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Community Project Funding

Community Project Funding (CPF) is a new initiative by the U.S. House of Representatives that will allow Members of Congress to request direct funding for fiscal year 2022 and thereafter for projects that benefit the communities they represent. CPF is separate from federal grants and funding apportioned by formula to states or awarded by federal agencies.

Request for CPF must meet stringent eligibility, ethics, and transparency guardrails that are outlined below. CPF will be available only to nonprofit organizations and to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments. In addition, only projects with evidence of strong support from the community will be considered, and evidence of community support and community need is required as part of your submission. This evidence can take the form of a letter from local stakeholders, inclusion on a state or local planning document, letters to the editor in local papers, and many more options discussed below.

Community Project Funding opportunities will be available through two House Committees: the Committee on Appropriations, the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and the Committee on Armed Services. These Committees are handling requests through separate processes. The deadline for Appropriations submissions to our office is April 9, 2021. The deadline for Transportation and Infrastructure to our office is March 31, 2021. 

Please note that this limited timeline is due to external deadlines that our office does not control, and therefore our office will do everything possible to accommodate late submissions from constituents of California’s 3rd Congressional District.

 

COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS

For fiscal year 2022 and thereafter, CPF requests may be submitted for 32 accounts across 10 different appropriations bills. A summary of eligible accounts and their allowed uses is provided below. In-depth information on eligibility requirements and allowable uses for each account can be found in the linked form for the relevant appropriations measure. The range of sizes for CPF awards has historically been between a few thousand dollars and several million dollars, with most awards being under one million dollars (although this varies by account).

Additional information from the House Appropriations Committee can be found here

 

Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies

The following appropriations accounts within this Subcommittee’s jurisdiction are eligible for CPF requests: 

  1.  USDA Community Facilities Grants: CPF from this account may be used to purchase, construct, or improve essential community facilities in rural areas; to purchase equipment; and pay other related project expenses. These projects must serve a rural area, which the account defines as “rural areas including cities, villages, townships and towns including Federally Recognized Tribal Lands with no more than 20,000 residents according to the latest U.S. Census Data.” This is one of the most flexible accounts; examples of eligible projects include medical or dental clinics, towns halls, courthouses, childcare centers, police or fire departments, public works vehicles, or distance learning equipment.

BEST FOR: Nonprofit organizations and local governments located in qualified rural areas. 

  1.  USDA ReConnect Program: CPF from this account may be used for construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment to improve broadband access. The community must be rural and lack sufficient access to broadband service. For the purposes of this account, a rural area is any area which is not located within: (1) A city, town, or incorporated area that has a population of greater than 20,000 inhabitants; or (2) an urbanized area contiguous and adjacent to a city or town that has a population of greater than 50,000 inhabitants. Sufficient access to broadband is defined as greater than 90% of any rural area in which households have fixed, terrestrial broadband service delivering at least 10 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream. Mobile and satellite services will not be considered in making the determination of sufficient access to broadband. Please note that eligibility for funding from this account is tricky and will likely be determined on a case-by-case basis; please don’t hesitate to reach out to the staffer listed in the form above with any questions. 

BEST FOR: Local governments and nonprofit organizations that meet eligibility requirements.  

  1.  USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Buildings and Facilities: CPF from this account may be used for ARS-owned facilities or for facilities that will enhance ongoing ARS work. Requests can assist in the acquisition of land, construction, repair, improvement, extension, alteration, and purchase of fixed equipment or facilities. ARS owns and operates laboratories and facilities across the United States. 

BEST FOR: Scientific researchers; local research universities.  

 

Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies 

The following appropriations accounts within this Subcommittee’s jurisdiction are eligible for CPF requests:

  1.  Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (JAG): CPF from this account may be used to assist state, local, and tribal law enforcement efforts to prevent crime, improve the criminal justice system, provide victims’ services, and other related activities. CPF requests designed to help improve police-community relations are strongly encouraged. Historically, the Committee has not funded vehicles or building construction or renovation as part of community project funding under this account. 

