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Community Project Funding FAQs

I think this account may be a good fit for my project. What’s next?

Please reach out to our office for more detailed information about each account. We can discuss eligibility requirements and give examples of past successful requests.

Can I request funding for “bricks and mortar”?

Generally, no. Limited exceptions include the Economic Development Initiative under the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Facilities Construction under the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and Rural Development Community Facilities Grants under the Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Do all accounts have matching requirements?

No. It varies depending on the statutory requirements for each account, which all CPFs will be expected to meet.

How important are examples of community engagement?

The House Appropriations Committee has emphasized that demonstrating community support for your project is essential to a successful submission.

How much funding should I request?

Ultimately, this will vary by account. In previous years, funded projects often fell between $100,000 and $1 million. We can provide examples of past successful requests and help advise on an appropriate range. Generally, you should not request more assistance than you need or can realistically be provided or spent in the upcoming fiscal year (FY22).

If my project is funded, will I receive the full amount I requested?

You may receive a portion of the requested amount.

Should I submit my request to multiple members of the Maine delegation?

If your project is located in the 2nd Congressional District, we encourage you to reach out to Congressman Golden’s office for more information on their submission process.

As of March 2021, the U.S. Senate has not yet announced a process for accepting Community Project Funding requests. Should the Senate move forward with this process, please know that the entire delegation is committed to coordinating efforts to secure funding for Maine-based projects.

How will you choose which ten projects to submit to the Committee?

With such a limited number of submissions, our office will likely receive many more eligible and worthy requests for funding than we can ultimately support. Our process will prioritize requests that fulfill each requirement and provide strong justifications for the need for federal funding.

If you submit my request to the Committee, will it be approved? When will I know?

We are expecting the overall Community Project Funding process to be very competitive. Therefore, we can’t be certain that submissions will be included in appropriations legislation ultimately signed into law. We encourage you to explore other funding sources in addition to your CPF request.

The House is expected to begin consideration of FY22 appropriations bills this summer, with the Senate likely to follow in the fall. Though FY22 federal government funding must be approved by October 1, final negotiations often stretch beyond that date.

Please keep in mind that, even if your project is supported in the House and/or Senate‐passed appropriations bill, the funding level is subject to change until the final conference report is signed into law.

What if I miss your request deadline?

Unfortunately, the timeline for submissions this year is compressed. Given that we will have very limited time to consider requests before our final submissions to the Committee are due, we will likely not be able to accept requests after our April 19th deadline.

Are Community Project Funding submissions publicly disclosed?

Yes, there are significant transparency requirements for CPFs. Information about each of our submissions will be posted on our website, along with a certification that Congresswoman Pingree and her immediate family have no financial interest in the project.

CPFs will also be listed prominently within the legislation and throughout the appropriations process.

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