Community Project Funding

***Inquiries for FY25 Community Project Funding Requests should be directed to Yusuf Nekzad at yusuf.nekzad@mail.house.gov and Brian Zilm at brian.zilm@mail.house.gov.***

FY 2024 Community Project Funding Disclosures:

For Fiscal Year 2024, the House Appropriations Committee accepted Member requests for Community Project Funding (CPF) in appropriations bills. Community Projects Funding are congressional provisions that direct funds toward a specific project within a community. Each Member was limited to no more than 15 Community Project Funding requests across all subcommittees and there is no guarantee that all requested projects will be funded. Projects are restricted to a limited number of federal funding streams, and only state and local governments and eligible non-profit entities are permitted to receive funding.

For more information on the projects Rep. Budzinski submitted to committee see below:

Alton Workforce Housing – The Lovejoy Phase I

  • $5,000,000 for Alton Forward’s workforce housing project, the Lovejoy.
  • The entity to receive funding for this project is Alton Forward, located at 601 East Broadway, Alton, IL, 62002.
  • The funding would be used to revitalize downtown Alton with the construction of the Lovejoy–the first new construction project downtown in over a generation, helping the city reposition itself for the 21st century and become a strong economic and residential hub in Southern Illinois.
  • I certify that neither I nor my immediate family has any financial interest in this project.

A copy of my certification can be found here.

Boys & Girls Clubhouse: Bethalto

  • $2,500,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis Bethalto site.
  • The entity to receive funding for this project is the Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis, located at 2901 North Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri, 63107.
  • The funding would be used for construction of a new clubhouse located in Bethalto, Illinois. The new space will help more youth achieve their full potential in a community that is both rural and mostly low-moderate income. The space will also serve as a much-needed multi-use community space during non-member times for seniors, Head Start, community groups, and families, and as the community has no licensed childcare for school-age children this will fill a much needed gap.
  • I certify that neither I nor my immediate family has any financial interest in this project.

A copy of my certification can be found here.

CAP 1908 Innovation & Coworking Center

  • $1,607,182 for The Springfield Project’s CAP 1980 Innovation and Coworking Center.
  • The entity to receive funding for this project is The Springfield Project, located at 1011 South 2nd Street, Springfield, IL, 62704.
  • The funding would be used to renovate existing incubator space as well as to acquire the neighboring property in an effort to further serve the community and address socioeconomic challenges in East Springfield neighborhoods through the lens of entrepreneurship and small business development.
  • I certify that neither I nor my immediate family has any financial interest in this project.

A copy of my certification can be found here.

Champaign-Urbana Real Time Crime Center

  • $980,000 for the Champaign-Urbana Real-Time Crime Center on the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana campus.
  • The entity to receive funding for this project is the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, located at 352 Henry Administration Building, MC-350, 506 S. Wright Street, Urbana, IL, 61801.
  • The funding would be used for the establishment of a Real-Time Crime Center (RTCC) on the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana campus. The project would allow for expanded and enhanced prevention, monitoring, and response to crimes-in-progress in order to protect students and community members.
  • I certify that neither I nor my immediate family has any financial interest in this project.

A copy of my certification can be found here.

City of Staunton Force Main Replacement

  • $1,000,000 for the City of Staunton Force Main Replacement.
  • The entity to receive funding for this project is the City of Staunton, IL, located at 304 West Main Street, Staunton, IL, 62009.
  • The funding would be used to replace the city’s only sanitary sewerage pump station. The sanitary sewer force main infrastructure is over 40 years old and has experienced severe wear and poses a risk to citizens.
  • I certify that neither I nor my immediate family has any financial interest in this project.

A copy of my certification can be found here.

EnRich Educational Campus Housing

  • $4,000,000 for the EnRich Educational Campus Housing project as part of Richland Community College’s workforce training program.
  • The entity to receive funding for this project is Richmond Community College, located at 1College Park, Decatur, IL, 62521.
  • The funding would be used to house students entering programs at the EV Workforce Academy, AgAcademy and Nursing Program, allowing for the provision of new workforce training programs that will close the skills gap in Illinois.
  • I certify that neither I nor my immediate family has any financial interest in this project.

A copy of my certification can be found here.

Garden Hills Revitalization

  • $2,550,000 for the Garden Hills Revitalization.
  • The entity to receive funding for this project is the City of Champaign, located at 102 North Neil Street, Champaign, IL, 61820.
  • The funding would be used to build a park in a traditionally underserved area and bridges over new detention basins that are being built to address flooding issues in the neighborhood. The project would seek to increase safety and accessibility for community members.
  • I certify that neither I nor my immediate family has any financial interest in this project.

A copy of my certification can be found here.

Growing the Macoupin Center for the Developmentally Disabled

  • $1,000,000 for MCCD’s relocation efforts.
  • The entity to receive funding for this project is the Macoupin Center
  • for the Developmentally Disabled, located at 700 East Elm Street, Carlinville, IL, 62626.
  • The funding would be used to relocate the current facility to a more accessible and safe location that will allow the Center to provide more education and employment services and opportunities for residents who have developmental disabilities.
  • I certify that neither I nor my immediate family has any financial interest in this project.

A copy of my certification can be found here.

Parson Place Preservation

  • $4,000,000 for the Parson Placed Mixed-Income Apartments preservation project.
  • The entity to receive funding for this project is Urban Strategies, located at 100 N. Broadway Suite 1110 St. Louis, Missouri, 63102.
  • The funding would be used for renovations of Parsons Place mixed income apartment complex located at 1608 N 18th Street East St. Louis, Illinois, with the goal of serving as a catalyst for future economic development and having a stabilizing influence on housing in East St. Louis.
  • I certify that neither I nor my immediate family has any financial interest in this project.

A copy of my certification can be found here.

R3 Youth Workforce Development Training Center

  • $1,623,000 for R3 Development’s Youth Workforce Development Training Center.
  • The entity to receive funding for this project is R3 Development, located at 423 North 8th Street, East St. Louis, IL, 62201.
  • The funding would be used to support the capital development needs and expansion of the R3 Development Youth Workforce Development Training Center to improve the delivery of services to East St. Louis. The Center will allow underserved youth to access leadership development opportunities, learn skilled labor, and job training and placement services, all while serving as an economic boon for the larger community.
  • I certify that neither I nor my immediate family has any financial interest in this project.

A copy of my certification can be found here.

Springfield Pillsbury Mills Redevelopment

  • $1,000,000 for Moving Pillsbury Forward’s Redevelopment efforts.
  • The entity to receive funding for this project is Moving Pillsbury Forward, located at 1525 East Phillips Avenue, Springfield, IL, 62702.
  • The funding would be used to redevelop the former Pillsbury Mill located in Springfield. The project is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because it will benefit the low-income and underserved residential populations that live in the immediate area surrounding the Pillsbury site.
  • I certify that neither I nor my immediate family has any financial interest in this project.

A copy of my certification can be found here.

Upper Mississippi River – Illinois Waterway System, IL, IA, MN, MO & WI

  • $120,000,000 for the Upper Mississippi River – Navigation and Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP)
  • The intended recipient is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District, 1500 Rock Island Drive, Rock Island, Illinois.
  • The funding would be used for several Mississippi River improvement efforts, including navigation improvements and aquatic ecosystem restoration, ensuring the economic and environmental sustainability of the waterway.
  • I certify that neither I nor my immediate family has any financial interest in this project.

A copy of my certification can be found here.

Village of East Alton Water Treatment Facility Upgrades

  • $3,500,000 for the Village of East Alton Water Treatment Facility Upgrades.
  • The entity to receive funding for this project is the Village of East Alton, located at 119 West Main Street, East Alton, IL, 62024.
  • The funding would be used to help bring the East Alton Water Treatment facility up to current EPA standards and increase the capacity from 3MGD to 4.5 MGD. This will help the city meet the demands of industrial and residential customers and ensure that microbiological contaminants stay out of the water.
  • I certify that neither I nor my immediate family has any financial interest in this project.

A copy of my certification can be found here.

Village of Pawnee Main Water Replacement

  • $1,200,969.75 for the Village of Pawnee’s Main Water Replacement.
  • The entity to receive funding for this project is the Village of Pawnee, located at 617 7th Street, Pawnee, IL, 62558.
  • The funding would be used to replace approximately 7,550 feet of water main that services 121 residential properties, a church, and the Village’s school.
  • I certify that neither I nor my immediate family has any financial interest in this project.

A copy of my certification can be found here.

Wood River 9th Street Detention Pond

  • $4,000,000 for the City of Wood River’s 9th Street Detention Pond.
  • The entity to receive funding for this project is the City of Wood River, located at 111 North Wood River Avenue, Wood River, Illinois, 62095.
  • The funding would be used for construction of a detention pond, which would lower the base flood elevation in a populated area of the city, promoting property values and providing for future growth and expansion in an undeveloped area.
  • I certify that neither I nor my immediate family has any financial interest in this project.

A copy of my certification can be found here.

 

In addition to the above projects formally submitted, I sent the following letters to both Senators Durbin and Duckworth indicating my support for the 13th District projects incorporated within their requests, and offered my assistance in attempting to secure funding.

  • The letter to Senator Durbin can be found here.
  • The letter to Senator Duckworth can be found here.