Funding Opportunities

MORPC is committed to supporting the region around available funding opportunities across a series of program areas. Please view active and archived programs below, and reach out to corresponding team members for more information.

Opportunity & LinkSummaryApplication DeadlineStaff Contact
Sustainability GrantThe OAC Sustainability Program provides operating funds for 4 years for organizations providing arts and cultural activities.2/1/2023 Economic Development Team (



ArtsNEXT GrantThe OAC Arts NEXT Grant helps fund provide funds for organizations that provide access to art for projects that are designed to allow their programming to evolve creatively.4/1/2023 Economic Development Team (
Capacity Building GrantsThe Capacity Building Grants provide funds to organizations to engage outside technical expertise for internal organizational development.5/1/2023, 11/1/2023 Economic Development Team (
Arts Partnership GrantsThe Arts Partnership Grant helps to support organizations in their projects based arts-learning activities.3/1/2023 Economic Development Team (
Opportunity & LinkSummaryApplication DeadlineStaff Contact
Appalachian Community Grants ProgramA multi-phased development grant with the focus areas of revitalization, workforce, and public health. Funding from Ohio ARPA, projects must be ARPA compliant. Two phases: planning and development.Phase 1: 12/4/22


Phase 2: Dec. 2023

 Economic Development Team (



Targeted Brownfield Assessment ProgramThe Targeted Brownfield Assessment (TBA) program provides property assessment services at no cost to eligible applicants. Typical services include Phase I environmental site assessment, asbestos surveys, geophysical surveys, and limited or supplemental phase II property assessment.Rolling Economic Development Team (
Community-wide Assessment Grants for States and TribesCommunity-wide assessment grants provide funding to states and tribal governments for inventories of brownfield sites, prioritizing sites, conducting community involvement activities, planning, site assessments, site-specific cleanup plans, and reuse plans.11/22/2022 Economic Development Team (
Brownfield Community Assessment Coalition GrantsBrownfield Assessment Coalition grants provide coalitions comprised of a lead agency and two to four partners with funds to for inventories of brownfield sites, prioritizing sites, conducting community involvement activities, planning, site assessments, site-specific cleanup plans, and reuse plans.11/22/2022 Economic Development Team (
Community-wide Brownfield Assessment GrantsCommunity-wide assessment grants provide communities with funds to prevent, inventory, assess, clean up, and reuse brownfield sites.11/22/2022 Economic Development Team (
Targeted Brownfields InvestmentThe Targeted Brownfields Assessment provides no-cost services to applicants to better conduct brownfield assessments on targeted sites. This opportunity is on a first-come, first-served basis as funding allows.As funding is available Economic Development Team (
Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup GrantThe Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Grant is designed to provide funds for the assessment and cleanup of gas and service stations with documented petroleum releases.N/A Economic Development Team (
Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant ProgramThe Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Progream provides funds for the implementation of a comprehensive neighborhood revitilization strategy in neighborhoods with severely distressed public or HUD assisted housing.1/11/2023 Economic Development Team (
Opportunity & LinkSummaryApplication DeadlineStaff Contact
Hope VI Main Street Grant ProgramThe Hope VI Main Street Program provides grants to replace unused,obsolete office space with affordable housing in the trtaditional central business districts of communities smaller than 50,000.1/31/2023 Economic Development Team (
Opportunity & LinkSummaryApplication DeadlineStaff Contact
Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities GrantsThe BRIC grants program is designed to make communities more resilient and to mitigate hazards through innovative solutions. This program is funded through FEMA, local applicants apply through the Ohio Department of Public SafetyDrafts: 11/18/2022 Final: 1/3/2023 Economic Development Team (
FY 2020 EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs including CARES Act FundingProvide investments that support construction, non construction, planning, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works program and EAA program (which includes Assistance to Coal Communities and Nuclear Closure Communities).Rolling Economic Development Team (
Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant ProgramThe Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program provides funds for acquisition, construction, or improvement of water and sewage facilities.Ongoing Economic Development Team (
Onsite Stormwater Infrastructure Loan ProgramThe Onsite Stormawater Infrastructure Loan Program provides loans to assist local governments in funding the treatment of storm water at its source.N/A Economic Development Team (
National Culvert Removal, Replacement, and Restoration Grant Program 2/26/2023Economic Development Team (
Opportunity & LinkSummaryApplication DeadlineStaff Contact
Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) GrantsThe purpose of the SMART Grants Program is to conduct demonstration projects focused on advanced smart city or community technologies and systems in a variety of communities to improve transportation efficiency and safety. The program funds projects that are focused on using technology interventions to solve real-world challenges and build data and technology capacity and expertise in the public sector11/18/2022 Economic Development Team (
Opportunity & LinkSummaryApplication DeadlineStaff Contact
Thriving Communities Program (LOI)The purpose of this portion of the two-part Thriving Communities Program is to provide technical assistance at no cost to communities for grant applications, planning, pre-engineering, etc. for up to two years.12/6/2022 Economic Development Team (
Thriving Communities Program (NOFO)The purpose of this portion of the two-part Thriving Communities Program is to provide funding to organizations to provide technical assistance, planning, and capacity building.12/22/2022 Economic Development Team (
Opportunity & Link SummaryApplication DeadlineStaff Contact
Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant ProgramThe Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program is designed to help rural communities fund the construction, acquisition, or improvement of essential community facilities.Ongoing Economic Development Team (
Opportunity & LinkSummaryApplication DeadlineStaff Contact
Solid Waste Management GrantThis program reduces or eliminates pollution of water resources by providing funding for organizations that provide technical assistance or training to improve the planning and management of solid waste sites.12/31/2022Brandi Whetstone (
Recycling and Litter Prevention programOhio EPA’s Recycling and Litter Prevention program supports communities, nonprofits, businesses and academic institutions that initiate or expand recycling programs, encourage sustainable practices, stimulate economic growth and support litter prevention efforts through four different grants.2/3/2023Brandi Whetstone (
Paddling Enhancement GrantCoordinated by ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft, the Paddling Enhancement Grant is a competitive annual grant program offering 100%* reimbursement to eligible political subdivisions (municipalities, townships, counties, joint recreational districts, park districts, conservancy districts) and state and federal agencies. Its goal is to improve or develop recreational boating access for hand-powered watercraft at public facilities.3/1/2023Brandi Whetstone (
Grants for Political SubdivisionsProjects funded through the grant program will:


  • Implement the building a circular economy for all strategy series.
  • Improve local post-consumer materials management programs, including municipal recycling.
  • Make improvements to local waste management systems.
1/16/2023Brandi Whetstone (
Climate Smart Humanities Organizations National Endowment for the HumanitiesThis program supports comprehensive assessment and strategic planning efforts by humanities organizations to mitigate physical and operational environmental impacts and adapt to a changing climate. Projects will result in climate action and adaptation planning documents or similar detailed assessments including prioritized, measurable actions and their expected outcomes. Proposals must address how strategic planning for climate change will increase the organization’s resilience and support its work in the humanities over the long term. Projects are financed through a combination of federal matching funds and gifts raised from third-party non-federal sources.1/17/2023Brandi Whetstone (
Groundwater and Streamflow Information Program, National Ground-Water Monitoring NetworkThe Groundwater and Streamflow Information Program of the USGS is offering a cooperative agreement funding opportunity to state or local water-resources agencies that collect groundwater data to participate in the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network. The USGS is working to develop and administer the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network (NGWMN). This funding opportunity is to support data providers for the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network.1/26/2023Brandi Whetstone (
Carbon ManagementThis funding opportunity announcement (FOA) aims to expand the Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management’s (DOE FECM’s) carbon management portfolio through support for research and development (R&D) projects in the programmatic areas of Carbon Conversion, Carbon Dioxide Removal, Point Source Carbon Capture, and Carbon Storage.11/30/2022Brandi Whetstone (
Smart Grid GrantsTopic Area 2 seeks to deploy and catalyze technology solutions that increase the flexibility, efficiency, reliability, and resilience of the electric power system, with particular focus on enhancing the system’s capabilities to meet the following objectives: · increase the capacity of transmission facilities or the capability of the transmission system to reliably transfer increased amounts of electric energy; · prevent faults that may lead to wildfires or other system disturbances; · integrate variable renewable energy resources at the transmission and distribution levels; and,  facilitate the aggregation and integration (edge-computing) of electric vehicles and other grid-edge devices or electrified loads.3/17/2023Brandi Whetstone (
Grid Innovation ProgramThis program seeks to provide financial assistance to eligible entities (States, local governments, Tribes, public utility commissions) to facilitate coordination, and collaboration with electric sector owners and operators to: · demonstrate innovative approaches to transmission, storage, and distribution infrastructure to harden and enhance resilience and reliability; and · demonstrate new approaches to enhance regional grid resilience, implemented through States by public and rural electric cooperative entities on a cost-shared basis.335/19/2023Brandi Whetstone (
Water Supply Revolving Loan AccountOhio’s Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA) is an account under the Drinking Water Assistance Fund (DWAF) that also offers assistance opportunities for planning, design and construction of compliance-related and human health related improvements to community water systems and non-profit community public water systems.RollingBrandi Whetstone (
Refuge Enhancement/Non-InfrastructureThe National Non-Infrastructure Partnerships initiative encourages National Wildlife Refuge System field stations to partner with local, regional, and national nonprofit organizations, other land management groups, state and tribal partners, and others to accomplish projects that: promote the stewardship of resources of the refuge through habitat maintenance, restoration, and improvement, biological monitoring, or research; increase awareness and understanding of the refuge and the National Wildlife Refuge System through the development, publication, or distribution of educational materials and products; advance education concerning the purposes of the refuge and the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System through the use of the refuge as an outdoor classroom to combine educational curricula with the personal experiences of students relating to fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitat and to the cultural and historical resources of the refuges and development of other educational programs; promote the understanding of, education relating to, and the conservation of the fish, wildlife, plants, and cultural and historical resources; improve scientific literacy.9/10/2023Brandi Whetstone (
