(A) The director of development, in consultation with the director of agriculture, will develop a competitive process to award grants to eligible applicants in accordance with Ohio law. The department of development will establish a grant application using a form approved by the director of development. Applicants shall apply for the grants using the grant application and in compliance with other relevant rules and procedures established by the department of development in this section.
(B) The grant application used by the department of development will include instructions on how to complete the application and will specify the criteria, developed in accordance with the law that will be used to select applications for funding consideration. Applications must be submitted to the department of development by the prescribed deadline. The department of development, in collaboration with the department of agriculture, will use the criteria and procedures specified in the application to review, and select applications for funding.
(C) Pursuant to division (C)(2) of section 122.075 of the Revised Code, preference will be given to publicly accessible refueling facilities; entities seeking grants that have secured funding from other sources, including, but not limited to, private or federal grants; entities that have presented compelling evidence of demand in the market in which the facilities or terminals will be located; entities that have committed to utilizing purchased or installed facilities or terminals for the greatest number of years; and entities that will be purchasing or installing facilities or terminals for both blended biodiesel and blended gasoline.