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Cuyahoga County Greenspace Plan

Existing Funding Sources

Greenspace Plan

Introduction

Greenspace Working Group

Greenspace Plan Elements

Greenprint

Greenspace Plan Goals

Existing Funding Sources

One recommendation for funding greenspace improvements is the greater use of existing open space and environmental funds. A first step is creating an awareness of those programs.

The matrix below includes a list of existing sources of greenspace funding available from federal, state, and local government agencies, and from non-profit organizations. The column headings indicate the primary use for the program's funds and is intended as a quick sort for identifying those programs which may be applicable for specific greenspace related activities. Those program names in blue are linked to web sites which provide more detailed descriptions of the program, along with information on where to apply for funds. To be certain that a particular program is applicable to your project, the more detailed description of the program should be referenced.

Many of the links for programs at the federal level will direct you to the Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance. Type in the number next to the program's name and you will be taken to that program's description.

Ohio Greenways also publishes a hardcopy summary of various state and federal sources of funding for greenway projects. The U.S. EPA maintains a Catalog of Funding Sources for Watershed Protection.

In addition, there are a number of organizations such as the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, The Trust for Public Land, and The Nature Conservancy which work with communities to assist in finding funding for projects.

The list is intended to make it easier to identify existing funding sources. If you should encounter a broken link or know of another funding source not included in the list, please contact us so we may keep the list as up-to-date and comprehensive as possible.

