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Transportation

Airport Grant Program

Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
Summary: Provides assistance to publicly-owned, public use airports.
Eligible Applicants: Publicly airports
Available Funding: $7 million, annually
Local Match Requirement: 5%
Deadline: Applications accepted year-round

Buses & Bus Facilities Program

Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
Summary: Federal funds to assist with the purchase of capital assets for public transit systems in rural areas
Eligible Applicants: Local governments, Regional Transit Authorities, County Transit Boards, nonprofits
Local Match Requirement: 20%
Deadline: TBA

Connecting Communities Program

Agency: Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS)
Summary: Funds mobility planning projects, including pedestrian, bicycle, and transit, which increase alternative transportation options to connect people and places; promote complete street principles; and leverage transportation projects to develop places which support alternative transportation and complete streets through land use and design.
Eligible Applicants: Counties, municipalities, townships, transit authorities within AMATS
Available Funding: Approximately $80,000, annually
Local Match Requirement: None
Deadline: TBA

Credit Bridge Program

Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
Summary: Available to county governments who use Federal-aid funds to replace or rehabilitate their bridges
Eligible Applicants: Counties
Local Match Requirement: 20%
Deadline: Contact ODOT

District Pavement & Bridge Program

Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
Summary: Funds the preservation and rehabilitation of the Priority, Urban and General System pavements and the state-maintained bridge structures.
Eligible Applicants: Counties, municipalities, townships
Local Match Requirement: N/A
Deadline: Contact ODOT

Elderly & Disabled Transit Fare Assistance

Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
Summary: Funds eligible public transportation systems who offer reduced fares to elderly and people with disabilities.
Eligible Applicants: Public transit agencies
Local Match Requirement: N/A
Deadline: No application required; ODOT transmits contracts directly to eligible transit systems

Highway Safety Improvement Program

Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
Summary: Funding to reduce traffic deaths and serious injuries on all public roads.
Eligible Applicants: ODOT, local governments
Available Funding: $183 million, annually
Local Match Requirement:
Deadline: Contact ODOT

INFRA Grant

Agency: U.S. Department of Transportation
Summary: Funds multimodal freight and highway projects of national or regional significance to improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of the movement of freight and people in and across rural and urban areas.
Eligible Applicants: States, metropolitan planning organizations, local governments, special purpose district with transportation function, port authorities, etc.
Available Funding: $8 billion (FY22-FY26)
Local Match Requirement: 40% non-INFRA, or up to 20% non-Federal
Deadline: TBA

Jobs & Commerce Economic Development

Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
Summary: Funds transportation projects that promote job creation, job retention, and private sector investment.
Eligible Applicants: Municipalities, townships, port authorities, TIDs, and CICs
Available Funding: $5 million, annually
Deadline: Applications accepted year-round

Local Major Bridge Program

Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
Summary: Federal funds to counties and municipalities for bridge replacement, bridge rehabilitation, and bridge demolition projects.
Eligible Applicants: Counties and municipalities
Local Match Requirement: 20%
Deadline: TBA

Local Transportation Improvement Program

Agency: Ohio Public Works Commission
Summary: Grants for transportation-related capital improvements projects, including roads, bridges, and culverts. District 7 (Portage); District 8 (Summit); District 16 (Wayne); District 19 (Stark)
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

Major Bridge Program

Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
Summary: Funds rehabilitations/replacements for largest high-cost Ohio bridges (180 total in state). P
Eligible Applicants: Contact ODOT. Only 180 bridges in state eligible for funding
Available Funding: $90-$100 million, annually
Local Match Requirement:
Deadline: TBA, contact ODOT

Major Rehab Program

Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
Summary: Funds for major rehabilitation projects on the priority system, which restores the structural integrity and functional characteristics of the pavement.
Eligible Applicants: Contact ODOT
Available Funding: $200 million, annually
Local Match Requirement:
Deadline: TBA, contact ODOT

