50/50 Program

The 50/50 Program funds county road and bridge improvements in Cuyahoga County. It allows for the inclusion of bike or pedestrian improvements if it is in tandem with a roadway resurfacing.

Funding Source: Cuyahoga County Department of Public Works
Match: 50%
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/Townships
Project Category: RoadBridgeSafetyBikewaysPedestrian

Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment Initiative

This program provides competitive grants for the development of model deployment sites for large scale installation and operation of advanced transportation technologies to improve safety, efficiency, system performance, and infrastructure return on investment. Some of the eligible activities include: advanced traveler information systems, advanced transportation management systems, advanced public transportation systems, advanced safety systems including vehicle-to-vehicle and other collision advoidance technologies, transportation system performance data collection, analysis and dissemination systems, and advanced mobility and access technologies, such as dynamic ridesharing and informaiton systems to support human services for elderly and disabled individuals.

Funding Source: Federal Highway Administration
Match: 50%
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesMetroparksPort AuthoritiesSewer DistrictsResearch/Academic Institutions
Project Category: RoadBridgeSafetyTraffic Signal UpgradeTransit CapitalIntelligent Transportation SystemsComputer Hardware/SoftwareCommunications EquipmentMobility ManagementTransit Center FacilityBikewaysPedestrian

Amish Buggy Program

This Ohio program provides funding for transportation improvement projects on priority state routes and off-road trails adjacent to priority state routes that improve safety for motorists and horse drawn vehicles with priority state routes identified and selected based on ODOT buggy/motorized vehicle crash data. Funding for this program is allocated annually by ODOT's Funds Management Committee through an application process.

Funding Source: Ohio Department of Transportation
Match: 20%
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/Townships
Project Category: RoadBridgeSafetyBikewaysPedestrian

Capital Investment Grant (Section 5309)

FTA’s primary grant program for funding major transit capital investments including heavy rail, commuter rail, light rail, streetcars, and bus rapid transit. It is a discretionary grant program and requires projects seeking CIG funding complete a series of steps over several years to be eligible for funding.

Funding Source: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Match: 20%+
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesPort Authorities
Project Category: RoadBridgeTransit CapitalVehiclesIntelligent Transportation SystemsTransit Center Facility

CEAO - Federal Programs

CEAO homepage for all Federal programs. Provides descriptions and information on the County Surface Transportation program (CSTP), Local Bridge Program (LBR), & the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP).

Funding Source: County Engineers Association of Ohio (CEAO)
Match: varies
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/Townships
Project Category: RoadBridgeSafetyBikewaysPedestrian

Clean Ohio Fund - Green Space Conservation Program

This Ohio program helps to fund preservation of open spaces, sensitive ecological areas, and stream corridors. Grant recipients agree to maintain the properties in perpetuity so that they can be enjoyed and cherished for generations to come.

Funding Source: Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC)
Match: varies
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesMetroparksPort AuthoritiesSewer DistrictsNon-Profits
Project Category: RoadBridgeBikewaysPedestrianPlanningStorm Water ImprovementNatural Habitat Preservation & RestorationResilience Efforts

Clean Ohio Trails Fund

This Ohio program works to improve outdoor recreational opportunities by funding trails for outdoor pursuits including land acquisition of all kinds. Special emphasis is given to projects that: Are consistent with the statewide trail plan; Complete regional trail systems and links to the state wide trail plan; Links population centers with outdoor recreation areas and facilities; Involve the purchase of rail lines linked to the statewide trail plan; preserves antural corridors; and Pvoide links in urvban areas to support commuter access and provide economic benefit.

Funding Source: Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)
Match: 25%
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsMetroparksPort AuthoritiesNon-Profits
Project Category: BikewaysPedestrian

Community Development Block Grant

Federal funding through Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for public facilities: road resurfacing, crosswalks, street lights, traffic/pedestrian signals, barrier removal for handicap accessibility (e.g., sidewalks, curb ramps), and street furniture. The annual CDBG appropriation is allocated between states and local jurisdictions called "non-entitlement" and "entitlement" communities respectively. Entitlement communities are comprised of central cities of Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs); metropolitan cities with populations of at least 50,000; and qualified urban counties with a population of 200,000 or more (excluding the populations of entitlement cities). States distribute CDBG funds to non-entitlement localities not qualified as entitlement communities. Check HUD's, County's, or City's website to see if funding is eligible in your location.

