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Communities can apply for numerous State and Federal grants with assistance from MVPO. Programs related to transportation include trail development and recreational facilities through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, economic development opportunities through Transportation Improvement Districts, and Safety grants and Transportation Alternatives through the Ohio Department of Transportation. 

Traffic Cone

Safety Improvement

Systematic Safety

  • Projects that focus on preventing injuries resulting from pedestrian and roadway departure crashes through systemic infrastructure improvements. 

  • Applications due January 31

  • Funds 90% up to $2 million for pedestrian and $5 million for roadway departure

Abbreviated Safety

  • Projects that can quickly implement safety improvements at locations with a crash pattern and safety concern.

  • Applications due Dec 31, Mar 31, June 30, & Sept 30

  • Funds up to $250,000

Formal Safety

  • Projects that are higher-cost, more complex safety improvements that require a more detailed review. 

  • Applications due Aug 31

  • Funds 90% of $250,000-$5,000,000

Township Sign Grant

  • Funds 100% of up to $50,000 in safety sign materials

  • Eligible townships are announced each year

Bike Path

Active Transportation

Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)

  • Funds 80% of eligible costs for construction and/or acquisition; projects include bicycle & pedestrian facilities, overlooks, and more

  • Letter of interest due Oct. 31; applications due Jan. 31

Safe Routes to School

  • Funds 100% up to $400,000 for infrastructure and up to $15,000 for non-infrastructure projects 

  • Applications due in March

  • Must have an up-to-date School Travel Plan

Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)


  • Up to $10,000 for bicycling, active transportation, and community development projects; letter of intent due in January; application due in April

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

Driving a Van


All transit programs letter of intent due Oct 1 and application due Mar 1

Specialized Transportation Program (5310)

  • Projects that enhance mobility for seniors and persons with disabilities in small urbanized and rural areas 

  • Funds 80% of vehicles, equipment to support program, preventative maintenance for 5310 funded vehicles, contracted services, and mobility management

  • Funds 50% of operating assistance

  • Projects selected for funding must be included in a coordinated transportation plan

Rural Transportation Program (5311)

  • Projects that provide public transportation services in rural and small urban areas. 

  • Funds 50% of operating assistance; funds 80% of capital projects

Ohio Transportation Partnership Program (OTP2)

  • To facilitate the most efficient and effective use of state funds in the provision of public transportation services  

  • Must be a 5311 or 5307 recipient; can be used for match funding

Bus and Bus Facilities Program (5339)

  • Projects that purchase or maintain bus fleets and/or facilities.

  • Funds 80% of net capital projects; 90% of leasing or acquiring low- or no-emission bus-related equipment and facilities

Elderly & Disabled (E&D) Transit Fare Assistance

  • Provides grant funds to reimburse eligible public transportation systems who offer reduced fares to the elderly and people with disabilities.

  • Must be a 5311 or 5307 recipient; reimbursement program 

Construction Site

Economic Development

Transportation Improvement District (TID)

  • Application period is from May 1 - May 31

  • Funds 75% of the total project cost or $250,000 per fiscal year

  • Projects are considered based on economic development, job creation, and retention

  • TID boards are established in each county of MVPO's region

Road Constuction

Municipal Bridge Program

  • Funds 80% for bridge replacement or rehabilitation up to $2,000,000

  • Until fiscal year 2027, 15% Toll Revenue Credit (TRC) is available to increase the Federal percentage to 95% 

  • Applications due Aug 15

Ohio Bridge Partnership Program

  • Funds 100% for construction cost only up to $1,000,000

  • Applications due Apr 15

Small City Program

  • Projects for construction only and may be used for any road, safety, or signal project on the Federal Aid System

  • Cities with populations from 5,000 to 24,999 are eligible

  • Funds 80% up to $2,000,000

  • Applications are due June15

Township Stimulus Program

  • Projects for sidewalks, roadways and culvert (less than 10 feet) projects located within township limits

  • Funds 100% up to $250,000

  • Applications are due Jan 14


The Policies for Managing the MVPO Dedicated Funds and the application for funding are below. We will accept both emailed and mailed applications.


The Dedicated Funds Program will make available $548,416 of funding over the next two years for member selected, eligible projects within the MVPO region. 

The Policies for Managing MVPO Dedicated Funds can be found here.

The application for funding can be found here.

Both emailed and mailed applications will be accepted.

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