Mega Grant

Agency: U.S. Department of Transportation
Summary: Funds large, complex projects that are difficult to fund by other means and likely to generate national or regional economic, mobility, or safety benefits.
Eligible Applicants: States, metropolitan planning organizations, local governments, special purpose district with transportation function, port authorities, etc.
Available Funding: $5 billion (FY22-FY26)
Local Match Requirement: 40% non-MEGA, or up to 20% non-Federal
Deadline: TBA

Mobility Management Program

Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
Summary: Funds capital projects that increase access to mobility by increasing understanding and awareness of transportation needs, promote coordination of transportation options to meet needs, and build sustainable and healthy communities by integrating transportation into planning and programs.
Eligible Applicants: State and local governments, nonprofit organizations
Local Match Requirement: 20%
Deadline: TBA, contact ODOT

Municipal Bridge Program

Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
Summary: Funds bridge replacement or bridge rehabilitation projects.
Eligible Applicants: Municipalities, metro parks, regional transit authorities
Available Funding: $18.5 million, annually
Local Match Requirement: 5% cash
Deadline: August 15, annually

National Culvert Removal, Replacement, and Restoration Grant Program

Agency: U.S. Department of Transportation
Summary: Funds the replacement, removal, and repair of culverts or weirs that meaningfully improve or restore fish passage for anadromous fish.
Eligible Applicants: Local governments
Available Funding: $196 million
Local Match Requirement: 20%

Ohio Transit Partnership Program

Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
Summary: Funding for rural and urban transit systems in Ohio.
Eligible Applicants: Regional Transit Authorities, County Transit Boards, municipalities, or counties that own or operate public transportation systems.
Deadline: TBA

Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE)

Agency: U.S. Department of Transportation
Summary: Funding for surface transportation projects that will have a significant local or regional impact and improve: safety; environmental sustainability; quality of life; mobility and community connectivity; economic competitiveness and opportunity including tourism; state of good repair; partnership and collaboration; and innovation. Projects must address climate change impacts and environmental justice.
Eligible Applicants: State and Local governments, port authorities, transit agencies, special purpose districts
Available funding: $1.5 billion
Local Match Requirement: 20%
Deadline: February 28, 2023

Roadwork Development Grant (629) Program

Agency: Ohio Department of Development
Summary: Promotes economic development, business expansion, and job creation by providing roadwork improvement funding for eligible projects, including the construction, reconstruction, maintenance, or repair, that directly relate to increased investment, job creation and/or retention
Eligible Applicants: Local governments, port authorities, CICs, CDCs, Community Urban Redevelopment Corporations
Local Match Requirement: 20%
Deadline: Accepted year-round; funding is allocated starting July 1, annually

Rural Intercity Bus Program

Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
Summary:  Supports projects that provide transportation between non-urbanized areas and urbanized areas that result in connections of greater regional, statewide, and national significance.
Eligible Applicants: Contact ODOT
Deadline: TBA

Rural Surface Transportation Grant

Agency: U.S. Department of Transportation
Summary: Improve and expand the surface transportation infrastructure in rural areas to increase connectivity, safety and reliability of the movement of people and freight, generate regional economic growth, and improve quality of life.
Eligible Applicants: State, regional transportation planning organizations, local governments
Available Funding: $2 billion (FY22-FY26)
Local Match Requirement: 20%
Deadline: TBA

Rural Transit Program

Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
Summary: Provides federal and state funds are used to assist with operating and capital expenses in the provision of public transportation services in rural and small urban areas.
Eligible Applicants: Local governments, regional transit authorities, county transit boards, nonprofits, corporations designated by a county or municipality, county/municipal department on behalf of local government
Local Match Requirement: 50% for operating expenses; 20% for capital projects
Deadline: TBA, contact ODOT

Safe Routes to School

Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
Summary: Provides resources, technical assistance, and project funding to encourage and enable students in grades K-12 to walk or ride their bike to school.
Eligible Applicants: Local governments, schools
Available Funding: $5 million, annually
Local Match Requirement: None
Deadline: TBA, contact ODOT

Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Grants

Agency: U.S. Department of Transportation
Summary: Helps communities improve roadway safety and make streets “complete,” including developing or updating a comprehensive safety plan; conducting planning, design, and development activities in support of an action plan; and carrying out projects and strategies identified in an action plan.
Eligible Applicants: Metropolitan planning organizations, local governments, transit agencies, political subdivisions
Available Funding: $5 billion (FY22-FY26)
Local Match Requirement: 20%
Deadline: TBA

Small City Program & Guidelines

Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
Summary: Provides federal funds to small cities (5,000 to 24,999) not located within an Metropolitan Planning Organization. Program may be used for any road, safety, or signal project on the Federal-aid system.
Eligible Applicants: Orrville and Rittman (in NEFCO Region)
Available Funding: $10 million, annually
Funding request ceiling: $2 million
Local Match Requirement: 20%
Deadline: TBA, contact ODOT

Specialized Transportation Program (5310)

Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
Summary: Enhances mobility for seniors and persons with disabilities by providing Federal Transit Administration funds for programs in small urbanized and rural areas that serve the special needs of transit-dependent populations beyond traditional public transportation services and Americans with Disabilities Act complementary paratransit services.
Eligible Applicants: Nonprofits, local public agencies
Local Match Requirement: 20%
Deadline: TBA, contact ODOT

State Capital Improvement Program

Agency: Ohio Public Works Commission
Summary: Grants, loans, credit enhancements, and grant/loan combinations for capital improvement projects: roads, bridges, culverts, water supply, stormwater, sanitary sewer. Additional funding opportunity for villages and townships with populations under 5,000. District 7 (Portage); District 8 (Summit); District 16 (Wayne); District 19 (Stark).
Eligible Applicants: Local governments under 50,000 population
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

State Infrastructure Bank

Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
Summary:  Funds highway, rail, transit, intermodal, and other transportation facilities and projects, which produce revenue to amortize debt while contributing to the connectivity of Ohio's transportation system and promote corridor completion, economic development, competitiveness in a global economy, and quality of life.
Eligible Applicants: Local governments, regional transit authorities, port authorities
Available Funding: Loans, up to 30-year terms at 3%; interest deferred for first 12 months
Local Match Requirement: None
Deadline: Applications accepted year-round

Township Safety Sign Grant Program

Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
Summary: Funding to upgrade existing and install new safety signage on Ohio’s township roads.
Eligible Applicants: Townships;
Available Funding: $2 million, annually
Local Match Requirement: None
Deadline: TBA, last deadline was June 17, 2022

TRAC Funding Program

Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
Summary: Provides funding for the development of and construction of the Major New Capacity Program
Eligible Applicants: ODOT District Offices, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), County Engineers, Transit Authorities, County Commissioners, Municipalities, Port Authorities, Transportation Improvement Districts (TIDs)
Deadline: TBA, deadline for last round was May 31, 2022

Transportation Alternatives Program

Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
Summary: Funds pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, environmental mitigation; recreational trail program projects; and safe routes to school projects.
Eligible Applicants: Metropolitan Planning Organizations, local governments outside the county boundaries of an MPO
Available Funding: Contact ODOT
Local Match Requirement: 5%
Deadline: LOI due October 31; applications due January 31

Transportation Improvement Districts

Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
Summary: A TID is a form of local government promoting intergovernmental and public-private cooperation of transportation resources and investments. Funds transportation projects promoting economic development.
Eligible Applicants: Transportation Improvement Districts
Available Funding: $4.5 million, annually
Deadline: Contact ODOT 

Urban Paving Program

Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
Summary: Funds eligible surface treatment and resurfacing projects on state and U.S. Routes within municipalities.
Eligible Applicants: Local governments
Local Match Requirement: 20%
Deadline: Contact ODOT District Office

Urban Transit Program

Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
Summary: Funding for transit service in urbanized areas with populations of 50,000 or greater.
Eligible Applicants: Regional Transit Authorities, County Transit Boards, municipalities, or counties that own or operate public transportation systems.
Local Match Requirement: 20% for capital projects; 50% for operating expenses
Deadline: Contact ODOT

 

*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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