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

Grants to Maine Local Agencies for Projects
that Improve Local Communities

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)

LOI Date:

01/17/20

Deadline Date:

03/27/20 4:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Maine government agencies for projects to develop local communities. Interested applicants are required to submit a letter of intent prior to the full proposal. Funding is intended to support activities that include planning, acquisition, construction, installation, relocation, and reconstruction associated with the improvement of public infrastructure.

The Public Infrastructure Grant Program (PI) provides communities with grant funds to help meet their identified public infrastructure needs in one of three activity groups. Multi-jurisdictional applications from two or more communities must designate a lead community. Counties may apply on behalf of unorganized territories.

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.

All CDBG funded activities must meet one of three National Objectives of the program.

These objectives are:

  • Benefit to low and moderate income persons;
  • Prevention and elimination of slum and blight conditions; and
  • Meeting community development needs having a particular urgency.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167229

Term of Contract:

Funds will not be available until after July 1, 2020.

Applicants have six months to complete the project development phase process or notice of award may be rescinded.

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, Casco 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 Economic Development or Public Service programs 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.

Units of local government may not apply for more than one PI program per grant year. Communities participating in multi-jurisdictional PI applications may submit their own PI as long as they demonstrate that there will not be a duplication of program activity/benefit.

Units of local government and unorganized territories that benefited from a 2019 PI may not apply for a 2020 PI except as stipulated under Section 1 (H) (1) of the 2020 Program Statement.

In addition, all PI applicants must meet the past performance criteria contained in the 2020 Program Statement on page 8, Section 1 (G) (9).

Eligible units of general local government as defined above may apply for CDBG assistance on behalf of the five Maine Indian Tribes. Maine Indian Tribes are not themselves eligible applicants.

Pre-Application Information:

Letters of Intent due at DECD on or before January 17, 2020, 4:00 p.m.

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 returned unscored.

All applications must be received at the physical location of the Office of Community Development by 4:00 P.M., Friday, March 27, 2020.

Late submissions will not be accepted and will be returned unopened.

Communities applying for PI funds must demonstrate they will provide a direct cash match of at least 25% of the total CDBG grant award.

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 returned un-scored.

Each applicant is required to hold a duly authorized public hearing during the Application process with a minimum of 10 days prior notice. The hearing must be advertised in local newspapers and posted according to local requirements. Any applicant submitting a non-compliant public hearing notice will have five points deducted from their final application score.

More information about Public Infrastructure Grants: https://www.maine.gov/decd/community-development/cdbg-program/grant-categories/public-infrastructure-grant-program

Eligibility: https://www.maine.gov/decd/community-development/cdbg-program/eligibility

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Letters of Intent may be submitted via email to: ocd.loi@maine.gov

Applications must be received at the:
Office of Community Development
Department of Economic and Community Development
59 State House Station
111 Sewall Street
Augusta, Maine 04333-0059
(207) 624-7484

Phone: (207) 624-9819
FAX: (207) 287-8070
ocd.loi@maine.gov

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Geographic Focus:

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