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 Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) is a nine-member Council chaired by ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks.

The TRAC is tasked with evaluating funding applications that result in ODOT’s largest transportation project investments.  ODOT transportation professionals have developed a funding application evaluation analysis to assist in the TRAC’s decision making.

Part of the application evaluation  includes input from metropolitan planning organizations like MORPC. Therefore, each TRAC funding cycle, MORPC conducts its own evaluation of the Central Ohio TRAC applications that fall within our transportation planning boundaries and prioritizes the applications based on the region’s Metropolitan Transportation Plan goals and objectives. MORPC then provides the region’s TRAC project priorities to ODOT, which are considered during the project funding selection process.

2021 TRAC Projects

Nine projects from our transportation-planning area were submitted to TRAC during the 2021 application period. 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 Licking counties.

MORPC recently evaluated projects as part of its prioritization process. A public comment period was held during the month of April, and a resolution with MORPC’s prioritization of the projects within our planning area was adopted in May 2021 by the Community Advisory Committee, Transportation Advisory Committee, and Transportation Policy Committee.

The prioritization from MORPC will be submitted to TRAC. The projects were ranked in the following way:

  1. Far East Freeway Phases 2 and 3
  2. Hard Shoulder Running I-71 Study
  3. US-23 Corridor Study
  4. Far East I-70 Interchange Improvements at Taylor Road & SR-256
  5. Alum Creek Drive Widening (Rickenbacker Area)
  6. I-270 and US-23 Interchange
  7. US-33 at Pickerington Road and Allen Road
  8. Broad Street Widening in Pataskala
  9. I-71 & Big Walnut Interchange

The nine TRAC funding requests made in Central Ohio total $96 million. TRAC received 35 applications from across the state for development or construction of transportation projects. The final project list will be approved in August 2021.

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.

More information can be viewed on the MORPC-attributable Funding for Transportation webpage.

Questions can be directed to Nathaniel Vogt at 614.233.4183.

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, the coordinated plans, and the most current application cycle is available on MORPC’s Enhanced Mobility webpage.

Questions about the program can be directed to Mike Borger at 614.233.4155.

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 Local Infrastructure Funding from Ohio Public Works 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.

Technical Assistance Grant Programs

U.S. EPA Brownfields Program – Central Ohio has been awarded $600,000 to distribute to eligible Brownfield sites within the 15-county region. The grant funding can be used to assess sites contaminated by hazardous substances, pollutants, and/or petroleum. More information about the program and applications are available at morpc.org/brownfields 

Insight2050 Technical Assistance Program (TA Program) – This program provides MORPC staff assistance to Central Ohio communities within the boundary of the metropolitan planning organization for the planning of sustainable transportation and community development efforts related to the findings of insight2050 Scenario Results report. More information about the program and competitive application process is available at getinsight2050.org/resources/technical-assistance-program.

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