Community Development Implementation Strategy

The Community Development Implementation Strategy (CDIS) is a local bi-yearly strategic plan intended to foster communication with citizens and other community stakeholders to assist the City with identifying and prioritizing potential funding opportunities through the Ohio Development Service Agency's Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG).
The Ohio Development Service Agency's Office of Community Development administers Community and Economic Development programs that provide federal and state funding to communities to address a variety of needs.  Eligible communities, including the City of Ashland, and nonprofit organizations can apply for funding through the programs detailed on this page.  Please feel free to contact us at 419-289-8331 with any questions or concerns.  

Citizens, neighborhood groups, regional planning and community improvement agencies, downtown organizations, community action agencies, and any other community stakeholders are encouraged to attend the meeting to provide input on the City's economic and community development needs and the needs of the low-to-moderate income population.


2016 CDBG Project -  Kroc Center Fence 



Community Development Program
The Community Development program provides eligible communities with a flexible housing and community development resource that can be used to address locally identified needs that are eligible Community Development Block Grant activities and qualify under the national objective of Low and Moderate Income (LMI) Benefit or Elimination of Slum and Blight.  The program includes a direct allocation to eligible communities and competitive set-aside funding through the Neighborhood Revitalization, Downtown Revitalization and Critical Infrastructure Programs.  

Direct Allocation Grant
The City of Ashland will receive $150,000 of funding biennially through the Direct Allocation Program.  These funds can be utilized for a broad range of qualifying activities such as; economic development projects; street, sidewalk, water supply, and storm/sanitary sewer improvement projects; park acquisitions and improvements; demolition of unsafe and/or blighted structures; rehabilitation of housing and downtown buildings; and neighborhood facilities and planning.

Neighborhood Revitalization Grant
The Neighborhood Revitalization Grant is a competitive set-aside program with a grant ceiling of $500,000.  Eligible activities include public facilities improvements such as construction/reconstruction, and/or rehabilitating infrastructure in targeted areas of distress that do not fit within the criteria of the other competitive set-aside programs.  At a minimum, program applications must include at least three qualifying activities.

Downtown Revitalization Grant
The Downtown Revitalization Grant is a competitive set-aside program with a grant ceiling of $300,000.  Eligible activities include uniform building facade and sign improvements; interior and exterior building code violation corrections; streetscape activities; and other eligible CDBG infrastructure and rehabilitation activities that benefit a Downtown target area.

Critical Infrastructure Grant
The Critical Infrastructure Grant is a competitive set-aside program with a grant ceiling of $300,000.  Eligible activities include constructing, reconstructing or rehabilitating infrastructure components.  Eligible infrastructure components include streets and bridges; sidewalks; flood and drainage; water and sanitary sewer; and fire protection facilities.


Economic Development Loan and Public Infrastructure Grant Program
The Economic Development Loan and Public Infrastructure Grant Program creates and/or retains permanent, private-sector jobs, principally for Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) persons, through the expansion and/or retention of business and industry in Ohio communities. The grant ceiling amount is $500,000.

The Economic Development Loan Program has a funding ceiling of $500,000 for direct loans.  Eligible activities include providing financial assistance to private for-profit entities (through eligible units of general local government) to carry out economic development projects directly and primarily related to creating, expanding or retaining a particular business.  Financing may cover fixed assets, including land, building, machinery and equipment, and site preparation directly related to business or industrial development.  In addition, up to $50,000 in program funds can be provided for training of low-to-moderate income individuals whose positions were created or retained by the recipient business. 

The Economic Development Public Infrastructure Grant Program has a funding ceiling of $500,000 for off-site infrastructure projects.  Eligible activities include provision of financial assistance, through eligible units of local government, for public improvements directly and primarily related to creating, expanding or retaining a particular business. Financing under this program is designed to cover public infrastructure investment directly related to business or industrial development.


Residential Public Infrastructure Grant Program
The Residential Public Infrastructure Grant Program facilitates safe and sanitary living environment for Ohio citizens, through the provision of safe and reliable drinking water and proper disposal of sanitary waste.  The program is geared towards residential areas that rely on private water wells and septic systems. The grant ceiling is $500,000 with an additional $100,000 available per project for on-site improvements.  
The program funds projects which provide water and/or sanitary sewer service to primarily residential users (minimum of 60 percent of total users).  Eligible on-site improvements include service laterals, septic tanks and water well abandonment, and CDBG eligible related fees.