Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District (BH-HVRDD) is committed to assisting counties across the region with securing grant funding for projects.

For consideration of funding from The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and The Economic Development Administration (EDA), applicants should complete a Project Profile. The Profile is now available at http://buckeyehills.org/development/project-profile/

The simple, self-explanatory project profile form collects basic information about projects, including contact information, project description, type and readiness, regional impact, project partners, funding sources and total project costs.

Qualifying state and local agencies and governmental entities, local governing boards (such as county commissioners), and nonprofit organizations (such as schools and organizations that build low-cost housing) may apply for the competitive grants programs. Representatives from these organizations may draw from the expertise and assistance available from Buckeye Hills to navigate the grants process.

Applicants complete the online form and submit it to Buckeye Hills. Based on the project information provided, staff will determine the appropriate potential funding sources (ARC, CDBG, EDA, etc.).

Matching funds are required to secure public investments in eligible projects.

Projects must serve residents in one or more of the region's eight counties: Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry, and Washington. While each funding source has specific goals, they generally address the following issues: creation/retention of private sector jobs (ARC, EDA); extension or upgrade of water or sewer services (ARC, CDBG); provision of quality health care (ARC); provision of job skills training; and/or development or improvement of infrastructure for residents (ARC).

Total costs for 52 projects completed over the past year were approximately $34 million, with local communities and private business leveraging $13.6 million (40%) against the $20.2 million (60%) provided through state and federal funding sources.

The project profile is available on the BH-HVRDD web site at www.buckeyehills.org. The project form can be completed electronically. All Project profiles are due to BH-HVRDD no later than 4 p.m. March 28, 2017. For answers on questions regarding the project profile process call Melissa Zoller at (740) 376-1027.

Buckeye Hills-HVRDD helps local communities work cooperatively to improve the region. A regional council of local governments, Buckeye Hills serves eight counties securing financial resources to translate ideas into action.