Community Project Funding Requests
Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro announced that the House Committee on Appropriations will be accepting Community Project Funding (CPF) requests from Members. This is in addition to the standard programmatic and language-based requests. Each Member is limited to no more than 10 CPF requests across all subcommittees for Fiscal Year 2022 and there is no guarantee that all requested projects will be funded. The FY2022 CPF process has a limited scope with combined CPF requests capped at 1% of all discretionary spending and eligible accounts restricted to those listed in the table below.
· All projects must meet the relevant statutory and administrative criteria for funding through the grant program under which it is submitted.
· A request submitted to Congressman Auchincloss does NOT guarantee the project will be selected.
· The selection of a project does NOT guarantee it will be funded by the Appropriations Committee.
· The Committee will NOT provide cost-share waivers and grantees are legally responsible for meeting the non-federal cost share requirements and all other applicable grant criteria.
The deadline for submitting project requests to Congressman Auchincloss for the Fiscal Year 2022 process was April 9, 2021. More information on the process can be found on the House Appropriations Committee’s page here.
Eligible Entities & Projects
Only state and local government entities, public institutions, and non-profit entities are eligible to submit and receive funding through CPF. Funding cannot be directed to for-profit entities and will not include waivers for State or local match requirements. While matching funds do not have to be in-hand prior to the request, requesting entities must have a plan to meet such requirements for the project to be viable. Additionally, each submission must be for FY2022 only and cannot include multi-year funding requests. The Committee will only consider projects with demonstrated community support in the form of: letters from local elected officials; press articles highlighting need; support from newspaper editorial boards; mentions on State intended use plans, community development plans, or other publicly available planning documents; resolutions passed by city councils or boards; etc.
Eligible Accounts by Subcommittee
Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration
· Agricultural Research Service, Buildings and Facilities
· Rural Development, Rural Community Facility Grants
· Rural Utilities Service, ReConnect Grants
Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS)
· Byrne Justice Assistance Grants
· COPS Technology and Equipment
· NOAA – Operations, Research, and Facilities
· NASA – Safety, Security, and Mission Services
· Research, Development, Test & Evaluation Army
· Research, Development, Test & Evaluation Navy
· Research, Development, Test & Evaluation Air Force
· Research, Development, Test & Evaluation Space Force
· Research, Development, Test & Evaluation Defense-Wide
Energy and Water Development
· Corps of Engineers: Investigations
· Corps of Engineers: Construction
· Corps of Engineers: Mississippi River and Tributaries
· Corps of Engineers: Operation and Maintenance
· Bureau of Reclamation: Water and Related Resources
Financial Services and General Government (FSGG)
· Small Business Administration, Small Business Initiatives
· Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grants
· Nonprofit Security Grants
· Emergency Operations Center Grants
Interior and Environment
· Federal land acquisitions through the Land and Water Conservation Fund
· EPA State and Tribal Assistance Grants for certain water infrastructure projects
· Certain State and Private Forestry projects within the U.S. Forest Service
Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (LHHS)
· Dept. of Labor—Employment and Training Administration—Training and Employment Services
· HHS —Health Resources and Services Administration
· HHS —Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration—Health Surveillance and Program Support
· Dept. of Education—Innovation and Improvement
· Dept. of Education—Higher Education
Military Construction, Veterans Affairs (MilCon/VA)
· Navy and Marine Corps
· Air Force
· Army National Guard
· Air National Guard
· Army Reserve
· Navy Reserve
· Air Force Reserve
Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development (THUD)
· Dept. of Transportation – Local Transportation Priorities
· Dept. of Transportation – Airport Improvement Program (AIP)
· Dept. of HUD – Economic Development Initiative (EDI)
The final 10 CPF requests selected and submitted by Congressman Auchincloss to the Appropriations Committee are posted below. All Members of Congress are required to certify that neither they nor their immediate family have a financial interest in the CPF requests made.
NOTE: The projects are listed alphabetically by Subcommittee.