BEST FOR: State and local governments; local law enforcement agencies.  

  1.  Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) - Technology & Equipment: CPF from this account may be used by local law enforcement to develop and acquire effective technologies and interoperable communications that assist in investigating, responding to, and preventing crime. These projects should help improve police effectiveness and the flow of information among law enforcement agencies, local government service providers, and the communities they serve. Historically, the Committee has not funded vehicles or building construction or renovation as part of community project funding under this account. 

BEST FOR: Local governments; local law enforcement agencies.  

  1.  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Operations, Research, and Facilities: CPF from this account may be used for research, demonstration, or education projects performed by external partners or for prioritizing NOAA internal funds for geographically specific projects.  This account does not fund construction projects. Any such project must be aligned with NOAA’s mission and within their existing authorities. Examples of eligible projects include biological research on wildlife, the Great Lakes, wetland restoration, and coastal tidal gauges. 

BEST FOR: Local research universities; other research institutions; state and local governments 

  1.  National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Safety, Security, and Mission Services: CPF from this account may be used activities consistent with and supportive of the work of NASA’s mission directorates and within the agency’s authorities, such as STEM education activities and scientific research. Examples of such projects include nanomaterials research, antennae for unmanned aerial vehicles, and minority science initiatives. Funding for building construction or renovation projects will not be considered for community project funding. 

BEST FOR: Local nonprofit colleges and universities; K-12 local education agencies; research institutions; local STEM education and workforce training programs.  

 

Subcommittee on Defense 

The following appropriations accounts within this Subcommittee’s jurisdiction are eligible for CPF requests:

  1.  Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation Army: CPF from this account may be used to enhance the Army’s scientific and technical knowledge through research, development, test, and evaluation funded by the Department of Defense (DOD) and performed by industry, universities, federal laboratories, and others. Please note that the most likely recipients of funds from this account will be universities conducting research with a DOD element. 

BEST FOR: Local research universities; national labs.  

  1.  Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation Navy: CPF from this account may be used to enhance the Navy’s scientific and technical knowledge through research, development, test, and evaluation funded by DOD and performed by industry, universities, federal laboratories, and others. Please note that the most likely recipients of funds from this account will be universities conducting research with a DOD element. 

BEST FOR: Local research universities; national labs.  

  1.  Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation Air Force: CPF from this account may be used to enhance the Air Force’s scientific and technical knowledge through research, development, test, and evaluation funded by DOD and performed by industry, universities, federal laboratories, and others. Please note that the most likely recipients of funds from this account will be universities conducting research with a DOD element. 

BEST FOR: Local research universities; national labs.  

  1.  Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation Space Force: CPF from this account may be used to enhance the Space Force’s scientific and technical knowledge through research, development, test, and evaluation funded by DOD and performed by industry, universities, federal laboratories, and others. Please note that the most likely recipients of funds from this account will be universities conducting research with a DOD element. 

BEST FOR: Local research universities; national labs.   

  1.  Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation Defense-Wide: CPF from this account may be used to enhance DOD’s scientific and technical knowledge through research, development, test, and evaluation funded by the Department of Defense (DOD) and performed by industry, universities, federal laboratories, and others. Please note that the most likely recipients of funds from this account will be universities conducting research with a DOD element. 

BEST FOR: Local research universities; national labs.  

 

Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies 

The following appropriations accounts within this Subcommittee’s jurisdiction are eligible for CPF requests:

  1.  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Only previously authorized projects will be considered for funding. A list of authorized projects can be found here.

BEST FOR: Facilitators of authorized projects and their partners.

  1.  Bureau of Reclamation - Water and Related Resources: Only previously authorized projects will be considered for funding. A list of authorized projects can be found here.

BEST FOR: Facilitators of authorized projects and their partners. 

 

Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government 

The following appropriations account within this Subcommittee’s jurisdiction is eligible for CPF requests: 

  1.  Small Business Administration, Small Business Initiatives: CPF from this account may be used to support small businesses, including for entrepreneur training, workforce development, counseling, research, and construction or acquisition of facilities. This is one of the most flexible CPF accounts. 

