The Committee on Appropriations is soliciting Community Project Funding requests for Fiscal Year 2023. Community Project Funding allows Members of Congress to use firsthand knowledge of their districts to make the case for directing taxpayer dollars to specific projects at home. This is a significant tool to address pressing local needs in Member districts and creates a pathway to targeted funding. This is also an excellent opportunity to help direct critical federal resources back to the Fifth District for important local initiatives.

The Committee intends to fund Community Projects on a limited basis with each Member being limited to no more than 15 requests. Projects will be selected by my office based on financial need for the initiative, strength and completion of application, level of improvement the project would contribute to the local community, and community support. While Members of Congress may make up to 15 requests, the Committee is not obligated to accept or fulfill any minimum number of requests per Member. Submitting a request for a Community Project on behalf of your community or organization does not ensure the request will be granted. My office will make every effort to support selected projects and advocate for inclusion in the appropriations budget.

Under the guidance issued by the Committee, project recipients must be government or nonprofit organizations to be considered eligible. Submissions from for-profit organizations will not be considered. Community engagement and support are crucial in determining which projects should be awarded federal funding. Evidence of community support, that serve as compelling factors in the decision to submit project requests will be required as part of submission. This may include letters of support from municipal leaders, demonstrated support from state agencies or constituent groups, or articles in local papers regarding the importance of the requested project. Additionally, for some accounts there may be matching funding requirements.

The Community Project Funding process will adhere to strict transparency and legal requirements and there will be a thorough vetting process of all incoming submissions to check for accuracy. Complete, thorough applications with all supporting documentation must be submitted by April 20, 2022, to ensure we can appropriately communicate with you during this competitive process. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Requests may be submitted to our office using the links highlighted below. Additional information or supporting evidence of community support for submissions should be sent by email to: hayescommunityprojectfunding@mail.house.gov .

Details about all accounts can be found in the accompanying guidance document:

  1. The Subcommittee on Agriculture will accept Community Project Funding requests in four accounts as noted below.  The accompanying guidance document gives more detail about these accounts:
  • Department of Agriculture Community Facilities Grants
  • Department of Agriculture ReConnect Program
  • Department of Agriculture Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants
  • Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service, Buildings and Facilities

For Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food and Drug Administration Community Project requests, please use this link.

  1. The Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies will accept requests in the following accounts:
  • Department of Commerce; National Institute of Standards and Technology; Scientific and Technical Research and Services [New]
  • Department of Commerce; National Institute of Standards and Technology; Construction of Research Facilities [New]
  • Department of Commerce; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Operations, Research, and Facilities
  • Department of Justice; Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (JAG)
  • Department of Justice; Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Technology and Equipment
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); Safety, Security and Mission Service

For Commerce, Justice, and Science Community Project Requests, please use this link.

  1. The Subcommittee on Defense will accept requests in the following accounts:
  • Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation Army
  • Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation Navy
  • Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation Air Force
  • Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation Space Force
  • Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation Defense-Wide

For Defense Community Project requests, please use this link.

  1. The Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies will accept requests in the following accounts:

      Corps of Engineers:

  • Investigations
  • Construction
  • Mississippi River and Tributaries
  • Operation and Maintenance

            Bureau of Reclamation:

  • Water and Related Resources

Department of Energy

  • Energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transportation
  • Cybersecurity, energy security, emergency response
  • Electricity, energy storage
  • Nuclear energy
  • Fossil energy, carbon management, critical minerals

For Energy and Water Community Project requests, please use this link.

  1. The Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government will accept requests for the following:
  • General Services Administration, Federal Buildings Fund - New Construction, Major Repairs and Alterations and Basic Repairs Accounts
  • National Archives and Records Administration, National Historical Publications
  • Small Business Administration, Small Business Initiatives

For Financial Services and General Government Community Project requests, please use this link.

  1. The Subcommittee on Homeland Security will accept requests for only the following Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Assistance accounts:
  • Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grants
  • Emergency Operations Center Grants

For Homeland Security Community Project requests, please use this link.

  1. The Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies will accept requests in the following accounts:

      Department of Interior

  • Save America’s Treasures (SAT) through the National Park Service
  • Federal Land Acquisition Through the Land and Water Conservation Fund

            Environmental Protection Agency

  • State and Tribal Assistance Grants (STAG)

            U.S. Forest Service

  • Certain State and Private Forestry projects

For Interior, EPA, and Related Agencies Community Project requests, please use this link.

  1. The Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies will accept requests in the following accounts:
  • Department of Labor (DOL)—Employment and Training Administration—Training and Employment Services
  • Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)—Health Resources and Services Administration—Program Management
  • Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)—Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration—Health Surveillance and Program Support
  • Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)—Administration for Children and Families (ACF) - Child Abuse Prevention, Social Services Research and Demonstration
  • Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)—Administration for Community Living (ACL)

For DOL Community projects submissions, our office is accepting applications via the following link.

For HHS Community project submissions, our office is accepting applications via the following link.

  1. The Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies (MilCon/VA) will accept requests in the following accounts:

Military Construction accounts under the Department of Defense

  • Army
  • Navy and Marine Corps
  • Air Force
  • Defense-Wide
  • Army National Guard
  • Air National Guard
  • Army Reserve
  • Navy Reserve
  • Air Force Reserve

Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Minor Construction Programs

For MilCon/VA Community project submissions, our office is accepting applications via the following link.

  1. The Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) will accept requests in the following accounts:
  • Department of Transportation - Airport Improvement Program (AIP)
  • Department of Transportation - Highway Infrastructure Projects
  • Department of Transportation - Transit Infrastructure Projects
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - Economic Development Initiative (EDI)

For Transportation Community projects submissions, our office is accepting applications via the following link.

For HUD Community project submissions, our office is accepting applications via the following link.

I look forward to engaging with you to meet the needs of our communities. As more information is made available, we will continue to keep you updated. Please know that, even if your request is unsuccessful, I am committed to working to help advance local community initiatives in any way I can. If you have any follow-up questions, please contact my District Director, Jennine Lupo Jennine.Lupo@mail.house.gov  or my Legislative Director, Madeline Daly Madeline.Daly@mail.house.gov .