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JobsOhio Inclusion Grant

The JobsOhio Inclusion Grant exists to provide financial support for eligible projects in designated distressed communities and/or for businesses owned by underrepresented populations across the state.

Grant decisions are based on a number of project factors, including but not limited to company location, company ownership, jobs created and/or retained, and project fixed asset investment. Support is generally intended for small to medium-sized companies with eligible projects.

Eligible Projects

Companies must be engaged in JobsOhio’s targeted industries and business functions. Ineligible projects include retail and other population driven businesses. Companies must meet at least one of two criteria for consideration:

  1. The company is owned by an underrepresented population.
    • Underrepresented populations include consideration of geographic location, race, ethnicity, gender, veterans and disabled. Racial or ethnic makeup includes African American, Hispanic, Alaska Natives and Pacific Islanders. Women-owned, veteran-owned and disability-owned businesses must be either certified as such or otherwise be able to verify that at least 51% of the business is owned, managed and controlled by the underrepresented population.
  2. Project is located in a qualified distressed community as defined by an index score of 50 or greater by the Economic Innovation Group.
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Project Definition

Projects require a commitment over time and will be defined by an appropriate combination of the following metrics: fixed asset investment, job and payroll creation, job and payroll retention, employees trained and training costs. Eligible projects that improve operational efficiency along with job retention will be considered for support.

Eligible Costs

The JobsOhio Inclusion Grant targets fixed asset investment in machinery and equipment, real estate investments including redevelopment, and training costs. These may include:

  • Land
  • Building
  • Leasehold improvements
  • Machinery and equipment
  • Moving and relocation costs of machinery and equipment related to the project
  • Infrastructure
  • Site development
  • Revitalization costs including demolition, renovation and environmental remediation
  • Fees and material costs related to planning and feasibility studies
  • Engineering services
  • Employee training costs
  • Information technology including hardware and industry specific software

Ineligible Costs

  • Bonds or other debt instruments issued by the grantee to finance completion of the site improvement project shall not be retired or otherwise serviced with grant funds
  • Administrative costs (including salaries and travel expenses)
  • Rolling stock (defined as anything that has to be registered with a government entity and/or travels on a public right of way)
  • Contributions and donations by the grantee to individuals or to other organizations
  • Costs (fines, penalties, assessments) resulting from violation of or failure to comply with federal, state, and local laws and regulations
  • Food, drinks and entertainment
  • Goods and services for personal use by the grantee’s employees
  • Long-term housing and personal living expenses
  • Interest on borrowed money
  • Organized fundraising
  • Travel expenses
  • Taxes from which the grantee is normally exempt

Disbursement of Funds

The JobsOhio Inclusion Grant is reimbursement based and requires supporting documentation including proof of payment. JobsOhio may consider alternatives to proof of payment at time of reimbursement request under special circumstances and as approved by leadership.

For additional program information and to verify eligibility for support, please