Submissions Closed for FY'24

What is required for requesting Community Project Funding?

  • Community Support. Community engagement and support is crucial in determining which projects are worthy of Federal funding. Only projects with demonstrated community support will be considered. This recommendation builds on past Committee reforms, and Members will be required to present to the Committee evidence of community support that were compelling factors in their decision to submit the request. Examples of these include, but are not limited to:
    • Letters of support from elected community leaders (e.g. mayors or other officials);
    • Press articles highlighting the need for the requested Community Project Funding;
    • Support from newspaper editorial boards;
    • Projects listed on State intended use plans, community development plans, or other publicly available planning documents; or
    • Resolutions passed by city councils or boards.
  • Ban on For-Profit recipients. The Committee is imposing a ban on directing Community Project Funding to for-profit entities.
  • Matching requirements. Several Federal programs eligible for Community Project Funding requests require a State or local match for projects either by statute or according to longstanding policy. The Committee will not waive these matching requirements for Community Project Funding requests, so it is important that Member offices discuss with their State and local officials the ability for localities to meet matching requirements prior to requesting a project. Note: This does not mean that matching funds must be in-hand prior to requesting a project, but that local officials must have a plan to meet such requirements in order for such a project to be viable.
  • One-year funding. Each project request must be for fiscal year 2024 funds only and cannot include a request for multiyear funding.  However, the performance period for a project funded with amounts provided in fiscal year 2024 will depend on the appropriations account from which it is funded and may be longer than one year.
  • State, local or Tribal governmental entities as grantees. Members are encouraged to consider public entities as primary grantees to oversee the completion of the project.
    • For infrastructure projects, many States have established lists or intended use plans with projects that have already been vetted by governmental officials (e.g. drinking water, wastewater and highways).
  • Non-profits as grantees. Requester will need to provide evidence that the recipient is a nonprofit organization by either supplying the Employer Identification Number or an IRS determination letter. Further, many water projects often partner with non-profit entities to complete projects. Therefore, projects may also be directed to non-profits with an inherently governmental function.

*The Office of Rep. McClain may contact you for additional information.