Refuge Enhancement/InfrastructureThe National Infrastructure Partnerships initiative of the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) encourages National Wildlife Refuge System field stations to partner with local, regional, and national nonprofit organizations, other land management groups, state and tribal partners, and others to accomplish projects that: promote the stewardship of resources of the refuge through habitat maintenance, restoration, and improvement, and support the operation and maintenance of the refuge through constructing, operating, maintaining, or improving the facilities and services of the refuge.9/10/2023Brandi Whetstone (
Youth Engagement, Education, and EmploymentThe purpose of Service PLC Programs is to provide work and education opportunities for youth (defined as ages 16-30 inclusive, and up to age 35 for veterans) participants in the areas of natural and cultural resource conservation, development, and scientific research.  Participants   perform work on our nation’s public lands by providing additional, unique capacity designed to boost the impact of the Service for the conservation and management of fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the American people.9/10/2023Brandi Whetstone (
Funding Opportunity to Address Key Deployment Challenges for Offshore, Land-Based, and Distributed WindAnalysis of future decarbonization scenarios consistently finds that dramatic acceleration of wind energy deployment will be required to decarbonize the grid by 2035 and put the nation on a pathway to a net-zero carbon economy by 2050 and realizing the attendant benefits to all Americans of less-volatile energy costs, reduced climate impacts, and the elimination of air pollution from fossil fuel power plants. The FOA is a key part of WETO’s implementation of section 3003(b)(2) of the Energy Act of 2020 (42 U.S.C. 16237(b)(2)) and BIL section 41007(b), which respectively authorize and appropriate funds for a wide range of wind energy research, development, and deployment activities3/10/2023Brandi Whetstone (
Rural Energy for America Program Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance GrantsThis program assists rural small businesses and agricultural producers by conducting and promoting energy audits and providing Renewable Energy Development Assistance (REDA).1/31/2023Economic Development Team (
Resilient and Efficient Codes ImplementationThis program assists rural small businesses and agricultural producers by conducting and promoting energy audits and providing Renewable Energy Development Assistance (REDA).3/27/2023Economic Development Team (
Renew America’s SchoolsThe Renew America’s Schools program funds energy improvements at public school facilities.4/21/2023Economic Development Team (
Environmental Justice Government to Government ProgramThe Environmental Justice Government to Government Program is intended to fund programs that lead measurable environmental or public health results in communities disproportionately burdened by environmental harms and risks.4/10/2023Economic Development Team (
Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement ProgramThis funding opportunity is meant to assist community-based nonprofits (CBOs) in their collaboration with other stakeholders to develop solutions that significantly address environmental or public health issues in communities disproportionately burdened by environmental harms.4/10/2023Economic Development Team (economicdevelopment@m
Opportunity & LinkSummaryApplication DeadlineStaff Contact
Diesel Emission Reduction GrantsThe Diesel Emission Reduction Grant (DERG) program is supported with federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) dollars awarded by the Federal Highway Administration to the Ohio Department of Transportation. The program provides support to public transit systems serving Ohio counties, for the early retirement and replacement of older diesel transit buses.11/4/2022 Economic Development Team (
Federal-State Partnership for Intrercity Passenger Rail ProgramThe Federal-State Partnershih for Intercity Passenger Rail Program funds projects to expand, erstablish, or improve intercity rail.3/7/2023 Economic Development Team (
Opportunity & LinkSummaryApplication DeadlineStaff Contact
Commute Action Fund
MORPC’s Commute Action Fund is a tool for Central Ohio Companies to fund new incentives and/or commute projects that motivate company associates to drive less and use sustainable modes of transportation to work. The fund aims to empower Central Ohio companies to take ownership of creating more sustainable commuter options for their workplace.RollingPatty Olmsted (
RAISE GrantsRebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity Grants are meant to provide planning or construction funds for surface transportation projects in rural and urban areas.2/28/2023 Economic Development Team (
Credit Bridge ProgramThe Credit Bridge Program provides credits to counties to be used as part of the non-federal share for future bridge projects.Ongoing Economic Development Team (

