Funding Available to Preserve Land and Streams in Franklin County

    October 3, 2019
    Clean Ohio Conservation Fund has $3.8 Million Available

    The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) announces the availability of over $3.8 million for environmental conservation in Franklin County through the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund, which helps in the acquisition of green space and the protection and enhancement of river and stream corridors. Projects to provide or enhance access to properties previously acquired with funds from the program are also eligible for funding. Local governments, park and recreation districts, conservancy districts, soil and water conservation districts, and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply.

    The Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) administers the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund. Franklin County comprises District 3 of the OPWC. The District has formed a Natural Resources Assistance Council (NRAC) to review funding applications and select applications for approval using the selection methodology it has established.

    District 3 NRAC Chair Steve Cothrel urges eligible jurisdictions and agencies to take advantage of the funding to protect natural areas, improve connectivity, and promote passive recreation.  He added, “Clean Ohio funds have helped protect some amazing forest and riparian areas in Franklin County, and we look forward to building on this proud legacy in 2020.”

    Potential applicants should submit a preliminary screening application to determine if the project is eligible and to receive constructive comments for the final application. The deadline for the screening application is 5:00 p.m. on December 13, 2019, and the final application is due by 5:00 p.m. on March 20, 2020.

    Applications and information are available under the “Tools & Resources / Funding & Grants” tab on the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s website at www.morpc.org or by clicking here.

    For questions or to schedule time to discuss this funding program, contact Nathaniel Vogt at nvogt@morpc.org or 614.233.4183.

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