The Ohio Development Services Agency is now accepting pre-applications for special projects and innovative proposals targeting households with incomes at or below 50% of Area Median Income (AMI) and meet the Ohio Housing Trust Fund’s (OHTF) rules and requirements.

The Fiscal Year 2021 Ohio Housing Trust Fund Special Projects Grant Program application submission deadline is April 6. Projects or activities must be supported by statewide or regional organizations that serve multiple counties or provide statewide services. Proposals must align with and support Development’s priorities and programs, and the underlying requested project are not be eligible for funding from other OHTF or Development programs. (OHTF Special Projects Program NOFA)

Research Grants: The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-Pal), based at MIT, is currently accepting applications from agencies administering programs addressing housing insecurity.

With the Housing Stability Evaluation Incubator, J-PAL North America will provide pro-bono technical assistance and flexible funding directly to organizations working to reduce homelessness, prevent eviction, and promote housing stability. J-Pal will work with applicants to identify a possible randomized evaluation and assist the agency in applying for additional funding to cover the cost of the evaluation. J-Pal will also support agencies with technical assistance and linkage to J-Pal affiliated researchers around the country.

This opportunity is best suited for agencies serving a relatively high volume of clientele. Potential applicants should submit a 3-page letter of interest that identifies the program they wish to evaluate with appropriate information for the J-Pal team. The deadline to apply is April 6, with finalists announced in the fall.

Summer Camps: Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing announces the opportunity for partners to apply for grants to help send residents of affordable housing communities to summer camp.

Over the years, OCCH has helped send thousands of children to camps throughout Ohio and Kentucky, providing opportunities for them to learn, build meaningful relationships, develop skills, and nurture their independence and confidence. Last year alone, through its subsidiary Ohio Capital Impact Corporation, OCCH invested half a million dollars to impact over 1,000 children. The summer camp programs are supported by Fifth Third Community Development Corporation and Huntington Community Development Corporation.

The competitive grants should come from owners or other partners of properties in which OCCH has made an investment. Applications are now available on the OCCH website, and the deadline for submission is February 28. First-time applicants and those with questions are encouraged to visit the website or contact OCIC staff prior to applying by email at