Community Project Funding Requests
The deadline for submitting applications for Community Project Funding for Fiscal Year 2022 has passed. You can regularly check our website for updated information on the Fiscal Year 2023 application process when it becomes available early in 2022.
The 10 projects selected for submission to the Appropriations Committee by Rep. Espaillat are listed on our project submissions disclosure page. Please note that submission by Rep. Espaillat of a project request to the Approprations Committee is NOT a guarantee that the project will ultimately be funded.
The House Appropriations Committee has announced that it will grant a limited number of requests for Community Project Funding for federal Fiscal Year 2022 (October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022). I am happy to facilitate the submission of requests for funding for specific projects in my congressional district that will benefit my constituents.
Community Project Funding requests are narrowly tailored and are not comparable to City Council “discretionary fund” or State Legislature “Member Items.” Only a particular set of federal funding streams are eligible for Community Project Funding requests, and only government agencies or non-governmental not-for-profit organizations may receive Community Project Funding. Additionally, our office is required to disclose publicly some basic information about the requests our office submits to the Appropriations Committee, including the name and address of the recipient, the amount requested, the intended use of the funds, and justification of the project. If you are not comfortable with the public disclosure of this information, please refrain from submitting a request.
Please review the information below as well as THIS FORM, which includes specific instructions for submitting requests. The form will provide an overview of the request process and basic information required for all requests, followed by a general form for all requests. Following the general form, you will find a table of contents outlining the various streams of available funding (accounts) organized by its associated appropriations bill, followed by specific guidance for those accounts and questionnaires for each specific account. I also recommend your review these frequently asked questions.
Please ensure that for each Community Project Funding request, you fully complete the general form for all requests as well as the questionnaire for the account under which you are requesting funding. You are not required to fill out questionnaires for unrelated accounts, only the account under which your project request is eligible. Multiple requests should be submitted separately. Forms containing multiple requests will not be considered.
We encourage you to review the information below, our frequently asked questions, as well as the detailed information on our comprehensive application form. If you have further questions regarding your request, including questions relating to eligibility or proper account, you may contact our office by sending an email to Espaillat.Projects@mail.house.gov with “PROJECT INQUIRY” - [Project Name, Subcommittee, Account]” in the subject line.
My office’s deadline for Community Project Funding submissions for consideration in the fiscal year 2022 appropriations bills is Friday, April 16, 2021. Due to the deadlines set by the Appropriations Committee, which are out of our control, we cannot make exceptions to this deadline. Please email completed Community Project Funding request forms as a Word (.docx) document to Espaillat.Projects@mail.house.gov with “APPLICATION - [Project Name, Subcommittee, Account]” in the subject line. A member of my staff may reach out to you after the deadline if further information is needed.
- Requests must be for fiscal year 2022 funds only and cannot include multi-year funding.
- You must include accurate recipient information when filling out the online request. The recipient name provided should be the legal name of the organization that will be receiving these funds. Please do not include abbreviations, acronyms, or use a “The” before the recipient name.
- You must include a project description, which must be limited to 1,000 characters.
- You must include a budget breakout specifically describing how the requested Federal funding will be used by the grantee, such as amounts for salaries for providers or instructors, tuition payments, educational materials, exhibits, supplies, evaluation activities, equipment, travel, etc. This can be provided in a separate, attached document.
- You must include an explanation of the request, including an explanation of why this is a good use of taxpayer funds—this information will be included on our official House website.
- You must indicate whether the grantee is a government agency or not-for-profit entity. Note that in FY 2022, Congress will not fund any for-profit entities.
- Please indicate whether you are aware of another member of Congress making a request for the same project (just Yes/No, not which Member(s)).
- We also strongly encourage you to include letters of support from local community organizations or local elected officials, or other materials that would document community support and community need. The Appropriations Committee will use this information when determining whether to grant a request. These can be provided as attachments when you submit your form.
Distinguishing between program, language, and community project funding requests
- Program Request: A request to fund a specific program in an appropriations bill at a specified level. Example: Provide $4,000,000,000 for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Please visit my general appropriations requests web page for instructions about how to submit program requests.
- Language Request: A request to include specific bill or report language that does not direct funding to a particular entity but encourages, urges, or directs some type of action by an agency. Example: The Committee encourages the National Cancer Institute to support research to develop diagnostic tests for early detection of kidney cancer. Please visit my general appropriations requests web page for instructions about how to submit language requests.
- Community Project Funding Request: A funding request for a specific non-federal or non-governmental entity to carry out a specific project. Example: Provide $500,000 for a substance abuse treatment program in New York, New York. Please see the above instructions for submitting these requests.