Small Government Program

ATTENTION - On April 8, 2020, considering the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty of the capital bill (funding source for Small Government), we announced that the Small Government program was placed on hold and the May 7, 2020 voting meeting cancelled. All cure submission deadlines were maintained in order to have equity, but draft scores were not provided. This message remains unchanged. Please watch the OPWC's Home Page for updated messages concerning the status of OPWC funding. The Small Government web page will be updated concerning any additional changes to the Small Government process. 

The onus for a complete application in on the applicant. Due to the competitive nature of the program and to maintain fairness and consistency, all applicants are directed to use the provided materials. Your application documents provided to the district and these online materials contain what is needed to be at your best competitive advantage. The administrator does not identify deficiencies.

Round 34 Materials

•  What's New: Summary of Changes for Round 34

•  Applicants Manual 

•  Methodology  

•  Engineer’s Plan Status Certification 

•  Water & Wastewater Ability & Effort Supplemental  

•  Checklist  

•  Self Score Form  

•  MHI and Population Data    


Criterion 5, Population Benefit, for road projects that address vehicular crashes:

•  Guidance for Rate of Return Calculations 

•  Safety Application Tool


NOTE: American FactFinder is permanently offline March 31, 2020. Go to for new data releases.

Of the annual SCIP allocation, $17.5 million is set aside for the Small Government Program established for villages and townships with populations in the unincorporated areas of less than 5,000 in population. Applicants who apply for funding that are not awarded at the District level can be selected for Small Government consideration by the District Committee as a “second chance” for funding.

If your project has been selected for Small Government consideration, please review the following:

•  Intent to Apply - Upon receiving a district’s submissions, the applications are reviewed for eligibility. Applicants (all listed contacts with valid email addresses) are notified with delivery receipts, and given up to one week to confirm their intent to apply. If no confirmation is received within the given time period, the application is withdrawn and replaced with a district’s contingency submission.

•  Cure Period - Confirmed applicants (all listed contacts with valid email addresses) are provided a “cure” notification with deadline stating they have 30 calendar days, to provide required and/or additional documentation according to the Small Government requirements and methodology. All submissions must be received by midnight on the due date with only one exception. This exception is that all applicants have the same date, March 29, 2019, to submit the required Small Government Engineer’s Plan Status Certification. As part of the cure, applicants may make changes to the amount and type of funding assistance requested (grant and loan), as well as engineering if the originating district does not permit engineering as part of the application.

•  Composite Score - After the 30-day cure, the applications are scored. Applicants (contact listed on page 1 of application) are emailed their final composite score and, if applicable, calculated combined annual water/wastewater rates. Applicants are given one week to refute discrepancies.

•  Awards - About noon on the day of the Small Government Commission meeting the final results are posted on this website. Each district liaison is then sent their district results and each applicant who is awarded funds receives a congratulatory email with information pertaining to the release of agreements.

Linda S. Bailiff, Small Government Administrator

The Commission meets at least once annually to vote on the Program Administrator's recommended slate of projects and approve the methodology for the following round. Additional meetings are scheduled, as necessary. Unless otherwise stated, meetings are held at the Capital Square Office Building, 65 East State Street, 2nd Floor Conference Center, Columbus, OH 43215.

The Round 34 Voting Meeting previously scheduled for Thursday, May 7, 2020, 10:00 a.m. has been cancelled.

View all of our Small Government Commission Members below.

Commission Representing
Voting Members  
Mark Zimmerman, P.E., P.S., Chair (District 16) Seneca County Engineer
Matt Kline (District 11) Village of West Milton
Joe Martin (District 3)
Brown Township, Franklin County
Fred Bobovnyk (District 6) Weathersfield Township, Trumbull County
Travis Dotson (District 10) Village of Bethel
Sam Alonso (District 8) Village of Reminderville
Dale Dietrich (District 18) Benton Township, Monroe County
Non-Voting / Ex-Officio Members  
James V. Stewart - Chair, OWDA Appointee: Ken Heigel
Jack Marchbanks - Director, ODOT Appointee: Andrea Stevenson
Laurie A. Stevenson - Director, OEPA Appointee: Jerry Rouch