Available Grants


ENERGY GRANTS

Renew America’s Schools Grant
Deadline: Ongoing
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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched the $500 million Renew America’s Schools Program to promote the implementation of clean energy improvements at K-12 public schools across the country. This first-of-its-kind investment, funded by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), aims to help school communities make energy upgrades that will decrease energy use and costs, improve indoor air quality, and foster healthier learning environments.

DOE is now accepting submissions for the 2024 Renew America’s Schools Prize, a $180 million investment in K-12 public schools across the country. This three-phase opportunity will help districts build capacity, perform energy audits, and plan/implement energy improvement projects across a portfolio of school facilities.


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
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.


FOOD SERVICE GRANTS

Grow Ohio Grants 
Deadline: May 15, 2024
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The Grow Ohio Grant is funded through the 2022 State Agency Non-Competitive Farm to School Formula Grant awarded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The objectives of the formula grant are:

  1. To build and increase the capacity of participating institutions to procure and use local food in program meals; and/or
  2. To provide agricultural education opportunities for participating children.

Funded projects should focus on:

  • Workforce development and introduces students to career opportunities in food production and agriculture;
  • Partners with one or more local farmers, food producers, or local food aggregators;
  • Sponsors that serve children in communities with high percentages (50% or greater) of students eligible for free and reduced-priced meals.

Invitation to Submit Grant Applications: March 4, 2024

Grant Application Webinars*

March 12 from 9– 10 a.m.
March 28 from 9–10 a.m.
April 23 from 9– 10 a.m.

Grant Applications Due: May 15, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

Award Notification and Announcement: July 1, 2024

Grant Term Begins: Aug. 1, 2024

Grant Term Ends: Sept. 30, 2025


Gardening Know How (GKH)
School and Community Garden Sponsorships
Deadline: Ongoing
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The purpose of this program is to create new or enhance existing community and school gardens. Awards issued through this program may be used for unmet needs for soil, seeds, fertilizers, and building materials. Awards may also be used to publicize the project.


ALDI Cares Community Grants
Deadline: Ongoing
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ALDI is a part of the community. Responsibility means making a positive contribution to the community by supporting nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving Children’s Health & Wellness and combating Food Insecurity. For organizations whose mission or core programs meet these pressing issues head on, ALDI provides financial contributions and donations of products or gift cards.


Conagra Brands Foundation
Special Event Support Request
Deadline: Ongoing
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The purpose of this program is to provide support to nonprofit organizations for special events, such as galas or other one-time events. Support will be provided to organizations proposing projects that align with the funding agency’s core focus areas that include a broad array of initiatives that address food insecurity, such as:

Food access
Nutrition education
Cooking skills
Healthy and active lifestyles


Cigna
Healthier Kids for Our Future: Food Insecurity Grant

Deadline: Ongoing
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The purpose of this program is to support nonprofit organizations to improve the health and well-being of children by nourishing kids and addressing food insecurities. This program is intended to address the challenges affecting the health of children so they can grow into healthier adults.


MAINTENANCE 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.


SAFETY GRANTS

SchoolSafety.gov’s Grants Finder Tool
SchoolSafety.gov’s Grants Finder Tool helps you find applicable funding opportunities to help keep your school community safe. The tool features a variety of Federally available school safety-specific grants that you can navigate based on school safety topic, award amount, application level of effort, and more. As Federal agencies release school safety funding opportunities and grants throughout the year, the tool will be updated on an ongoing basis to reflect these opportunities.

To get started, take the Grants Finder Tool Quiz to view a list of applicable grants based on your quiz selections. Available grant results will appear as you answer each question. Your results will narrow down as you proceed throughout the quiz to give you the most relevant grant opportunities for your school.

You can also explore all available grant opportunities in the Grants Library. Filter grants based on your needs or use the quick filter links to view grants in frequently searched for categories.


U.S. Department of Education Grant
School-Based Mental Health Services Grant Program
Deadline: April 30, 2024
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The purpose of the SBMH grant program is to provide competitive grants to State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and consortia of LEAs to increase the number of credentialed mental health services providers providing school-based mental health services to students in LEAs with demonstrated need.

Learn more at an upcoming SBMH Grant Application Q & A Technical Assistance Webinar
Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 2:00 pm- 3:00 pm (Washington DC Time)
Register: https://forms.office.com/g/zjqnFAeQbE


U.S. Department of Education Grant
Mental Health Service Professional Demonstration Grant Program
Deadline: May 15, 2024
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The Mental Health Service Professional Demonstration Grant Program provides competitive grants to support and demonstrate innovative partnerships to train school-based mental health service providers for employment in schools and local educational agencies (LEAs).

Projects should support and demonstrate innovative partnerships to train school-based mental health service providers for employment in schools and local educational agencies (LEAs).

  1. Join one of the informational webinars (the same content will be shared across both webinars):
  2. Join prize office hours:

Ohio Attorney General’s FY24 School Safety Grant
Deadline: May 17, 2024
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Ohio schools can now apply for a share of $6.7 million in safety grants that will be awarded for the 2024 academic year, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced today.

The funding, approved as part of House Bill 33 by the 135th General Assembly, can be used for safety planning, training and classroom programs for public and private schools, charter schools, educational service centers, STEM schools and schools operated by county boards of developmental disabilities.

“Safeguarding and preparing our schools for the future is a shared responsibility,” Yost said. “We want to help invest in the tools and technologies that prioritize the future safety of students and educators.”

