DeVon encourages local communities to apply for road funding grants

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Thursday, October 8, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 8, 2020) – State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) encourages communities in St. Joseph County to apply for the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program to help fund local road and bridge projects.

DeVon supported expanding the program in 2017 to help more cities, towns and counties fund local infrastructure projects through preservation, road construction, intersection improvements, guardrail replacements and signage.

"Community Crossings grants make it possible for local governments to make much-needed road and bridge improvements for residents, businesses and visitors alike," DeVon said. "A strong infrastructure is not only vital to supporting our neighborhoods, but also growing the local economy and bringing jobs to our area."

According to DeVon, Hoosier communities are eligible for a state match up to $1 million annually and the Indiana Department of Transportation opens applications twice a year. Due to COVID-19, this year’s second round of calls for projects was postponed in July, but Gov. Eric Holcomb recently announced that the matching grant program will resume and the new application deadline is Oct. 23.

Counties with fewer than 50,000 residents and cities and towns with less than 10,000 residents contribute 25% of the matching funds, with larger communities contributing 50%. To be eligible, all local units of government must have an approved Asset Management Plan and provide a funding match.

Since the program's inception, $739 million has been awarded to support Hoosier communities and infrastructure projects around the state. Local governments can apply for the program online at in.gov/indot/4013.htm, with forms due by 5 p.m. EST on Oct. 23.

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State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) represents House District 5, which includes portions of St. Joseph County.

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