Office of Redevelopment
Community Services Division
The Local Government Innovation Fund (LGIF) offers communities financial assistance to create more efficient and effective service delivery. Projects are expected to facilitate improved business environments and promote community attraction with their plan for efficiency, collaboration, or shared services. Communities will be able to save money and provide more effective services to their constituents with assistance from this program. Applications will be accepted quarterly.
The Local Government Innovation Program will award up to $50,000 in grant funds per feasibility study, up to $100,000 in loan assistance per entity for demonstration projects, and up to $500,000 in loan assistance for collaborative demonstration projects. Award amounts for applicants with collaborative partners are limited to $100,000 per applicant and $100,000 for each collaborative partner up to $500,000.
The Ohio Development Services Agency awarded four loans to local communities at the August 28th meeting of the Local Government Innovation Council. The loans total $1,700,000. A list of projects receiving funding can be found on the left side of the page under 'Past Projects' or by clicking here.
Applications for Round 7 of the Local Government Innovation Fund are currently being reviewed. The Round 7 awards meeting of the Local Government Innovation Council is scheduled for December 5, 2013 at 1:30 pm in room 1960 of the Vern Riffe Center for Government, 77 S. High St. Columbus, OH 43215.
The application for Round 8 of the Local Government Innovation Fund is now available. Applications can be made for both the Local Government Innovation Program (grants and loans) and the Local Government Efficiency Program (grants and scholarships). Applications are due December 9, 2013. All application materials can be found under Application Materials on the left side of this page.
Please be aware that beginning with this round, all LGIF program applications are now available online. If you are interested in applying for a LGIF program, or if you would like to review the applications, you will need to request a Username and Password before accessing the applications.