Municipal Stream Crossing Upgrade Grant Program

Since 2015, Maine voters have approved a total of four bonds that fund the upgrade and replacement of stream crossings throughout Maine. These monies support the DEP's competitive grant program that matches local funding for the upgrade of municipal culverts at stream crossings to cost-effectively improve fish and wildlife habitats, reduce flooding, and increase community safety.

Contact John Maclaine, 207-615-3279 for more information.

Grant Announcements

2021 Stream Crossing Grant Applications

Applicability 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.
RFA Opens August 30, 2021
Submissions due November 19, 2021
Funding Available $4 Million
Maximum Award $125,000 per project, maximum of 2 awards per municipality
Match required No minimum match; grants cannot fund 100% of any project—match amount is factored into scoring of cost-effectiveness
RFA & Application materials Not yet available. For guidance, see our 2021 Scoring Guidance or scoring documents from previous rounds
Awarded projects & examples TBA

2021 Stream Crossing Grant Video Guidance

Maine DEP, in partnership with Maine Audubon, MaineDOT, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Maine Land Use Planning Commission, has produced four online guidance videos to help potential applicants understand the grant program and provide information regarding stream crossing installation and design. We hope you find these resources useful in getting a head start in what information to gather before the 2021 grant round opens. These videos are available to view at any time.

2020 Stream Crossing Grant Awards

Applicability 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.
RFP Opens September 9, 2020
Submissions due November 16, 2020
Funding Available $5 Million
Maximum Award $125,000 per project, maximum of 2 awards per municipality
Match required No minimum match; grants cannot fund 100% of any project—match amount is factored into scoring of cost-effectiveness
RFP & Application materials https://www.maine.gov/dafs/bbm/procurementservices/vendors/grants
Scroll down to "Maine Department of Environmental Protection" section
Awarded projects & examples List of Projects*, Highest Scoring Project Materials

*This list is comprised of the initial DEP awards for stream crossing infrastructure improvements across the state of Maine for each grant round since 2015. Projects that receive awards may withdraw and return grant monies, which are then re-awarded after the round has closed.

Grant Round Information*

Round Status Funding Source Funding Amount Number of Applications Number of Awards Matching Funds
2021 Pending 2020 Transportation Bond $4.0 million N/A N/A N/A
2020 Awarded 2018 Transportation Bond $5.0 million 47 42 $5.4 million
2019
Round 2
Awarded 2017 Transportation Bond $2.5 million 49 30 $3.5 million
2019
Round 1
Awarded 2017 Transportation Bond $2.5 million 40 29 $2.9 million
2017 Awarded 2015 “Water Bond” $2.4 million 53 29 $2.5 million
2016 Awarded 2015 “Water Bond” $2.5 million 78 27 $3.4 million
2015 Awarded 2015 “Water Bond” $0.8 million 76 15 $0.6 million

* Application, award, and matching funds information are representative of the initial awards for that round.

Grant-Related Resources

MSCG Map – ArcGIS Web Application for exploring previous grant projects and details across Maine.
MSCG Statistics and Success Stories – Last update Sept. 2019.
State of Maine RFP's and RFA's – Includes grant RFP's, Q&A summaries, current application, and documents from the previous round.
Stream Crossing Resources – Includes resources on regulations, field assessment, crossing design, and more.