Available Grants


9/13/22: Funding available for water bottle refilling stations

Deadline: Applications are now open and will close when funds have been exhausted. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications will continue to be processed and projects will be selected until all the funding for the state fiscal year has been exhausted.

Application Page: https://epa.ohio.gov/static/Portals/47/2022-Water-Refilling-Station-Info.pdf

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Recycling and Litter Prevention Water Bottle Refilling Station Program helps public and private K-12 schools purchase and install new or retrofit water bottle refilling stations. These refilling stations help schools reduce, reuse and recycle, discouraging single-use plastic water bottles.The maximum amount of grant funding available is $5,000 per school or $10,000 per school district. Grantees have 12 months to buy and install the equipment. Each grant recipient will receive full payment when the refilling station contract is executed.

Download details about the grant program.
Apply for the grant. 

8/17/22: OFCC to host Informational Webinar on Safety Grants on Monday, Aug. 22

The OFCC will be hosting a webinar for recent grant applicants on Monday, August 22nd at 10:00 a.m. Panelists from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, Ohio Office of Budget and Management, and Ohio Department of Public Safety will be available for a Q&A at the end of the session. Webinars will be recorded and made available to those who are unable to attend.

For those districts funded in round 2 of the OFCC Security Grant Program, they will need to submit an award application through the Ohio Grants Partnership portal.  More information will be provided during the webinar.

Click here to register. 

View OFCC School Safety Grant Program Guidelines.

8/10/22: EPA Allocates $500 million for Clean School Bus Rebate Program, Applications Due on Aug. 19!

Deadline: August 19, 2022
Application Page:

The EPA is providing $500 million to school districts in its first round of funding for electric, propane and CNG buses and related infrastructure. Districts on the “Prioritized List” (linked below) have a great chance to secure funding as part of this initiative. Eligible districts can apply for up to 25 buses, but hurry applications are due August 19, 2022.

Prioritized List (Click to View)

Selected applicants will be notified of grant status in October, just in time for the OSC Fall Bus Bids, which will include purchasing options for Clean Busses.

For more information on the grant, there is a helpful program guide and some other links at https://www.ohioschoolboards.org/clean-school-bus-grant-program.

8/2/22: OFCC provides nearly $50 million via School Safety Grant Program

Last week, Governor Dewine announced at the Ohio School Safety Summit that 1,183 additional schools in 81 counties will receive nearly $47 million in grant funding as part of the Ohio K-12 School Safety Grant Program.View list and amounts.

Funding was based on prior grant proposals submitted by districts last spring. Grants equal the amount requested by each school (up to $50,000) and will be used to cover expenses associated with physical security enhancements such as security cameras, public address systems, radios, automatic door locks, visitor badging systems and exterior lighting. More information about these awards, as well as an application for the remaining funds (slightly over $50 million) should be forthcoming in the next few weeks.

Several OSC programs and services qualify for these grants, including:


5/5/22: BWC Expands School Safety and Security Grant to Include HVAC Improvements

The School Safety and Security Grant (SSSG) has been expanded to help cover the costs of improvements to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.

Additional funding of $15,000 is available to any qualifying entity under the SSSG program to cover the cost of inspections, assessments, maintenance, and improvements to HVAC systems and the purchase of other secondary devices to control the spread of airborne contaminants, including viruses, for eligible applicants.

“These $15,000 grants will help enhance student and school employee safety and health while at school. Improving school HVAC systems is another way to help keep students and school employees healthy and safe,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud.

This offering is available to employers with no matching amount required and eligible applicants may apply even if they have exhausted all previously available SSSG funds. A secondary application is required for employers receiving funds for HVAC improvements.

An exact list of qualifying equipment can be found here. Other questions about the program should be emailed to grants@bwc.state.oh.us.

Click here for an application. 



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