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Columbus, Ohio 43215


Columbus Opportunity Zone Prospectus Information about Columbus' 39 Opportunity Zones.

Green and Energy Efficiency Programs

Wagnebrenner_small(2)"The City of Columbus Economic Development Programs have repeatedly illustrated that when significant public investment leads private investment, catalytic revitalization happens and neighborhoods turn around. Their willingness to partner with effective private players though timely upfront investment in infrastructure and their commitment to communities has been the cornerstone of the transformational development that has restored energy and purpose to Columbus' inner core." 
Mark A. Wagenbrenner

Green Columbus Fund: Green Columbus Fund is a reimbursement grant program that uses financial incentives to encourage sustainable development and redevelopment.  Private businesses and non-profits can apply for grants to either redevelop Brownfield sites or to build green in Columbus. To receive reimbursement under this green building component of the Green Columbus Fund the applicant must receive LEED Certification.
     o LEED Certification can be obtained from the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) under either the NC, CS, CI, EB:O&M or LEED for Homes rating system.  NC, CS, or CI projects must also achieve credit for at least 8 of 12 key LEED credits designated by the City (does not apply to EB:O&M and LEED for Homes). 

LEED for Homes grant eligibility is limited to multi-family units (as defined in the Ohio Building Code) within the Developed Area of the City (see definition in # 9 below). As an alternative to LEED for Homes, residential projects meeting the two eligibility requirements above may demonstrate green building certification through participation in the AEP Ohio and Columbia Gas of Ohio ENERGY STAR® New Homes Program. Please contact: for information on this alternative path for residential green building certification. Qualifying projects can receive a 25% boost from the Green Columbus Fund.

The specific award value granted to LEED certified projects will begin with direct reimbursement of the certification fee paid to GBCI. Specified performance based incentives may bring the total award up to triple the certification fee amount. Initial applications to Green Columbus Fund should precede the final request to GBCI for LEED certification review. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the Columbus Department of Development at 614-645-8616 to explore eligibility for this grant program.  

LEED Grant Application

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Brownfield : With the assistance of the City of Columbus Department of Development and Columbus 2020, the Central Ohio JobsOhio Network Partner, support from numerous entities can be secured to accelerate the redevelopment of brownfield or abandoned and under-utilized sites.

JobsOhio Revitalization Program :  The Program is focused on helping revitalize sites in preparation for end-users that support future job creation opportunities for Ohioans.  The Program, comprised of both loans and grants, is available to public and private entities, including non-profits, seeking to cleanup and redevelop sites and associated costs including demolition, environmental remediation, building renovation, site preparation, and infrastructure improvements.

Ohio Brownfield Fund :  The Fund is a collection of funding sources that can be used to help plan, assess, and remediate brownfields - a piece of property whose redevelopment is complicated by the potential presence of environmental contaminants such as hazardous substances, asbestos, lead-based paint, and petroleum. Brownfield redevelopment allows a community to reclaim and improve its lands, making property viable for new development.
     o Planning
The Fund can provide technical assistance and small amounts of grant funding for planning of brownfield-impacted areas.
     o Environmental Assessment
The Fund can provide loans up to $500,000 for Phase II Environmental Assessments. The loans can be made with flexible terms, including deferred repayment periods, up to a 10-year term, and below-market interest rates.

Projects seeking funding to perform a Phase I Environmental Assessment can be aided by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's Targeted Brownfield Assessment Program which can perform Phase I assessments free of charge.
     o Environmental Cleanup
The Fund can provide loans up to $5,000,000 for environment cleanup, including demolition associated with the cleanup of hazardous substances, asbestos, lead-based paint, and petroleum. There are no job requirements for this funding, but the borrower must show their ability to repay the loan. These loan funds can be made with deferred repayment periods, up to a 10-year term, and below-market interest rates.

Brownfield Grant Application

•  Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) : Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is an innovative way to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to buildings. Interested property owners evaluate measures that achieve energy savings and receive 100% financing, repaid as a property tax assessment for up to 20 years.  The assessment mechanism has been used nationwide for decades to access low-cost long-term capital to finance improvements to private property that meet a public purpose.  By eliminating upfront costs, providing low-cost long-term financing and making it easy for building owners to transfer repayment obligations to a new owner upon sale, PACE overcomes challenges that have hindered adoption of energy efficiency and related projects in our nation's buildings. - See more at: