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Federal funds appropriated by Congress for local programs can support the community

On March 24, Rep. Suzanne Bonamici announced that her office will start accepting applications for a program known as Community Project Funding.

The CPF project allows members of Congress to get federal funding for specific projects in their communities, an application process that is "highly competitive," according to a release from Bonamici's office.

"Community Project Funding requests are an opportunity to deliver federal resources to targeted projects that help the people of northwest Oregon," Bonamici, who represents Newberg and other nearby communities in the 1st Congressional District, said in the release. "This process will empower local decision-makers to weigh in on important federal funding priorities. When I speak with community leaders, I frequently hear about worthy projects that, if funded, would benefit the community. As I evaluate requests, I will look for projects that support our economic recovery, advance equity, represent NW Oregon, and have strong community support."

Members of Congress can submit up to 10 CPF requests, according to House rules.

"Funding requests (are) for consideration during the fiscal year 2022 appropriations legislative process," the release said. "For transparency, and as required by the Appropriations Committee, Bonamici will make public all 10 Community Project Funding requests she submits for consideration.

"The Appropriations Committee has implemented comprehensive reforms to make the Community Project Funding process transparent and accountable to the public. The reforms include: disclosing all requests and funding allocations; prohibiting any requests from for-profit entities; capping overall funding on CPF requests and limiting each member to 10 requests; and requiring a mandatory audit of the program by the Government Accountability Office."

Entities interested in applying for the CPF program can find more information about whether they are eligible at Bonamici.House.Gov/Appropriations. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. April 16.


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