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Local Government Safety Capital Grant Program


Contact information

Jennifer Spohr
Program Manager
Office of Strategic Business Investments
(614) 466-4184

Round 2 Schedule

  • Application period opens: October 31, 2016
  • Applications due: January 6, 2017 (11:59:59 pm EST)
  • Review period: January 2017 – March 2017
  • Council awards meeting: March 23, 2017

The Local Government Safety Capital Grant Program was created by the 131st General Assembly, through Amended Substitute H.B. 64. The program received an appropriation of $10,000,000 for FY16 and $10,000,000 for FY17. The program is administered by the Local Government Innovation Council, who also oversees the Local Government Innovation Program and Local Government Efficiency Program.

Under the program, the Council may award grants to political subdivisions to be used for the purchase of vehicles, equipment, facilities, or systems needed to enhance public safety. The Council shall award not more than $100,000 in total grants to an individual political subdivision.

For Whom

Qualifying political subdivisions are eligible to apply for funding.

A “qualifying political subdivision” means a county, township, municipal corporation, joint emergency medical services district, fire district, joint fire district, fire and ambulance district, joint police district, or joint ambulance district. 

A political subdivision is not restricted to the number of grant applications it may file, either individually or jointly with one or more political subdivisions, however, a political subdivision shall not be awarded more than $100,000 in total grants attributed to them.

Applications submitted by a group of political subdivisions which, if awarded, will serve to consolidate emergency services or enhance cooperation between or among the applying jurisdictions to more efficiently deliver emergency services are encouraged.  An application submitted by multiple political subdivisions may seek a level of funding which does not exceed the total amount of funding which may be collectively awarded to those political subdivisions individually, up to $500,000.


The Local Government Safety Capital Grant program provides funding for the purchase of needed items to enhance public safety of a community’s residents. Innovative and collaborative approaches to purchases are encouraged.

How to Apply

Frequently Asked Questions (Updated October 21, 2016)

Yes, each eligible applicant may apply for up to an aggregate of $100,000 per biennium, whether individually or as part of a joint submission.

No. The law specifically states who can apply. The political subdivision must be the applicant, not an office or division.

No, a collaborative partner must be a political subdivision as defined in section 701.120(C) of Am. Sub. H.B. 340. (Ex. If a city’s fire department collaborated with a city’s police department, the project could only receive up to $100,000. The eligible applicant is the political subdivision, the city.)

The Ohio Development Services Agency always encourages applicants to have an investment in their projects. A cash match isn’t required, however depending on the project, a local commitment from public and/or private sources could lead to a better score.

The program guidelines outline the scoring methodology. Some of the main criteria for scoring the applications will be:

  • Collaboration which enhances services and reduces cost to local taxpayers
  • Local financial commitment from public and/or private sources.
  • Evidence of the community need, including the relationship between service area, employees, crime statistics, and other relevant metrics
  • Evidence of the need for the specific item
  • Ability to support future costs of purchase

Yes, if the member seeking to be a collaborative partner is itself a political subdivision.

The law states funds must be used for a capital purchase of equipment, vehicles, facilities, or systems needed to enhance public safety. Operational costs, training costs and land acquisition are not eligible purchases in this program.

This program operates on a reimbursement basis. Items must be paid for by the grantee and will then be reimbursed by ODSA.  This assures accountability for taxpayers’ money and ensures all the purchases are within the terms of the agreement.

Only eligible items purchased after the award is made (council approval) may be eligible for reimbursement, subject to an awardee entering into a signed agreement with ODSA.

ODSA would like to see signed agreement outlining the roles and responsibilities of each collaborative partner, along with any financial contributions being made, the allocation of the grant award, and a plan for the sharing/use of the purchases reimbursed with grant funds.

Yes. Applicants may re-apply in subsequent round(s).

We need one MOU that includes all partners. Mutual aid is not the same as multiple local governments sharing a purchase so, in short, no.

If you received less than $100,000, you can apply this round to receive the funds that do not exceed $100,000 between both rounds