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Community Project Funding Requests

2021 Community Project Funding Requests

This year, the U.S. House of Representatives implemented a new effort as part of its annual appropriations process: Community Project Funding. The Community Project Funding process was created to ensure that Members of Congress, in concert with the communities they represent, may submit direct applications for federal funding to support locally planned projects as part of the yearly appropriations process. To be eligible, projects must be sponsored by local or state government entities or non-profit organizations and must be projects that would otherwise meet the qualifications to apply for federal grant funding. The purpose of Community Project Funding is to ensure direct, local engagement as part of the federal appropriations process. In line with this goal, funding applications must demonstrate significant local support for the projects. 

Each Congressional office may submit up to ten Community Project Funding requests, but there is no guarantee of how many, if any, of the projects will be approved and funded.

There are several important restrictions and transparency requirements for Community Project Funding requests. They include:

  • Only projects requested by state and local government entities or nonprofit organizations are eligible.
  • Projects must have demonstrated community support. 
  • Every Community Project Funding request made by a Congressional office must be publicly available on the Member’s website.
  • Members of Congress cannot have a financial interest in the proposed project.

  • Our office received project submissions for Community Project Funding from county and town governments and nonprofit organizations across Central Virginia. As we are limited to ten total Community Project Funding requests, we chose to submit one request from each of the ten counties in Virginia’s Seventh Congressional District. Our office selected the following ten projects for submission based on their community impact, evidence of broad community support, and how well their requests matched the eligibility requirements and funding parameters of the applicable appropriations account. 

     

    Projects Submitted to the U.S. House Appropriations Committee for FY2022 Funding Consideration

    Alphabetical by county
    County: Amelia 
    Project Name: Amelia Clerk of Court Office
    Request Amount: $500,000
    Intended Recipient Name and Street Address: County of Amelia, 16360 Dunn Street, Suite 101, Amelia, VA 23002
    Explanation of the request: Amelia County plans to convert a former bank building into the Clerk of Court’s office. The funding would be used to renovate this former bank building into the Clerk of Court’s office, which is currently located in the County Courthouse. This project is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because the County needs to make security improvements for the County Courthouse and the Sheriff’s Office, and needs the space currently occupied by the Clerk’s office to make those security improvements. There have been multiple incidents in the Courthouse which could be mitigated with enhanced security. In addition to allowing for enhanced security in the Courthouse, this transition would take staff in the Clerk’s Office out of harm’s way and make routine operations in the Clerk’s office safer.
    Signed Financial Disclosure Letter

    County: Chesterfield 
    Project Name: Otterdale Road Drainage Improvements
    Request Amount: $1,000,000
    Intended Recipient Name and Street Address: Chesterfield County, 9901 Lori Road Chesterfield, Virginia 23832
    Explanation of the request: The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it is critical to alleviate the significant flooding that routinely occurs at the crossings along Otterdale Road. These flood events pose risks to life and safety by trapping residents in their homes, impeding the flow of goods and services in the area, and putting undue stress on the road infrastructure. Not only does this project benefit all residents in the surrounding vicinity, but it also allows the safe and unimpeded access to the more than 2,200 vehicles that traverse Otterdale Road each day, including those who use the road as a primary access point to nearby commercial areas. The funding would be used specifically for safety improvements to alleviate the significant flooding that routinely occurs during heavy rainstorms at the creek crossings along Otterdale Road, specifically at the Swift Creek crossing.
    Signed Financial Disclosure Letter

    County: Culpeper 
    Project Name: Carver Center Roof Replacement
    Request Amount: $200,000
    Intended Recipient Name and Street Address: Culpeper County, 302 N. Main Street, Culpeper VA 22701
    Explanation of the request: The Carver Center project funding would provide for the necessary roof replacement of the Carver Center and enable continued development of the facility into a rural community education campus. The project would allow the addition of a food processing center within the campus that includes a commercial kitchen for educational use and small business operations, thus providing the infrastructure and business development support necessary to assist small and medium-sized local farms and food businesses to be financially sustainable. The Carver Center previously operated as the regional high school for African American students until 1968 and continues to serve the Culpeper and surrounding communities by housing vocational training, agricultural education programs, and a museum dedicated to educating the public on the inequities of segregation. The project is a valuable use of taxpayer funds as it will allow the Carver Center to continue serving the community in reducing unemployment and poverty, strengthening the local food system, reducing the loss of farmland, and improving the local economy.
    Signed Financial Disclosure Letter

    County: Goochland 
    Project Name: Goochland Cares Transportation Program
    Request Amount: $15,000
    Intended Recipient Name and Street Address: GoochlandCares Inc, 2999 River Road West, Goochland, VA 23063
    Explanation of the request: This funding would be used by GoochlandCares to purchase a second van for its transportation program, increasing the program’s efficiency and the number of people they can transport each day. The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because access to transportation is a key social determinant of health in rural Goochland County, and it would allow GoochlandCares to increase its reach. 
    Signed Financial Disclosure Letter

