Community Project Funding is a critical tool to directly enrich our communities and a vital instrument that has facilitated member-to-member cooperation between the parties for decades. By giving all members an equal stake in the success of legislation for our constituents, the reintroduction of Community Project Funding will make Congress work better and heal the widening partisan divisions that threaten our democratic process.
Members of Congress are permitted to submit a limited number of Community Project Requests for consideration during the Fiscal Year 2023 appropriations process. Community Project Funding is designed to be more transparent than ever before. Each member was permitted to submit 15 projects for consideration, which must all be thoroughly vetted and publicly disclosed on their website. You can read more about the program's reforms for transparency and accountability here.
All 15 of the projects Pingree submitted were included in the FY2023 government funding bill, totaling $34.5 million for communities projects in Maine's First District:
- $500,000 to Alfond Youth Center in Waterville for targeted support to children and families in need
- $535,000 to Amistad in Portland for supportive recovery housing
- $750,000 to Apex Youth Connection in Biddeford for its youth job readiness center
- $12,326,000 to Bigelow Laboratory in East Boothbay for its new Ocean Sciences Innovation and Education Wing
- $3 million to the Maine Irish Heritage Center in Portland for building restoration
- $1 million to the Central Lincoln County YMCA Child Care Center in Damariscotta in for renovations
- $3,452,978 to the City of Saco for its water resource resilience project
- $3 million to the Goodall Memorial Library in Sanford for renovations
- $2,105,000 to the Knox Clinic in Rockland for construction and outfitting of a new facility
- $1 million to Mercy Hospital in Portland for language acquisition workforce training
- $1 million to the Preble Street Food Security Hub in South Portland for operations
- $2,750,000 to the Governor’s Energy Office for energy efficiency workforce training and support
- $1 million to the Town of Limerick for its water and sewer mains replacement project
- $1,500,000 to Boots2Roots in Portland for its veteran-focused transition to work initiative
- $619,000 to the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center for its women’s entrepreneurship program
Learn more about the 15 community projects Congresswoman Pingree fought to fund for FY 2023 here.
Click here to view a list of the 10 projects Congresswoman Pingree funded in the FY 2022 Appropriations bills.
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree has been a member of the House Appropriations Committee since 2013 and has served as Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies since January 2021.