Funding Source: US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Match: varies
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/Townships
Project Category: RoadBridgeSafetyBikewaysPedestrian

Community Grants, Loans, Bonds and Tax Credits

The Community Services Division of the ODSA works to build safe neighborhoods, vibrant downtowns, and reliable infrastructure to support job creation. It prov ides support of these goals through a variety of outright awards, loans, bonds, and/or tax credits that include, but not limited to, Community Development Block Grants and Infrastructure Grant Funds to local government applicants for both economic development loan and public infrastructure projects.

Funding Source: Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA)
Match: varies
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/Townships
Project Category: RoadBridgeBikewaysRoadPedestrianStorm Water ImprovementSewer ConstructionWastewater Treatment Plant ImprovementsCommunity Water System ImprovementsNatural Habitat Preservation & Restoration

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) funds can only be used for projects that help reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality. In the NOACA region, these funds may be used for traffic signal upgrade projects, bus replacements, bike facilities, intelligent transportation system improvements, transit center and Park-N-Ride construction – and for conducting NOACA’s Air Quality Program.

Funding Source: Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA)
Match: 0-20%
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesMetroparksPort AuthoritiesSewer DistrictsResearch or Academic InstitutionsSchool DistrictsNon-Profits
Project Category: RoadBridgeSafetyTraffic Signal UpgradeTransit CapitalVehiclesIntelligent Transportation SystemsComputer Hardware/SoftwareCommunications EquipmentTransit Center FacilityBikewaysPedestrianPlanningFreight

Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility Initiatives (CAAM)

CAAM provides funding to improve the availability, accessibility, and efficiency of transportations with programs including United We Ride, Mobility Services for All Americans, Verterans Transportation Community Living Initiative, and the Transit & Health Access Initiative.

Funding Source: Federal Transit Administration
Match: varies
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesPort Authorities
Project Category: SafetyTransit CapitalVehiclesIntelligent Transportation SystemsComputer Hardware/SoftwareCommunications EquipmentMobility Management

County Highway Safety Program

The County Safety Program provides funds to counties, through the County Engineers, for safety related improvements, on county maintained roadways. The County Engineers Association of Ohio (CEAO) serves as program manager for project selection and administration.

Funding Source: County Engineers Association of Ohio (CEAO)
Match: 0-20%
Eligible Applicants: Counties
Project Category: RoadSafetyTraffic Signal UpdatePlanning

County Local Bridge Program

The County Local Bridge Program provides funds to counties, through the County Engineers Association of Ohio (CEAO), for bridge rehabilitation or replacement projects on county maintained roadways. The CEAO serves as program manager for project selection and administration.

Funding Source: County Engineers Association of Ohio (CEAO)
Match: 5-20%
Eligible Applicants: Counties
Project Category: BridgeSafety

County Surface Transportation Program

The County Surface Transportation Program provides funds to counties, through the County Engineers, for roadway related improvements, including bridges not eligible for the county bridge program, on county maintained roadways. The County Engineers Association of Ohio (CEAO) serves as program manager for project selection and administration.

Funding Source: County Engineers Association of Ohio (CEAO)
Match: 20%
Eligible Applicants: Counties
Project Category: RoadBridge

Drinking Water Assistance Fund (DWAF) - Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA)

This program provides financial assistance for planning, design and construction of improvements to community water systems.

Funding Source: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA)
Match: N/A
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsSewer DistrictsNon-Profits
Project Category: PlanningCommunity Water System Improvements

Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals With Disabilities (Section 5310) Program-Cleveland Urbanized Area

The Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310) program provides capital and operating grants to assist private non-profit corporations and public agencies who offer coordinated transportation services that are planned, designed, and carried out to meet the needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities in the Cleveland Urbanized area.

