Available Grants

EPA Scrap Tire Grants
Deadline: Ongoing
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Ohio EPA’s Scrap Tire Grant Program offers Ohio businesses (for example, manufacturers, scrap tire recovery facilities, material processors) up to $300,000 in funding to create or expand scrap tire processing capacity and product manufacturing. Funds are also available for local governments and nonprofits to complete beneficial use projects that incorporate the use of ground tire rubber.

Contracts covering the costs necessary for services of public or private contractors related to the project.

State of Ohio Security Grant (OSG)
Deadline: November 3, 2023
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House Bill 33 of the 135th General Assembly authorize the Department of Public Safety and Ohio Emergency Management Agency to provide grant funding to nonprofit organizations, houses of worship, chartered nonpublic schools, and licensed preschools for eligible security improvements that assist the organization in preventing, preparing for, or responding to acts of terrorism.

This is a reimbursement grant, with payout expected Feb 2024-July 2025 for the following:

  • Camera security systems
  • alarm systems
  • door/window monitors
  • access controls
  • fixed intensity lighting for improved visibility areas for surveillance zones
  • emergency crisis communication systems
  • contracted security
  • training

Applications are due no later than noon on November 3, 2023.

SFY24 OSG Application Documents:

Please send questions regarding this grant program to OSG@dps.ohio.gov.

SFY24 OSG Application Information Webinars:

  • 10:00am – 11:00am, Wednesday, October 11, 2023
  • 10:00am – 11:00am, Wednesday, October 18, 2023

The OSG applicant information webinar will include an overview of the application process followed by a question & answer period for applicants. Preregistration is required. Request webinar access by emailing OSG@dps.ohio.govwith the subject line: SFY24 OSG Webinar Access. Be sure to include the name(s) of attendee(s), organization name, title or role within the organization, the site(s) which you intend to submit an application for, and which session you would like to attend.

Participation is not mandatory. If you have any questions about the application process, please send your questions to OSG@dps.ohio.gov in advance of the webinar.

Ohio Attorney General Grants for Streamlined Threat Response at Schools
Deadline: November 30, 2023
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Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost today announced $4 million in grant funding available to local school districts to buy technology that links them directly to law enforcement in an effort to improve crisis response and crime prevention.

Examples could include but are not limited to:

  • Systems allowing immediate camera access to responding law enforcement.
  • Silent panic alarms.
  • Gunshot-detection technology.
  • License plate reader alerts for vehicles belonging to registered sex offenders.
  • Alert systems warning of wanted dangerous individuals.

Districts can apply for a maximum of $30,000 in grant money for use on one or multiple buildings; schools that applied for the pilot program are encouraged to reapply. Grant applications will be accepted from Oct. 1 through Nov. 30, 2023, via the Ohio Grants Portal.  Submission date will be a factor in the evaluation of grant applications. Grant award recipients will be notified in January 2024, with grant payment projected for early 2024 Questions should be sent to Officer SchoolSafetyGrants@ohioago.gov.

BWC School Safety and Security Grant (HVAC)
Deadline: Ongoing
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Great news! The School Safety and Security Grant (SSSG) has been expanded to also help cover the costs of inspections, assessments, maintenance, and improvements to indoor heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems as well as the purchase of other secondary devices to control the spread of airborne contaminants, including viruses, for eligible applicants.

The one-time HVAC grant provides up to $15,000 for HVAC improvements and requires no match from the district.

BWC Safety Intervention Grant (SIG)
Deadline: Ongoing
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The SIG Program is available to any Ohio private or public employer covered by the State Insurance Fund to purchase equipment to substantially reduce or eliminate injuries and illnesses associated with a particular task or operation.

Recipients are eligible for a 3-to-1 matching grant, up to a maximum grant award of $40,000 for each three-year eligibility cycle. This means BWC gives $3 for every $1 the employer contributes. 

