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Public Works & Economic Development

Agriculture Innovation Center Program

Agency: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
Summary: Funding to establish and operate Agriculture Innovation Centers that provide technical and business development assistance to producers seeking to engage in developing/marketing of Value-Added Agricultural Products.
Eligible Applicants: political subdivisions, nonprofits, institutions of higher education, commercial organizations
Available Funding: $8 million
Local Match Requirement: 1/3 of total project costs
Deadline: March 6, 2023

Build to Scale (B2S) Program

Agency: U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA)
Summary: Funding to further technology-based economic development initiatives that accelerate high quality job growth, create more economic opportunities, and support the next generation of industry leading companies.
Eligible Applicants: political subdivisions, nonprofit organizations, and institutions of higher education
Eligible Geographies: communities with demonstrated economic distress or special need.
Available Funding: $45 million
Local Match Requirement: 50%
Deadline: TBA

Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants

Agency: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Summary: Helps eligible communities prepare, or recover from, an emergency that threatens the availability of safe, reliable drinking water.
Eligible Applicants: State and local governments, nonprofit organizations
Eligible Geographies: rural areas and towns with populations of 10,000 or less.
Local Match Requirement: None
Deadline: TBA

Public Works/Economic Adjustment Assistance (PW/EAA)

Agency: U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA)
Summary: Funds projects that create/retain jobs, increase private investment and foreign direct investment, advance innovation, enhance the manufacturing capacities of regions, and provide workforce development opportunities
Eligible Applicants: political subdivisions, nonprofits (w/political subdivision), and institutions of higher education
Eligible Geographies: Communities with demonstrated economic distress or special need.
Available Funding: Approximately $5 million for Ohio in FY2023
Local Match Requirement: 50%
Deadline: Accepted year-round

Residential Public Infrastructure Program

Agency: Ohio Department of Development (ODOD)
Summary: Funds safe and reliable drinking water and proper disposal of sanitary waste.
Eligible Applicants: Non-entitlement counties and municipalities
Local Match Requirement: 20%
Deadline: January 31, 2023

Revolving Funds for Financing Water and Wastewater Projects

Agency: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Summary: Capitalizes revolving loan funds to provide financing to extend and improve rural water/wastewater systems
Eligible Applicants: Nonprofit organizations
Eligible Geographies: rural areas and towns with populations of 10,000 or less.
Local Match Requirement: 20%
Deadline: TBA

Rural Business Development Grant Program

Agency: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
Summary: Technical assistance, training, and other enterprise support to small businesses in rural communities.
Eligible Applicants: Local governments, nonprofits, institutions of higher education, rural cooperatives.
Eligible Geographies: Projects must be located in rural areas or towns outside the urbanized periphery of any city with a population of 50,000 or more.
Local Match Requirement: None
Deadline: February 28, 2023

Rural Decentralized Water Systems Grant Program

Agency: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Summary: Capitalizes revolving loan funds to increase access to clean, reliable water and septic systems for households in eligible rural areas.
Eligible Applicants: Nonprofit organizations
Eligible Geographies: rural areas and towns with populations of 50,000 or less.
Local Match Requirement: 10%
Deadline: TBA

Rural Industrial Park Loan Program

Agency: Ohio Department of Development
Summary: Promotes economic development by providing low-interest direct loans to assist eligible applicants in financing the development and improvement of industrial parks and related off-site public infrastructure improvements.
Eligible Applicants: Local governments, nonprofits, port authorities, CICs, and private developers
Local Match Requirement: The loan may be used to finance up to 75% of allowable project costs with loan amounts from $500,000 to $2,500,000.  A minimum of 10% equity contribution from the borrower is required.
Deadline: N/A

State Capital Improvement Program

Agency: Ohio Public Works Commission
Summary: Grants, loans, credit enhancements, and grant/loan combinations for capital improvement projects, including roads, bridges, culverts, water supply, stormwater, sanitary sewer. Additional funding opportunity for villages and townships with populations under 5,000.
Eligible Applicants: Counties, municipalities, townships
Available Funding: Varies by District; contact respective District
Local Match Requirement: Varies; higher amount of match improves competitiveness
Deadline: Varies by District; contact respective District for verification

Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program

Agency: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Summary: Funding (primarily loans, limited grants) for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas.
Eligible Applicants: State and local governments, nonprofit organizations
Eligible Geographies: rural areas and towns with populations of 10,000 or less.
Funding request ceiling: Up to 40-year payback period, based on the useful life of the facilities financed; fixed interest rates, based on the need for the project and the median household income of the area to be served
Local Match Requirement: N/A

Water and Waste Disposal Predevelopment Planning Grants

Agency: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Summary: Helps eligible low-income communities plan and develop applications for proposed USDA Rural Development water or waste disposal projects.
Eligible Applicants: State and local governments, nonprofit organizations
Eligible Geographies: rural areas and towns with populations of 10,000 or less.
Local Match Requirement: 25%

Water and Waste Disposal Technical Assistance and Training Grants

Agency: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Summary: Helps qualified, private nonprofits provide technical assistance and training to identify and evaluate solutions to water and waste problems; helps applicants prepare applications for water and waste disposal loans/grants; and helps associations improve the operation and maintenance of water and waste facilities in eligible rural areas.
Eligible Applicants: Nonprofit organizations
Eligible Geographies: rural areas and towns with populations of 10,000 or less.
Local Match Requirement: 25%
Deadline: December 31, 2022

 

*Prepared by the Northeast Ohio Four County Regional Planning and Development Organization (NEFCO). Funding opportunities provided for general informational purposes. NEFCO does not guarantee accuracy of information listed (i.e., eligibility requirements, application deadlines, matching requirements, etc.). Please consult appropriate funding agency for additional information.

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