Applications Open for Clean Ohio Greenspace Conservation Fund in Appalachian Ohio

The Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission (OVRDC), alongside the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) and the Natural Resources Assistance Council (NRAC), invites applications for the Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation Program for FY 2025.

This program seeks to acquire and enhance natural green spaces, riparian corridors, and waterways across Appalachian Ohio, aiming to preserve the region’s natural charm and ensure public access. Funding is also allocated for the restoration of areas affected by invasive species.

With approximately $4.9 million available for Round 19, applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Monday, September 30.

NRAC oversees the Clean Ohio Program in District 15, covering counties such as Fayette, Highland, Brown, Adams, Ross, Pike, Scioto, Vinton, Jackson, Lawrence, and Gallia. Grants are provided for open space preservation, watershed conservation, and recreational trails.

Eli Cole, OVRDC program liaison, encourages local governments, park districts, and non-profit organizations in District 15 to apply. He underscores the opportunity this funding offers to safeguard natural resources, enhance public accessibility, and generate interest in the program.

Interested parties can access the NRAC Clean Ohio Handbook, current methodology, prescreening checklist, and application for District 15, as well as the OPWC Application for financial assistance, at https://www.ovrdc.org/clean-ohio-program.

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