The state Department of Natural Resources says the grants from the National Park Service will be matched by $249,000 in local and private funds.
Gov. Eric Holcomb and the GOP-dominated Legislature made raising taxes to pay for infrastructure projects a top priority this year.
Pence sought $53.5 million in new projects last year as part of the state's 200th birthday celebration.
Construction of a $1.6 million runway expansion at Kokomo’s airport was jeopardized because of the FAA shutdown
It can take months for FEMA to approval assistance for individual disaster areas.
Under current law, public projects valued at $150,000 or less are exempt from having to pay workers the common construction wage.
Indiana University students graduating from the Leadership, Ethics, and Social Action program presented their finishing senior projects last Friday.
The $1.8 million given to local communities will go toward projects that will make getting to school safer, and could lead to reduced obesity rates.