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Grants to Maine Local Agencies for Projects that Improve Local Communities

ELIGIBILITY:

Geographic Focus

USA: Maine: Statewide, excluding Auburn, Bangor, Biddeford, Lewiston, Portland and all of Cumberland County with the exception of Brunswick and Frye Island

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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program - Public Infrastructure Grant (PI) Program

Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)


Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #167229

Grant Description

Grants to Maine local government agencies for public infrastructure activities. Interested applicants are required to submit a letter of intent prior to the full proposal. Eligible projects must benefit at least 51% of low- and moderate-income individuals. This program is open to all units of general local government in Maine, including plantations, except for the entitlement communities of Auburn, Bangor, Biddeford, Lewiston, Portland and all of Cumberland County with the exception of Brunswick and Frye Island.

The Public Infrastructure Grant (PI) Program provides gap funding for local infrastructure activities, which are part of a community development strategy leading to future public and private investments.

Eligible Activities: Eligible activities in the PI Program are construction, acquisition, reconstruction, installation, relocation assistance associated with public infrastructure, and public infrastructure limited to supporting construction of fully-funded affordable LMI housing; eligible planning activities necessary to complete the Project Development Phase.

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All units of general local government in Maine, including plantations, except for the entitlement communities of Auburn, Bangor, Biddeford, Lewiston, Portland and all of Cumberland County with the exception of Brunswick and Frye Island are eligible to apply for and receive State CDBG program funds. County governments may apply on behalf of the Unorganized Territory. Groups of local governments may apply for multi-jurisdictional or joint projects. Multi-jurisdictional applications require designation of one local government as the lead applicant and consent for that designation by each participating local government. Counties may apply for the Public Service program on behalf of a collaboration of communities. Eligible applicants, including counties as defined above may apply for CDBG assistance on behalf of the five Maine Indian Tribes. Maine Indian Tribes are not themselves eligible applicants. Eligible applicants applying on behalf of a Maine Indian Tribe are permitted to apply in the same 2022 CDBG funding category only if the eligible applicant will not directly benefit from the tribal CDBG project.

PI funds may not be used to assist infrastructure for the purpose of job creation/retention. Job creation/ retention infrastructure activities are eligible in the Economic Development Program. Except for proposals for infrastructure in support of new housing construction and sewer/water system hookups, no housing activities may be assisted with PI funds.

Pre-Application Information:

Letter of Intent to Apply is due at DECD on or before January 28, 2022, 4:00 p.m.

All applications must be received at the physical location of the Office of Community Development by 4:00 P.M., Friday, March 25, 2022.

Please take note that eligible applicants for PI funding are limited to those communities receiving prior written OCD approval of their Letter of Intent to Apply. Applicants submitting a PI application without OCD approval of their Letter of Intent will have the application rejected.

Match: All communities applying for PI funds must certify that they will provide a cash match of at least 25 percent of the total grant award. This match may consist of all non-CDBG loans, grants etc. contributed to the project.

Applicants may apply for one or more activities within a specific activity group. Applicants cannot mix activities from different activity groups in an application.

Program Information: https://www.maine.gov/decd/community-development/cdbg-program/grant-categories/public-infrastructure-grant-program

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,400,000

Contact Information:

Letters of Intent may be submitted via email to: ocd.loi@maine.gov
Please enter “PI LOI” in the subject line.

Office of Community Development
111 Sewall Street
59 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0059
Phone: (207) 624-7484
TTY: 1-800-437-1220

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