Cultural Facilities Grant Program

The Commission oversees capital improvement funds appropriated by the General Assembly and Governor for planning, construction, renovation and expansion projects at Ohio's theaters, museums, arts education facilities, historical sites, and publicly-owned professional sports venues. The former Cultural Facilities Commission was merged with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission in 2013. Public investment in these facilities can help bolster community development and provide economic stimulus by creating jobs, encouraging consumer spending, serving as tourist attractions, providing children with creative learning experiences that greatly benefit the educational process, and contributing to a higher quality of life for Ohioans.

Program Eligibility

Ohio nonprofit and governmental agencies are eligible for project funding. State funding must only be used for construction, and the project -once it's complete- must support culture over a 10-year term. Previously funded facilities include:
  • Visual and performing arts centers
  • Museums
  • Science and technology centers
  • Arts education facilities
  • Local historical facilities
  • State-owned historical facilities
  • Publicly owned professional sports facilities

If your organization or project is ineligible for OFCC funding, state funds may be available from other agencies including Ohio Department of Natural Resources or the Ohio Development Services Agency.

Funding & Grant Process

The State of Ohio's biennial capital budget, enacted in each even-numbered year, may provide appropriations for community projects of local or regional interest. Appropriations for the acquisition, construcation, improvement, and related equipping and furnishing of cultural and sports facilities are assigned to the OFCC for oversight. To be considered for funding, your organization is responsible for approaching its local elected officials. The OFCC does not have a pool of discretionary funds from which it can provide grants.