Infrastructure Grant Application Support and Resources for Cities

Ensuring that all cities that want help navigating the plethora of bipartisan infrastructure law funding opportunities have access to such help is crucial to the success of the law. Ohio cities have several options for information and help. We have compiled them here to ensure that they are all easy to find and access.

Local Infrastructure Hub Grant Application Bootcamp – technical assistance program to help smaller and mid-sized cities (with populations below 150,000) access federal infrastructure funds. The bootcamps will be 3-4 month programs focused on a particular federal grant program and is designed to help cities with less federal grant application expertise prepare competitive grant applications for the focus program. Registration for this fall’s programs is open until August 31, 2022.

Power a Clean Future Ohio Infrastructure Grant Assistance Program (IGAP) – available to all Power a Clean Future Ohio communities. IGAP is a technical assistance program designed to make Ohio cities and counties more competitive for federal grants. The focus is on clean energy and clean transportation projects that will further expand Ohio’s clean energy economy and reduce emissions.

The Ohio Mayors Alliance Grants Navigator Assistance – Ohio Mayors Alliance members may access one-on-one advice and assistance in developing a plan to access and maximize federal funds available to meet their cities’ goals. Interested OMA members may contact Sarah@ohiomayorsalliance.org for more information.

Federal Agency Resources

  • Department of Transportation Navigator
    • The DOT Navigator is a new resource to help communities understand the best ways to apply for grants, and to plan for and deliver transformative infrastructure projects and services.
  • Department of Energy Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding Opportunities
    • For the next five years, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will stand up 60 new DOE programs, including 16 demonstration and 32 deployment programs, and expands funding for 12 existing Research, Development, Demonstration, and Deployment (RDD&D) programs.
  • Internet For All 
    • Information about programs related to planning, infrastructure, and adoption of high speed internet, with links to grant programs through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the Federal Communications Commission, the Department of Treasury, and the Department of Agriculture.
  • Green Infrastructure Funding Opportunities
    • US Environmental Protection Agency grant programs and information.

Finding Grant Programs

If you want to search for grant programs available to cities more generally, here are a couple of good places to start:

  • The Local Infrastructure Hub grant search engine – this will give you absolutely everything available right now through the IIJA/bipartisan infrastructure law, and can be a bit overwhelming, but is comprehensive.
  • The Ohio Grants Navigator – a list of grants available from various Ohio state agencies (click on “funding opportunities”). Examples of currently-available grant programs include the body-worn camera grant program and H2Ohio lead line mapping (both funded by state American Rescue Plan money).