Grants and Funding Opportunities

Federal and state grant programs are a valuable resource for counties. They offer a funding stream for specific projects that might otherwise have to be funded through the General Fund, if they would even be pursued at all. 

This page provides a listing of available grant programs through both the federal government and the state government. It will be updated as application windows open and close and as new programs are announced. If you are aware of a program that is not listed but you believe should be, please email Research Analyst Nick Ciolli or Communications Coordinator Jessica Newbacher.

If you have questions specific to a particular grant, please contact the applicable member of the Policy Team:

  • Senior Policy Analyst Jon Honeck: General government functions, infrastructure
  • External Affairs Manager Adam Schwiebert: Agriculture, rural affairs, water quality
  • Outreach and Member Engagement Manager Rachel Reedy: General government functions, human services, workforce development
  • Legislative Counsel Kyle Petty: Justice and public safety

Two notes regarding the "Eligibility Criteria" column in the tables below: First,  only the criteria under which county governments can apply are listed. An entry of "county governments" is not meant to imply that the grant is available to only counties. Second, some of the grant programs listed below may not be available to county governments. These are listed because, while the county itself may be unable to apply, other organizations such as non-profits may be able to, and the purpose of the grant is one of value that counties may recommend organizations apply for. These grants will be noted as such under the "Eligibility Criteria" column by the inclusion of "[non-county grant]".

State Grant Programs

Grant Program

Brief Summary

Eligibility Criteria

Amount Available

Application Due Date

Ohio K-12 School Safety Grant Program Assist schools with enhancing safety for students in schools, both through building enhancements and equipment acquisitions.

Traditional school districts, education service centers, joint vocational school districts, and community schools
[non-county grant]

$46.9 million available October 3
Bridges Provide housing and case management to eligible young adults (defined for this program as those aged 18 to 21 and who meet eligibility under ORC 5101.1411). Non-profit organizations with experience working with transition-aged youth and have a knowledge of child welfare practices and programs.
[non-county grant]
Subject to federal and state appropriations October 3
Services for Older Refugees Program Implement direct services to older refugees (aged 60 years or more).

Government entities, community-based organizations, non-profit organizations.

NOTE: Only entities within Cuyahoga, Franklin, or Summit counties may apply

Subject to federal and state appropriations October 4
Innovative Technology Solutions Increase the use of innovative technologies within service delivery and service operations for individuals with developmental disabilities.

County boards of developmental disabilities

$175,000 available October 14
Community Violence Reduction Address the negative impacts that the coronavirus pandemic has had on communities, particularly with relation to violent crime. Law enforcement agencies, units of local government with certain authorities $20 million available November 1
Housing and Technology Project Build supportive technology infrastructure capacity and to increase the use of innovative technologies within homes where people with developmental disabilities live. County boards of developmental disabilities (must partner with nonprofit housing corporation) $150,000 available November 4
SFY23 Ohio Security Grant Provide funding for physical security improvements and other security-related activities to eligible organizations at risk of terrorism. 501(c)(3) nonprofits, houses of worship, chartered nonpublic school, pre-schools (must possess an IRN)
[non-county grant]


Individual awards capped at $100,000

November 4
Drop-Off Recycling Quality Improvement Grant Improve residential recycling by preventing recycling contamination and improving the quality of materials residents recycle. Solid waste management districts and local jurisdictions operating residential drop-off sites. $300,000 available November 18
Capital Improvement Funds for Local Jail Projects Assist county and local jail projects to build or renovate facilities. County jails $50 million available November 30
Paddling Enhancement Grant Improve or develop recreational boating access for hand-powered watercraft at public facilities. "Political subdivisions and agencies of state or federal government"

$500,000 available;

Max award: $75,000

March 1, 2023

Freight Rail Development Program Support rail-related business development projects to help companies and communities take advantage of rail transportation. Counties, regional planning organizations, convention centers, and more

$2 million available

June 30, 2023


Due to the volume of available federal grants, instead of presenting them in a single table as done for state grants, they are grouped into tables based on what month the applications are due.

October Closing Date

November Closing Date

December Closing Date

2023 Closing Date