PROVIDENCE – The Board of Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank voted to award a total of $1 million in Municipal Infrastructure Grant Program funds to four communities, including grants for projects in Burrillville and Glocester.
In Burrillville, a $250,000 grant will provide funding for design, permitting and construction of a 90-foot gravity flow sewer pipe across the Clear River.
“Making the connection will allow for both new residential and commercial development in a key growth area for the town,” noted a release on the award. “The project leverages sewer work completed in the mid 1990’s that anticipated this future growth along Route 107.”
In Glocester, a grant of $85,000 will fund a feasibility study for developing a community-wide potable water system for the village of Chepachet, with the goal of implementing a safe and environmentally responsible water system for the residents and businesses in the area.
Additional grants were approved for projects in Central Falls and New Shoreham following a request for proposals.
“Infrastructure is essential to Rhode Island’s cities and towns and the Municipal Infrastructure Grant Program is another tool in our toolbox to assist our municipal partners in fostering economic development,” said RI Infrastructure Bank CEO Jeff Diehl.
Associate Director of Statewide Planning Meredith Brady added, “I was pleased to be able to assist our partners at RIIB by reviewing Municipal Infrastructure Grant Program applications through the lens of the State Guide Plan. Ultimately, the grant awards will create and strengthen economic development, housing and equity opportunities through projects in four diverse community settings statewide.”
The Municipal Infrastructure Grant Program was established to provide competitive grants to municipalities statewide to complete key infrastructure projects that accelerate affordable housing and economic development, with recipients required to provide a local match of at least 25 percent.