Project: North Attleborough’s Ten-Mile River Dredging Project to Mitigate Flooding
Amount of Request: $1,500,000
Project sponsor: Town of North Attleborough
Address including street name, city, state and zip code: 49 Whiting Street, North Attleborough, MA 02760
Project description: This project intends to dredge the entire 9,200-foot length between Whiting’s Pond and Falls Pond, includes two State maintained culverts, re-establish two small overflow ponds and repair stone walls. The Town has prioritized this issue in the Town’s approved Hazard Mitigation Plan and this mitigation project is the greatest priority in the Town’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Plan. The overall goal of this project is to restore the riverway’s capacity and abate systematic flooding in the downtown area that has caused repetitive damage and safety issues as both the Fire and Police Departments are adjacent to the River and could be delayed due to flooding that makes main roads impassable.
Project: Somerset Emergency Dam Improvements
Amount of Request: $975,000
Project sponsor: Town of Somerset Water Department
Address including street name, city, state and zip code: 3249 County Street, Somerset, MA 02726
Project description: The Somerset reservoir dam was created in 1964, and is the primary source of drinking water for the town. The anticipated approach will be to provide greater capacity to accommodate larger storm events up to an including the ½ Probable Maximum Flood including raising the level of the dam crest to prevent overtopping during the SDF event. Per the Flood Control and Improvements to the Somerset Reservoir Dam study, it was found that raising the dam to El. 60 was sufficient to prevent overtopping during the SDF event with 0.0 feet of freeboard reaming at the dam. This correlates to 1.8 feet above the design top of dam (El. 58.2) and between 0.4 and 2.0 feet above the current / as-built top of dam (El. 52.0 – 59.6). If 0.2 feet water over topped the dam, this event would lead to erosion and dam failure and should flow runs along the toe of the dam causing erosion and destabilization of the dam. The proposed dam enhancements incorporate nature-based solutions. The enhancements will be designed to work with storm flow and better control and diffuse flow. Utilizing sod and stone to stabilize the earthen structures and require only annual mowing to maintain, similar to that which is currently utilized for the existing dam.
Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
Project: Hopedale Water Supply
Amount of Request: $2,000,000
Project sponsor: Town of Hopedale
Address including street name, city, state and zip code: 78 Hopedale St, Hopedale, MA 01747
Project description: The Town of Hopedale is experiencing a critical water supply issue, in both a quantity and quality perspective. Recent PFAS testing results combined with a low draw have shut down a primary well. Dedicated funding from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund will provide an immediate, significant improvement to the Town’s water quantity issue, especially in the high demand periods, while also providing additional benefits to the long term, new source aspects. The additional storage capacity would also improve the water volumes related to PFAS mitigation.
Project: Medway Water System Improvements
Amount of Request: $2,750,000
Project sponsor: Town of Medway
Address including street name, city, state and zip code: 19 Populatic Street, Medway, MA 02053
Project description: The Town of Medway needs a centralized water treatment facility to provide adequate quantity for both drinking water needs and fire protection, to improve the quality of our water, which is high in manganese and iron and to plan for PFAS removal, to protect our community’s health and infrastructure, and to improve the distribution system, which has extremely outdated piping. Medway is not able to pump sufficient water for peak demand and is very vulnerable in an emergency situation (e.g. most productive well shuts down). There are serious limitations with our current capacities and approved developments are going to further tax the system.
Project: Norton’s Wells 4,5,6 replacement
Amount of Request: $1,475,000
Project sponsor: Town of Norton
Address including street name, city, state and zip code: 166 John Scott Boulevard, Norton, MA 02766
Project description: The Norton Water System is currently running at almost half of its capacity as Wells 4, 5 & 6 require replacement to their original permitted capacity. These 3 wells provide ~70% of the water to the Norton water system. Without them, the Town would not have enough water for its customers. The Wells 5 & 6 project is nearing design completion and requires funding for engineering bid & construction oversight and well infrastructure construction. Well 4 requires test well drilling, permitting, production well drilling & pumping test, engineering design, bid, & construction oversight and well construction. The combined projects would increase capacity by ~1.05 million gallons per day (MGD)—water that could boost housing and mixed-use development in town. All 3 of these wells pump directly to the new $11 million, 2.5 MGD drinking water treatment plant (WTP) to remove iron and manganese. The WTP was placed into operation February 2020 and has provided exceptional potable drinking water to Norton customers ever since. Previously, about 80% of water customers experienced brown water discoloration. The new plant was instrumental in regaining the public’s trust and confidence in the water system. The Town of Norton wants to build on that trust and confidence by continuing to enhance the water system with these much-needed water infrastructure improvement projects, the impacts of which will be realized system-wide. By receiving Community Project Funding for these projects, construction would be expedited and not burden Norton’s current customers with water rate increases to fund these much-needed improvements.
