WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) today announced that his office is accepting applications for Community Project Funding, a program for funding what were formerly known as earmarks, in the Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations process, consistent with the House Appropriations Committee’s recent announcement. State and local governments and certain 501(c)3 non-profit organizations may be eligible for this federal funding. Additional eligibility and applications requirements are outlined in the application packet, which is available here.
The Constitution vests the Congress with the power of the purse and the Appropriations Committee has transformed the old practice of earmarks into true Community Project Funding with total online transparency,” said Rep. Raskin. “We will be able to fund projects that make a substantial difference in the lives of our constituents with complete public transparency and disclosure. The new Community Project Funding arrives at a crucial moment when so many of our communities are suffering through public health and economic crises. These federal funds will be put to excellent use all over America. I’m excited to get to work for our state and local governments and Maryland nonprofits that could qualify for and benefit from this Funding.”
For a Community Project Funding request to be considered, eligible entities must submit an application by Friday, April 2, 2021 to MD08.Appropriations@mail.house.gov. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
The House Appropriations Committee has outlined these minimum requirements to prioritize transparency, accountability, and strong community support when considering these requests:
- Members may submit no more than 10 requests and must make their requests publicly available on their website.
- Only projects with demonstrated community support will be considered.
- Funding is for Fiscal Year 2022 only; requests for multi-year funding will not be considered.
- Eligible recipients are state and local governments and non-profit organizations as described under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. For-profit entities are not eligible.
- Federal programs may require a state or local match for projects. The match will not be waived.
- Requests are limited to the eligible accounts specified in the FY22 Community Project Funding Request Form. Project requests must meet all of the additional requirements specified for each account.