The Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was signed into law on November 15, 2021. This legislation is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Central Ohio and MORPC stands ready to bring this investment back to its members.
Based on formula funding alone, Ohio would expect to receive $9.2 billion for federal-aid highway apportioned programs and $483 million for bridge replacement over the next five years. There are numerous other funding opportunities, from earmarks to broadband grants to RAISE grants and more, that could have a transformative impact on your community and MORPC is here to help. As a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO ) and a Regional Council, MORPC is uniquely positioned to assist you in finding and competing for these needed dollars. Therefore, we are creating an intergovernmental investment team and hiring a grants officer that will be dedicated to bringing this investment back to our region.
The following links provide additional information on the Bipartisan Infrastructure, MORPC funding opportunities, and other resources
MORPC provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for each member government to be able to access a GrantFinder service, which tracks over 10,000 grants. GrantFinder is a real-time, online, searchable database of 60 billion dollars’ worth of sources from federal, state, foundations, and corporate grants available to local governments and their community partners.
The service allows a representative to search the site with filters, dates, and links to application information, as well as a system to receive updates and weekly alerts on specific categories of grants.
MORPC holds an annual grant forum for members to meet with providers and obtain strategies and advice on how to secure grants and loans for their communities. This opportunity takes place in the summer and is designed with our members in mind by allowing each participant to choose from a diverse and inspiring array of options to fit specific needs.
Past topics have included: community development; private funding sources; rural development and broadband; and infrastructure, including water, sewer, bridges, trails and roads.