike/Ped/Other Varies
Trails-Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) March 15, 2024 Multiple Trails/Design/Acquisition  $850,000 max
Trails – ODNR CleanOhio Trail Fund March 15, 2024 Local governments, park and joint recreation districts, conservancy districts, soil and water conservation districts, and non-profit organizations Trails/Design/Acquisition

  • New recreational trail construction (non-motorized and motorized)
  • Trail maintenance/restoration
  • Trailside and trailhead facilities (for example, parking, restrooms, potable water, etc.)
  • 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.)
typically there are 1.6 million dollars available annually through RTP and 6.25 million dollars available annually through the COTF

Mobility Management

Various Multiple Transportation operations and needs Varies up to $80,000

For an expanded list of funding opportunities available from the Ohio Department of Transportation see the links below.