Funding Source: Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA)
Match: 20%
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesNon-Profits
Project Category: Transit CapitalVehiclesIntelligent Transportation SystemsComputer Hardware/SoftwareCommunications EquipmentMobility ManagementTransit OperatingPedestrian

Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals With Disabilities (Section 5310) Program-Small Urbanized and Rural Areas

The Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310) program provides capital and operating grants to assist private non-profit corporations and public agencies who offer coordinated transportation services that are planned, designed, and carried out to meet the needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities in Small Urbanized and Rural areas.

Funding Source: Ohio Department of Transportation
Match: 20%
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesNon-Profits
Project Category: Transit CapitalVehiclesIntelligent Transportation SystemsComputer Hardware/SoftwareCommunications EquipmentMobility ManagementTransit OperatingPedestrian

Formula Grants for Rural Areas (Section 5311)

This program provides capital, planning, and operating assistance to states to support public transportation in rural areas with populations of less than 50,000.

Funding Source: Federal Transit Admistration (FTA)
Match: 20-50%
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesPort AuthoritiesNon-Profits
Project Category: Transit CapitalVehiclesIntelligent Transportation SystemsComputer Hardware/SoftwareCommunications EquipmentMobility ManagementTransit Center FacilityTransit OperatingPlanning

FTA - Current Grant Programs

FTA grants homepage provides information on all current FTA competitive and formula grant award programs. These funding sources each have specific requirements, funding cycles and awards processes that can be reviewed at each programs home page.

Funding Source: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Match: varies
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesPort AuthoritiesSewer DistrictsResearch or Academic InstitutionsSchool DistrictsNon-Profits
Project Category: RoadBridgeSafetyTraffic Signal UpgradeTransit CapitalVehiclesIntelligent Transportation SystemsComputer Hardware/SoftwareCommunications EquipmentMobility ManagementTransit Center FacilityTransit OperatingBikewaysPedestrianPedestrian Safety ProgramPlanningFreightResilience Efforts

Grants for Bus and Bus Facilities Program

The Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program (49 U.S.C. 5339) makes federal resources available to states and direct recipients to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities including technological changes or innovations to modify low or no emission vehicles or facilities. Funding is provided through formula allocations and competitive grants. A sub-program, the Low- or No-Emission Vehicle Program, provides competitive grants for bus and bus facility projects that support low and zero-emission vehicles.

Funding Source: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Match: 20%
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesPort AuthoritiesNon-Profits
Project Category: Transit CapitalVehiclesTransit Center Facility

Grants.gov

Grants.gov homepage provides a centralized location for all current Federal Agency funding opportunities. Provides resources and guidance on how to search and apply for any applicable Federal awards.

Funding Source: Federal Government
Match: varies
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesMetroparksPort AuthoritiesSewer DistrictsResearch or Academic InstitutionsSchool DistrictsNon-Profits
Project Category: RoadBridgeSafetyTraffic Signal UpgradeTransit CapitalVehiclesIntelligent Transportation SystemsComputer Hardware/SoftwareCommunications EquipmentMobility ManagementTransit Center FacilityTransit OperatingBikewaysPedestrianBike Safety ProgramHelmetsPedestrian Safety ProgramPlanningFreightNutrient ReductionDredged MaterialStorm Water ImprovementSewer ConstructionWastewater Treatment Plant ImprovementsCommunity Water System ImprovementsNatural Habitat Preservation and RestorationResilience Efforts

Highway Funding

FHWA homepage provides information on highway and bridge funding programs.

Funding Source: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Match: varies
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesPort Authorities
Project Category: RoadBridgeSafetyTraffic Signal UpgradeVehiclesMobility ManagementTransit Center FacilityBikewaysPedestrianBike Safety ProgramPedestrian Safety ProgramPlanningFreightStorm Water ImprovementResilience Efforts

Highway Safety Improvement Program

Funds from this program can be used to make improvements on any public roadway, including but not limited to intersection and curve realignment, rumble stripe and cable barrier installation, driver education and enforcement, and upgrades to signals, pavement markings, or guardrails.

Funding Source: Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)
Match: 0-10%
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/Townships
Project Category: RoadBridgeSafetyTraffic Signal UpgradeBikewaysPedestrian

Human Resources & Training (Section 5314(b))

This program provides grants for human resource and workforce development programs as they apply to public transportation activities.

