Grants for Culvert Upgrades, October 2016

February 12, 2016

Request for Proposals

Maine Department of Environmental Protection

2017 Grants for Stream Crossing Public Infrastructure Improvements
RFP #201610193

The State of Maine, Department of Environmental Protection, is inviting proposals for public infrastructure improvement projects including culvert upgrades and stream crossings. DEP will administer grants for projects to improve and upgrade this vital public infrastructure to improve public safety and minimize impacts on water quality and aquatic habitat. In accordance with State grant making practices, the Department is hereby announcing the publication of a Request for Proposals (RFP) - RFP#201610193.

Beginning October 14, 2016, eligible recipients may apply for grant monies for improvements to public infrastructure. This is the 3rd and final round of these grants.

The APPLICATION DEADLINE is January 17th, 2017.  Download the RFP here:

Project proposals must address improvements, modifications, repairs or upgrades to existing culverts or stream crossings.

WCCOG can help you to: understand your eligibility, compile the application, and navigate the submission process. If you have a project you would like to explore, please contact us!

Eligible recipients must describe how the proposed project meets the following criteria:

  • Benefits water quality
  • Improves habitat for wildlife, fish and other aquatic life (such as through the replacement of blocked or poorly sized culverts or stream crossings)
  • Improves public safety by reducing risk of infrastructure failure (such as culvert washouts)
  • Includes provisions for climate resiliency (such as flood protection, prevention and control at the project site and downstream)

A portion of the grant money may be used to cover design and engineering services related to the infrastructure improvements, up to a maximum of 8% of the grant award. The Department reserves the right to provide partial funding of proposed projects. After award of the grant, the DEP will, upon coordination with the recipient, designate a grant money expenditure deadline, and the payment schedule by which the funds will be disbursed. The Department has set a maximum grant award of $95,000.

Eligible recipients for Stream Crossing Public Infrastructure Improvement funds are individuals, businesses, municipalities, unorganized and deorganized townships, counties, soil and water conservation districts, regional planning commissions, watershed districts, and incorporated nonprofit organizations with federal tax exempt status [501(c)(3)]. State and Federal agencies are not eligible recipients. Grant awards cannot be given on culvert replacements that have already occurred. Also, monies from this grant cannot be used for any permanent land acquisitions, conservation easements, etc.

The Department’s RFP Coordinator for this project is William Laflamme. The RFP Coordinator can be reached at the following email address: or at the following mailing address: State House Station #17, 28 Tyson Drive, Augusta, ME 04333. The deadline for submitted questions is December 15, 2016, 5:00 p.m. local time.

Proposals must be submitted to the State of Maine Division of Purchases, located at the Burton M. Cross Office Building, 111 Sewall Street, 4th Floor, 9 State House Station, Augusta, Maine, 04333-0009. Proposals must be submitted by 2:00 pm, local time on January 17, 2017, when they will be opened at the Division of Purchases’ aforementioned address. Proposals not received at the Division of Purchases’ aforementioned address by the aforementioned deadline will not be considered for grant award.

See this Department web page for more information.

Download the RFP