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Hancock County
Planning Commission

A voluntary association of governments in Hancock County, Maine

HCPC has been providing planning and related government-support assistance to Hancock County municipalities since 1970. Our services now include special projects such as support for healthy communities, housing and community development planning and hazardous waste planning. Explore these developments along with our ongoing work in land use, transportation, economic development, solid waste and recycling:

Averi Varney

HCPC Welcomes Averi Varney,
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HCPC Seeks Executive Director - Application deadline extended

Application Information

For more information, contact Jim Fisher, HCPC Chair at jimfisher101@gmail.com

New RTP Application Now Posted

The revised Recreational Trails Program application and support documents have now been posted to the RTP application website.  Applications for projects to begin in 2023 will be due by Friday, September 30, 2022

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The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is an assistance program of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The RTP funds come from the Federal Highway Trust Fund and represent a portion of the motor fuel excise tax collected from non-highway recreational fuel use: fuel used for off-highway recreation by snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles, and off-highway light trucks.

The RTP provides funds to States to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for motorized and non-motorized recreational trail uses. RTP grants can fund the development and renovation of eligible trails, trailhead and trail-side amenities.  Acquisition of land for trails is also an eligible cost, but only for state agencies where perpetual public access is assured.

For more information contact Douglas Beck, RTP-State Trail Administrator doug.beck@maine.gov 207-592-0439

Maine Department of Economic and Community Development
2022 Community Development Block Grant Launched

HCPC is here to provide technical assistance to our member communities at no charge on CDBG grant application process, and administration. More...

Also from DECD: Resources for Maine Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Maine Community Resiliency Partnership Program Launched

Through grants and direct support to municipal and tribal governments, the Community Resilience Partnership assists communities to reduce carbon emissions, transition to clean energy, and become more resilient to climate change effects such as to extreme weather, flooding, rising sea levels, public health impacts, and more.  More...

HCPC Household Hazardous Waste Collection A Success

The Household Hazardous Waste Collection held on Saturday, August 28, 2021 engaged families from across the county to safely dispose of old paint, fuel, insecticides, solvents and more. We hope to work this winter to design a system that will be available to all next year.

Maine DEP Nonpoint Source Water Pollution Control Grants Program

2022 Requests for Applications

In March 2022, DEP plans to issue the following two Requests for Applications (RFAs) for NPS grants. (Target dates subject to change.) The overall goal of the grants program is to restore water bodies impaired by NPS pollution and protect water bodies threatened by NPS pollution. Grant funding is provided to DEP by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency under Sections 319(h) and 604(b) of the Clean Water Act. FMI:  http://www.maine.gov/dep/water/grants/319.html

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Grants

A Climate to Thrive

HANCOCK COUNTY AND GREATER BLUE HILL GRANT PROGRAM As of February 15, 2021 - ACTT is now accepting applications for our EV Charging Station Grant Program – awards of up to $5,000 to support your installation of a public Level 2 station in the Hancock County and Greater Blue Hill area . More ...

Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Grant Opportunities

The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry administers a variety of state and federal grants that provide funds for services, resources and personnel to non profit groups, municipalities and other agencies. Please visit our Grant Opportunities page for more information.

How resilient is your town to floods?

We would like to work with Hancock County towns on a rapid assessment of flood hazards and resiliency plans. We will provide maps, analysis and we will work with towns to complete a Flood Resilience Checklist and develop alternative adaptation strategies. Please click here if you would like to learn more about this program. There is no charge for participating.

Heart Health: It's a Walk in the Park!

We are excited about the launch of our new initiative, which maps heart-healthy 30-minute walks around Hancock County! We hope these resources will make it easier for residents to incorporate a bit of cardiovascular activity into their daily routines.
Click to check out the project website, or the Facebook page. You might also see one of our posters or map cards in your town office. Share the links and help us get the word out. We hope you will try out one of these great walks, and let us know what you think!

Miss the annual Household Hazardous Waste collection event? Here are some other ideas for safely disposing of household hazardous waste. If you need to dispose of paint, find a collection site near you at www.paintcare.org. HCPC will resume HHWC again in Summer of 2021. Until then please check our website for updates.

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HCPC, 395 State Street, Ellsworth, ME 04605
Voice: (207) 667-7131 Fax: (207) 667-2099
EMail: HCPC Chair Map to HCPC - Twitter feed @HCPCME

The Hancock County Planning Commission prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation or marital or family status. The HCPC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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