Financial Assistance

Ohio EPA has funding available for a wide variety of environmental projects such as helping communities plan and complete water and wastewater projects, promoting environmental education and reducing the impact of nonpoint source pollution. For more information about the funding sources available, click on the headings below. You may also view a summary of grant funding programs. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Factor by email or phone at (614) 644-2782.

Clean Water Act Section 319(h) Grants

Website:

epa.ohio.gov/dsw/nps/index.aspx

Governing Statute:

Ohio Revised Code 6111.037

Eligibility:

Local governments, nonprofit organizations, watershed groups, SWCD’s and local park districts.

Specifications:

Up to $400,000 to conduct stream restoration and nonpoint source pollution management projects. 20 percent of total project costs are required to be provided as local match. Approximately $3.5 million per year is available.

Application Deadline:

Applications due in the spring.

Recipients:

Grants awarded since 1/1/07

Contact:

Russ Gibson

Ohio EPA

Division of Surface Water

P.O. Box 1049

Columbus, OH 43216-1049

(614) 644-2020

russ.gibson@epa.ohio.gov

Community Recycling Grants

Website:

epa.ohio.gov/dmwm/home/grants.aspx

Governing Statute:

Ohio Revised Code 3736

Eligibility:

An agency of the state, as established in ORC Sections 343, 3736 and all applicable section of the ORC, may apply for Community Grant funds. An agency of the state may be a municipal corporation, county, township, village, state college or university, solid waste management district or authority, park districts, health districts, and statewide recycling and litter prevention trade associations.

Specifications:

The Community Grant program provides financial assistance to Ohio’s local governments that propose to design and establish projects involved in the collection and processing of recyclable materials and litter prevention programs and projects. Ohio EPA is seeking proposals involving one or more of targeted materials collected or processed in Ohio. Applications proposing the implementation of litter collection programs, which involves illegal dumpsite cleanup, roadside collection and Adopt-A-Roadway Programs operated throughout the entire grant period. Keep America Beautiful Certification Fee would be an eligible project.

Approximately $1 million awarded annually.

Application Deadline:

February 3

Recipients:

2008-13

Contact:

Chet Chaney

Ohio EPA

Office of Environmental Education

P.O. Box 1049

Columbus, OH 43216-1049

(614) 728-0043

chet.chaney@epa.ohio.gov

Diesel Emission Reduction Grants

Website:

epa.ohio.gov/oee

Governing Statute:

Ohio Revised Code 122.861 and 512.90

Eligibility:

Public and private sector diesel fleets (motor vehicle, marine, locomotive and highway construction equipment) that are eligible under the Federal Highway Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program. Private sector fleets must apply through a public sector partner.

Specifications:

$10 million awarded annually in SFY 2014 and SFY 2015

Application Deadline:

Varies. One round annually, usually in the late spring. Dates not set for 2014-2015.

Recipients:

2009-11

2012

2013

Contact:

Funding questions

Carolyn Watkins

Ohio EPA

Office of Environmental Education

P.O. Box 1049

Columbus, OH 43216-1049

(614) 644-2873

derg@epa.ohio.gov 

Technology Questions

Alan Harness

Ohio EPA

Division of Air Pollution Control

(614) 644-4838

derg@epa.ohio.gov

Grant Funded Brownfield Technical Assistance

Website:

epa.ohio.gov/derr/SABR/Grant_Assistance.aspx

Governing Statute:

Federal Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Act P.L. 107-118

Eligibility:

Local governments, port authorities, park districts and other public entities in Ohio

Specifications:

Grant funding is available to cover costs associated with providing technical assistance (TA) by Ohio EPA staff to assist with property assessment and cleanup under the Voluntary Action Program. In general, the volunteer determines the scope of VAP TA review and what questions or issues are evaluated during VAP TA. Some examples of grant-funded technical assistance that can be provided includes:

Guidance on technical or legal issues related to potential NFA letters or VAP urban setting designation (USD) requests

VAP document review (e.g., review of Phase I and II assessments, sampling plans, risk assessments, remedial action plans and draft NFA Letters where CNS has not yet been requested)

Application Deadline:

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis

Recipients:

Grant Funded Brownfield Technical Assistance provided since 2000

Contact:

Martin Smith, TBA/Grant Coordinator

Ohio EPA

Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization

P.O. Box 1049

Columbus, OH 43216-1049

(614) 644-4892

martin.smith@epa.ohio.gov


Harmful Algal Blooms

 

Lake Erie is one of Ohio’s crown jewels in terms of economic impact, natural resource value and water supply. Lake Erie is a source of drinking water for 23 Ohio public water systems serving approximately 2.6 million customers. Unfortunately, recreational and drinking water uses have been impaired by harmful algal blooms (HABs) in recent years. Ohio EPA is making funds available to enhance drinking water testing and treatment, as well as reduce nutrient levels in wastewater treatment plant discharges.

