[March 30, 2020] The Emergency Program is on hold until further notice due to the unavailability of funding. Please watch the OPWC's Home Page for updated messages concerning the status of OPWC funding. We recognize that other emergency funding sources are difficult to locate but potential options include Ohio Emergency Management Agency and USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program which includes funds for transportation facilities such as streets, roads and bridges in 33 Ohio counties that had disasters declared. The contact for OEMA is Steve Ferryman, email@example.com, and for USDA RD is Joshua Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org.
OPWC reserves funding for emergency projects that arise directly out of catastrophic situations that involve an immediate threat to public health and safety, require immiediate action, and for which there is no alternative way of addressing the project through local funding or other resources. Emergency funds are reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis, with funding requests accepted year round dependent on funding availability. The current annual allocation is $3.5 million.The current transportation budget bill, H.B. 62 of the 133rd General Assembly, permits the OPWC Director to increase funding up to 6% (from the current 2%) of the State Capital Improvement Program starting July 1, 2021.
If you believe you have a project that qualifies as an emergency begin by contacting the appropriate program representative. The program representative will determine if you should submit qualifying documentation (below) for the Director's consideration.The Director will review and make a decison based on the nature of the emergency, the financial need of the community, the urgency, and other information supplied with the reqeust.
Based on the Director’s review of this information a Letter of Approval/non-approval will formally notify the applicant of the outcome. If approved, an OPWC Application for Financial Assistance is required to issue a formal agreement with Authorizing Legislation, CFO Certification, and signed/stamped Engineer’s Weighted Useful Life Statement if not previously provided.