Life in Delaware County

H2Ohio Grant Funding Coming To Preservation Parks

10 May , 2022  

By 1808Delaware, ODNR

On Monday, Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director Mary Mertz announced that $3 million in H2Ohio grant funding will be directed to nine wetland projects to help improve water quality in the Ohio River Basin.

Those awards include funding for Preservation Parks in Delaware County. Other funded projects are in Athens, Butler, Clark, Delaware, Franklin, Mahoning, Montgomery, Pickaway, and Wayne counties. Each will create wetlands, restore wetlands on hydric soils, and/or enhance water quality at existing wetlands and floodplains.

“By expanding the reach of H2Ohio, we are working not only toward water quality, but also to a better quality of life for all Ohioans,” said Governor DeWine.  “Water issues exist everywhere, and these new projects will ensure more communities get the opportunity to experience the benefits these wetlands provide for water quality, wildlife, and recreational purposes.”

This is the second round of H2Ohio grants focused exclusively on the Ohio River Basin. In round one, ten wetland projects were awarded a total of $4.3 million to address nutrient loading and contribute to water quality improvement in the Ohio River and its tributaries. More…

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Delaware County

2022 Trail Assistance Program Application Window Is Open

22 Apr , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

The DelCo Trail Committee is now accepting applications for grants from municipalities, park districts, townships, and non profits for the 2022 Trail Assistance Program.

Eligible projects for funding include construction of multi-use trails within Delaware County; Acquisition of property or easements for a multi-use trail; Trail facilities (benches, drinking fountains, signage, accessibility improvements, counters, etc.); Maintenance of existing trails (crack sealing, striping, re-painting, etc.); and Matching funds for other trail grant programs.

Projects that are on the current Delaware County Trail System Master Plan will be given priority. A map detailing the components of that plan can be accessed here. Eligibility criteria are listed here.

Applications are being accepted through June 17. They can be submitted online at this link.

For more info, visit this link or contact Scott Sanders at:

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Life in Delaware County

Health District Awards Healthy Communities Program Funds

4 Apr , 2022  

The Delaware Public Health District has announced its plans to award four partner projects within the Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) Mini Grant program.

The CHC program had nine applicant organizations with funding requests totaling $34,665 – far exceeding the $10,000 available for projects. The amounts requested within the project proposals reflect the distinct contrasts in need within Delaware County.

“This pilot cycle exceeded expectations and was more competitive than DPHD ever imagined,” said Health District Community Specialist Josie Bonnette. “With the limited resources available and a very dedicated pool of applicants, it took the review team incredibly careful consideration to award the funded projects.”

The organizations and projects awarded include: More…

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Life in Delaware County

Clean Ohio Trails Funds Coming To Delaware County

1 Apr , 2022  

By 1808Delaware, ODNR

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is helping communities maintain or add new trail systems through the Recreational Trails (RTP) and Clean Ohio Trails programs. A total of $7.7 million will be going to local groups for these efforts.

One of those grants is coming to Delaware County to complete improvements over Big Walnut Creek. More information is below.

“Ohioans loves to get outside and take in the natural beauty this great state has to offer,” Governor Mike DeWine said.  “I’m excited for families and friends to have even more opportunities to see Ohio through every season.”

ODNR administers the federal RTP grant program, which reimburses up to 80 percent of a project’s funding. Chosen projects create and maintain trails, improve access for people with disabilities, and provide education about trail safety and the environment. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Applications Sought For Community Enhancement Grants Program

26 Mar , 2022  

The Delaware County Commissioners have announced they are accepting applications from tax-exempt organizations for their 2022 Community Enhancement Grant Program. This annual allocation from the county’s general fund has, for the last decade, provided project-specific grants to charitable agencies located and operating within Delaware County.

The program has traditionally provided about $250,000 total per year to a wide variety of agencies. During the Covid-19 pandemic, additional funds were available to help agencies stay in operation, but in 2022, the funding levels and requirements will return to what they were prior to 2020.

This year, applications can be submitted online at: This link also provides information about all the requirements of the program. A hard copy of this application/requirements document can be obtained by emailing a request to: or by calling 740-833-2115.

The deadline for applications is April 13. It is expected that grant decisions will be made by the end of May.



Ohio Wesleyan Awards Three New Faculty-Staff Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion Grants

3 Mar , 2022  

Special to 1808Delaware

Ohio Wesleyan University is awarding its second round of faculty-staff Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Grants, providing funds for three projects designed to advance the campus as an antiracist space through performing arts events and public safety training.

Primary grant recipients this round are Brian Granger, assistant professor of Performing Arts; Sean Bolender, director of Public Safety; and Angel Tyler, residential life coordinator. More…

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Life in Delaware County

SourcePoint Awards Grants To 21 Local Organizations

24 Jan , 2022  

From SourcePoint, Special to 1808Delaware

SourcePoint’s board of directors approved $479,485 in grant funding for 21 aging services programs in Delaware County. SourcePoint provides funding annually to other nonprofit organizations as an efficient way to address the needs of the community’s older population. As Delaware County’s most comprehensive aging services provider, SourcePoint’s grants foster a collaborative system of care for local seniors and family caregivers.

Each year, SourcePoint reviews grant applications and selects those organizations that fill service gaps in the community, providing needed services to older adults.

Those awarded grants for 2022 include the following: More…


Life in Delaware County

With New $1 million Grant, MTSO Will Strengthen And Sustain Faith Leaders

19 Jan , 2022  

Methodist Theological School in Ohio has received a five-year grant of $999,665 to help establish “Connecting Pathways: A Multi-Faceted Approach to Strengthen and Sustain Current and Future Faith Leaders.”

The project is being funded through Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Pathways for Tomorrow Initiative. It is a three-phase initiative designed to help theological schools across the United States and Canada as they prioritize and respond to the most pressing challenges they face as they prepare pastoral leaders for Christian congregations both now and into the future.

The new grant was awarded less than a year after Lilly Endowment awarded MTSO $995,731 to help establish “Spaces for Thriving: Cultivating Authentic Pastors for Small Membership Churches and Communities of Color.” Lilly Endowment made the grant through its Thriving in Ministry Initiative. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Programs Impacting Delaware County Receive Maternal And Infant Health Grants

5 Dec , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Friday that the Ohio Department of Health, in partnership with the Governor’s Children’s Initiative, has awarded $5 million to 44 community- and faith-based organizations to improve support to pregnant women and newly parenting families.

Four of these grants went to multi-county programs that have an impact in Delaware County.

“These resources will provide communities across the state with new funding to begin or expand services to help more babies reach their first birthdays and support healthy parents,” said Governor DeWine. “We are committed to reducing the unacceptable infant mortality rate in Ohio because all babies deserve a healthy start and an opportunity to grow and develop to their fullest potential.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

NatureWorks Grants Coming To Delaware County

16 Nov , 2021  

By 1808Delaware, Ohio Department of Natural Resources

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has approved more than $5.2 million through the NatureWorks grant program to improve recreation opportunities across the state.

Two of those grants, totaling over $96,000,  are coming to Delaware County.

“We are happy to partner with local communities to help them improve and develop outdoor recreation sites across the state,” said Governor Mike DeWine.  “These grants will provide exceptional opportunities to expand local parks and encourage more people to get out into the fresh air.” More…

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