2023 In Review: Grants

Wednesday, December 06, 2023

The Bottom Line

2023 total discretionary application amount: $179,463,139
2023 total discretionary award amount: $43,194,945

Listen to a conversation with the City of Toledo grants team on the Mayor's podcast.

Discretionary* funding requests, 2022 and 2023


*Discretionary grants are competitive, this does not include ARPA or formula/entitlement funds like FHWA, CDBG, etc.

Discretionary vs. Formula

2022 discretionary awards as a proportion of total funding awarded: 43%
2023 discretionary awards as a proportion of total funding awarded: 71%

Awards by Agency (top 5)

  1. USDOT: $20.1M
  2. Ohio Department of Development: $9.8M
  3. US Forest Service (USDA): $6.1M
  4. Ohio EPA: $2.5M
  5. Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services: $2.1M


Grants awarded in 2023 will fund:

  • Infrastructure improvements in 50 census tracts
  • Programs and services in 9 schools
  • Improvements in 37 parks
  • Road repairs and improvements on 38 city blocks

Project Highlights

Connecting Toledo Neighborhoods to Opportunity (RAISE Grant)

  • Total award: $20,000,000
  • Approx. 6.5 lane miles of roadway on 38 city blocks will be reconstructed or resurfaced
  • 1000+ street trees will be planted
  • 160 new street lights will be installed
  • Various water/sewer and pedestrian safety improvements (high-visibility crosswalks, curb extensions, and streetscaping)
  • 0.75-mile protected multi-use path connecting Junction and Uptown
  • More info: USDOT Awards Toledo $20 Million for Infrastructure Improvements in Junction, Uptown

RE-TREE Toledo (Urban and Community Forestry Grant)

  • Total award: $6,098,294
  • 10,748 new trees total will be planted over 5 years:
  • 7,250 street trees in the 10 census tracts with the lowest amounts of tree cover in Toledo (nearly a 10% increase in total street trees citywide)
  • 700 trees in City of Toledo parks
  • 750 trees on publicly owned vacant lots, in partnership w/Land Bank
  • 1,648 trees in Metroparks
  • 400 trees for residential properties and a “tree ambassador” program in partnership w/Keep Toledo Lucas County Beautiful
  • 500 dead, dying, or diseased trees and stumps removed
  • A paid summer training program in urban forestry for 56 TPS students from disadvantaged communities, with an employment opportunity as City seasonal workers after completion, in partnership w/Woodlawn Foundation and Toledo Public Schools
  • Educational programming for 1,600 K-12 students and 40 community events, in partnership w/Keep Toledo Lucas County Beautiful
  • More info: City of Toledo Awarded $6.1 Million Grant to Enhance Urban Tree Canopy

Raw Water Main Design (H2Ohio Grant)

  • Total award: $2,463,591.16
  • raw water main provides safedrinking water to over 500,000 residents of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan

School-Based Violence Interruption (OCJS Grant)

  • Total award: $1,064,143
  • Serves 4 high schools with a combined 2,565 students
  • 8 full-time staff providing and supporting school-based violence intervention and prevention services

All Discretionary Awards

Agency/Source Grant Program Project Amount
Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services Community Violence Reduction School-based Save our Community $1,064,143
Ohio History Connection Certified Local Government program Old West End Historic District design guidelines $25,000
USDOT RAISE Connecting Toledo Neighborhoods to Opportunity $20,000,000
Main Street America GM on Main Street Grants Dorr Street Visioning $15,000
National League of Cities Community Inclusive Entrepreneurship Grant Diverse Public Procurement $20,000
OEPA H2Ohio Raw Water Main Design $2,463,591.16
US Forest Service (USDA) Inflation Reduction Act Urban and Community Forestry RE-TREE Toledo $6,098,294
JobsOhio Ohio Site Inventory Program North Towne Road Project $1,500,000
Arbor Day Foundation Corporate sponsor grant Tree planting and community engagement $17,600
ODOD Demolition Blighted property demolition $9,859,200
ODNR Recreational Trails Program Ottawa/Jermain Park Loop Trail $150,000
ODNR NatureWorks Detwiler Baseball Complex Renovations Phase I $100,000
GLRI Forestry Grant 1500 trees in City parks $200,000
USDOJ, USDOT, OCJS Multiple Multiple TPD projects $1,682,117
Total $43,194,945