Funding Opportunities for Cyanotoxin Testing Equipment and Public Water System Infrastructure Improvements

Guidance for Conducting ELISA Testing for Microcystin

New Funding Opportunity for Wastewater Treatment Plant Infrastructure Improvements for Nutrients


 

Home Sewage Treatment Systems

Website:

epa.ohio.gov/defa/

Governing Statute:

Ohio Revised Code 6111.036

Eligibility:

Public entities (Cities, village, and county health departments) are eligible to establish linked deposit programs in their county. These public entities can then administer assistance to individual homeowners.

Specifications:

Two options are potentially available to eligible applicants. First, a Linked Deposit program can be established, which will provide an interest rate buy down on loans that homeowners receive from a commercial bank. Second, a direct loan can be awarded from the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) to the eligible entity to establish its own revolving loan program.

Application Deadline:

Nominations are accepted on an annual basis, with a deadline of August 31, for the upcoming program year, which begins January 1.

Contact:

Becky McKinney
Program Administrator
Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049
Phone: (614) 644-3636
Rebecca.McKinney@epa.ohio.gov

Lake Erie Protection Fund

Website:

http://lakeerie.ohio.gov/LakeErieProtectionFund.aspx

Governing Statute:

Ohio Revised Code 1506.23

Eligibility:

Government, non-profit and for-profit entities are eligible to apply for funding. Funding may not be used to fund staff salaries for state employees. Applicants must be based in Ohio, although work may be contracted with outside entities as necessary.

Specifications:

Small grants up to $15,000 are available to fund research and on-the-ground projects aimed at protecting, preserving and restoring Lake Erie or its tributary watersheds in Ohio. The Lake Erie Protection Fund focuses on projects that lead to better management decisions for both environmental protection and economic development. Special grant projects may be funded- amounts and topics change annually. The Fund is supported through donation or purchase of a Lake Erie license plate displaying the Marblehead Lighthouse by Ohio artist Ben Richmond, or the Lake Erie life ring.

Application Deadline:

Due dates available quarterly- dates change annually.

Recipients:

2006-2013 Lake Erie Protection Fund Recipients

Contact:

Ohio Lake Erie Commission

111 E. Shoreline Drive

Sandusky, Ohio 44870

(419) 621-2040

lakeeriecommission@lakeerie.ohio.gov

Litter Clean-up and Tire Amnesty Grants

Website:

epa.ohio.gov/dmwm/home/grants.aspx

Governing Statute:

Ohio Revised Code 3736

Eligibility:

Eligible applicants include Ohio counties, municipal corporations, townships, villages, state colleges and universities, solid waste management districts or authorities, , health districts, Keep Ohio Beautiful affiliates, boards of education, and non-profit organizations.

Specifications:

The Litter Clean-up and Tire Amnesty Grant program offers funds up to $40,000 to for litter clean-up activities on publicly owned properties including roadsides and waterways using volunteers. Approximately $500,000 is awarded annually.

Application Deadline:

February 3

Recipients:

2008-2013

Contact:

Chet Chaney

Ohio EPA

Office of Environmental Education

P.O. Box 1049

Columbus, OH 43216-1049

(614) 728-0043

chet.chaney@epa.ohio.gov

Recycling Market Development Grants

Website:

epa.ohio.gov/dmwm/home/grants.aspx

Governing Statute:

Ohio Revised Code 3736

Eligibility:

Businesses and non-profit organizations are eligible to receive MDG funds, but must be sponsored by agency of the state, as established in ORC Sections 343, 3736, and all applicable sections of the ORC. An agency of the state may be a municipal corporation, county, township, village, state college and university, or solid waste management district and authority.

Specifications:

The Market Development program offers grant funds up to $250,000 to Ohio’s businesses that propose to create the infrastructure necessary for successful markets of recyclable materials and related products. Ohio EPA is seeking proposals involving targeted materials collected or processed in Ohio. Approximately $2 million is awarded annually.

