Grants & Subsidies
Work Force Guarantee Program
The Ohio Department of Development’s Work Force Guarantee Program provides customized training grants aimed at creating and retaining jobs via the improvement of worker skills and abilities in expanding industries and emerging technologies. Through the program, the state can reimburse a company for up to one-half of the instructional costs for eligible training, excluding trainee wages. The amount of grant will depend upon the wages of jobs, cost of training, and eligible expenses. While the Ohio Workforce Guarantee has been used in a wide variety of economic incentive packages aimed at attracting and retaining Ohio jobs, the program’s focus is on targeted industries, and funding training that results in transferable skills, as evidenced by portable credentials. Targeted industry sectors include Logistics, Information Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, Bioscience, Advanced Energy, Agriculture/Agribusiness, and Healthcare.
The Ohio Department of Development has funds through various sources (such as Roadwork Development Account, Community Development Block Grant, and Appalachian Regional Commission) available for infrastructure improvements serving a project site. The funds are usually granted to a community. Eligible activities can include water or sewer line extensions, road upgrades, and rail spurs. The Department usually funds only a portion of any such project and works with the company and local community to complete the required financing. The actual grant amount will be determined by fund availability, the costs of the infrastructure improvements and the number of jobs related to the project.
For more information, contact the Coshocton Port Authority at (740)622-7005
Rapid Outreach Grant
The Ohio Department of Development controls the Rapid Outreach Grant program. Funds are for on- or off- site infrastructure improvements, including water, sewer, road, and rail improvements. Funds are often used for the acquisition of machinery and equipment. These funds are given to companies primarily engaged in manufacturing, research and development, high technology, corporate headquarters, and distribution. Given the demand for limited grant funds, qualified projects must involve substantial job creation or retention, and all other public and private sources of financing must be considered before the availability of Rapid Outreach funding is determined.
Advanced Energy Development & Utilization
Ohio Advanced Energy Fund: Administered by the Ohio Energy Resources Division of the Ohio Department of Development. The Ohio Advanced Energy Fund connects companies and communities with financial and technical resources to deploy energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, and to support advanced energy economic development.
Ohio Energy Gateway Fund
The State of Ohio established the Ohio Energy Gateway Fund to co-invest $40 million in advanced energy projects and companies. The Fund created a partnership with private capital in order to significantly leverage the state's original commitment of stimulus funds. The fund is a $40 million commitment of Advanced Energy Stimulus funds from the Ohio Jobs Stimulus Plan and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act State Energy Program funds. The goal of the fund will be job creation and growth in the primary and supplier network of the advanced energy sector within Ohio. Supporting transformational projects that will result in the creation of jobs, the Fund will accelerate projects in a wide range of areas, including wind, solar, geothermal, solid waste, energy efficiency, hydroelectric, electric batteries and fuel cells, energy storage, advanced solid waste, and generation III nuclear.
Advanced Energy Stimulus for Ohio and Conduit Financing
Administered by the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority, the Bipartisan Job Stimulus Package created a $150-million advanced energy jobs stimulus fund. Funding is issued through a competitive application basis in the form of partially forgivable loans. The Ohio Air Quality Development Authority also has the ability to issue conduit bonds for projects that improve the air quality of the State of Ohio. Such projects include, but are not limited to, air pollution control, air pollution prevention, energy efficiency, advanced energy technologies, and the manufacturing of those technologies. The Ohio Air Quality Development Authorities can convey significant tax benefits to eligible projects.
Community Development Fund
The CDC proceeds are managed by the Coshocton Foundation and can only be released by its distribution committee and the Coshocton Port Authority’s Board of Directors. This fund is restricted to the following purposes:
Provide financial support for entrepreneurs and small businesses
Acquisition of land and other site development costs associated with establishing or expanding a business or commerce park
Provide lease subsidies or business development grants of up to $25,000 to private enterprises which will create jobs in Coshocton County
Provide relocation assistance grants of up to $2,500 for Coshocton County high school graduates who return and create a new business
To fulfill local match requirements for economic development activities supported by the state of federal government
Property Tax Exemptions
The Coshocton County Enterprise Zone (EZ) program allows companies to locate a facility in any township, village, or city of Coshocton and receive a partial property tax exemption on new investments in new or significantly improved buildings. The business must create at least two new full-time jobs. The rate and term of the exemption is negotiated by the Coshocton Port Authority along with the impacted local governmental jurisdiction, which would include the township, village or the city, and Coshocton County as well as the public school districts(s).