Project: Plainville Critical Water Needs
Amount of Request: $1,500,000
Project sponsor: Town of Plainville
Address including street name, city, state and zip code: E Bacon St, Plainville, MA 02762
Project description: Plainville’s existing water system is currently over capacity. To meet current and future demand, the water treatment plant needs to be expanded to twice its current capacity. This funding will allow for planned development including The Reserve at Heather Hill, a 384-unit residential complex, and Thermo Fisher, a life sciences manufacturing facility, within the Town to continue. Without the additional treatment capacity, the Town would be forced to halt approval of both housing and business expansions. By doubling capacity at the plant, the Town would be positioned to provide water to planned housing and business projects to allow them to proceed for at least 10 years.
Project:Bristol Community College’s National Offshore Wind Institute
Amount of Request: $2,000,000
Project sponsor: Bristol Community College Foundation, Inc.,
Address including street name, city, state and zip code: 777 Elsbree Street, Fall River, MA 02720
Project Description: Bristol has identified a significant gap in workforce skills and training and needed career pipeline support for the offshore wind industry. The National Offshore Wind Institute (NOWI) was developed in response to address these gaps and industry and supply chain needs including the important Global Wind Organization (GWO) Basic Safety and Basic Technical training required for offshore wind workers. The NOWI will offer GWO and other required accreditations, skill development for the workforce pipeline, and customized private sector training for the developers, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and supply chain companies. The NOWI will offer professional development training, focused on skills and competencies required for careers in the offshore wind industry, with connections to the Bristol academic offshore wind associate degree and certificate. The NOWI will also provide entrepreneurs, small businesses, and existing sectors with innovation and business development support.
Project: Manet Community Health Center Satellite Clinic in Attleboro
Amount of Request: $500,385
Project sponsor: Manet Community Health Center
Address including street name, city, state and zip code: 110 West Squantum Street, Quincy, MA 02171
Project Description: Attleboro and the service area’s residents have high rates of asthma, diabetes, and several types of cancer. High blood pressure affects 29% of residents and they utilize area EDs at disproportionately high rates for cardiovascular disease and stroke. Bristol County’s residents experience preventable hospital stays at a significantly higher rate than residents of the state or the nation. Manet’s Attleboro site will help alleviate pressures on hospitals to respond to primary care concerns, reduce unneeded ED visits, and provide prevention education and screening that will reduce poor health outcomes. Amount of Request: $500,385
Project: City of Fall River Urban Renewal Plan Parking Lot and Facility Improvements
Amount of Request: $1,500,000
Project sponsor: City of Fall River
Address including street name, city, state and zip code: Water Street, Fall River, MA 02721
Project description: The City of Fall River, in accordance with a City Council and State approved Waterfront Urban Renewal Plan recommendations, is requesting EDI funding to (i) relocate two existing Salt Sheds located on state property, combine that property with city owned property to create an additional 200 off street parking spaces and a pedestrian access corridor to abutting public and private attractions and (ii) provide cathodic protection to recently remediated adjacent facilities that will be open to the public for passive recreation.
Project: New Hope New Domestic Violence Shelter
Amount of Request: $2,000,000
Project sponsor: New Hope, Inc.
Address including street name, city, state and zip code: 247 Maple Street, Attleboro, MA 02703
Project description: The funds will support New Hope’s Capital Campaign to build a new domestic violence shelter. By expanding capacity, New Hope can support approximately 20 additional families per year. (Last year their Attleboro shelter served 17 families via 6 bedrooms.) These are families that would otherwise either become homeless and/or stay in dangerous situations where they would suffer increased physical and mental harm and possibly become a homicide victim.