State of Ohio
Small Government Program

The Small Government Commission provides grants and loans to villages and townships with populations in the unincorporated areas of less than 5,000 in population. Project applications are selected from those not funded through the District Integrating Committees for funding and are submitted by the Districts to compete on a statewide basis. The current annual allocation is $17.5 million.


The Commission meets at least once annually to review and approve the methodology, and to vote on the Program Administrator's recommended slate of projects. Additional meetings are held as necessary. Meetings are held at the Columbus Commons building, 2nd Floor, at 65 East State Street, Columbus, Ohio 43015. Parking is located on various surface lots, Columbus Commons parking garage, and street parking meters - Park-Me-Hourly.  

The next meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, May 9, 2019, 10:30 a.m.

Small Government Commission Members  


•  Intent to Apply - Upon receiving a district’s submissions, the applications are reviewed for eligibility. Applicants (all listed contacts with valid email addresses) are notified with delivery receipts, and given up to one week to confirm their intent to apply. If no confirmation is received within the given time period, the application is withdrawn and replaced with a district’s contingency submission.

•  Cure Period - Confirmed applicants (all listed contacts with valid email addresses) are provided a “cure” notification with deadline stating they have 30 calendar days, to provide required and/or additional documentation according to the Small Government requirements and methodology. All submissions must be received by midnight on the due date with only one exception. This exception is that all applicants have the same date, March 29, 2019, to submit the required Small Government Engineer’s Plan Status Certification. As part of the cure, applicants may make changes to the amount and type of funding assistance requested (grant and loan), as well as engineering if the originating district does not permit engineering as part of the application.

•  Composite Score - After the 30-day cure, the applications are scored. Applicants (contact listed on page 1 of application) are emailed their final composite score and, if applicable, calculated combined annual water/wastewater rates. Applicants are given one week to refute discrepancies.

•  Awards - About noon on the day of the Small Government Commission meeting the final results are posted on this website. Each district liaison is then sent their district results and each applicant who is awarded funds receives a congratulatory email with information pertaining to the release of agreements.

    Approved Slates

Round 32 (July 1, 2018 Release) :  

Round 31 (July 1, 2017 Release) :  

Round 30 (July 1, 2016 Release) :  

    Funded Projects

All Rounds  


The onus for a complete application in on the applicant. Due to the competitive nature of the program and to maintain fairness and consistency, all applicants are directed to use the provided materials. Your application documents provided to the district and these online materials contain what is needed to be at your best competitive advantage. The administrator does not identify deficiencies.

Round 33 Materials

•  Applicants Manual  

•  Methodology  

•  Engineer’s Plan Status Certification 

•  Water & Wastewater Ability & Effort Supplemental  

•  Checklist  

•  Self Score Form  

•  MHI and Population Data