Job Creation Tax Credit (JCTC)
Ohio's JCTC allows companies creating new jobs in Ohio to apply for a credit or refund on their state income tax for s-corporations or commercial activity tax for c-corporations. The credit is measured as a percentage of state income tax revenue withheld by the business for employees hired to fill new jobs. If the annual value of the credit exceeds a company’s tax liability, the difference is refunded to the company. A company must create at least 25 new, full-time jobs for Ohio residents in three years to be eligible. The business must apply to the Ohio Department of Development for the credit before committing to the project. The Tax Credit Authority has been approving such applications within the general range of 25% to 50% for a term of five to seven years. A company must meet 11 eligibility requirements to qualify for the credit.
For more information about this and other state incentive programs, visit http://www.odod.state.oh.us/
Research and Development Investment Tax Credit
The Research and Development Investment Tax Credit is a non-refundable Ohio commercial activity tax credit for all investment in qualified research expenses incurred in Ohio. Qualified research expenses are based on Section 41 definitions in the United States Internal Revenue Code and include expenses for both in-house and contract research expenses. The amount of the credit is based on 7 percent of the amount of all qualified investment in a specific year. The credit can be carried forward for up to seven years.
Ohio 166 Direct Loan
The Ohio Department of Development's (ODOD's) 166 Loan Fund can finance land, building, and M&E. The program will finance 30% to 40% of fixed asset costs, or $15,000 per job to be created, or $1,000,000, whichever is less. The interest rate is fixed at about 3%-4%. Terms range from 5 to 15 years, depending upon the useful life of the assets being financed.
The use of ODOD loans requires the payment of Ohio's prevailing wage rate on the construction and installation of machinery and equipment. The program will only lend to companies engaged in manufacturing, research & development, distribution and business services with a high percentage of sales outside of Ohio. The program requires completion and approval of a financial assistance application prior to a company committing to move forward with a project. A thorough financial analysis and full collateralization are required for approval. Security enhancement may be required. ODOD will take a shared first mortgage or lien position. ODOD financing is take-out financing, meaning interim financing may be required until construction is complete or M&E is installed. The approval process typically takes 90 days.
For more information about this and other state incentive programs, visit http://www.odod.state.oh.us/
The Revolving Loan Fund
The Coshocton Port Authority has a Revolving Loan Fund with a focus on helping existing businesses in our community expand and create new jobs. Applicants can request up to $50,000.00, but not exceed 40% of eligible project costs. It is payable up to a period of 10 years at 2/3 prime rate at the time of closing. This fund has been made available through grants from the Coshocton Foundation, Coshocton Rotary, Montgomery Foundation, Schooler Family Foundation, and grants from the USDA. DO NOT START YOU PROJECT BEFORE YOU APPLY.
For the RLF guidelines, please click here.
For an application, please click here.
Innovation Ohio Loan Fund
The Innovation Ohio Fund provides loans for acquisition, construction, and related costs of technology, facilities and equipment purchases. The Ohio Department of Development created the fund to assist existing Ohio companies develop next-generation products and services within certain Targeted Industry Sectors. The Innovation Ohio Loan Fund provides competitive financing terms on loans to finance projects that will positively impact Ohio by creating high-value jobs, increasing tax revenues, and improving the economic welfare of Ohio.
Research and Development Investment Loan Fund
Research and Development Investment Loan Fund: Direct loan financing of between $1 million and $25 million is available for projects primarily engaging in research and development activity. Rates are fixed (currently at 3 percent), with terms similar to those of commercial bank financing. Companies receive a dollar-for-dollar, nonrefundable Ohio commercial activity tax credit for all principal and interest payments during the year.
