Community Funded Project 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 Community Project Funding 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 earmarks capped at 1% of all discretionary spending and eligible accounts restricted to those listed in the table below.

Please note:

Congressman Johnson will NOT accept CPF requests for projects outside of GA-04.
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 Johnson 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 Johnson is COB March 31, 2021. 

More information on the process can be found on the House Appropriations Committee’s page here. Staff may follow up for additional information to support the CPF request such as budget justification, documentation of community support and need, or proof of ability to meet match requirements once an initial request is submitted. If you have any questions about Congresswoman Brownley’s project submission process, please reach out to Sharon.Wagener@mail.house.gov.

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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.

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Eligible Accounts by Subcommittee
Descriptions of eligible accounts can be found here.

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
Defense

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   
Homeland Security

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)

Army 
Navy and Marine Corps 
Air Force 
Defense-Wide 
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)
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Transparency
The final 10 CPF requests selected and submitted by Congressman Johnson to the Appropriations Committee will be posted on this page.  Members will be required to certify that neither they nor their immediate family have a financial interest in the CPF requests made.

Projects Requested

Listed below are the projects Congressman Johnson has submitted to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Project Sponsor: MARTA 

Project Name/Description: The Stonecrest Transit Hub will serve four key, high ridership bus routes in the 4th Congressional  District: Route 86 Fairington Road, Route 111 Snapfinger Woods, Route 115 Covington Hwy and Route 116 Redan Road by providing customers covered waiting areas, fare vending, real-time arrival/information, and public restrooms. Park and ride availability along with easier bus-to bus transfers will improve the transit experience. Interior conditioned space is expected to be approximately 2500 SF. Design, engineering and procurement will be complete in FY22 and federal Community Project Funding appropriations will be obligated in FY22. 

Requested Amount: $5,000,000

Project Sponsor: MARTA

Project Name/Description: The MARTA Route 115-Covington Highway project seeks to make service improvements, including improved bus shelters and transit signal prioritization that would improve the customer experience on Route 115. Combined with the Stonecrest Transit Hub, these improvements will benefit residents of Southeast DeKalb County and promote pedestrian and land use changes that warrant continued transit service improvements.

Amount Requested: $2,000,000

Project Sponsor: Gwinnett County Department of Transportation 

Project Name/Description: New Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Service Along 78: Route 702 is a new proposed BRT route providing service between downtown Snellville and the Indian Creek MARTA Station. Most of the route ’s 21-mile alignment follows US 78/S R10, with the eastern terminus being the GRTA/SRTA Snellville Park-and-Ride. This route will re quire coordination with DeKalb County and MARTA. Route 702’s corridor includes exclusive bus lanes to allow the buses to bypass congestion. Lanes will follow the US 78 corridor but may be constructed along an adjacent parallel alignment or within a dedicated BRT corridor due to constraints along US 78. Transit signal priority would be provided at intersections to allow for faster travel times. Service will operate at 15-minute frequencies in weekday peak hours, 20-minute frequencies mid-day on weekdays and all-day Saturday, and 30-minute frequencies on Saturday nights and on Sundays. The funds requested would be used for analysis and design work to produce construction plans, operating plans, other specifications, and cost estimates. This preliminary design work would include route alignment, station locations, engineering surveys, traffic analysis, and refining construction schedules and costs.

Amount Requested: $5,000,000

Project Sponsor: Gwinnett County Department of Transportation

Project Name/Description: The Bus/Paratransit Vehicle Acquisition for Local Route 70 is a new route, between Snellville, where transfers are possible to the proposed Route 60, and northern DeKalb County. This route operates along US 78 to the Goldsmith Park-and-Ride lot, which is currently served by MARTA routes 119, 120, and 221. Proposed frequencies are 60 minutes on weekdays only.

Amount Requested: $6,000,000

 

Project Sponsor: City of Avondale Estates

Project Name/Description: This complete street project is a top priority for the City. It will convert approximately a 1 mile stretch along US 278 from Sams Crossing to Ashton Place from five vehicular lanes to three vehicular lanes with a 10-feet wide multi-use path for cyclists and pedestrians. The proposed path system will connect to existing bike, public transit and sidewalk infrastructure, promoting walkability, cycling and the use of public transportation. In addition, the project provides better access to and from neighboring communities, further opening the doors of Avondale Estates to minorities and persons of lower income. This project will also act as a transformative catalyst to stimulate economic development in the City's Downtown area, which is largely blighted.

