By Eileen Houlihan, senior writer/editor, ARTBA

ARTBA member CASE Construction Equipment has opened entries for its 2019 “Dire States Equipment Grant,” which provides $25,000 in construction equipment use to one selected community to repair or build a critical piece of local infrastructure.  The deadline for submissions is March 31.

Representatives of city or local governments are eligible to apply for the grant. Entrants will need to provide a detailed assessment of how the infrastructure will benefit the community.

Originally launched during Infrastructure Week’s Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in 2016, the grant is named for CASE’s infrastructure awareness and advocacy initiative, Dire States, which has evolved from raising awareness of America’s ailing infrastructure into active campaigning for specific programs and legislation. Information on past winners, including examples of suitable infrastructure projects, are available on the grant website.

The 2018 winner was Surrey, North Dakota, which used the grant for rainwater runoff and roadway drainage work.

CASE and its Dire States campaign are leaders in ARTBA’s Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™ (TIAC) and its “Transportation Investment Advocates Council”, a national network of more than 70 business professionals and public officials who share a common interest in building support for transportation infrastructure investments in their state or local community.