Officials from cultural and sports facilities around the state frequently inquire about the possibility of obtaining project funding from the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission. However, the Commission does not have control over discretionary funds that can be awarded to facilities.
All of the projects that are funded through the agency are assigned to us by the General Assembly and Governor in the biennial capital improvements bill. This bill, which usually is enacted in even-numbered years, appropriates money for the acquisition, construction, equipment or renovation of buildings and facilities. While most of the money is devoted to projects essential to the state’s governmental functions, such as state agency offices, state prisons, public schools and university facilities, some normally is set aside for community projects such as the theaters, museums, historical sites and publicly-owned professional sports facilities that are assigned to the Commission.
To be considered for funding, you are responsible for approaching your area's representatives in the General Assembly. You can find the names of your legislators and their contact information by visiting the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate web sites.
There is no official application process for capital funding. Projects that are successful in securing support are appropriated a specific amount of funds in a line item in the capital budget. Eligible projects are then "assigned" to the Commission for funding oversight.