State Rep. Eberhart encourages local communities to apply for road funding grants

Community Crossings grant application deadline is Oct. 23

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Thursday, October 15, 2020 11:40 am

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 15, 2020) – State Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) encourages Shelby County communities to apply for the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program to help fund local road and bridge projects.

Eberhart, who supported the 2016 state law creating Indiana's long-term road funding plan, said Community Crossings Matching Grants help cities, towns and counties fund local infrastructure projects through preservation, road construction, intersection improvements, guardrail replacements and signage.

"Shelby County continues to grow and we need our local infrastructure to keep up with the additional demands brought on by that growth," Eberhart said. "Already, significant investments have been made in our roads and bridges thanks to this partnership between the state and local communities, and there is an opportunity here to receive additional funding and move ahead with other projects."  

According to Eberhart, 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. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) represents House District 57,
which includes Shelby County and portions of Bartholomew and Hancock counties.

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