City of Columbus - Green Columbus Fund

March 13, 2021


The Green Columbus Fund incentivizes sustainable development and redevelopment in Columbus, Ohio. The Fund reimburses private and non-profit developers the application fee for the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) LEED certification. LEED for New Construction, Core and Shell, Commercial Interiors, and Existing Buildings are eligible. 

Grant funds will go directly to owners of qualifying Columbus buildings. In order to qualify for the reimbursement funds, projects must 1) be built in the city of Columbus; 2) receive LEED certification for its building; and 3) fulfill at least 8 of 12 key LEED credits designated on the Green Columbus Fund application (O&M projects do not have to meet City-designated credits). Examples of City of Columbus LEED credits include: site selection, development density / community connectivity, and water reduction measures.

Reimbursement Bonuses
In addition to grant funds that reimburse the application fee for LEED certification, qualifying private and non-profit projects can receive additional funds based on the level of  LEED certification, project siting within inner city developed area, and fulfillment of additional City of Columbus credits beyond the 8 required for qualification.

  1. LEED Certification Bonuses: Silver = +50%; Gold = +100%; Platinum = +150%
  2. Inner City / Developed Area Bonuses or EB:O&M Bonus: +100%
  3. 9 thru 12 City Credit Bonuses: +25% thru +100%
  4. Multifamily Bonus: +25%

Interested institutions and project developers, as well as those that have begun the LEED certification process, are encouraged to contact the Columbus Department of Development in order to begin the application process. Green Columbus Fund applicants do not have to wait until the GBCI certification process has been completed in order to submit their application.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Ohio
Incentive Type: Green Building Incentive
Web Site:
Administrator: Economic Development
Start Date: 10/1/2010
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building


Name: David Hull
Organization: Columbus Department of Development
Address: 109 N. Front St.
Columbus OH 43215
Phone: (614) 645-6330

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.