Amount Requested: $1,981,000

 

Project Sponsor: Gwinnett County Department of Transportation

Project Name/Description: The Snellville Area Microtransit project stems from a successful pilot project. This project will provide gap fill services for senior citizens, disabled persons, and augment overall transit service in the area. Microtransit service users call a designated number or use a special web-based application to arrange a pick-up by a 12-passenger bus that takes them to destinations in the Snellville area. Trip purposes can include shopping, going to appointments or connecting to the GRTA bus service to catch a ride into Atlanta Mondays through Saturdays.

Amount Requested: 3,000,000

READY Schools initiative
  • Program submitted by the Clarkston Development Foundation
  • Located at CDF Action, Inc. K.D. Moore Family Center, 4007 Church Street Clarkston, Georgia 30021
  • Request amount: $320,000
  • Explanation of request: Children’s outcomes are often predicted by what a child looks like, where they live, what languages they speak and where they are from.  It is essential that young children receive an equitable and healthy start.  That is why innovative early learning policies and programs are crucial to address equity in access, experience, and outcomes.  
  • Financial disclosure letter
Families who live in low-income communities are often unaware of the resources that exist and are often last in line to access programs such as Head Start or the Georgia Pre-K program.  Transportation and language are additional barriers. The READY School initiative, now in three metro-area communities, is an innovative, proven approach to mitigate these barriers and to create positive outcomes for children.  The READY Schools provide a trusting, caring environment which helps to prepare the child for Georgia Pre-Kindergarten.  For some children, this is the first time they have been away from their families.  At the READY School, they learn how to follow a schedule and to get along with peers as well as cognitive skills.
 
The Norcross (Gwinnett County) program, La Escuelita, was the first READ School program, co-created with Latinx families in an apartment community.  The other two programs in Stone Mountain and unincorporated DeKalb County serve refugee families, with teachers who speak the languages of the participating families. These programs have been funded over 6 years through an annual grant to CDF Action from the United Way of Greater Atlanta.  CDF now seeks to replicate the READY School in additional communities. The READY School can be replicated in any community through a partnership with families, owners of apartment complexes, licensed child care centers and schools with Georgia Pre-K programs.
 
DeKalb Super 6 District Commissioner, Ted Terry, has engaged the Atlanta Apartment Association and identified apartment complexes within the targeted communities.  These underserved communities are:  Clarkston, South DeKalb, Buford Highway, and Oakhurst/East Lake.  We are seeking funding to start-up four new READY Schools in these communities.  
 
In addition to providing an accessible, free early learning experience for children and their families, the READY Schools create meaningful employment.  The READY School hires and trains women from the community to give them workforce experience, professional development, and a living wage.  Teachers who do not have a national Child Development Associate (CDA) credential will be assisted in securing that credential which is the minimum requirement for an early learning teacher.  
 
The evaluation design looks at outcomes for children, families, teachers, and community.  Evaluation results indicate for example, that parents are more engaged in talking, reading, and singing to their children and over 90 percent of age-eligible READY School children enroll in a Georgia Pre-Kindergarten program.  Teachers who reflect the culture and language of the children and their families, family engagement in a child’s early learning journey, and children enrolled in a quality Pre-Kindergarten program are critical components leading to positive educational outcomes for children.
 
The federal funding will enable CDF and partners to create a READY School Tool Kit that will describe the steps to start-up, implement, and evaluate a READY School, including the community-building process, curriculum, and lessons learned.  This Tool Kit will be helpful to other communities interested in the approach.  In addition to the Took Kit, CDF and partners will provide webinars and training workshops, schedule site visits to see the program in action, and provide technical assistance to communities interested in learning more.
 
CDF Action is pleased to have this opportunity to partner with DeKalb County District 6 commissioners to build upon and grow the READY School initiative.
 
