US Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker have announced the Fiscal Year 2024 Congressionally Directed Spending application process is open. The application deadline for both Senators is March 17. Senator Booker has a helpful FAQ page. Representatives from both offices participated in a League Lunch and Learn to discuss best practices for the application process.
The application process for Community Project Funding (CPF) for New Jersey’s House members is also open. Representatives Gottheimer, Kean, Kim, Menendez, Norcross, Pascrell, Payne, Sherrill, and Watson Coleman have posted instructions and applications on their websites with varying deadlines, mostly by mid-March. If your member is not listed, we would encourage you to reach out to their office directly. We will add it to the list as the information is shared.
If you have a project that would benefit from funding, we encourage you to apply to each Senator and your House member separately. As a reminder, House members can request up to 15 projects, while Senators have wider latitude in the number of project requests. Only a small fraction of applications will receive funding.
As the House majority changed in the 118th Congress, there are new rules for the CPF request process. The following types of projects will NOT be eligible this year:
- the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Subcommittee has no funding opportunities.
- For HUD Economic Development Initiatives:
- Museums, commemoratives, memorials.
- Swimming pools, water parks, golf courses.
- Healthcare facilities.
- Venues strictly for entertainment purposes, e.g., theaters and performing arts venues.
- Programmatic and operational expenses
Also, please make note of the following considerations as you begin to plan an application for House consideration:
- If you are planning to submit the same project to both Senators and your Congressional representative, please make certain to use the same project name.
- No funds may be used by for-profit recipients.
- Each project must apply within a specific federal spending account. New accounts are available for funding requests this year, but some accounts open for requests in previous cycles are no longer available for FY24 Appropriations.
- Some projects will require matching funding. This funding does not have to be in-hand, but applicants must have a plan for matching funding to meet this requirement.
- Projects would be funded for the federal Fiscal Year 2024 only and in most cases cannot include requests for multi-year funding or for reimbursement. The timeframes for implementing your project can vary by account, so please carefully consider whether your proposal aligns with these requirements.
Representatives Kim and Sherrill have included useful Resource Guides that we would encourage you to review.
In FY23 and FY22, a sampling of New Jersey municipal projects that received funding include:
- $2,200,000 for the Borough of Bound Brook to create a pedestrian plaza in the Borough’s downtown district.
- $898,257 for the Town of Clinton to replace the West Main Street water main.
- $250,000 to the City of Jersey City, for the integration and career advancement program.
- $251,000 to Borough of Leona for strengthening public safety communications.
- $8,000,000 for the City of Newark to create and preserve affordable housing in Newark for residents with household incomes at or below 30% of the Area Median Income.
- $413,000 for the Borough of Penns Grove to repair and repurpose the Borough’s community center and eliminate blight in the community.
- $30,000 for the Township of Stafford Police Department to expand the Proactive Outreach In Needs and Treatment program to include Barnegat Township.
- $677,000 to the Borough of Stanhope for water main replacement on Sunset Avenue.
- $100,000 for the Borough of Sussex to purchase equipment to detect water leaks through the system and to repair them.
- $1,000,000 to the City of Trenton for a mixed-use recreational facility.
- $500,000 for the City of Union City to purchase a site and develop a new active recreational complex on the site.
- $398,000 to the Borough of Wharton for sanitary sewer system study and rehabilitation.
- $1,000,000 to the Township of Woodbridge for Woodbridge Township Cypress Park.
- $715,000 for the Borough of Clayton Fire Department to purchase a new ladder truck.
- $55,000 for the Township of Hanover for clearing major obstructions from the Whippany River and its major tributaries.
- $563,000 for the Township of Harrison (Hudson County) to purchase 85 multi-band radios to replace the single-band radios currently used by the Harrison Police Department.
- $210,000 for the Township of South Hackensack to replace the outdated communications/radio system utilized by the South Hackensack Police Department.
- $255,000 for the Borough of Bogota for the replacement of a two-way radio system.
- $500,000 for Jersey City to expand domestic violence intervention services into the greater Hudson County area.
- $1,000,000 for the City of Trenton to open and operate the Trenton RISE Center, with the main goal of fostering trust between the police department and city youth.
- $300,000 for the Borough of Fairview to digitally scan and archive the Borough of Fairview's municipal documents.
- $1,000,000 for the Borough of Carteret to renovate and expand the Carteret Office of Emergency Management (OEM) building.
- $10,000,000 for the City of North Wildwood to extend the seawall in North Wildwood.
- $1,212,000 for Montgomery Township to purchase severely flood-damaged properties and convert into open space.
- $600,000 for the Borough of Fort Lee for renovations and upgrades to the sewer pump station.
- $1,000,000 for the Borough of Edgewater for improvements and rehabilitation of Pump Station No. 4.
- $394,000 for the Town of Guttenberg to eliminate an open concrete structure in the CSO outfall pipe.
- $1,060,000 for the Township of Teaneck to improve the stormwater conveyance system.
- $1,000,000 for the Borough of Cliffside Park for repair and improvements to stormwater pipes.
- $1,200,000 for the Borough of Flemington for the construction of potable water wells.
- $2,170,000 for the City of Elizabeth for the replacement of lead service lines.
- $3,452,000 for the City of Hackensack for a combined sewer separation project.
- $3,320,000 for the Borough of Alpha to construct a new potable water storage tank.
- $600,000 for the City of Cape May for engineering and designing of drinking water treatment plant expansion.
- $1,000,000 for the City of Newark for the construction and renovation of the community health clinic at the Speedway Avenue School.
- $188,000 for the City of Paterson to hire social workers for the recently launched Appropriate Medically Assisted Treatment Anytime, Anywhere (AMATAA) referral program (now branded as "RealFix").
- $1,000,000 for the City of Bayonne for the reconstruction of ADA compliant Buddy Baseball field at 11th Street.
- $500,000 for the City of Elizabeth for the acquisition of a Mobile Emergency and Homeless Case Management vehicle.
- $250,000 for the Borough of Leonia for the purchase of a shuttle bus to provide transportation services for senior citizens.
- $950,000 for the Town of Secaucus for the construction of a senior services building and community center.
- $100,000 for the Borough of Lodi for the purchase of a shuttle bus to provide transportation services for senior citizens.
- $2,000,000 for the Township of Lakewood to construct new roads, sidewalks, street lighting, sanitary sewer, drinking water, stormwater management, drainage, and landscaping to address traffic congestion and that will support new housing development.
- $3,000,000 for the Township of Edison to create recreation and meeting space for seniors within the township
Contact: Paul Penna, Senior Legislative Analyst, 609-695-3481 ext. 110, firstname.lastname@example.org