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NatureWorks LogoNatureWorks projects are funded through the Ohio Parks and Natural Resources Bond Issue which was approved by Ohio voters in November 1993.

The NatureWorks grant program provides up to 75% reimbursement assistance for local government subdivisions (townships, villages, cities, counties, park districts, joint recreation districts, and conservancy districts) to for the acquisition, development, and rehabilitation of recreational areas.

Since NatureWorks' inception, the grant has funded over 2300 public park projects in all 88 counties.


  • All local subdivisions of government are eligible (local school boards are ineligible).
  • Local governments can apply for up to 75 percent reimbursement grants (state funding) for acquisition, development, or rehabilitation of public park and recreation areas.
  • The agency must have proper control (title or at least a 15-year non-revocable lease) to be eligible for a development or rehabilitation grant.
  • Eligible government agencies within each county
Application Due Date Maximum Project Award Required Match Funding Source ORC Authorization
June 1, 2023 County allocation, up to $150,000 max, if available 25% State Capital Budget 1557.06