Funding Source: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Match: 20-50%
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesPort AuthoritiesResearch or Academic InstitutionsNon-Profits
Project Category: Intelligent Transportation SystemsComputer Hardware/SoftwareCommunications EquipmentTransit Operating

Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grant Program

The INFRA Grants program provides dedicated, discretionary funding for projects that address critical issues facing our nation’s highways and bridges. INFRA grants will support the Administration’s commitment to fixing our nation’s crumbling infrastructure by creating opportunities for all levels of government and the private sector to fund infrastructure, using innovative approaches to improve the necessary processes for building significant projects, and increasing accountability for the projects that are built.

Funding Source: United States Department of Transportation (USDOT)
Match: 40%
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesMetroparksPort Authorities
Project Category: RoadBridgeSafetyTraffic Signal UpgradeIntelligent Transportation SystemsTransit Center FacilityBikewaysPedestrianFreightStorm Water ImprovementResilience Efforts

Lake Erie Protection Fund

This program provides grants to fund on-the-ground projects aimed at protecting, preserving and restoring Lake Erie or its tributary watersheds. Projects must assist in implementing the 2016 Lake Erie Protection and Restoration Plan.

Funding Source: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA)
Match: 25%
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesMetroparksPort AuthoritiesSewer DistrictsSchool DistrictsNon-Profits
Project Category: Nutrient ReductionDredged MaterialStorm Water ImprovementSewer ConstructionNatural Habitat Preservation and RestorationResilience Efforts

Local Major Bridge Program

The Local Major Bridge Program provides Federal funds to counties and municipalities for bridge replacement or major bridge rehabilitation projects. A Local Major Bridge is defined as a moveable bridge or a bridge having a deck area greater than 35,000 square feet. ODOT will provide up to 80% of eligible costs for construction and construction engineering only. There is a maximum of $20,000,000 per project. Currently there are 57 bridges identified statewide as Local Major Bridges. To be eligible for funds, projects must have a General Appraisal of 4 or less or legally posted for load restriction. The project must also be open to vehicular traffic and structurally deficient.

Funding Source: Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)
Match: 20%
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/Townships
Project Category: BridgeSafety

Local Transportation Improvement Program

State funding available for roadway and bridge projects. Counties, cities, villages and townships may apply for these funds.

Funding Source: Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC)
Match: 0%
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsPort AuthoritiesSewer Districts
Project Category: RoadBridgeStorm Water ImprovementSewer Construction

Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment (Section 5339(c))

The LoNo Program provides funding for capital acquisitions and leases of zero emission and low-emission transit buses. Also includes funding for acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities such as recharging, refueling, and maintenance facilities.

Funding Source: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Match: 10-15%
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsPort Authorities
Project Category: Transit CapitalVehiclesTransit Center Facility

Municipal Bridge Program

Provides federal funds to municipal corporations and Regional Transit Authorities for bridge replacement or bridge rehabilitation projects.

Funding Source: Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)
Match: 20%
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit Agencies
Project Category: BridgeSafety

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

This program benefits wildlife and water quality in the Great Lakes basin. Projects must work to improve stream habitats, costal wetland habitats, aquatic connectivity, green stormwater infrastructure, or water quality in the Great Lakes and its tributaries.

Funding Source: Sustain Our Great Lakes
Match: 25%
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesMetroparksPort AuthoritiesSewer DistrictsSchool DistrictsNon-Profits
Project Category: BridgeNutrient ReductionStorm Water ImprovementSewer ConstructionCommunity Water System ImprovementsNatural Habitat Preservation and RestorationResilience Efforts

ODOT - Local Programs Funding

ODOT - Office of Planning Local Funding Opportunities homepage. Provides descriptions and links to each program including the Small Cities, Municipal Bridges, Transportation Alternatives, Safety Funding, Local Major Bridge, Credit Bridge and MetroParks programs.

Funding Source: Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)
Match: varies
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesMetroparksResearch or Academic Institutions
Project Category: RoadBridgeSafetyTraffic Signal UpgradeTransit CapitalBikewaysPedestrianBike Safety ProgramStorm Water Improvement

ODOT - Division of Planning Administered Funding Programs

Homepage for all ODOT - Division of Planning Administered Federal Funding Programs including transit. Provides descriptions and links to all current funding programs homepages.