BEST FOR: State and local governments; local community colleges; local nonprofit organizations.  

 

Subcommittee on Homeland Security 

The following appropriations accounts within this Subcommittee’s jurisdiction are eligible for CPF requests:

  1.  Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grants: CPF from this account may be used for planning or projects to lessen the impacts of future disasters. Examples of eligible projects include stormwater projects or buying out properties in flood-prone areas. Only projects that meet the requirements detailed in the most recent Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant program will be considered for funding, including the cost-share requirement and environmental and historic preservation requirements, as applicable.

BEST FOR: State and local governments.

  1.  Nonprofit Security Grants: CPF from this account can be used to secure nonprofit organizations that can show they are at risk of terrorism, broadly defined (this includes religious organizations targeted by anti-Semitic or Islamophobic violence, among others). Eligible expenses include security cameras, contract security services, training, and more. Only projects that meet the requirements detailed in the most recent Notice of Funding Opportunity and the Preparedness Grants Manual for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) will be considered for funding.

BEST FOR: Houses of worship; local school systems; local nonprofit colleges and universities; community and charitable organizations; museums and arts organizations; hospitals and medical clinics.

  1.  Emergency Operations Center Grants: CPF from this account may be used to improve emergency preparedness by supporting secure, strategically located emergency operations centers. Examples of eligible projects include construction and renovation of such centers. Only projects that meet the requirements detailed in the most recent Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Emergency Operations Center Grant Program, including the cost-share requirement and environmental and historic preservation requirements, as applicable, will be considered for funding. 

BEST FOR: State and local governments. 

 

Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

The following appropriations accounts within this Subcommittee’s jurisdiction are eligible for CPF requests:

  1.  Department of the Interior - Land Acquisition Through the Land and Water Conservation Fund: CPF requests under this fund should be for the federal acquisition of lands and water for the purpose of land and habitat conservation and outdoor recreation. Land acquisition projects should be requested through the agency that would manage the land being acquired. The four land management agencies are: (1) the Bureau of Land Management, (2) the Fish and Wildlife Service, (3) the National Park Service; and (4) the Forest Service. The Committee will look favorably upon requests for projects listed in the President’s FY22 Budget Request, as well as those listed in the supplemental LWCF project lists provided by the land management agencies. 

BEST FOR: State and local governments and park districts; nonprofit organizations with ownership of land to be conserved. 

  1.  Environmental Protection Agency - State and Tribal Assistance Grants (STAG): CPF from this account may be used to fund local wastewater and drinking water infrastructure projects. This includes construction of and modifications to municipal sewage treatment plants and drinking water treatment plants. Similar to past practice, the Committee will be limiting STAG infrastructure grants only to projects that are publicly-owned or owned by a non-profit entity and that are otherwise eligible for the funding from that state’s Clean Water or Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRF) loan programs. There is a minimum 20% cost share requirement for any portion of a project funded through a STAG infrastructure grant. CPF requests for projects already listed on the California State Water Resources Control Board’s intended use plans for wastewater and drinking water will be prioritized by the House Appropriations Committee.  

BEST FOR: Local governments; owners of nonprofit sewer and drinking water infrastructure. 

  1.  U.S. Forest Service - State and Private Forestry: CPF from this account may be used to improve the management, protection, and utilization of the America’s forests, including landscape scale restoration, urban and community forestry, forest disease or pest treatment, and fire assistance. Projects that are listed on any federal or state ordinal list or are clearly demonstrated to meet the goals of California’s state forest action plan will be prioritized by the House Appropriations Committee. 

BEST FOR: State and local governments; state and local parks services; nonprofit organizations with ownership of private forestland. 