Ohio Enterprise Bond Fund
Taxable and tax-exempt bond financing is available for projects through the Ohio Department of Development’s Ohio Enterprise Bond Fund (OEBF), which can finance up to 90 percent of the project costs to a maximum of $10 million. The term is subject to negotiation, but may range from 7 to 15 years. The interest rate on these bonds is fixed for the term of the loan and is determined at the time the bonds are issued. The OEBF has an AA- rating from S&P, meaning rates are generally below the rates at which most companies can borrow. The use of OEBF funds requires the payment of Ohio's prevailing wage rate on the construction of any buildings and installation of machinery and equipment. The program requires completion and approval of a financial assistance application prior to a company committing to move forward with a project. A thorough financial analysis and full collateralization are required for approval. Security enhancement may be required. DO NOT START YOU PROJECT BEFORE YOU APPLY.
Industrial Development Bonds
The Coshocton Port Authority (CPA) has the ability to issue industrial development bonds for credit-worthy companies undertaking a significant capital project. Bonds issued for manufacturing projects meeting certain guidelines have the ability to be tax-exempt, which lowers the interest rate of the bonds. Projects can be strict conduit financing, or the Port Authority can offer capital lease options. CPA’s involvement can offer tax savings and/or work with larger port authorities or the Ohio Enterprise Bond Fund to enhance the credit of a deal. Up to 90% of a capital project can be financed. Companies must be able to demonstrate their financial strength through their financial statements. A debt reserve account and credit enhancement, typically in the form of a letter of credit, may be required. Prevailing wage rates must be paid on construction.
GrowNOW provides Ohio small businesses with a 3 percent interest rate reduction on bank loans when they are creating or retaining jobs.
For each job your business creates or retains, GrowNOW will reduce your interest rate by 3 percent in $50,000 increments, up to $400,000 maximum.
Three percent off of a $400,000 loan could mean an extra $24,000 in your pocket over the next two years.
Your business must meet the following criteria:
- Employ Less than 150 employees
- Have offices in Ohio
- Be organized for-profit
* GrowNOW gives approval preference to veterans through the Veterans Preference Program.
To process your GrowNOW interest rate reduction, you must first secure a small business loan at an eligible bank.
Once you secure your loan, apply online at the GrowNOW site for your GrowNOW interest rate reduction.
It will take you about 15 minutes to complete the application, and there will be a portion at the end for your banker to sign off.
Click here for more information: http://www.tos.ohio.gov/grownow
The Committee of 100
was founded in September of 2008 by Edward Jones broker Mike Remington of Coshocton. Mike recruited Chuck Hathaway of Hathaway Construction in Coshocton to serve as co-chair for the purpose of recruiting 100 individuals, businesses, and organizations who would contribute $100 a month to a Community Development Fund housed at the Coshocton Foundation.
The Committee was formed out of an extensive one-year planning effort coordinated by Buehler's Grocery in Coshocton, the Coshocton Port Authority, and the Chamber of Commerce, among others. The concept of the Committee of 100 involves a process that encourages each member to recruit 1-2 new members to attain the goal of 100 contributing members.
Members to date include: Mr. Remington, Mr. Hathaway, Mr. Bruce Wallace (owner of WTNS Radio in Coshocton), Rainbow Hills Winery (located north of West Lafayette), AUER Ace Hardware, Ohio Heritage Bank, the Kiwanis Club of Coshocton, and many others.
Businesses and entrepreneurs with an interest in applying for financial assistance from the fund should contact the Coshocton Port Authority. It is intended to be a unique and competitive incentive offering for private enterprise.
Contributions to the fund are considered to be tax deductible. Participants, however, are encouraged to consult with their accountants to determine the level of benefit that may be realized as the result of making contributions.
All proceeds are managed by the Coshocton Foundation and can only be released by its distribution committee and the Coshocton Port Authority's Board of Directors for the following purposes:
- Providing financial support for entrepreneurs and small businesses
- Acquisition of land and other site development costs associated with establishing or expanding a business or commerce park
- Providing lease subsidies or business development grants of up to $25,000 to private enterprises which will create jobs in Coshocton County
- Providing relocation assistance grants of up to $2,500 for Coshocton County high school graduates who return and create a new business
- To fulfill local match requirements for economic development activities supported by the state or federal government
Make a difference in your community today - sign up! Contact the Coshocton Port Authority at (740)622-7005, Mr. Remington at (740)623-8084, or Mr. Hathaway at (740)622-0863.
For additional information on the Committee of 100, click here.
To join the Committee of 100, click here to download the application.
For more information on the Community Development Fund, click here.
For an application for financial assistance through the Community Development Fund, click here.