Project Funding Resource Assistance

Flexible Pavements of Ohio (FPO) has collected information regarding grant and loan programs to make local transportation project stakeholders aware of various funding opportunities for which their project may be eligible. This list of grant and loan programs have been compiled from a number of resources and include a brief description of each funding opportunity and a link or contact information for the appropriate administrating entity for additional program information.

Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Programs
Aviation Programs
Airport Grant Program
The Airport Grant Program provides approximately $1 million annually for obstruction removal and pavement maintenance projects at publicly-owned, public use airports.

Additional information regarding this program is available at www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Operations/Aviation/Pages/OhioAirportGrantProgram.aspx

Bridge Programs
County Local Bridge
This program provides approximately $34 million annually to counties for bridge replacement or rehabilitation projects. Limited pavement approach work is eligible for funding under this program.

The County Engineers Association of Ohio (CEAO) serves as the program manager on ODOT’s behalf and is responsible for project selection, funding criteria and program priorities. Additional program information can be found in the CEAO Federal Funding Policies Manual at http://www.ceao.org/.

Municipal Bridge
This program provides approximately $8 million annually to municipalities for bridge replacement or rehabilitation projects within municipal boundaries. Limited pavement approach work may be eligible for funding under this program.

Additional information regarding this program is available at http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Planning/LocalPrograms/Pages/MunicipalBridge.aspx.

Multiuse and Recreational Trails
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program
The SRTS program approximately $4 million annual in federal funds to enable and encourage children in grades K-8, including those with disabilities, to walk or bicycle to school. Eligible infrastructure projects include walkways, trails and bikeways.

Additional information regarding this program is available at http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Planning/ProgramManagement/HighwaySafety/ActiveTransportation/Pages/default.aspx.

Roadway Funding Programs
County Surface Transportation Program
This program provides approximately $14 million annually for construction funding for eligible roadway improvements. The County Engineers Association of Ohio (CEAO) serves as the program manager on ODOT’s behalf and is responsible for project selection, funding criteria and program priorities.

Additional program information can be found in the CEAO Federal Funding Policies Manual at http://www.ceao.org/.

Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Large Cities
This program annually sub-allocates federal program funds to each of Ohio’s seventeen Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and five large cities, outside MPO areas, to finance multi-modal transportation system improvement projects and programs in Ohio’s urban areas.

Additional program information is available at http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Planning/SPR/StatewidePlanning/Pages/default.aspx

Small City Program
This program provides approximately $8 million annually for roadway, safety or signal projects on Federal Aid System within municipalities with populations of 5,000-24,999 and located outside of an MPO Area.

Additional information regarding this program is available at http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Planning/LocalPrograms/Pages/SmallCity.aspx.

Urban Paving Program
This program provides funding for eligible surface treatment and resurfacing projects on state and U.S. Routes within municipal corporations. The urban Paving Program is funded by an annual allocation distributed to each of ODOT’s 12 districts based on a district’s "City State and U.S. Route System" mileage, and the condition of those routes according to ODOT’s Pavement Condition Rating System.

Contact the ODOT District Planning & Program Administrator for additional information regarding this program within the geographic boundaries of the applicable district. A map of ODOT districts including contact information is available at http://www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/Pages/default.aspx.

Safety Programs
County Highway Safety Program
This program provides approximately $14 million annually in funds to counties for highway safety treatments or corrective activity designed to alleviate a safety problem or potentially hazardous situation. The County Engineers Association of Ohio (CEAO) serves as the program manager on ODOT’s behalf and is responsible for project selection, funding criteria and program priorities.

Additional program information can be found in the CEAO Federal Funding Policies Manual at http://www.ceao.org/.

Highway Safety Improvement Program
This program provides approximately $100 million annually to state and local governments for projects designed to alleviate a safety problem or a potentially hazardous situation. Eligible local projects may be on a city street, or county or township road.

Additional information regarding this program is available at http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Planning/ProgramManagement/HighwaySafety/HSIP/Pages/Funding-Application-Process.aspx.    

Other ODOT Programs
State Infrastructure Bank (SIB)
This revolving loan program maximizes the use of federal and state funds to make direct loans to eligible roadway, transit, or aviation projects.

Additional information regarding this program is available at www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Finance/Pages/StateInfrastructureBank.aspx.

Ohio Evironmental Protection Agency (OEPA)
Recycling and Litter Prevention Grants
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) provides competitive grant opportunities for local governments and businesses for projects which encourage the development and expansion of recycling markets. Pavements which include the incorporation of recycled materials such as scrap tires or tear-off asphalt shingles may be eligible to receive funding from this program. 

Additional information regarding this program is available here- http://epa.ohio.gov/ocapp/grants.aspx

Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Programs
Multiuse and Recreational Trails
NatureWorks Program
The NatureWorks grant program provides up to 75 percent reimbursement assistance for the acquisition, development, and rehabilitation of recreational areas.

Local government subdivisions (townships, villages, cities, counties, park districts, joint recreation districts, and conservancy districts) are eligible.

Additional information regarding this program is available at http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/grants

Clean Ohio Trails Fund
The Clean Ohio Trails Fund works to improve outdoor recreational opportunities for Ohioans by providing up to 75 percent matching funds for trails for outdoor pursuits of all kinds.

Local governments, park and joint recreation districts, conservancy districts, soil and water conservation districts, and non-profit organizations are eligible.

Additional information regarding this program is available at http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/grants

Recreational Trail Program
The Recreational Trail Program provides up to 80 percent matching funds for the development of urban trail linkages, trail head and trailside facilities; maintenance of existing trails; restoration of trail areas damaged by usage; improving access for people with disabilities; acquisition of easements and property; development and construction of new trails; purchase and lease of recreational trail construction and maintenance equipment; environment and safety education programs related to trails.

Cities and villages, counties, townships, special districts, state and federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations are eligible.

Additional information regarding this program is available at http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/grants

Ohio Development Services Agency
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
This program provides funding for the development and revitalization of local communities and critical infrastructure projects such as roads, flood and drainage and other public infrastructure improvements with a high community-wide impact.

Additional information regarding this program is available at http://development.ohio.gov/cs/cs_cdp.htm.

Roadwork Development Grant Program
This program provdes more than $15 million annually in funding to local governments and businesses to complete public roadwork improvements to facilitate the expansion or attraction of a business.

Additoinal information regarding this program is available at http://development.ohio.gov/cs/cs_r629.htm.

Ohio Public Works Commission
State Capital Improvements Program
This program provided low interest loans and grants for eligible local infrastructure projects.

Additional information regarding this program is available at http://www.pwc.state.oh.us/.

Local Transportation Improvements Program
This program provides approximately $60 million annually in grants for local road and bridge projects.

Additional information regarding this program is available at http://www.pwc.state.oh.us/