An Overview of the Clean Ohio Fund

In his 2000 State of the State address, Governor Bob Taft outlined his vision for the Clean Ohio Fund, announcing that he would seek voter approval for a $400 million program to preserve green space and farmland, improve outdoor recreation, and revitalize blighted neighborhoods by cleaning up and redeveloping polluted properties.

The Ohio Legislature voted by an overwhelming bipartisan majority to endorse the Governor’s vision and place Issue 1 on the ballot in November, 2000. With the approval of the voters, the Clean Ohio Fund became reality (House Bill 3). Subsequently, the Legislature created four competitive funding programs, two of which are managed for OPWC District 11 by the TCC office: The Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation Fund and the Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund.

Preserving Ohio's Green Spaces

Between 2001 and 2005, $150 million in grants will be awarded for eligible conservation projects, including the purchase of open spaces and the cost of making them accessible to the public; and for the protection of stream corridors, the area along a waterway that provides wildlife habitat and reduces erosion. Special emphasis will be given to projects that:

  • Protect habitat for rare, threatened or endangered species;
  • Preserve high quality wetlands and other scarce natural resources;
  • Preserve streamside forests, natural stream channels, functioning floodplains, and other natural features of Ohio's waterways;
  • Support comprehensive open space planning;
  • Secure easements to protect stream corridors, which may be planted with trees or vegetation to help reduce erosion and fertilizer/pesticide runoff;
  • Enhance opportunities for children to learn about Ohio's natural resources;
  • Enhance eco-tourism and economic development related to outdoor recreation in economically challenged areas;
  • Provide pedestrian or bicycle passageways between natural areas and preserves;
  • Reduce or eliminate nonnative, invasive plant and animal species;
  • Provide safe areas for fishing, hunting, and trapping in a manner that provides a balanced eco-system.

Who can apply for District 11 COCF funds?

Local governments, park and joint recreation districts, conservancy districts, soil and water conservation districts, and non-profit organizations within the eight county District 11 region are eligible to receive grants for conservation projects from the Clean Ohio Fund. The eight county region includes Clark, Champaign, Madison, Union, Miami, Greene, Preble, and Darke counties.  Applicants must provide a 25 percent local match. Local governments must be given the opportunity to endorse or object to proposals planned within their boundaries if they are not the applicant. When a local government does seek funding for a project, a resolution of support from its legislative body must be submitted.

District 11 Clean Ohio Conservation Fund Materials

To access District 11 COCF materials, please visit the District website at  Here you can access the NRAC's scoring methodology, meeting schedule, and NRAC Roster. 

To contact the District 11 office, please contact Louis Agresta at (937) 521-2134 or email

Additional information on the Clean Ohio family of programs can be found at


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