BWC School Safety and Security Grant (Additional Equipment) 
Deadline: Ongoing
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The program is available to eligible Ohio employers who wish to purchase equipment to substantially improve the safety and security of facilities, and to reduce or eliminate injuries or illnesses associated with providing educational services to children. This grant provides the opportunity to purchase a wide-variety of security and safety equipment, such as radios, panic buttons, access control, security cameras, bollards, etc.

Recipients are eligible for a 3-to-1 matching grant, up to a maximum grant award of $40,000 for each three-year eligibility cycle. This means BWC gives $3 for every $1 the employer contributes. 

Energy Incentive Rebate and Incentives
FirstEnergy Lighting Incentive Program
Deadline: May 31, 2024
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FirstEnergy’s Ohio Commercial Lighting Program provides incentives to encourage participants to install high-efficiency lighting equipment and controls for retrofit/renovation or existing and new construction projects. Offered to existing facilities and new construction projects of commercial, industrial, governmental and institutional customers who currently have active account(s) with either Ohio Edison, The Illuminating Company or Toledo Edison and Program Allies who service these areas.

Need additional assistance?
No problem! OSC Preferred Partners CPower, Gardiner or Energy Optimizers are ready and eager to serve as your no-cost and expert energy incentive consultants. 

CPower has the ability to investigate specific Electricity Efficiency Rebates and additional utility reduction programs through PJM. These programs can be retroactive, combining rebate opportunities to maximize incentives available for your district through May 31, 2024. Email Kellen Bollettino at kellen.bollettino@cpowerenergymanagement.com, or Mark Goudreault at mark.goudreault @cpowerenergymanagement.com to learn more.

Gardiner and Energy Optimizers
Many future opportunities for energy conservation grants will potentially require an ASHRAE Level II Energy Audit, which can be managed by Gardiner or Energy Optimizers. To learn more about the ASHRAE Level II Energy Audit process, contact David Smith via dsmith@whgardiner.com at Gardiner Service Company or Belinda Kenley at Energy Optimizers via bkenley@energyoptusa.com.

Feminine Hygiene Products: Requirements and Available Funding
Deadline: September 15, 2023
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Funding Application (DUE 9/15/23): Click here to complete the Dispenser Funding Request

To increase student wellness and address barriers that prevent students from engaging in learning, schools and districts are now required to provide feminine hygiene (menstrual) products for students in grades six through twelve.

Funding Available:
The recently enacted state operating budget includes $5 million to support schools in providing free menstrual products for students. This consists of $2 million for installing dispensers and $3 million for product reimbursement. School districts, community schools, STEM schools and chartered nonpublic schools can request funding to install dispensers and will be able to request reimbursement for the purchase of products. The Department will determine funding amounts based on enrollment and allocate funding proportionally.

The process for applying is quick and easy.
Click here to complete the Dispenser Funding Request – DUE 09/15/2023

The OSC has discounted feminine hygiene products available to your district!
The Ohio Schools Council recently conducted an RFP for both non-organic and organic feminine hygiene products, as well as free-vend dispensers pursuant to the Budget Bill, and received competitive pricing. The awarded vendors were FriendsOffice for non-organic feminine hygiene products and Aunt Flow Corporation for organic feminine hygiene products.  Call them today to receive your OSC discount:

Sandy Zollos | School Specialist
(330) 592-1934 Cell

Ben Weiner

EPA Water Bottle Filler Station Grant
Deadline: February 2, 2024
Informative Webinar on Nov. 8: Click to register

The bottle filling stations in schools encourage staff and students to use refillable water bottles to help reduce the use of single-use plastic bottles and keep more plastic waste out of landfills. The communities are receiving grants up to $5,000 per school and $10,000 per school district or diocese.

To learn more about the grants, register online for the Nov. 8, 2023, grant kickoff meeting. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. Click to register.

For more information, visit recycleohio.gov or contact program staff at recycle@epa.ohio.gov.

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