State Reps. McNamara, Hostettler encourage local communities to apply for road funding grants

Community Crossings grant application deadline is Oct. 23

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Friday, October 9, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 9, 2020) – State Reps. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) and Matt Hostettler (R-Patoka) encourage communities in Southwest Indiana to apply for the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program to help fund local road and bridge projects.

McNamara, who supported the 2016 law creating the program, said Community Crossings Matching Grants help cities, towns and counties fund local infrastructure projects through preservation, road construction, intersection improvements, guardrail replacements and signage.

"Having safe and reliable roads are essential to businesses and everyday Hoosiers alike, and that's why making sure we have quality infrastructure is so important," McNamara said. "Indiana is ranked No. 1 for infrastructure, because we prioritize these projects that promote economic growth and quality of life." 

According to Hostettler, 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.

"The Community Crossings program helps rural Indiana move forward by giving small local governments the opportunity to improve their infrastructure without stretching their budgets too far," Hostettler said. "Each round of applications is extremely competitive, but every community should apply." 

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. Matt Hostettler (R-Patoka) represents House District 64,
which includes Gibson County and portions of Knox, Pike, Vanderburgh and Posey counties.
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State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) represents House District 76, 
which includes portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties.

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