Funding Source: Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)
Match: varies
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesMetroparksPort AuthoritiesResearch or Academic InstitutionsSchool Districts
Project Category: RoadBridgeSafetyTraffic Signal UpgradeTransit CapitalVehiclesIntelligent Transportation SystemsComputer Hardware/SoftwareCommunications EquipmentMobility ManagementTransit Center FacilityTransit OperatingBikewaysPedestrianBike Safety ProgramHelmetsPedestrian Safety ProgramPlanningFreight

ODOT - Office of Transit Funding Programs

ODOT provides funding for operating, planning and capital expenses. According to the Ohio Constitution, no state gasoline tax revenues can go to public transportation. Therefore, all state funding for transit is drawn from the General Revenue Fund.

Funding Source: Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)
Match: varies
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesNon-Profits
Project Category: Transit CapitalVehiclesIntelligent Transportation SystemsComputer Hardware/SoftwareCommunicationsEquipmentMobility ManagementTransit OperatingPedestrian

ODOT - Program Resource Guide

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Program Resource Guide is intended to provide a "one-stop shopping" document to ODOT’s constituents – local governments, transportation advocacy groups, planning organizations and Ohio’s citizens. This resource demonstrates several funding programs.

Funding Source: Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)
Match: varies
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesMetroparksPort AuthoritiesSewer DistrictsResearch or Academic InstitutionsSchool DistrictsNon-Profits
Project Category: RoadBridgeSafetyTraffic Signal UpgradeTransit CapitalVehiclesIntelligent Transportation SystemsComputer Hardware/SoftwareCommunications EquipmentMobility ManagementTransit Center FacilityTransit OperatingBikewaysPedestrianBike Safety ProgramHelmetsPedestrian Safety PlanPlanningFreightNutrient ReductionDredged MaterialStorm Water ImprovementSewer ConstructionCommunity Water System ImprovementsNatural Habitat Preservation and RestorationResilience Efforts

ODNR Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation

This program provides funds to purchase significant coastal and estuarine lands within Ohio's Lake Erie Watershed, as well as conservation easements on such lands.

Funding Source: Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)
Match: 50%
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsMetroparksPort AuthoritiesSewer Districts
Project Category: Natural Habitat Preservation and RestorationResilience Efforts

ODNR Coastal Management Assistance Grants

This programs provides funding for habitat restoration, coastal land acquisition, water quality, coastal planning, public access, education/outreach, research, and data collection.

Funding Source: Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)
Match: varies
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsMetroparksPort AuthoritiesSewer DistrictsResearch or Academic InstitutionsNon-Profits
Project Category: PlanningNutrient ReductionStorm Water ImprovementNatural Habitat Preservation and RestorationResilience Efforts

ODNR Land and Water Conservation Fund

This program provides funding for the acquisition, development, and rehabilitation of recreational areas.

Funding Source: Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)
Match: 50%
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesMetroparksPort AuthoritiesSewer Districts
Project Category: BikewaysPedestrianNatural Habitat Preservation and RestorationResilience Efforts

ODNR Natureworks Grants

This program provides funding for the acquisition, development, and rehabilitation of recreational areas.

Funding Source: Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)
Match: 25%
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesMetroparksPort AuthoritiesSewer Districts
Project Category: BikewaysPedestrianNatural Habitat Preservation and RestorationResilience Efforts

ODNR Recreational Trails Program

This program provides funds for the development of urban trail linkages, trailhead & trailside facilities, acquisition of easements & property, development & construction of new trails, improving access for people with disabilities, and environment & safety education programs related to trails.

Funding Source: Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)
Match: 20%
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesMetroparksPort AuthoritiesNon-Profits
Project Category: BikewaysPedestrianBike Safety ProgramPedestrian Safety ProgramNatural Habitat Preservation and RestorationResilience Efforts

ODSA Community and Economic Development Programs

The link is the central site for the four Office of Community Development administered programs - the (1) Community Development Program, (2) Community Development Corporation Economic Development Program, (3) Economic Development Loan and Public Infrastructure Grant Program, and the (4) Residential Public Infrastructure Grant program.

