Funding Opps: Placemaking, Workforce, and More

Each month, OCDCA members receive the newsletter Funding Opps, which details funding opportunities available for community development organizations in Ohio. We categorize them within our five initiatives: affordable housing, financial empowerment, community economic development, community engagement, and financial empowerment, along with a smattering of “other.”

Here’s a sample from April’s Funding Opps:


HHS Refugee Microenterprise Development Program

The overall goal of the Refugee MED Program is assist refugees to become economically self-sufficient by, 1) assisting refugees to establish microenterprise businesses through the provision of MED loans, training and technical assistance (T/TA), and 2) assisting refugees in building credit history and/or repairing their credit score. Allowable activities under the Refugee MED Program include providing technical assistance on loans, maintaining a revolving loan fund, provision of credit builder loans, and administrative costs associated with managing the MED Program. Deadline is May 5, 2017.


Chevron Community Fund – Harrison & Tuscarawas Counties Only

The Chevron Community Fund was created by the Chevron Appalachian Mountain Business
Unit to direct philanthropic resources to the needs of the communities where the company
operates. Chevron’s mission is to create social and economic growth through capacity
building and community investment. Funding is focused primarily on: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), Education and Workforce Development. Basic Human Needs may also be considered. Deadline is May 9.


JPMorgan Chase Fourth PRO Neighborhoods Competition

JPMorgan Chase & Co has launched the fourth PRO Neighborhoods annual competition.

Thriving neighborhoods are critical to the long-term economic success of individuals, communities, and cities. At a time when economic growth is often directed toward reviving commercial corridors and downtowns, many neighborhoods, families and small business owners are being left behind. Every city faces its own set of challenges and needs its own comprehensive strategy for economic growth that ensures opportunities to prosper are extended to distressed neighborhoods and the families that live there.

We know that many neighborhood quality issues are among the biggest drivers of racial and gender income and wealth inequality, and leaving these issues unaddressed is a missed economic opportunity for the entire region. That’s why in 2017 PRO Neighborhoods will continue to support innovative strategies by local community development finance institutions that combine balance sheets, talent and technology to advance economic opportunity in distressed neighborhoods. Deadline is May 16.


U.S. Bank Foundation Community Possible

Community Possible is designed to embrace the diversity in our communities. Grants in their work pillar are accepted until May 31. This includes workforce education and economic prosperity.


PeopleForBikes Funding

PeopleForBikes accepts grant applications from non-profit organizations with a focus on bicycling, active transportation, or community development, from city or county agencies or departments, and from state or federal agencies working locally. PeopleForBikes only funds projects in the United States. Requests must support a specific project or program; we do not grant funds for general operating costs. Deadline is July 21.


Gannett Foundation Community Action Grants

Our community action grant priorities include education and neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation and cultural enrichment. Deadline is August 29.

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