Gov. DeWine Announces Grant Program County Fair Waiver

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Tuesday that the Ohio Department of Agriculture has waived the required $50,000 local match for the Agricultural Society Facilities Grant Program.

Ohio’s operating budget set aside this grant funding to help fairs make necessary facilities and grounds improvements. Fairs could apply for the $50,000 grant with a required $50,000 from local governments and businesses.

“COVID-19 has put a strain on local budgets and businesses’ bottom lines, so this waiver will allow fairs to apply for grant funding for improvements without the local match,” said Governor DeWine. “Going forward, we will continue to evaluate how, and if, we can safely operate Ohio fairs in 2020.”

Fair managers have until May 30th to apply via the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s website