OTETF is a non-profit organization. It relies on the generous donations from people in a variety of capacities. Together with local, state and federal funding for land acquisition and trail construction, numerous organizations and individuals have joined together to make the collection of trails that make up the Ohio to Erie Trail a reality. The sources of funds for operation of the Ohio to Erie Trail organization as well as for land acquisition, design, and construction include:
-Individuals & Families
-Foundations & Other Non-Profit Organizations
-Counties, Municipalities, Villages & Townships
-State: the Ohio General Assembly; the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (Nature Works grants); the Ohio Department of Transportation (Transportation Enhancement 21 funds); Recreational Trail Program (RTP); Clean Ohio Trails; the Land & Water Conservation Fund; and sometimes special capital budget earmarks
-Federal: direct Congressional grants for the Canal Heritage Area and Transportation Enhancement funds administered by the Ohio Department of Transportation; the Railroad Revitalization Act; and the National Park Service that manages the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and towpath.
Our annual support from American Electric Power (AEP) and EarthShare of Ohio has been on-going for years and has helped the OTETF Board do so many projects. We sincerely thank AEP and EarthShare of Ohio.