Ohio Legislative Service Commission
Controlling Board Approves $14.6 million in Straight A Fund Grants
Alexandra Vitale, Budget Analyst, 614-466-6582
On February 22, 2016, the Controlling Board approved 20 grants totaling
14.6 million in the third round of Straight A Fund grant awards. The grants will
support projects that aim to increase student achievement, reduce spending, utilize a
greater share of resources in the classroom, or use a shared services delivery model.
City, local, exempted village, and joint vocational school districts, educational service
centers, community schools, STEM schools, institutions of higher education, and
education consortia representing partnerships among these groups were eligible to
apply for the grants. Of the 20 grants awarded, 13 were provided to education consortia
of varying sizes and the remaining seven were provided to individual applicants.
Overall, 86 educational entities are represented among the applicants selected for
funding. Grant amounts range from about $69,000 to $1 million. Grant recipients were
selected by an appointed nine-member board. To see the full list of grant awards and
project descriptions, go to education.ohio.gov and search for "Straight A Fund." H.B. 64
funds the program through a transfer from FY 2015 GRF surplus revenues, which are
appropriated in Fund 5RB0 line item 200644, Straight A Fund, in the Ohio Department
of Education's budget. The fourth round of grant awards is slated to be announced
early in FY 2017 with $15 million available for distribution.
Controlling Board Approves Grant Awards for Regional Workforce Training
Adam Wefler, Budget Analyst, 614-466-0632
On February 22, 2016, the Controlling Board approved the allocation of
3 million in capital funds under the Ohio Department of Higher Education's (DHE)
Regionally Aligned Priorities in Delivering Skills (RAPIDS) Program. RAPIDS grants
provide funding for capital equipment and facilities used to train students and current
workers for the specific workforce requirements of varying regions throughout the
state. This round of grants was awarded to institutions in the Northwest, Southeast, and
Southwest regions, with each region allocated a total of $1 million. A brief description
of each region's grant recipients and activities are provided below.
Northwest region. A collaborative of Northwest State Community College, the
University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, Owens Community College, and
Rhodes State College will focus on education and training in computer network security
for the manufacturing sector.
Southeast region. The Southeast Ohio Oil & Gas Training Collaborative, a group
composed of Washington State Community College, Zane State College, Belmont
College, and Eastern Gateway Community College, will focus on curriculum
development, career pathways, and developing strong business partnerships with the