Congressionally Directed Spending Requests
For the first time in more than a decade, Congress has revived Congressionally Directed Spending, also known in the House of Representatives as Community Project Funding requests (earmarks). This authority allows me to direct federal funding to support local projects that enhance community priorities, transportation, health care, education, job opportunities, and other important economic development projects. In restoring earmarks, Congress has placed additional restrictions on eligibility and increased transparency requirements.
Earmarks are now limited to only governmental organizations and nonprofit organizations and are required to be publically posted. In addition, I must certify that I, my spouse, and my immediate family have no financial interest in any of the projects I requested. Click here to view the Congressionally Directed Spending requests I submitted for Fiscal Year 2022.
While Congress has yet to complete the first full cycle of funding earmarks and is subject to change for future years, I have prepared reference guides for county and municipal governments and nonprofit organizations on the categories of funding available, basic information required to submit a request, and the general timeline when requests must be submitted to my office in early Spring. Click here for specific information for county and municipal governments and here for nonprofit organizations.
Generally, project eligibility requirements for funding are the same as for competitively awarded projects through existing federal grant programs but are subject to change. Additional information on specific eligibility requirements can be found on the latest competitively awarded grant’s Notice of Funding Opportunity through the federal agency's website or on www.grants.gov. A limited category of earmarks may require the approval or support of the project by Maryland State agencies prior to Senate consideration for federal funding.
For more information on how to submit a Congressionally Directed Spending request for future years, please call my Capitol Hill Office at 202-224-4524 or email MDlocal@cardin.senate.gov to set up a meeting to discuss your priorities.