Funding Available to Preserve Land and Streams in Franklin County

    September 9, 2020
    Clean Ohio Conservation Fund has $3.8 million available

    The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission announces the availability of more than $3.8 million for environmental conservation in Franklin County through the Clean Ohio Conservation Program.

    The program provides funding for the acquisition of green space, as well as 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.

    “This funding is important to help preserve Franklin County’s natural beauty, while protecting the health and safety of people, plants and animals."
    Kyle Wilson, Acting Chair of the District 3 Natural Resources Assistance Council

    The Ohio Public Works Commission administers the Clean Ohio Conservation Program. MORPC manages the application and selection process in Franklin County through the OPWC District 3 Natural Resources Assistance Council.

    Local governments, park and recreation districts, conservancy districts, soil and water conservation districts and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply.

    “We’re looking forward to seeing a variety of projects that will benefit Franklin County. And we’re more than willing to help any eligible organization go through the application process.”
    Nathaniel Vogt, MORPC Infrastructure Development Manager

    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 p.m. on Dec. 11, 2020, and the final application is due by 5 p.m. on March 19, 2021.

    An applicant workshop will be held 1:30 – 3 p.m. on Oct. 6, 2020. Those who have questions or would like to schedule time to discuss the funding program may contact Nathaniel Vogt at or 614.233.4183.

    More information is available on MORPC’s website by clicking here.

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