 

Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies 

The following appropriations accounts within this Subcommittee’s jurisdiction are eligible for CPF requests:

  1.  Department of Health and Human Services—Health Resources and Services Administration—Program Management: CPF from this account may be used for construction, renovation, or capital equipment for facilities for provision of health, mental health, or substance abuse services, training of health professionals, or medical research. In addition to construction and renovation, grants can be used to acquire capital equipment, such as lab equipment or x‐ray machines. Funding may also be used for projects to improve education and training of health care professionals, to analyze health workforce trends and needs, to improve health care in rural areas, and for telemedicine and health information technology. 

BEST FOR: Local nonprofit hospitals; public health departments; health centers and clinics; skilled nursing facilities; mental health centers; facilities for schools of medicine, nursing or other health professions; and medical research laboratories. 

  1.  Department of Health and Human Services—Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration—Health Surveillance and Program Support: CPF from this account may be used for (1) programs that promote the prevention or treatment of mental health disorders, including rehabilitation, outreach, and other support services; (2) programs that improve access, reduce barriers, and promote high quality, effective treatment and recovery services; and (3) programs to prevent the onset of illegal drug use, prescription drug misuse and abuse, alcohol misuse and abuse, and underage alcohol and tobacco use.  

BEST FOR: Community health centers; public health departments; nonprofit mental and behavioral health service providers and treatment centers (inpatient and outpatient); local governments; nonprofit organizations providing mental and behavioral health services and/or outreach to youth, homeless, or other high-risk populations; and local public colleges and universities.

  1.  Department of Labor—Training and Employment Services (WIOA Programs): CPF from this account may be used for programs that provide direct training and employment services to individuals and meet Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requirements. Projects requesting funding must also demonstrate linkage(s) with state or local workforce investment systems and include an evaluation component. Funding cannot be used for construction or renovation of facilities. Examples of eligible projects include workforce training programs, adult education and literacy programs, and youth workforce readiness programs. 

BEST FOR: State and local governments; local community colleges; local workforce development agencies; nonprofit job training centers; education providers. 

  1.  Department of Education—Innovation and Improvement (K-12): CPF from this account may be used for instructional services, afterschool centers, curricula development, teacher training, acquisition of books and computers, arts education, social and emotional learning activities, full-service community schools, and early childhood education. In general, the focus of elementary and secondary education community project funding should be providing early childhood or K‐12 educational services. Special education services, early intervention services for infants and toddlers, transition services, and postsecondary education services are also eligible. Funding may not be used for construction or renovation, except for minor remodeling as part of tech upgrades. 

BEST FOR: State and local education agencies (including local school districts); local nonprofit colleges and universities; other local education nonprofit organizations.  

  1. Department of Education—Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE): CPF from this account is open to local colleges and universities and some education nonprofits. Examples of eligible projects include: to hire and train faculty, establish and improve degree programs, improve teacher preparation programs, develop and improve curricula, upgrade technology and telecommunications, acquire science laboratory equipment, provide student support, implement university partnerships with school districts, and establish research and training centers. Special education services, early intervention services for infants and toddlers, transition services, and postsecondary education services are also eligible. Funding may not be used for construction or renovation, except for minor remodeling as part of tech upgrades. 

BEST FOR: Local nonprofit colleges and universities; other local education nonprofit organizations.  

 

Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies 

The following appropriations accounts within this Subcommittee’s jurisdiction are eligible for CPF requests:

  1. Construction and Unspecified Minor Construction–Active Components: Only projects that have been submitted to Congress by the Secretary of Defense or his/her designee through the Future Year Defense Program (FYDP), Unfunded Requirements/Unfunded Priorities Lists (UFRs/UPLs), or cost-to-complete lists (CTCs) will be considered eligible for funding.

BEST FOR: Facilitators of Active Components (Army, Navy and Marine Corps, Air Force, and Defense-Wide Agencies) projects that have been submitted to Congress by the Secretary of Defense or his/her designee through the Future Year Defense Program (FYDP), Unfunded Requirements/Unfunded Priorities Lists (UFRs/UPLs), or cost-to-complete lists (CTCs).  

