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Paddling Enhancement Grant

Grants to Ohio Agencies to Develop Access
for Hand-Powered Watercraft at Public Facilities

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Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Parks and Watercraft

Deadline Date:

03/08/21 Postmarked by Date


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Grants of up to $75,000 to Ohio government agencies to create opportunities for recreational boating and increase public access to hand-powered watercraft. Priority will be given to projects that are accessible to people with disabilities, located within eligible water trails, and facilitate access to local amenities.

Examples of Eligible Costs:

  • Ramps
  • Necessary roads
  • Lighting at launch ramp and designated ramp parking areas
  • Small boat access (for canoes, kayaks, etc.)
  • Signage
  • Kiosk for safety information

Coordinated by ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft, the Paddling Enhancement Grant is a competitive annual grant program offering 100% reimbursement to eligible political subdivisions (municipalities, townships, counties, joint recreational districts, park districts, conservancy districts), and state and federal agencies. Its goal is to improve or develop recreational boating access for hand-powered watercraft at public facilities. All funded projects must be open and accessible to the recreational boating public.

The primary focus of this grant is to increase access and opportunities for hand-powered watercraft. Priority will be placed on projects that are ADA compliant, those within a designated water trail or proposed water trail and that connect paddlers to amenities such as shopping, restaurants, and overnight stays. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187636

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $75,000 will be allocated for any single project.

Term of Contract:

Current Grant Period: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Political subdivisions and agencies of state or federal government are eligible to apply for this grant reimbursement program. Projects sponsored by private individuals, clubs, or associations on lands they control do not qualify for the grant program and will not be considered.
- The applying agency must be capable of financing and maintaining the project as a public access facility for a minimum of 10 years.
- If a user fee will be or is charged, the applying agency can only ask for reimbursement up to 50% of the project cost.
- Federal, state, and local laws pertaining to non-discrimination in employment, area use, minimum wages, conflict of interest, and similar matters must always be met.
- Projects should be designed to meet the needs of persons with disabilities; the application should explicitly show how they are met. Guidelines for ADA requirements can be found at the United States Access Board web site:
- Applications must be complete at the time of submittal to be considered for funding.

Examples of Ineligible Costs:
- Picnic shelters
- Picnic tables
- Grills
- Park landscaping
- Trash cans
- Monetary credit for land purchased for project
- Any costs incurred prior to entering into a formal agreement with ODNR.
- Engineering Costs

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: Postmark deadline is March 8, 2021.

All applicants will be notified of the status of their application in the spring of the submittal year.

This is a reimbursement grant. The agency must have funds available to pay invoices. No in-kind services or donations are considered in this grant. Invoices are paid by the grantee and then reimbursed at the determined percentage.

Any agency with an open Paddling Enhancement Grant may be eligible for additional funding for the next grant cycle if they are in good standing with ODNR at the time of the submission of any additional grant requests. To confirm the status of any open projects, contact the Grant Coordinator.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applicants are encouraged to submit all applications electronically to by the deadline.

Questions can be directed to:
Melissa Moser, Grants Administrator
ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft
2045 Morse Road, Building C-3
Columbus, Ohio 43229-6693
(614) 265-6518

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