Community Project Funding Requests

Recognizing that Members know their districts and the needs of their communities best, 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 Community Project Funding requests across all subcommittees for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, and there is no guarantee that all requested projects will be funded. The FY22 CPF process has a limited scope with combined project requests capped at 1% of all discretionary spending and eligible accounts restricted to those listed here.

Please note:  

  • Congressman Vela will NOT accept CPF requests for projects outside of TX-34.
  • All projects must meet the relevant statutory and administrative criteria for funding through the grant program under which it is submitted.
  • Requesting 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.
  • Projects where eligibility is contingent on being in the President’s Budget Request will be posted after its release.

 More information on the CPF process can be found on the House Appropriations Committee’s page here.

 

Projects Requested

Note: The projects are listed alphabetically by Subcommittee.

1. Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Energy & Water/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Investigations
Project Name: Lower Rio Grande Valley Watershed Assessment, TX
Recipient: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District
Address: 2000 Fort Point, Galveston, TX 77550
Amount Requested: $200,000
Project Description and Explanation: The Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) is historically prone to flooding, suffering significant flooding events in 1967, 1984, 1996, 2010, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020.  With an estimated population growth rate of 160% by 2060 and an ever-increasing number of floods, federal, state and local disaster costs will continue to rise if we do not address the issue expeditiously. Funding the LRGV Watershed Assessment will help us to determine how to decrease flooding in the area, and thereby reduce the cost of future flood events.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here 

 

2. Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Financial Services and General Government, Small Business administration, Small Business Initiatives Project Name: RGV Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer Program
Recipient: Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station’s Secure America Institute (SAI)
Address: Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station Headquarters, 3577 TAMU College Station, TX 77843-3577
Amount Requested: $500,000
Project Description and Explanation: This request supports funding for the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station’s Secure America Institute (SAI) to enhance Rio Grande Valley (RGV) small business competitiveness. SAI would connect large and small RGV companies to increase Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBTT) opportunities, conduct workshops to increase the number and quality of small business proposals, establish mentor-protégé programs, and provide matching funds to SBIR winners to assist with commercialization.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here

3. Subcommittee/Agency/Account: HAC-MILCON/VA / DoD /  Planning and Design 
Project Name: Aircraft Fire/Rescue Building
Recipient: US Navy
Address: Naval Air Station – Kingsville
Amount Requested: $2,976,000
Project Description and Explanation: This projects completes the planning and design required to construct a new single story facility for Fire Department functions and demolish six existing fire facilities. The existing 1965 Fire Station, built for 11 personnel, now houses 18 personnel per shift and the vehicle bays are not sized to house the current fire/rescue vehicles.
Signed Disclosure Letter:  Click Here

4. Subcommittee/Agency/Account: HAC-MILCON/VA / DoD /  Planning and Design
Project Name: Entry Control Point (ECP)
Recipient: Naval Air Station – Kingsville
Address: Naval Air Station – Kingsville
Amount Requested: $2,436,000
Project Description and Explanation: The project completes the planning and design required for a Pass & Tag Facility. This facility would eventually replace/reconfigure the gatehouse and vehicle inspection area.

An updated Pass & Tag Facility would eliminate daily escort duty for base visitors beyond the Main ECP to the existing Pass & Tag, save ~$430K annually in manpower productivity wasted on escort duties, and would deter future gate running incidents.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here


5. Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency/Federal Assistance - Emergency Operations Center Grant Program
Project Name: Brownsville Emergency Operations Center
Recipient: City of Brownsville
Address: 1001 E. Elizabeth St, Brownsville, Texas 78520
Amount Requested: $1,000,000
Project Description and Explanation: The funding would be used for project design, engineering, and environmental checks for the construction of the City of Brownsville’s very own Emergency Operations Center (EOC). In the event of an emergency or pending natural disaster, the city’s library becomes the EOC, which is not efficient or capable of housing all city operations. As a growing city vulnerable to flooding and natural disasters, it is imperative they have a proper EOC for centralized command and 911 calling that would allow the city to tackle any emergency in an efficient manner.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here

 

6. Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Interior and Water, Environmental Protection Agency - State and Tribal Assistance Grants, Drinking Water State Revolving Fund
Project Name: City of Alamo Rehabilitation and Expansion to the Water Treatment Plant, Phase I
Recipient: The City of Alamo
Address: 420 N. Tower Rd., Alamo, Texas 78516
Amount Requested: $4,000,000
Project Description and Explanation: The funding would be used to allow the City of Alamo to provide and continue to provide clean and safe drinking water for all current and future residents of the City. This project consists of installing a new metal clarifying cone that will allow the City to shut down one of their existing two clarifiers at a time.  This will give them the opportunity to sandblast the existing clarifying cones down to bare metal, inspect for structural damage, repair, and re-epoxy them.  The project also includes the installation of filters that will allow the shut down the existing filters and likewise sandblast, check for structural damage, repair, and re-epoxy them as well. Once these improvements are complete, the City of Alamo will have a 7.5 MGD treatment capacity that will allow us to serve our citizens and future growth to 2040. It is currently one of the most important and much needed assets of the City.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here

 


7. Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Interior and Water, Environmental Protection Agency - State and Tribal Assistance Grants, Drinking Water State Revolving Fund
Project Name: BPUB Water Treatment Plant No 1 Raw Water Pump Station Improvements
Recipient: The Brownsville Public Utilities Board
Address: 1425 Robinhood Drive, Brownsville, Texas 78521
Amount Requested: $500,000
Project Description and Explanation: The BPUB Water Treatment Plant No. 1 which was built in the 1930’s has two raw water pump stations used to withdraw raw water from the lower Rio Grande River for potable water treatment.  This station pumps raw water into the entrance of the plant and into the raw water reservoirs.  The scope of the project includes the removal and installation of three (3) original vertical turbine pumps along with all piping, valves, controls, monitoring systems, and appurtenances. This project will also include the installation of motor operated valves with variable frequency drives to maximize efficiency and allow for improved throttling of water flow. Project will include all wiring, circuit breakers and controls along with upgrades to high efficiency LED lighting.  Backup generation will be installed to enhance reliability.  These proposed improvements will allow plant staff to control the required raw water flow into the plant to better meet the BPUB distribution system demands of approximately 200,000 people.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here

 

 

8.Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Labor HHS/Health Resources and Services Administration/Rural Health Outreach
Project Name: Community Connections
Recipient: United Way of the Crossroads
Address: 101. S. Main Street, Suite 500, Victoria, Texas 77901
Amount Requested: $38,977
Project Description and Explanation: In collaboration with area service providers, our Community Connections project connects people in the Crossroads to health care and services by using a warm hand-off system of Navigators in mobile and virtual assistance spaces. These Navigators, who are certified Community Health Workers, travel between the designated towns within the Congressional District providing a Continuum of Support for residents. The Navigators educate clients, giving them a holistic understanding of how the hospitals, mental health agencies, recovery centers, and human service agencies fit into the larger picture of their well-being. The Navigator sits down with clients to understand and assess their needs and support network and to match them to services - helping them to gather the initial paperwork, talk virtually to staff at partner agencies, and schedule appointments. Partners in this collaborative effort include the local mental health authority, area Community Action programs, local senior-serving organizations, community hospitals, city leadership, the regional planning commission, local faith based organizations, workforce, and the regional college district.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here

 

 

9.Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Labor HHS/Department of Education/Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)
Project Name: Pilot Program to Address Learning Loss in South Texas to Improve Student Achievement  
Recipient: Texas A&M University-Kingsville 
Address: MSC 201, 955 N. University Blvd Kingsville, TX 78363
Amount Requested: $500,000
Project Description and Explanation: This request supports funding Texas A&M University-Kingsville will develop a pilot program to address learning loss in South Texas to improve student achievement.  Through collaboration with local school districts and community colleges, university faculty will identify learning loss and develop a dual approach of bridge programs and training student teachers in effective tutoring practices to address learning loss identified at local school districts, community colleges, and the university.  
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click here

 

 

10.Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies/Department and Urban Development (HUD)/Economic Development Initiative (EDI)
Project Name: SAMANO Lofts & Armand’s Market
Recipient: Community Development Corporation of Brownsville (dba: cdcb | come dream. come build.) 
Address: 901 E. Levee, Brownsville, TX 78520
Amount Requested: $2,000,000
Project Description and Explanation: The primary use of funds is for rehabilitation of an existing historic structure to be utilized for affordable housing with social services available for residents of the project and other neighborhood residents. It will also be the site of a small market in this newly created food desert. 

The Samano Lofts and Armand’s Market is a priority for the community of Brownsville because it will assist with increasing the number of affordable, safe, and sanitary housing units; create a small market to replace the historic grocery store; assist with reclaiming and rehabilitating of a historic building downtown; and, create new employment opportunities for the area.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here