    County: Henrico 
    Project Name: Henrico County Detox and Recovery Center
    Request Amount: $1,000,000
    Intended Recipient Name and Street Address: Henrico County, 4301 East Parham Road, Henrico, VA 23228
    Explanation of the request: The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it would address a critical gap that exists in the continuum of substance abuse treatment services in Henrico County by building a 24-hour center to provide same-day inpatient detox services. According to the project sponsor, the idea for the Detox and Recovery Center came from the Henrico Recovery Roundtable, which was co-chaired by two members of the County’s Board of Supervisors and included representatives from the health departments, law enforcement, health care providers, and key civic organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce and the NAACP. 
    Signed Financial Disclosure Letter

    County: Louisa 
    Project Name: Ferncliff Place: A Mixed-Income Affordable Housing Development
    Request Amount: $775,000
    Intended Recipient Name and Street Address: Louisa County, 1 Woolfolk Ave, Suite 301, Louisa VA 23093
    Explanation of the request: Louisa County and Habitat for Humanity have a proposed partnership to create a mixed income community. This partnership will create a new 80 unit development where market rate homes and affordable dwellings will be located together. Grant funding and local government support are intended to subsidize the cost of market rate homes, discounting them for those who meet the requirements of the program. The end result will provide ownership for 25 individuals or families who are at or below 25% of Area Median Income for Louisa County. This project is a good use of taxpayer funding because it will provide low income working individuals and families the opportunity of home ownership and not just affordable rental assistance. These taxpayer funds will go directly to support the hardworking individuals and families for whom the equity and stability of home ownership is just out of reach.
    Signed Financial Disclosure Letter

    County: Nottoway 
    Project Name: Aerial Ladder Fire Truck for Blackstone
    Request Amount: $923,940
    Intended Recipient Name and Street Address: Town of Blackstone, 100 W. Elm Street, Blackstone, VA 23824
    Explanation of the request: The Town of Blackstone requests funds to purchase an aerial ladder fire truck for the Blackstone Volunteer Fire Department. The Town of Blackstone, as well as its neighboring towns, currently lack an aerial ladder fire truck, meaning a truck that can reach higher and provide response services to taller structures. Right now, if an incident occurs at higher heights or structures, the Department must call in the support of an aerial ladder fire truck from other areas; the closest one is over 30 miles away and can take over 45 minutes to arrive. This project is a good use of taxpayer funds because ensuring that the Blackstone Volunteer Fire Department has a high-functioning aerial fire truck is a public safety imperative for local residents and businesses. Furthermore, it is an investment that would improve national security readiness, because of the Fire Department’s support to the nearby U.S. State Department Foreign Affairs Security Training Center and the Virginia Army National Guard installation—Fort Pickett. 
    Signed Financial Disclosure Letter

    County: Orange 
    Project Name: Booster Park Revitalization Project
    Request Amount: $122,590
    Intended Recipient Name and Street Address: Orange County, 112 W. Main Street, Orange, Virginia 22960
    Explanation of the request: The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because Booster Park is the only publicly owned sports complex and multifunctional recreation facility in Orange County. Sports groups, nonprofits, food pantries, businesses, civic groups, public schools, and families of all ages utilize the park regularly. The funding would be used for field repair, practice facility repair, and concession stand repair. These repairs are critical to allow Booster Park to continue functioning as a center of activity in the community. 
    Signed Financial Disclosure Letter

    County: Powhatan
    Project Name: Education Connection Trail
    Request Amount: $150,173
    Intended Recipient Name and Street Address: Powhatan County, 3834 Old Buckingham Road, Suite F, Powhatan, VA 23139
    Explanation of the request: The funding would be used for construction of the Education Connection Trail, a half-mile (2,640 ft.) walking/running trail in the heart of the county’s village center. This project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it would directly connect Powhatan Middle School and Powhatan Elementary School with some of the community’s most important amenities, including the Powhatan Public Library, Powhatan YMCA, Fighting Creek Park, and the existing three-mile trail network. By linking to an existing three-mile trail system and by providing walkable connections to important county amenities, the proposed trail is expected to increase mobility, access, and opportunities for fitness and recreation to the citizens of Powhatan County. The proposed trail will also build on the county's positive perception as a family-friendly place to live, with a corresponding impact on economic development in the area.
    Signed Financial Disclosure Letter

    County: Spotsylvania 
    Project Name: Motts Run Water Treatment Plant Expansion Project
    Request Amount: $8,932,800
    Intended Recipient Name and Street Address: Spotsylvania County, 9104 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania, Virginia 22553
    Explanation of the request: The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it will provide water service stability and reliability for the region. The funding would be used for costs associated with the National Environmental Policy Act Review, preliminary and detailed design engineering work, and partial construction costs to include the installation and upgrade of treatment facilities to meet current and near-term drinking water needs.
    Signed Financial Disclosure Letter