OCVA Strategic Investment Fund
NOTICE: Strategic Investment Fund is no longer available for 2018/2019 investments. The fund will reopen again July 1st, 2019 and guidelines will be adjusted for OCVA’s 2019-2021 RCTP plan and new RCTP goals.
The purpose of this fund is to rapidly and surgically respond to high value destination development projects during critical moments of need to sustain their viability and/or momentum. High value is determined according to the priorities expressed in the attached grant guidelines and elaborated in the approved RCTP plan.
“There are many larger pools of money with lengthy application processes,” states Marcus Hinz, OCVA Executive Director, “but we’ve observed there are not many easily accessible grant opportunities for smaller, more modest projects.” The fund was created with the recognition that many community efforts are operated using volunteer time and the large, often arduous, grant application processes may become a barrier to worthy community projects.
Money for the Si-Fund comes from the state-wide 1.8% Transient Lodging Tax collected by the Oregon Tourism Commission, DBA Travel Oregon and grant guidelines have been derived from the 2-Year Regional Cooperative Tourism Program (RCTP) plan which OCVA negotiated with Travel Oregon.
Safe Routes to School Project Identification Program
What will the community get out of the program? Consultant services will assist the community (school representatives, school community, and local road authority representative) identify infrastructure needs near one school or a cluster of school feeding into the same middle or high school, focusing on all streets within a quarter-mile of the school, as well as critical issues within a mile of the school. The outcome of each Project Identification Program process will be a Safe Routes to School Infrastructure Plan for each school, cluster of schools, or small community that outlines infrastructure needs to address barriers to students walking and biking to school and provides some information needed to apply for the ODOT Safe Routes to School Competitive or Rapid Response Infrastructure Grants.
Safe Routes to School Rapid Response Infrastructure Grant Program
What kind of projects are eligible? Safety projects on the public road right of way, consistent with jurisdictional plans, supported by the school or school district, are within a one-mile radius of a school, and that positively affects the ability of children to walk and bicycle to school. Project examples include sidewalks, median refuge islands, rapid flashing
beacons, etc. The maximum funding request is $500,000.