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State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) encourages communities in Southern Indiana to apply for the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program to help fund local road and bridge projects.

Davisson, who supported the 2016 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.

“Every dollar counts, and local governments don’t always have the resources to fully fund larger projects,” Davisson said. “Partnering with the state really helps our locals maintain infrastructure without stretching budgets beyond their means.”

According to Davisson, 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.