Funding Source: Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA)
Match: varies
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsSewer DistrictsNon-Profits
Project Category: RoadBridgeSafetyTraffic Signal UpgradeBikewaysPedestrianPedestrian Safety ProgramPlanningStorm Water ImprovementSewer ConstructionWastewater Treatment Plant ImprovementsCommunity Water System Improvements

OEPA - Financial Assistance Programs

OEPA financial assistance homepage houses information on all grant programs. Provides descriptions and links to each program including the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Conversion, Clean Water Act, Community Recycling and Litter Prevention, Diesel Emissions Reduction, Brownfield Technical Assistance, Harmful Algal Blooms, Home Sewage Treatment Systems, Lake Erie Protection, Mosquito Control, Ohio Environmental Education, Recycling Market Development, Scrap Tire, Surface Water Improvement, Targeted Brownfield Assessment, Water Pollution Control, Water Resource Restoration, Water Supply and Drinking Water Assistance, and Volkswagen Mitigation programs.

Funding Source: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA)
Match: varies
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesMetroparksPort AuthoritiesSewer DistrictsResearch or Academic InstitutionsSchool Districts
Project Category: VehiclesNutrient ReductionDredged MaterialStorm Water ImprovementSewer ConstructionWastewater Treatment Plant ImprovementsCommunity Water System ImprovementsNatural Habitat Preservation and RestorationResilience Efforts

OEPA Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program

This program provides funding through the EPA for stream and wetland restoration and preservation.

Funding Source: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA)
Match: N/A
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsMetroparksPort AuthoritiesSewer DistrictsNon-Profits
Project Category: Storm Water ImprovementCommunity Water System ImprovementsNatural Habitat Preservation and RestorationResilience Efforts

Ohio State Infrastructure Bank (SIB)

The State Infrastructure Bank provides loans to fund highway, rail, transit, intermodal, and other transportation facilities and projects. Projects must produce revenue to amortize debt and also contribute to the connectivity of Ohio's transportation system and further its goals (such as corridor completion, economic development, competitiveness in a global economy, and quality of life).

Funding Source: Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)
Match: N/A
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesPort Authorities
Project Category: RoadBridgeSafetyTraffic Signal UpgradeTransit CapitalVehiclesTransit Center FacilityBikewaysPedestrianFreight

Ohio Traffic Safety Office

This grant program provides funding to be used for projects such as traffic safety education, enforcement, and engineering. Funds are used based on problem identification to reduce fatal and injury crashes.

Funding Source: Ohio State Highway Patrol - Safety Office
Match: varies
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsResearch or Academic InstitutionsSchool Districts
Project Category: Safety

Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning (Section 5309)

This program provides funding to local communities to integrate land use & transportation planning. Projects must examine ways to improve econmic development and ridership while fostering connectivity and accessibility.

Funding Source: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Match: 20%
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesPort Authorities
Project Category: RoadBridgeSafetyTransit CapitalTransit Center FacilityTransit OperatingBikewaysPedestrianPlanning

Public Transportation Emergency Relief Program (Section 5324)

This program provides funds for protecting, repairing, and/or replacing public transportation equipment and facilities that may suffer or have suffered serious damage as a result of an emergency. It can also fund evacuations, rescue operations, and emergency recovery.

Funding Source: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Match: 20%
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesPort Authorities
Project Category: RoadBridgeSafetyTraffic Signal UpgradeTransit CapitalVehiclesIntelligent Transportation SystemsComputer Hardware/SoftwareCommunications EquipmentTransit Center FacilityTransit OperatingPlanningResilience Efforts

Public Transportation Innovation (Section 5312)

This program provides funding to develop innovative products and services assisting transit agencies in better meeting the needs of their customers.

Funding Source: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Match: varies
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesPort AuthoritiesResearch or Academic InstitutionsNon-Profits
Project Category: Intelligent Transportation SystemsComputer Hardware/SoftwareCommunications EquipmentMobility Management

Rural Development - Water and Waste Disposal Program

This is a grant and loan program for rural areas with fewer than 10,000 people. Funding can be used for drinking water, sewers, solid waste or storm water programs.

