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 application period opens November 2023, due late December 2023 early January 2024.

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

June 20. 2023

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 $5million  (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 19, 2023 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
COVID-related Business and Community Grants Multiple Multiple Community, Individuals & Business-related Grants Varies
Don Myers Legacy Fund – Foundation for Appalachian Ohio March 21, 2022 Non Profit and Public Organizations Improve Quality of Life (Educational, Regional Networking Opportunities, Support for Community Leaders, and Fulfillment of Basic Needs
Foundation for Appalachian Ohio Community Grant Program September 27, 2022 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
Clean Ohio Greenspace Conservation – NRAC Multiple Multiple Preserve/Revitalize Green Space Varies
EDA – Economic Development Administration  Multiple Public Agency Create/Retain Jobs Varies
EPA – Environmental Protection Agency Multiple Multiple Improve Air & Water Quality Varies
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) December 17, 2021 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) February 4, 2022 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)
Just Transition Fund RFP November 15, 2021 and 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
ODNR – H2Ohio:  Ohio River Basin Wetlands Grant Program September 30, 2021 Multiple Improve Water Quality Up to $500,000  (no match)

Ohio Arts Economic Relief Grant Program

March 31, 2023 Ohio Performing Arts Organizations or operators of Cultural Arts Museums Performing Arts Organizations or operators of Cultural Arts Museums in the state of Ohio. The grants can be used to defray the organization’s or operator’s operating expenses Up to $1.5 million, equal to 10% of the applicant’s calendar year 2022 operating expenses
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 Safety Grants from Ohio AG Office Feb. 28, 2023 (by 11:59 p.m.) 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 Quarterly – next due date is March 31, 2023 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 – 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

Transportation Funding

Name/Link Deadlines Eligible Entities General Purpose Funding
Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) March 19, 2021 Government Freight/Inter-Modal/NHS $5mil or $25mil+
National Park Service March 1, 2022 Multiple Design & Planning of Trails, Parks, Etc. Varies
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) March 5, 2022 Government Improve School Travel Safety Varies
Small Cities June 15, 2022 Cities (5k to 25k) Chillicothe, Hillsboro, Jackson, Portsmouth, Washington CH, Wellston Multiple Varies
Township Safety Sign Program (ODOT) May 6, 2022 Townships Upgrade/Install Signage; Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) Up to $50K
Township Stimulus Program (ODOT) November 19, 2021 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) April 15, 2021 Multiple Trails/Design/Acquisition  $850,000 max
Mobility Management February 22, 2021 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.