JobsOhio Inclusion Grant

The JobsOhio Inclusion Grant exists to provide financial support for eligible projects in designated distressed communities and/or for businesses owned by underrepresented populations across the state.

Grant decisions are based on a number of project factors, including but not limited to company location, company ownership, jobs created and/or retained, and project fixed asset investment. Support is intended for small to medium-sized companies with annual revenues of up to $25 million. All or most qualified projects will require a company to commit to new job and payroll growth.

Eligible Projects

Companies must be engaged in JobsOhio’s targeted industries and business functions. These industries include:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Aerospace and Aviation
  • Automotive
  • Energy and Chemicals
  • Financial Services
  • Healthcare
  • Food and Agribusiness
  • Logistics and Distribution
  • Technology
  • Military and Federal

Ineligible Projects

Ineligible projects and companies include retail or operations that include point-of-final-purchase transactions at a facility open to the public or other population driven businesses that derive most of their sales from in-person delivery of services or products. Ineligible projects may include but not be limited to:

  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Salons and Barbershops
  • Doctor and Physician Offices
  • Retail Pharmacy
  • Daycare Facilities
  • Drycleaners
  • Gyms and Fitness Centers

Companies must meet at least one of two criteria for consideration:

  1. The company is owned by an underrepresented population, including:
    • Minority-owned (African American, Hispanic, Asian-Pacific and Native American)
    • Women-owned
    • Veteran-owned
    • Owned by an individual with a disability
  2. The business must either be certified by a recognized state or national organization or otherwise able to verify that at least 51% of the business is owned, managed and controlled by the underrepresented population.
  3. Project is located in a qualified distressed community as defined by an index score of 50 or greater by the Economic Innovation Group.

To learn more, visit the JobsOhio website: https://www.jobsohio.com/why-ohio/inclusion-grant/