Small Government Program

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.

FY 24 / Round 37 Materials (Agreement Release July 1, 2023)

The Commission did not make any major changes from the FY 23 / Round 36 Applicant Manual or Methodology, but the updated files are posted below:

•  Applicant Manual 

•  Methodology  

•  Engineer’s Plan Status Certification 

•  Water & Wastewater Ability & Effort Supplemental  

•  Checklist  

•  Self Score Form  

•  Project Financial Information

•  MHI and Population Data (This will be replaced with revised information used by the Administrator when available.)


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

•  Guidance for Rate of Return Calculations 

•  Safety Application Tool

Of the annual SCIP allocation, $20 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:

•  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, the last business day in March, 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 applicant who is awarded funds receives a congratulatory email with information pertaining to the release of agreements.

Jennifer Kline, 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 offices of the Ohio Water Development Authority, 480 S. High Street, Columbus.

The Fiscal Year 24 / Round 37 Voting Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 11, 2023, 10 a.m. 


Commission Representing
Voting Members  
Mark Zimmerman, P.E., P.S., Chair (District 16) Seneca County Engineer
Joe Martin (District 3) Brown Township, Franklin County
Steve Woolf (District 4)
Clay Township, Montgomery 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
Anne Vogel - Director, OEPA Appointee: