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

Competitive RECLAIM Grants Encourages juvenile courts to develop a range of community-based options to meet the needs of juvenile offenders and divert youth from Department of Youth Services institutions. County juvenile courts Varies by grant category (see attached Request for Proposals) November 30
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
Appalachian Community Grant Program (Round 1) Bring about transformational change and be a catalyst for future development by providing generational investments in the Appalachian region. Counties within the Appalachian region

Planning Grants:
$30 million available

Development Grants: $50 million available

December 9
Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment Fund Assist law enforcement agencies in increasing the pool of qualified applicants and the retention of officers. Law enforcement agencies (must be in compliance with data reporting standards)

Max award: $15,000 (funds two recruits to the Peace Officer Training Academy)

December 16
Ohio Drug Law Enforcement Fund Grant Help defray the expenses that a drug task force organization incurs in performing its functions related to the enforcement of Ohio's drug laws and other laws related to illegal drug activity.

Law enforcement agencies

Max award: $250,000 in a single calendar year

January 5, 2023
Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant To assist small fire departments with purchasing and funding of projects.

Fire departments that serve areas with a population less than 10,000

[Non-county grant]

$486,000 available

Minimum award: $1,000

Maximum award: $10,000

January 15, 2023
Fire Department Training Reimbursement Grant To reimbursement is available for specific fire training classes, including the cost of training manuals and student workbooks up to the maximum amount that is authorized.

Fire departments that serve areas with a population less than 25,000

[Non-county grant]

Maximum award: $15,000

January 31, 2023
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.

December Closing Date

2023 Closing Date