DEP Stream Crossing Grant Announcement

Maine DEP is administering $3 million dollars from the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan (https://www.maine.gov/jobsplan/program/municipal-stream-crossing-grant-program) for a single round of grant funding in 2022 to assist municipalities with stream crossing upgrades and replacements. Funds from the Jobs Plan will expand the Municipal Stream Crossing Grant Program, which provides local governments and organizations competitive grants up to $150,000 towards the upgrade of undersized and failing culvert stream crossings on municipal roads. The projects awarded provide public infrastructure benefits such as by replacing culverts that are currently failing and at risk of complete washouts, opens or improves fish passage, eliminates undersized and other impassable culverts and reduces some of the worst ongoing erosion impacts to streams, brooks, and lakes. 
To help municipalities and others involved with these projects better understand the grant program and requirements, DEP has developed four pre-recorded videos in partnership with Maine Audubon, Maine DOT, and Army Corps of Engineers.

Additionally, grant scoring guidance and other application resources are available on the Stream Crossing Grants Program web page: https://www.maine.gov/dep/land/grants/stream-crossing-upgrade.html

The RFP, Application, Question & Answer Summary, and other information related to this RFP can be obtained at the following website: https://www.maine.gov/dafs/bbm/procurementservices/vendors/grants

Proposed projects must be located on municipal roads and involve upgrades of culverts at stream crossings to improve public safety and minimize flooding, improve habitat for fish and wildlife, and represent a cost effective and efficient investment. Eligible project applicants include local governments, municipal conservation commissions, soil and water conservation districts, and private nonprofit organizations.

The grant request for applications is available starting August 18, 2022, with proposals due by November 10, 2022.

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