Emergency Program

In February 2019 we announced we were out of funds until July 1, 2019. During this period, we received a substantial number of requests for July 1st funding. Unfortunately, the requests far exceed the amount of available dollars and we have committed all available resources. Pre-applications can be submitted to your program representative for consideration if additional funds become available.

The President declared a Major Disaster for the State of Ohio as the result of the tornado outbreak in May. As a result of the disaster declaration on June 18, 2019 Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds are available statewide for eligible sub‐applicants to apply for projects that reduce risk to people and property from natural hazards and their effects. The deadline to submit HMGP pre-applications to the Ohio EMA Mitigation Branch is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 30, 2019. The State Hazard Mitigation Team will meet in mid‐September to prioritize HMGP pre‐applications. The highest ranking pre‐applications will be invited to develop full HMGP applications. A blank HMGP pre‐application can be found HERE. Get more info on Ohio EMA’s website: https://sharpp.dps.ohio.gov/OhioSHARPP/Grants.aspx#HMGPApplicationInformation.

OPWC reserves funding for emergency projects that arise directly out of catastrophic situations that involve an immediate threat to public health and safety, 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. Funding requests are accepted year round. The current annual allocation is $3.5 million.

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.

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.

The applicant must submit the following information to be considered for funding:

  • Complete Pre-Application, which contains items 1 through 5 below, and attach information as described in items 6 through 8.
  • Describe the nature of the emergency — Provide a description of the project and the reason for the emergency. Describe the event and the threat to health and safety. This includes the loss of vital or emergency services requiring an unreasonable delay or detour. Problems resulting from neglect, inadequate maintenance, poor planning, or caused by aging and/or normal deterioration are ineligible.
  • Status of alternative infrastructure — Is other infrastructure available to compensate for the failed system? Include information on any alternative routes for road and bridge projects.

  • Availability of other funding sources — Are any other funds (federal, state or local) available? List any other funding agencies that have been contacted.

  • History — How long has the applicant been aware of the problem?

  • Project Schedule — The project must be ready to proceed immediately. Include a project schedule.

  • Include photographs and a map showing the location of the emergency and any possible detours required for emergency and residential access, if applicable.

  • Provide a detailed cost estimate from a registered professional engineer as well as a useful life statement. Also indicate the amount of funds the applicant will contribute toward the project.

  • Provide any additional information deemed relevant (e.g. letters from local officials and residents, newspaper reports, etc.).

If you have been selected and notified that you are eligible for Emergency Program funding, please fill out the application below. The Ohio Public Works Commission uses one project application for funding for all infrastructure programs including SCIP, LTIP, Emergency, Small Government and Loan Assistance/Credit Enhancement. Please use the links below for the application instructions, forms, and required attachments.

Application Instructions 

Application Form              

Application Attachment Templates:

•  Authorizing Legislation 

•  CFO Certification of Local Funds and Repayment Letter 

•  Engineer's Estimate and Useful Life Statement 

•  Cooperative Agreement (Multiple Jurisdictions) 

•  Farmland Preservation Review Letter 


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