More than $5 Million Available in Funding to Preserve Land and Streams in Franklin County

Preliminary Screener Applications Due June 3; Final Applications Due Aug. 30

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) has announced the availability of $5.8 million for environmental conservation in Franklin County through the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund (COCF) for fiscal year 2025. This fund provides assistance for the acquisition of green space and the protection and enhancement of river and stream corridors.

“We recognize the profound impact that open spaces have on the well-being of our residents and the vitality of our ecosystems. Beyond aesthetic appeal, these spaces are essential to clean air and water, and supporting biodiversity. By investing in the preservation and expansion of open spaces, we not only enhance the quality of life for current and future generations but also strengthen the resilience of our communities in the face of environmental challenges.”

Projects to provide or enhance access to properties previously acquired with funds from the program are also eligible. 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.

“OPWC is excited to be able to support conservation in the State of Ohio by administering another round of Clean Ohio Greenspace Conservation funding."

Interested applicants are invited to submit a preliminary screening application to determine if their project is eligible and to receive constructive comments for the final application. The deadline for the screening application is June 3 at 5 p.m. The final application must be received by Aug. 30 at 5 p.m.

Applications and information are available online.

In the last funding cycle (Round 18/FY2024), awarded at the end of 2023, three projects were recommended for funding of $1.4 million in COC Funds for District 3-Franklin County from the Natural Resources Assistance Council.

  • Columbus, Alum Creek Preservation Agler/Sunbury Rd awarded $717, 800.
  • Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District, Ayers Conservation Easement awarded $140,528.
  • Columbus, McNaughten Rd. Greenspace awarded $620,120.

“The projects funded in FY 24 will bring open space to areas of District 3 where it is currently, protect unique plant communities, and maintain water quality by conserving intact riparian areas. These projects, and those awarded in previous rounds, will benefit the residents of Central Ohio for generations to come.”

For program or application questions, email Dr. Edwina Teye at  or call 614.233.4233.

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