Funding & Grants

There are many financial resources available for the programs, projects, and services that make our region successful. Below are funding and grant opportunities that are available to local communities and organizations.
MORPC-Attributable Funding for Transportation

A portion of federal transportation funding is allocated at MORPC’s discretion, following an application and selection process. We call these funds MORPC-Attributable Funds. We work closely with local agencies to prioritize the use of these funds to meet their needs and those of the entire region. They can be used for roads and bridges, public transit, bikeways, sidewalks, and a variety of other activities. The funds come from three federal programs: the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBG), the Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) and the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).

We manage this program under the oversight of our Attributable Funds Committee (AFC). We solicit and evaluate applications for funding from local public agencies every two years. Because of the time it takes to plan, study and design these projects, we try to keep most of the next four years’ worth of funding lined up for projects already in the pipeline. We are now looking for projects that will be ready for construction in 2024 and 2025 and other transportation activities that need funding after 2019.

We received 40 Screening Applications this year, which were due on June 11.

Summary of Screening Applications

We also received updated information on our outstanding commitments, including requests to increase those commitments by a total of $15 million.

Summary of Outstanding Commitments

The AFC has asked the sponsors of the four projects requesting the largest increases (as a percentage of the commitment) to submit Final Applications and compete for the additional funds alongside the new requests. The AFC tentatively accepted the other requested changes.

As a result, a total of approximately $25 million will be awarded to the applications this round. There is an estimated range of funds available for each category of application:

Category Available Funds
Major Widening/New Roadway up to $20 million
Minor Widening/Intersections/Signals up to $15 million
System Preservation $5 to $20 million
Transit up to $20 million
Bicycle & Pedestrian up to $10 million

 

The Final Application form is now available for applicants that choose to continue advancing their Screening Application through the process.

ATTRIBUTABLE FUNDING APPLICATION FORM
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We developed this document to guide the application and selection process: View Policies for Managing MORPC-Attributable Funds

Below are some important dates in the selection process:

May 14, 2:30-4:30 p.m. at MORPC Workshop for attributable funds applicants and sponsors. View workshop presentation.
June 11, 5 p.m. Screening Applications for new funding requests and Commitment Update Forms for outstanding commitments are due
August 13, 5 p.m. Final Applications for new funding requests are due
September 5, 10 a.m. AFC to approve changes to outstanding commitments and review Final Applications
September – November Applications are scored, scores reviewed, recommendations drafted and reviewed
December 7 – January 8 Draft recommendations available for public review and comment
January 2019 AFC considers public comments and reviews and approves recommendations
March 2019 MORPC approves future funding commitments

 

For more information, contact Ronni Nimps at 614.233.4159.

Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities

The 5310 program we administer provides capital and operating grants for public transportation services in order to meet the needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities in the Columbus urbanized area. Those eligible for funding include private non-profit organizations, state and local governments, and operators of public transportation services.

View Section 5310 Press Release.

For more information, contact Mary Ann Frantz at 614.233.4156.

A new funding cycle for the Section 5310 Program began Monday, December 18, 2017 and ends on Monday, February 12, 2018.

This program provides federal funds for:

  • 80 percent of the cost of capital projects requiring a 20 percent match
  • 50 percent federal funds requiring a 50 percent match for operating projects

An information session will be held at MORPC, 111 Liberty Street, Suite 100, Columbus on Monday January 8, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. If interested, please register with Brenda Noe at 614.233.4146.

Requests must be received at MORPC by 4 p.m. on Monday, February 12, 2018. Please submit one original copy and one searchable PDF file of this request along with the required attachments to:

MORPC

ATTN: Mary Ann Frantz
111 Liberty Street, Suite 100
Columbus, OH 43215

Available Funds
Over $1.86 million will be available from the Federal Transit Administration’s Section 5310 Program funding from Federal Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017 from a Columbus, Ohio urbanized area apportionment.

If you have any questions about the program, contact Mary Ann Frantz at 614.233.4156 or Claire Jennings at 614.233.4150.

Request Materials

Transportation Review Advisory Council

The Ohio Department of Transportation’s Transportation Review Advisory Council assists in developing a selection process for ODOT’s largest transportation project investments. As part of the selection process ODOT requests that metropolitan planning organizations like MORPC provide local input by prioritizing the applications for projects that fall within our transportation planning boundaries.

Three applications from our area have been submitted for the 2017 funding cycle:

I-270 & US-23 South Side Interchange

I-71 & Big Walnut Interchange

US-36/SR-37/I-71 Interchange Improvements

TRAC will be issuing a draft projects list in December 2017 and will finalize the 2017 TRAC projects list in February 2018.

For more information, contact Dina Lopez at 614.233.4149.

State Capital Improvement Program and Local Transportation Improvement Program

The Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) provides financing for local public infrastructure improvements through both the State Capital Improvement Program (SCIP) and the Local Transportation Improvement Program (LTIP). SCIP is a grant/loan program for roads, bridges, water supply, wastewater treatment, storm water collection, and solid waste disposal. LTIP is a grant program for roads and bridges only.

Under the oversight of the Public Works Integrating Committee, we provide administrative support for Franklin County projects by processing and reviewing grant and loan requests before submitting them to the OPWC for approval.

For more information on the application process, please visit our SCIP/LTIP webpage.

Clean Ohio Fund

The State of Ohio’s Clean Ohio Fund restores, protects, and connects Ohio’s natural and urban places by preserving green space and farmland, improving outdoor recreation, and cleaning up brownfields to encourage redevelopment and revitalize communities. Each of the four programs that comprise the fund has a specific funding focus, as well as different guidelines and contact information.

We administer funding for green space conservation projects in Franklin County. For more information on the application process, please visit our Clean Ohio Funds Green Space Conservation webpage.

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