Funding Source: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Match: N/A
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsPort AuthoritiesSewer DistrictsNon-Profits
Project Category: SafetyPlanningStorm Water ImprovementSewer ConstructionWastewater Treatment Plant ImprovementsCommunity Water System ImprovementsResilience Efforts

Rural Transportation Assistance Program (5311 b3)

These funds are used to support nonurbanized transit activities in one of four categories: training, technical assistance, research, and related support services.

Funding Source: Federal Government
Match: 0%
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesNon-Profits
Project Category: Intelligent Transportation SystemsComputer Hardware/SoftwareCommunications EquipmentMobility ManagementPlanning

Safe Routes to School Program

The purpose of Safe Routes to School is to encourage and enable students in grades k-8 to walk or ride their bicycle to school. Projects can be based on engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, or evaluation.

Funding Source: Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)
Match: 0%
Eligible Applicants: Municipalities/TownshipsSchool DistrictsNon-Profits
Project Category: RoadSafetyBikewaysPedestrianBike Safety ProgramHelmetsPedestrian Safety ProgramPlanning

Small Government Program

This Public Works program provides grants and loans to villages and townships with populations in unincorporated areas of less than 5,000 in population. Only munucipal-owned infrastructure is eligible for improvement.

Funding Source: Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC)
Match: N/A
Eligible Applicants: Municipalities/Townships
Project Category: RoadBridgeBikewaysPedestrianStorm Water ImprovementSewer ConstructionWastewater Treatment Plant ImprovementsCommunity Water System Improvements

State and Community Highway Safety Grant Program (Section 402)

The State and Community Highway Safety Grant Program provides grants to states to improve driver behavior and reduce deaths and injuries from motor vehicle-related crashes.

Funding Source: Ohio Traffic Safety Office
Match: N/A
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsPort AuthoritiesSchool DistrictsNon-Profits
Project Category: RoadBridgeSafetyTraffic Signal UpgradeBike Safety ProgramHelmetsPedestrian Safety ProgramPlanning

State Capital Improvement Program

The State Capital Improvement Program provides funding for road and other infrastructure improvements. Eligible projects are for improvements to roads, bridges, culverts, water supply systems, wastewater systems, storm water collection systems, and solid waste disposal facilities.

Funding Source: Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC)
Match: varies
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsPort AuthoritiesSewer Districts
Project Category: RoadBridgeStorm Water ImprovementSewer ConstructionWastewater Treatment Plant ImprovementsCommunity Water System Improvements

State of Good Repair (5337)

This program provides funding for maintenance, replacement, and rehabilitation of existing high-intensity fixed guideway and high-intensity motorbus systems to maintain a state of good repair.

Funding Source: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Match: 20%
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesPort Authorities
Project Category: RoadBridgeSafetyTraffic Signal UpgradeTransit CapitalIntelligent Transportation SystemsComputer Hardware/SoftwareTransit Center FacilityPlanning

Surface Transportation Block Grant Program

The Surface Transportation Block Grant program (STBG) provides flexible funding that may be used by states and localities for projects to preserve and improve the conditions and performance on any Federal-aid highway, bridge and tunnel projects on any public road, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, and transit capital projects, including intercity bus terminals.

Funding Source: Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA)
Match: 0-20%
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesMetroparksPort Authorities
Project Category: RoadBridgeSafetyTraffic Signal UpgradeTransit CapitalVehiclesIntelligent Transportation SystemsComputer Hardware/SoftwareCommunications EquipmentMobility ManagementTransit Center FacilityBikewaysPedestrianPlanning

Technical Assistance & Standards Development (5314a)

This program provides funding for technical assistance programs and activities that improve the management and delivery of public transportation and development of the transit industry workforce.

Funding Source: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Match: 20%
Eligible Applicants: Transit Agencies
Project Category: Transit CapitalTransit Operating

The People for Bikes Community Grant Program

PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program supports bicycle infrastructure projects and targeted advocacy initiatives that make it easier and safer for people of all ages and abilities to ride.