Application Deadline:

February 3

Recipients:

2008-13

Contact:

Chet Chaney

Ohio EPA

Office of Environmental Education

P.O. Box 1049

Columbus, OH 43216-1049

(614) 728-0043

chet.chaney@epa.ohio.gov

Ohio Clean Diesel School Bus Fund

Website:

epa.ohio.gov/oee

Governing Statute:

Ohio Revised Code 3704.144

Eligibility:

All Ohio public school districts and boards of developmental disabilities; priority given to applications from those in counties not meeting Clean Air Act standards for particulates (PM 2.5).

Specifications:

Up to $300,000 to purchase and install pollution controls onto diesel buses of Type A or B, model years 1994-2006 or idle reduction equipment onto diesel school buses of any model year. Renewable. Five percent cash or in-kind match required. Approximately $475,000 awarded annually.

Application Deadline:

March 1 and September 1 each year.

Recipients:

2006-2013

Contact:

Kristopher Weiss

Ohio EPA
Office of Environmental Education

P.O. Box 1049

Columbus, OH 43216-1049

(614) 644-2873

kristopher.weiss@epa.ohio.gov

Ohio Environmental Education Fund

Website:

epa.ohio.gov/oee

Governing Statute:

Ohio Revised Code 3745.22

Eligibility:

All local subdivisions of government, local schools and school boards, universities, non-profit organizations, for-profit companies, state agencies.

Specifications:

 

Mini grants $500 - $5,000 and General Grants $5,000 - $50,000. Education projects targeting pre-school through university students and teachers, the general public and the regulated community. Ten percent cash or in-kind match required. Approximately $900,000 awarded annually.

Application Deadline:

January 15 and July 15 each year. Applications must be submitted online through Ohio EPA's eBusiness Center. (Electronic Letter of Intent to Apply due no later than January 8 and July 8 to receive user ID and password for online grant application software.)

Recipients:

1991-2013

Contact:

Dennis Clement or Jeffrey Montavon

Ohio EPA
Office of Environmental Education

P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216-1049

(614) 644-2873

oeef@epa.ohio.gov

Ohio Environmental Science and Engineering Scholarships

Website:

http://ohiosci.org/scholarships/

Governing Statute:

Ohio Revised Code 3745.22(A)

Eligibility:

Full-time students majoring in environmental science, environmental engineering or related fields at Ohio colleges and universities.

Specifications:

$1,250 for students in the second year of two-year programs; $2,500 for students in the fourth or fifth year of 4-5 year programs. Administered by the Ohio Academy of Science for the Ohio Environmental Education Fund at Ohio EPA.

Application Deadline:

Postmarked by May 1 every year.

Recipients:

2000-2013

Contact:

Carolyn Watkins

Ohio EPA
Office of Environmental Education

P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216-1049

(614) 644-2873

oeef@epa.ohio.gov or oas@iwaynet.net

Scrap Tire Grants

Website:

epa.ohio.gov/dmwm/home/grants.aspx

Governing Statute:

Ohio Revised Code 3736

Eligibility:

Businesses and non-profit organizations are eligible to receive STG funds, but must be sponsored by agency of the state, as established in ORC Sections 343, 3736, and all applicable sections of the ORC. An agency of the state may be a municipal corporation, county, township, village, state college and university, or solid waste management district and authority.

Specifications:

The Scrap Tire program offers grant funds up to $350,000 to Ohio’s businesses that propose to create the infrastructure necessary for successful markets of scrap tire materials and related products. Approximately $1.4 million is awarded annually.

Application Deadline:

February 3

Recipients:

2008 - 2013

Contact:

Chet Chaney

Ohio EPA

Office of Environmental Education

P.O. Box 1049

Columbus, OH 43216-1049

(614) 728-0043

chet.chaney@epa.ohio.gov

Surface Water Improvement Fund

Website:

epa.ohio.gov/dsw/nps/index.aspx

Governing Statute:

Ohio Revised Code 6111.0382

Eligibility:

Local governments, county park districts, soil and water conservation districts, city and/or county health departments, 501(c)(3) nonprofit conservation groups with land management responsibilities, watershed groups (with local government sponsorship), state agencies with land managing responsibilities, recognized land conservancies or trusts.

Specifications:

Up to $150,000 for implementation of specific projects that address nonpoint source pollution and/or storm water runoff and result in water quality improvements in Ohio’s streams, rivers and lakes.