MedCura Health Mental Workforce Development 
 
  • Program submitted by MedCura Health 
  • Project located at 5582 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain GA, 30083
  • Requested amount: $300,000
  • Explanation of Request: Our community desperately needs additional mental health services with the increasing unhoused population and the terrible impact Covid-19 has had on both mental health and economic stability.  We are having difficulty keeping up with the demand currently and it has been difficult to hire psychiatrists.  We would like to increase services by 200% and expand services from 1 site to 5 sites.
  • Financial disclosure letter
Flat Shoals Parkway (SR 155) Sidewalk Improvement Project  
  • Program submitted by Dekalb County Transportation Department, located at 1950 West Exchange Place, Tucker, Georgia 30084
  • Requested amount: $800,000
  • Explanation of Request: Flat Shoals Parkway (SR 155) is a four-lane divided highway with intermittent sidewalk from Columbia Drive to the Wesley Chapel Road / Flakes Mill Road intersection. This project will build six segments of sidewalk to create continuous sidewalk on both sides of the road. The project will improve pedestrian access to Flat Shoals Library, Flat Shoals Park, and to the commercial areas at either end of the project.
  • Financial disclosure letter
Derrydown Way Complete Streets Project
  • Program submitted by the City of Decatur, project located at 798 Derrydown Way and 945 Derrydown Way, Decatur, GA 30030
  • Requested amount: $600,000
  • Explanation of request: Project consists of approximately 2000 linear feet of concrete sidewalk installation on the south side of Derry Down Way from Craigie Avenue to South Columbia Drive. Traffic calming devices will be developed with the community and will likely include speed tables and bulb-outs. Other improvements will include painted crosswalks and signage.
  • Financial disclosure letter
Georgia Piedmont Technical College Regional Transportation Training Center
  • Program submitted by the Georgia Piedmont Technical College located at 495 North Indian Creek Dr, Clarkston, GA, 30025
  • Requested Amount: $1,000,000
  • Explanation of request: There is a significant need for skilled transportation and logistics workers in the region. A number of jobs in the region remain unfilled and the training space for delivering training is inadequate. Located in DeKalb County, in the City of Stonecrest, Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s Regional Transportation Training Center (RTTC) serves as Georgia’s largest public transportation training center. Presently, the RTTC provides workforce development training in the areas of CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) Class A and B for new employees and incumbents. This includes working with metro Atlanta’s largest public transportation provider, MARTA, as well as trucking companies like Schneider and DART. The current physical space and teaching resources available are inadequate to provide training at the level in which our business and industry partners expect. Facilities are outdated and too small to host the maximum number of trainees requested by companies. This hampers the College’s ability to train enough workers to keep up with the current and projected training needs of regional transportation and logistics employers. The expansion of the RTTC will also provide opportunities to establish additional high demand programs in distribution, logistics, and transportation. GPTC’s impact in successfully creating such programs is critically important to both the workforce needs of the companies and economic development landscape of the region as the college. For example, the college serves major employers moving into the county such as Amazon and existing companies looking to expand their operations such as Home Chef. 
  • Financial disclosure letter
Dried Indian Creek Corridor Protection and Connection Initiative
  • Program submitted by the City of Oxford, located at 110 W. Clark St, Oxford GA, 30054
  • Requested amount: $900,000
  • Explanation of Request: The project has two primary goals: 1. Protect the Dried Indian Creek corridor from further degradation through land donations/acquisitions, and conservation easement purchases; 2. Provide public access to the corridor via an ecologically-sensitive multi-use trail along the land acquired or secured through conservation easements. We are requesting funding to construct a 10-12’ wide multi-use trail spanning 1.01 miles. This section of the trail will be constructed in the 100-year floodplain and will cross 14 properties. Along the trail, we plan to place signage to share the history of the creek and the surrounding area. It will be a key segment in eventually providing connectivity to a neighboring city (Covington) and its trail system.
  • Financial disclosure letter
Fairview Road Multi-use Trail 
  • Submitted by the Newton County Transportation Department, located at  1124 Clark Street, Covington, GA 30014
  • Requested amount: $800,000
  • Explanation of Request: Project consists of the construction of a 2.5 mile pedestrian/bicycle trail along the south side of Fairview Road in Newton County.  The trail would be 8-10' wide concrete and connect the communities from I-20 to the Rockdale County line.  95% of Fairvlew Road has no existing sidewalk.  The proposed trail would connect Clements Middle School and Fairview Elementary School with all of the communities along Fairvlew Road and provide a safe route for children to and from school.  Fairview Road has an existing 80 ft wide right of way and can accommodate a path without the need for additional right of way acquisition.  The path is proposed to end at the Rockdale County line, but in the future could be tied together with the new multi-use trail being constructed along SR 162 (Salem Road) by GDOT.
  • Financial Disclosure letter
Creative Village-Affordable Housing and Studio Complex for Artists
  • Submitted by the City of Decatur, located at 500 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA 30030
  • Requested amount: $209,000
  • Explanation of Request: The Creative Village Project includes the adaptive reuse of four, former group homes to provide affordable housing and studio space for local artists.  The four buildings range in size from 4,300 sf to 5,000 sf providing 14,000 sf of combined space for use as apartments and studios for qualified artists.   This will provide 18 residential/studio units for professional artists with incomes between 60% and 80% of the median income.   The selection of artists will be handled through a partnership with the Decatur Arts Alliance.  Monthly rental rates would average $750 per month inclusive of utilities. Artists would agree to participate in open studio tours, offer art classes and/or agree to contribute volunteer time to programs at Legacy Park that benefit the community. The funds would go to repairs and upgrades to the existing buildings, pay for new kitchen appliances and shared laundry facilities.
  • Financial disclosure letter

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