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.
Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC)

The Ohio Department of Transportation’s Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) 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.

Comments Sought on TRAC Projects

We are currently seeking public comments on applications submitted to TRAC for funding and development. Eight projects from our transportation-planning area were submitted to TRAC during the 2019 application cycle. Known as “major new” projects, these transportation projects have a total project cost greater than $12 million and add capacity to the transportation system. The proposed projects are located in Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, and Union counties.

To learn more about the TRAC project applications, please review the following one-page fact sheets:

The public is encouraged to provide comments or any additional information to set the priorities, including advantages and/or disadvantages of projects. We will review and consider comments during the prioritization and plan to recommend regional priorities. These priorities will be presented to TRAC at a public hearing on September 11.

All comments may be submitted in writing to the attention of Dina López, MORPC, 111 Liberty Street, Suite 100, Columbus, OH, 43215, fax (614.233.0750), or e-mail (dlopez@morpc.org). The deadline to submit feedback is Friday, August 9, 2019.

For further questions, contact Dina López at 614.233.4149.

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.

During the 2018-2019 application and selection process, we received applications for 35 new funding requests – including one withdrawn by the applicant during the evaluation process – and four applications to significantly increase the amounts previously committed to projects in development. We also received updated information on our outstanding commitments, including requests for minor increases in funding commitments for some projects.

After review and evaluation of all applications and project updates, the AFC approved draft funding recommendations on December 6, 2018. Following a public comment period, MORPC’s Transportation Policy Committee officially adopted the recommendations during its March 14, 2019 meeting. This ensured continued funding for projects/programs to which MORPC previously had committed funding. Total funding for these projects/programs is approximately $154 million. The Transportation Policy Committee also approved more significant funding increases for three projects and funding for eight new projects, while not proposing funding for 26 projects because of a lack of available funding. The eight new projects will receive approximately $21.9 million in MORPC funding. Currently funded projects can be viewed here.

We developed this document to guide the application and selection process: View Policies for Managing MORPC-attributable Funds

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.

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

More information on Section 5310 funding and the Coordinated Plan is available on MORPC’s Enhance Mobility webpage.

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

State Capital Improvement Program (SCIP) and Local Transportation Improvement Program (LTIP)

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’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 compose the fund has a specific funding focus, as well as different guidelines and contact information.

The Clean Ohio Conservation Fund helps communities acquire green space and protect and enhance rivers and streams. The Ohio Public Works Commission administers the program statewide. We administer the application and selection process for conservation projects in Franklin County. For more information, please visit our Clean Ohio Conservation Fund webpage.

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