Application Deadline:

Annually

Recipients:

Grants awarded since 6/1/10

Contact:

Russ Gibson

Ohio EPA

Division of Surface Water

P.O. Box 1049

Columbus, OH 43216-1049

(614) 644-2020

russ.gibson@epa.ohio.gov

Targeted Brownfield Assessment (TBA) Program

Website:

epa.ohio.gov/derr/SABR/Grant_Assistance.aspx

Governing Statute:

Federal Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Act P.L. 107-118

Eligibility:

Local governments, port authorities, park districts and other public entities in Ohio

Specifications:

Grant funding is available to provide property assessments that will facilitate brownfield redevelopment and encourage participation in the Voluntary Action Program at no cost to eligible public entities. Assessment services are provided to public entities by qualified environmental firms under contract with Ohio EPA as well as the Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization’s Site Investigation Field Unit.

Examples of assessment projects that can be provided include:

Phase I environmental site assessments

Certified asbestos inspection of buildings

Water quality stream survey by qualified surface water assessment professionals

Limited Phase II Property Assessment (Screening evaluation or supplemental assessment

Application Deadline:

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis

Recipients:

Targeted Brownfield Assessments provided since 2002

Contact:

Martin Smith, TBA/Grant Coordinator

Ohio EPA

Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization

P.O. Box 1049

Columbus, OH 43216-1049

(614) 644-4892

martin.smith@epa.ohio.gov

Water Pollution Control Loan Fund

Website:

epa.ohio.gov/defa/

Governing Statute:

Ohio Revised Code 6111.036

Eligibility:

Public entities (includes villages, cities, counties, and sewer districts) are eligible for wastewater projects; Public or private entities may potentially be eligible for nonpoint source projects. All applicants must demonstrate a dedicated source of repayment for the loan.

Specifications:

Below-market interest rate loans are awarded to eligible applicants for planning, design, and construction of wastewater treatment facilities and sewer systems. The standard below-market interest rate is established monthly, and is 1.25% below the general obligation bond index rate. The program also offers a small community interest rate, as well as hardship interest rates of 0% and 1%. There are currently no minimum or maximum loan amounts. Approximately $500 million is loaned out each year.

Application Deadline:

Nominations are accepted on an annual basis, with a deadline of August 31, for the upcoming program year, which begins January 1. Actual loan applications are due approximately three months before the projected loan award date.

Contact:

Becky McKinney
Program Administrator
Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049
Phone: (614) 644-3636
Rebecca.McKinney@epa.ohio.gov

Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program

Website:

epa.ohio.gov/defa/

Governing Statute:

Ohio Revised Code 6111.036

Eligibility:

Public or private entities.

Specifications:

The Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program (WRRSP) was created to counter the loss of ecological function and biological diversity that jeopardizes the health of Ohio’s water resources. This program funds both preservation and restoration of aquatic habitat to accomplish this goal. The WRRSP relies on having a sponsoring wastewater loan from the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF). The WRRSP sponsor can be a different entity than the WRRSP implementer. Funds for WRRSP projects will be made available by advancing a portion of the estimated amount of interest to be repaid by the sponsor over the life of the WPCLF loan.

Application Deadline:

Nominations are accepted on an annual basis, with a deadline of July 31, for the upcoming program year, which begins January 1. Projects which are identified as fundable will meet program requirements in the first year, and then receive their assistance award in the second year.

Contact:

Steve Malone
Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049
Phone: (614 )644-3663
Steve.Malone@epa.ohio.gov

Water Supply Revolving Loan Account/Drinking Water Assistance Fund

Website:

epa.ohio.gov/ddagw/financialassistance.aspx

Governing Statute:

Ohio Revised Code 6109.22

Eligibility:

Community water systems, both privately and publicly owned, and nonprofit non-community water systems

Specifications:

Below-market interest rate loans are awarded to eligible applicants for planning, design, and construction of water treatment facilities, storage facilities and distributions system improvements. The standard below-market interest rate is established monthly, and is 1.25% below the general obligation bond index rate. The program also offers a small community interest rate, as well as three different tiers of Disadvantaged community rates. Limited principal forgiveness is available through the Disadvantaged Community Loan Program. There are currently no minimum loan amounts; the maximum amount is established each year (for 2014 it was $25 million). Approximately $150 million can be loaned out each year.

Application Deadline:

Nominations are accepted on an annual basis, with a deadline of March 1, for the upcoming program year, which begins July 1.

Recipients:

Loans awarded since 1997

Contact:

DWAF.mail@epa.ohio.gov