Pingree Announces Community Project Funding Opportunity for Maine’s 1st Congressional District
Updated Process Provides Constituents with Transparent Information & Guidance to Seek Targeted Federal Funding Before April 19th Deadline
Washington, March 23, 2021
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced that her office is accepting requests for Community Project Funding in the Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations process. These funds will direct congressional spending to eligible projects conducted by state and local governments or 501(c)3 non-profits. Additional information on eligibility and application requirements are available here.
“Congress has the power of the purse under the Constitution, but a ban on member-directed spending has eroded our ability to directly fund the needs of our constituents. Members understand the needs of their districts best, and the new Community Project Funding process allows each member to advocate for the highest-need projects in their district—this time with much-needed transparency and ethics guidelines to protect against fraud and abuse,” said Pingree. “As a longtime member of the House Appropriations Committee, I’m looking forward to prioritizing the projects that will make the biggest difference in the lives of my constituents. This new funding stream comes at an important moment where so many of our communities are looking to heal from the crises of the last year.”
The House Appropriations this year revitalized Community Project Funding after the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress found that congressionally-directed spending boosted bipartisanship, facilitated member-to-member cooperation, and gave members an equal stake in the success of appropriations bills. The House Appropriations Committee has outlined requirements for the new Community Project Funding request process to facilitate transparency, accountability, and ensure strong community support. Each member will be permitted to submit ten projects for consideration which all must be thoroughly vetted and will be publicly disclosed on Rep. Pingree’s website.
Pingree’s office has set a deadline for Community Project Funding requests of 6:00 PM ET on Monday April 19, 2021. For a Community Project Funding request to be considered by Pingree’s office, eligible entities must submit a request here. More information about the application and review process are available here.