Explore Which Grant Opportunities Are Right For Your Business

Why Apply For A Grant?

Grants are non-repayable funds disbursed or gifted by one party, often a government entity, foundation or trust, to a recipient, who is often (but not always) a nonprofit entity, educational institution, business or an individual. Typically, grants help fund ideas and projects that expand and grow small businesses, provide a valuable public service, or stimulate the economy. Although most small businesses finance their operations via more traditional methods, applying for (and being awarded) a grant can mean the difference between failure and success.

In 2017, two manufacturers in Holmes County received IMAGE Grant funds for domestic trade shows. Additionally, three forest products companies in southern Ohio utilized the SAOCDF (Tobacco) Grant funds to purchase new equipment for their facilities, adding 14 jobs cumulatively. To join the growing list of Ohio wood products companies reaping the rewards that grant funding can provide, please email us at info@ohiowoodproducts.com or contact Kelly O’Bryant, Business Development Specialist at The Ohio State University South Centers.

The opportunities below represent grants available to businesses and individuals in our region. For a comprehensive list of nationwide grant opportunities.

Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation

Safety Grant

Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation Safety Grant

The program is available to any Ohio state-fund or public employer who wishes to purchase equipment to substantially reduce or eliminate injuries and illnesses associated with a particular task or operation. The program is designed to work and partner with Ohio employers to establish safety intervention best practices for accident and injury prevention.


Image Grant

Ohio International Market Access Grant For Exporters (Image) Grant

The IMAGE program funded through the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) is designed to increase exports and create jobs. STEP is funded through the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of International Trade, which provides guidance on the IMAGE grant that offers financial assistance for small businesses to promote their products and services in international markets. The grant will provide a 50 percent reimbursement up to $12,500 per fiscal year for qualifying activities.


Fluor B&W Opportunity Fund

Fluor B&W Opportunity Fund

Contact Kelly O’Bryant Business Development Specialist at The Ohio State University South Centers for more information

Southern Ohio Agricultural & Community Development Foundation

Tobacco Grant

Southern Ohio Agricultural & Community Development Foundation Grant

Our Mission is to help create and enhance economic opportunities for Southern Ohio’s farm families and rural communities.


USDA Renewable Energy For America Program

USDA Renewable Energy For America Program

Provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. Funds may also be used for the purchase, installation, and construction of energy efficiency improvements.