Please note that the application deadline for these opportunities have passed. Opportunities marked with a “*” indicate a historic precedent of renewal.

Opportunity & LinkSummaryApplication DeadlineStaff Contact
Airport Grant Program *This program provides funds for airport improvement projects with different funding lines and applications for general aviation airports and commercial service airports respectively.5/1/2022Economic Development Team (
Major New Capacity Program *Major New Capacity Projects are those that increase the capacity of transportation facilities and/or reduce congestion. These projects must cost greater than $12 million.5/31/2022 Economic Development Team (
Bridge Investment Program *The Bridge Investment Program funds bridge replacement, rehabilitation, preservation, and protection projects. Funding is available in planning, bridge projects, and large bridge projects (> $100 million).Planning, Bridges: 9/8/2022


Large Bridges: 8/9/2022

 Economic Development Team (
Building Demolition and Site Revitalization ProgramThe Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program funds for the demolition of non-brownfield commercial and residential properties and redevelopment of the surrounding area.2/28/2022 Economic Development Team (
Rural Surface Transportation Grant *The Rural Surface Transportation Grant provides funds for projects to improve and expand surface transportation infrastructure in rural areas.5/23/2022 Economic Development Team (
Mega GrantThe Mega (National Infrastructure Project Assistance program) provides funds for large, complex transportation projects that are difficult to fund by other means.5/23/2022 Economic Development Team (
INFRA GrantThe Nationally Significant Multimodal Freight and Highway Projects (INFRA) program provides funds for freight and highway porojects of national or regional signifcance to improve safety, efficiency, and reliability.5/23/2022 Economic Development Team (
Clean School Bus Program 8/19/2022Economic Development Team (
Safe Streets and Roads for AllThe Safe Streets for All program provides funds to support planning, infrastructure, behavioral, and operational initiatives to prevent death and serious injury on roads and streets involving all roadway users.9/15/2022Economic Development Team (

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