Every school district is eligible for a grant of $2,500 or $4.50 per student, whichever amount is greater until the funds are exhausted.

This year’s grants will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, making prompt submission of applications a key consideration. No applications will be considered after May 17, 2024.

The 2024 grant funding is intended to give school leaders flexibility in determining how best to improve student safety. Among other things, the funding can be used for:

  • Certification training for school resource officers.
  • Active-shooter response training or equipment.
  • Educational resources for all grade levels.
  • Training to identify and assist students with mental health issues.
  • School supplies or equipment related to safety or for implementing a school-safety plan.
  • Any other training related to school safety.

Applications are now being accepted through the Ohio Grants Portal. Select “Funding Opportunities,” then select “Ohio Attorney General’s FY24 School Safety Grant.”

Please direct all questions regarding school safety grants to SchoolSafetyGrants@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Grant
Project AWARE Grant
Deadline: Ongoing
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The purpose of the Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education) program is to develop a sustainable infrastructure for school-based mental health programs and services. AWARE grantees build collaborative partnerships with the State Education Agency (SEA), Local Education Agency (LEA), Tribal Education Agency (TEA), the State Mental Health Agency (SMHA), community-based providers of behavioral health care services, school personnel, community organizations, families, and school-aged youth.

Grantees leverage partnerships to implement mental health-related promotion, awareness, prevention, intervention, and resilience activities to ensure that school-aged youth have access and are connected to appropriate and effective behavioral health services. With this program, SAMHSA aims to promote the healthy social and emotional development of school-aged youth and prevent youth violence in school settings.

The program has increased mental health literacy among the schools and communities, removed barriers to find care, and ensured cultural relevance for all school programs. With the continuous support from SAMHSA, Project AWARE proceeds to focus on improving school climate and trauma informed programming to improve the care for school-aged youth.

Points of Contact:
Jennifer Treger, M.S., AWARE Program Coordinator, jennifer.treger@samhsa.hhs.gov
Nancy Kelly, M.S., Ed., Branch Chief, Mental Health Promotion Branch, nancy.kelly@samhsa.hhs.gov


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Grant
Cooperative Agreements for School-Based Trauma-Informed Support Services (TISS) and Mental Health Care for Children and Youth Grant
Deadline: Ongoing
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The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for school and community-based trauma-informed services for children and youth, and their families. The collaborative efforts of this program will create and/or improve identification, referral, early intervention, treatment, and support services for students that need specialized support.

The purpose of the Trauma-Informed Services in Schools program is to increase student access to evidence-based and culturally relevant trauma support services and mental health care by developing innovative initiatives, activities, and programs to link local school systems with local trauma-informed support and mental health systems, including those under the Indian Health Service.

Grantees will develop and/or implement the following:

  • Collaborative partnerships with at least one local/community trauma-informed support and mental health services system to develop and provide screening, referral, and treatment support services to students and their families.
  • Develop an implementation plan which would include the following:
    • A trauma informed support and mental health services plan
    • A training plan
    • A family and community engagement plan
    • A sustainability plan

With this program, SAMHSA aims to further enhance and improve trauma-informed support and mental health services for children and youth.

Points of Contact:
Jennifer Chan, M.P.A., Public Health Advisor, jennifer.chan@samhsa.hhs.gov
Nancy Kelly, M.S., Ed., Acting Chief, Mental Health Promotion Branch, nancy.kelly@samhsa.hhs.gov


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Grant
Mental Health Awareness Training (MHAT) Grant
Deadline: Ongoing
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Mental Health Awareness Training (MHAT) prepares individuals and communities to respond appropriately and safely to persons with mental health challenges and or disorders, particularly those with serious mental illness (SMI) and/or serious emotional disturbances (SED).

As a result of MHAT, individuals receive the knowledge, skills, confidence, and resources to engage with someone experiencing mental health and/or substance use challenges. Individuals trained might use these skills and resources to help others access needed mental health care or other services from within their own families, places of employment, communities, or places of worship.

To meet the unique needs of their communities, MHAT-awarded grantees implement various evidence-based/ evidence-informed curricula of their choice to train the mental health and related workforce, school/higher education systems, first responders, law enforcement, diverse human service organizations, and others who interface with youth and adults at risk for mental health and/or substance use challenges.

Point of Contact:
Nancy Kelly, M.S. Ed, Acting Chief, Mental Health Promotion Branch, nancy.kelly@samhsa.hhs.gov


U.S. Department of Justice Grant
Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Program Grant
Deadline: Ongoing
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The STOP School Violence Act of 2018 seeks to improve school security by providing students and teachers with the tools they need to recognize, respond quickly to, and prevent acts of violence. Both the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) offer grants to improve security within our Nation’s schools and on school grounds through evidence-based programs.

Point of Contact:
David Adams
Senior Policy Advisor
202–514–5309
Email: David.Adams@usdoj.gov


U.S. Department of Justice Grant
Enhancing School Capacity To Address Youth Violence Program Grant
Deadline: May 6, 2024
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With this solicitation, OJJDP seeks to implement youth defense delivery system enhancements that strengthen and improve the representation of youth involved in the juvenile justice system. This program supports states and localities, through a combination of direct grants and national training and technical assistance, to implement sustainable system improvements that result in improved youth outcomes, reduced recidivism, safer communities, cost savings, and increased public confidence in the juvenile justice system. This program furthers DOJ’s mission to uphold the rule of law, keep our country safe, and protect civil rights.


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. 


TRANSPORTATION GRANTS

 









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