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.

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
  • Outreach and Member Engagement Manager Rachel Reedy: General government functions, human services, workforce development
  • Managing Director of Policy 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 Children's Trust Fund's Early Childhood Safety Initiative To provide parent education and early child safety supports to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) eligible families throughout the state. Entities that provide direct services and support to Ohio families (such as ADAMH boards, DD boards, public children services agencies, etc.)

$1 million available;

Max award: $50,000

February 10

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

Firefighter Training Grant To pay for the costs of providing Firefighter I or Firefighter I Transition certification courses free of charge at State Fire Marshal-approved class providers. Entities providing Firefighter I or Firefighter I Transition certification classes.

[Non-county grant]

$500,000 available

May 1

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


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.

In addition to this page, another useful resource for information regarding federal grants available to counties is the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law resource page hosted by NACo. Some may be posted here as well but we recommend you keep tabs on both pages.

Counties may also find the following links regarding how to use, the main federal intergovernmental assistance portal, useful: A presentation slide deck and the accompanying recording, as well as a one-page guide.

January - March Closing Dates

April - December Closing Date