Funding Source: People for Bikes and Bike Industry Partners
Match: 50%+
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesMetroparksPort AuthoritiesSewer DistrictsNon-Profits
Project Category: RoadBridgeBikeways

Township Sign Safety Program

This program provides funding to upgrade roadway safety signage in townships with high crash rates. Townships are not eligible if they have previously received a Sign Safety Grant under this program.

Funding Source: Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)
Match: varies
Eligible Applicants: Municipalities/Townships
Project Category: Safety

Transit Cooperative Research Program

This is a research program that develops near-term, practical solutions to problems faced by transit agencies. It promotes effectiveness and efficiency in the public transportation industry.

Funding Source: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Match: 0%
Eligible Applicants: Transit Agencies
Project Category: SafetyPlanning

Transportation Alternatives

The Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside authorizes funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities such as historic preservation and vegetation management, and environmental mitigation related to storm water and habitat connectivity; recreational trail projects; Safe Routes to School projects; and projects for planning, designing, or constructing boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former divided highways.

Funding Source: Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA)
Match: 0-20%
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesMetroparksPort AuthoritiesSewer Districts
Project Category: RoadBridgeSafetyTraffic Signal UpgradeTransit CapitalVehiclesIntelligent Transportation SystemsTransit Center FacilityBikewaysPedestrianPlanningStorm Water ImprovementNatural Habitat Preservation and Restoration

Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI)

NOACA’s Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI) provides assistance to communities and public agencies for transportation planning studies and capital projects that promote TLCI program livability objectives and NOACA goals.

Funding Source: Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA)
Match: 0-20%
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesMetroparksPort AuthoritiesSewer Districts
Project Category: RoadBridgeSafetyTraffic Signal UpgradeTransit CapitalTransit Center FacilityBikewaysPedestrianPlanning

Transportation Review Advisory Council

The Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) was established to help the Ohio Department of Transportation develop and modify a project selection process and which approves funding for the development of and construction of the Major New Capacity Program. The major new capacity project selection process operates under the purview of TRAC. Projects must be greater than $12 million which increase the capacity of a transportation facility or reduce congestion.

Funding Source: Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)
Match: 20%
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesPort Authorities
Project Category: RoadBridgeTransit CapitalIntelligent Transportation SystemsTransit Center Facility

Urban Paving Program

The ODOT Urban Paving Program provides funds to cities for surface treatment and resurfacing projects located on State and U.S. Routes within city corporation limits. Eligible projects are those that have a Pavement Condition Rating (PCR) of 55 or worse according to ODOT's Pavement Condition Rating System.

Funding Source: Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)
Match: 20%
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/Townships
Project Category: RoadBridge

Urbanized Area Formula Grants (Section 5307)

The Urbanized Area Formula Funding program provides funds to urbanized areas (50,000+ population) and to governors for transit capital and operating assistance in urbanized areas and for transportation-related planning.

Funding Source: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Match: 10%/20%/50%
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit Agencies
Project Category: SafetyTransit CapitalVehiclesIntelligent Transportation SystemsComputer Hardware/SoftwareCommunications EquipmentMobility ManagementTransit Center FacilityTransit OperatingPlanning

U.S. Economic Development Administration Programs

The US EDA works to establish a foundation of sustainable job growth and durable economies through innovation and regional collaboration. They provide economic development assistance to communites experiencing economic distress and help position them for economic prosperity and resiliency.

Funding Source: United States Economic Development Administration
Match: varies
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsResearch or Academic Institutions
Project Category: RoadBridgeStorm Water ImprovementSewer ConstructionNatural Habitat Preservation and Restoration

Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF)

This program provides financial and technical assistance to public or private applicants for planning, design, and construction of projects that protect or improve the quality of Ohio's water resources.

Funding Source: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA)
Match: N/A
Eligible Applicants: CountiesMunicipalities/TownshipsTransit AgenciesMetroparksPort AuthoritiesSewer DistrictsSchool DistrictsNon-Profits
Project Category: PlanningStorm Water ImprovementSewer ConstructionWastewater Treatment Plant ImprovementsNatural Habitat Preservation and RestorationResilience Efforts