Green Space Funding Sources

Program Planning Aquisition/Easement Watershed/Habitat Protection Pollution Reduction/Cleanup Capital Improvements Trails Labor/Consult. Maintenance Administration Research Education/Community Participation Technical Assistance Economic Development
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
Environmental Protection Agency
Brownfield Assessment Program       X                 X
Brownfield Cleanup Revolving Loan Funds       X                 X
Brownfield Direct Cleanup Grants       X                 X
Environmental Education Grants 66.951                     X    
Environmental Job Training and Development Pilots       X             X   X
Environmental Justice Grants 66.604                   X X X  
Evironmental Protection Consolidated Research 66.500                   X      
Wetlands Protection: Develop. Grants 66.461 X   X                    
Environmental Research Grants                   X      
Great Lakes Program 66.469     X X           X X X  
Source Reduction Assistance 66.717       X           X X X  
Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation Program 66.807 X     X                  
Superfund Technical Assistance Grant 66.806             X         X  
Targeted Watershed Initiative 66.439     X X           X X X  
Department of the Interior
North American Wetlands Conservation Fund 15.623   X X X                  
Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance 15.921                       X  
National Coastal Wetland Conservation Grant   X X         X X        
Land & Water Consrv. Funds (apply through ODNR)   X     X X              
Dept. of Transportation - FHWA
Transportation & Community & System Preservation X X     X X       X     X
National Scenic Byways Program X   X   X X         X    
Public Lands Highways Discretionary Program X X     X X              
Department of Agriculture
Conservation Reserve Program 10.069     X                    
Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention 10.904 X   X X X             X  
Watershed Surveys and Planning 10.906 X                 X      
Wetlands Reserve Program 10.072     X                    
Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program     X                    
Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program X                 X X    
Department of Commerce - NOAA
Habitat Conservation (PDF) 11.463     X           X X X    
Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
Community Outreach Partnership Center 14.511 X                 X X    
Corp. for National and Community Service
Americorps             X X     X    
Retired & Senior Volunteer Program             X       X    
Program Planning Aquisition/Easement Watershed/Habitat Protection Pollution Reduction/Cleanup Capital Improvements Trails Labor/Consult. Maintenance Administration Research Education/Community Participation Technical Assistance Economic Development
STATE GOVERNMENT
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Greenworks                     X    
Ohio Bicentennial Legacy Tree Planting Program         X                
Clean Ohio Trails Fund X X     X X              
Coastal Management Assistance Grants X   X X X                
Land & Water Conservation Funds   X     X X              
Natureworks   X X X X X   X          
Recreational Trails Program X X     X X   X     X    
Watershed Coordinators X               X     X  
Boating Infrastructure Grant Program         X                
Boating Safety Education                     X    
Clean Vessel Act         X                
Cooperative Public Boating Facility Projects         X                
Grassland Restoration: Pastures-to-Prairies     X                    
Wetland Restoration     X X X                
Ohio Department of Transportation
Bicycle/Pedstrian Program (STP Funds)   X     X X              
Transportation Enhancements (PDF) (STP Funds)         X X         X    
Ohio Deptartment of Development
Brownfields/Clean Ohio Fund       X X                
Urban and Rural Initiative Program   X   X                 X
Ohio EPA
Section 319 - Nonpoint Source Pollution X   X             X X X  
Water Pollution Control Loan Fund   X X X X             X  
Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program X X X X                  
Voluntary Action Program (Brownfields Cleanup)       X                 X
Pollution Prevention Loan Program       X X                
Ohio Environmental Education Fund                     X X  
List of Other Grant, Loan and Tax Incentive Progs.                          
Ohio Lake Erie Commission
Lake Erie Protection Fund X  X X           X X    
Program Planning Aquisition/Easement Watershed/Habitat Protection Pollution Reduction/Cleanup Capital Improvements Trails Labor/Consult. Maintenance Administration Research Education/Community Participation Technical Assistance Economic Development
LOCAL AREA GOVERNMENTS
NOACA
Transportation Enhancements (STP Funds)         X X         X    
Metroparks
Agency budget X X X   X X   X X   X X  
Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District
Non-point Source Pollution Education Grant                     X    
Urban Streams Programs       X     X   X   X    
Cuyahoga County
Clean Ohio Conservation Program - NRAC   X X       X            
Community Development Block Grants                          
Brownfields Redevelopment Fund   X   X     X           X
Urban Parks & Recreation Recovery Program X       X       X        
Program Planning Aquisition/Easement Watershed/Habitat Protection Pollution Reduction/Cleanup Capital Improvements Trails Labor/Consult. Maintenance Administration Research Education/Community Participation Technical Assistance Economic Development
PRIVATE & NON-PROFIT
Cleveland Foundation
Grants X       X   X   X X X X X
Gund Foundation
Environment Grants X X X             X X   X
Bikes Belong
Grant Proposal (TEA-21 funds)         X X              
Captain Planet Foundation
Environmental projects for youth and children                     X    
Chevron
Conservation Awards   X X X             X    
Conservation Fund
Kodak American Greenways Award X X     X X X   X   X    
Great Lakes Revolving Loan Fund   X                      
Environmental Support Center
Environmental Loan Fund                 X     X  
eSchool News Online
Links to various environmental education grants                     X    
Ford Foundation
Community and Resource Development   X X   X                
The Foundation Center
Search engine for locating grants                          
Great Lakes Commission
Soil Erosion & Sediment Control X   X X X       X X X X  
Great Lakes Protection Fund
Environmental Endowment     X X                  
Ittleson Foundation
The Environment                   X X    
Land Trust Alliance
Midwest Program X           X   X   X    
National Endowment for the Arts
Challenge America: Access to the Arts X                        
National Gardening Association
Youth Garden Grants Program                     X    
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Bring Back the Natives Grant     X X                  
Five Star Restoration Challenge Grants     X X             X    
FMC Corporation Bird and Habitat Conserv Fund   X X             X X    
Migratory Bird Conservancy   X X X           X X    
Pulling Together Initiative (Weed Management)               X X   X    
Wildlife Links (Golf Courses)                   X   X  
National Tree Trust
Partnership Enhancement Program         X     X X   X    
The Nature Conservancy
Education & technical assistance   X                 X X  
North American Association for Environmental Educ.
Links to various environmental education grants                     X    
Rails to Trails Conservancy
Education & technical assistance                     X X  
Richard King Mellon Foundation
American Land Conservation Program   X X                    
River Network
Watershed Assistance Grant X   X       X     X X    
Trust for Public Land
Education & technical assistance                   X X X  
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Grant program                   X X    
DuPont Corporate Contributions Program
Grant program X   X             X X    
Charles Stewert Mott Foundation
Grant program     X X           X X X  
Surdna Foundation
Grant program     X             X X   X
Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Network and Fund
Grant program X   X X       X X X      
Program Planning Aquisition/Easement Watershed/Habitat Protection Pollution Reduction/Cleanup Capital Improvements Trails Labor/Consult. Maintenance Administration Research Education/Community Participation Technical Assistance Economic Development

Other Potential Sources of Support

  • National Park Service
  • State Parks
  • Municipal Recreation Departments
  • Development Impact Fees
  • Developer Dedications
  • Dedicated Taxes (i.e. sales, property transfer)
  • Special Improvement Districts
  • Trail Sponsorships
  • Fundraisers
  • Pay to Use - revenue generating venues
  • Sale of Easement for Utilities (i.e. cable, optic)
  • Tourism Agencies
  • Local Conservancy Groups - Land Trusts
  • Public Arts Programs
  • Organizational Support - Volunteers
  • Scientific Research Programs/Schools
  • Local Businesses
  • Churches
  • Recreation Clubs
  • Pro Bono Professional Services (legal, financial)

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