Applications for the next round of state matching grant funding for local road and bridge projects are now available.

The Community Crossings Matching Grant program, established through a 2016 law championed by House Republicans, provides matching grants to cities, towns and counties for transportation infrastructure projects. Along with maintaining essential infrastructure, Community Crossings grants also stimulate economic development and new job opportunities.

Since launching, Hoosier communities received more than $739 million in Community Crossings grants. Over 200 grants, for a total of $126.5 million, were awarded during the last round of funding in the spring. After a delay due to the pandemic, it is now time to submit applications for the next round of funding.

The state awards two rounds of grants annually through the Indiana Department of Transportation. Local officials can use these funds to rebuild and maintain roads and bridges, replace guardrails and signs, and improve intersections. The process for obtaining Community Crossings grants is competitive, and criteria includes need, road and pavement condition, traffic volume and potential impact on mobility and connectivity in the community.

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%. The program requires half of its available matching funds be awarded annually to municipalities with populations of 50,000 or less. The maximum amount given to a community is $1 million annually. Applications for the current round of Community Crossings matching grants are due by 5 p.m. EST Oct. 23, and can be submitted online here. Grant award announcements are expected in late November or early December. Learn more on INDOT’s website.