Knox County received requests from area towns and organizations to pay for more than $13 million in projects, nearly double the $7.7 million the county received from the federal government.

The Knox County Commissioners are scheduled to meet at 2 p.m. Sept. 14 to begin the discussion on the application process for the grants from the county’s American Rescue Plan.

The county received requests totaling $13,068,706.

The largest request is from the Knox County Homeless Coalition, which is asking for up to $4.1 million.

The single largest project within that proposal is to spend $2.7 million for the Knox County Homeless Coalition to purchase 6 Madelyn Lane in Rockport. The property consists of six acres and two former medical office buildings that included offices for Pen Bay Family Medicine and Pen Bay Pediatrics. Those offices relocated to the new office building on the PBMC campus.

Other projects included in the homeless coalition proposal are $320,000 for Habitat’s proposed housing development on Talbot Avenue; $180,000 for Habitat’s project on Philbrick Avenue; $500,000 for a program with the Homeless Coalition and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office to help inmates transition from jail or prison to the community. The proposal calls for the money to be used to purchase and renovate a residence, which has not yet been selected, for the re-entry program.

The fifth and final project is $400,000 for the Isle au Haut Community Development Corporation to purchase three houses owned by the island community off Stonington. The town no longer wants to own them and rent them as they have done.

Vinalhaven is requesting about $2.8 million for a variety of projects including workforce housing, sewer extensions, expanding broadband to 187 homes and a review of flood maps.

The town of Thomaston and the Knox Health Clinic are requesting $1.2 million for expanded health care services in the county. Thomaston is asking for another $350,000 for a sewer replacement on Beechwood Street.

Rockport is asking for $750,000 for broadband expansion and for the first phase of the Pathway Project.

The town of Union is requesting $335,000. This includes $275,000 for a second ambulance to improve response time. The remainder is for broadband, the food pantry and for premium pay for eligible essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rockland is requesting $278,300. This includes $110,300 to correct drainage problems in the residential Pen Bay Acres neighborhood and other storm water projects.

Cushing is requesting more than $432,000. Of that, $400,000 would be for acquiring property to “provide a public access point to aid tourism, travel and hospitality.”

Owls Head is asking for nearly $347,000, of which $300,000 is for broadband expansion and the remainder for a sewer upgrade on Cottage Avenue.

The Hurricane Island Center is asking for $266,000 for aquaculture education and training.

Volunteers of America Northern New England is asking for $450,000 for addressing the 80% of  social determinants not done by the health care system.

The town of South Thomaston is seeking $94,000, which includes money for the Island Road construction project, and premium pay for eligible municipal workers.

Washington is requesting nearly $37,000 including for a roof on the public works building.

Appleton is seeking $13,290 including for COVID-19 related changes to the town office.

MCH is seeking $60,000 for Meals on Wheels.

The St. George Firefighter’s and Ambulance Association is seeking $95,000 for additional training and staff hours.

The Come Spring Food Pantry is asking for $100,000.

The St. George Community Development Corporation is asking for $120,000.

The Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine is seeking $160,000.

On June 30, commissioners approved using some of the county’s $7.7 million in federal aid — known as the American Rescue Plan — for retention bonuses for corrections officers, patrol officers and civil process servers. That consisted of $200 extra per week through the end of 2021.

On July 13, however, commissioners declined when asked to extend those bonuses to employees at Knox County Regional Communications.

The estimated cost of the bonuses is $431,000, and will be paid for with money from the American Rescue Plan. This is the federal program that provides grants to states, counties and municipalities and was approved by Congress and signed by President Joe Biden earlier this year.