  1. Construction and Unspecified Minor Construction–Reserve Components: Only projects that have been submitted to Congress by the Secretary of Defense or his/her designee through the Future Year Defense Program (FYDP), Unfunded Requirements/Unfunded Priorities Lists (UFRs/UPLs), or cost-to-complete lists (CTCs) will be considered eligible for funding.

BEST FOR: Facilitators of Reserve Components (Army National Guard, Air National Guard, Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, and Air Force Reserve) projects that have been submitted to Congress by the Secretary of Defense or his/her designee through the Future Year Defense Program (FYDP), Unfunded Requirements/Unfunded Priorities Lists (UFRs/UPLs), or cost-to-complete lists (CTCs). 

  1.  Planning and Design: Only projects that have been submitted to Congress by the Secretary of Defense or his/her designee though the Future Year Defense Program (FYDP), Unfunded Requirements/Unfunded Priorities Lists (UFRs/UPLs), or cost-to-complete lists (CTCs) will be considered eligible for funding.

BEST FOR:  Facilitators of Active or Reserve Components projects that have been submitted to Congress by the Secretary of Defense or his/her designee through the Future Year Defense Program (FYDP), Unfunded Requirements/Unfunded Priorities Lists (UFRs/UPLs), or cost-to-complete lists (CTCs). 

 

Subcommittee on Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies 

The following appropriations accounts within this Subcommittee’s jurisdiction are eligible for CPF requests:

  1.  Department of Transportation - Local Transportation Priorities: CPF from this account may be used for highway and bridge construction and repair; transit capital projects; bicycle, pedestrian and recreational trails; and construction of ferry boats and terminals, among other projects. This is one of the most flexible accounts. All projects must be formally supported by the state or local government that would administer the project. 

BEST FOR: State and local governments; metropolitan planning organizations; local transportation agencies; local parks services.

  1.  Department of Transportation - Airport Improvement Program (AIP): CPF from this account requests may be used for enhancing airport safety, capacity, and security, and mitigating environmental concerns. Airports should be on the current National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS). Funding may be used only for facilities and equipment and may not be used for construction or rehabilitation of contract towers. 

BEST FOR: Local airports. 

  1.  Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - Economic Development Initiative (EDI): CPF from this account may be used for economic and community development activities, including land or site acquisition, demolition or rehabilitation of housing or facilities, construction and capital improvements of public facilities (including water and sewer facilities), and public services. This is one of the most flexible accounts; funds may also include planning and other activities consistent with the underlying authorization for the Community Development Block Grant program within HUD. EDI community project requests are not eligible for the reimbursement of expenses for activities already undertaken (including debt service or debt retirement).  

BEST FOR: Local governments and agencies; local housing authorities; local small business development organizations; and other nonprofit community organizations.

 

COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE 

CPF opportunities for infrastructure projects will be available through this committee, but additional information is limited at this time. As of March 20, 2021, we do know that the following information will be required, and encourage interested applicants to start preparing:

  • Documentation that the project is on the State, Tribal, or territorial transportation improvement program (STIP); and on the metropolitan transportation improvement program (TIP), if applicable;
  • Sources of funding for the full share of the cost of the project beyond the amount requested; 
  • Letter(s) of support from the State department of transportation, or local government, transit agency, or other non-Federal sponsor; 
  • A description of the process that has been or will be followed to provide an opportunity for public comment on the project; 
  • Project phase (e.g. Planning, Final Design, Construction); 
  • NEPA category of action (e.g. Categorical Exclusion, Environmental Assessment, Environmental Impact Statement); 
  • Status of environmental review; 
  • Whether the project has received Federal funding previously, and if so, the source and amount. 

We also know that the Committee will be encouraging “projects that will help advance the goals of the surface transportation authorization legislation, which include building a safer transportation network, increasing access, strengthening our multi-modal transportation systems, reducing carbon pollution, enhancing environmental justice, supporting underserved communities, and improving state of good repair of our Nation’s infrastructure.” 

Additional information will be posted here as soon as it is available. 

 

COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES

CPF opportunities for infrastructure projects will be available through this committee. Additional information will be posted here as soon as it is available. 

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