Community Project Funding 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:

  • Congresswoman Plaskett will NOT accept CPF requests for projects outside of VI-00.
  • 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 Congresswoman Plaskett 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 Congresswoman Plaskett 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 Plaskett’s project submission process, please reach out to Jeffrey.Nowill@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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Transparency

The final 9 CPF requests selected and submitted by Congresswoman Plaskett 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.

Community Project Funding
Projects Requested
Projects are listed below alphabetically by Appropriations Subcommittee.


Subcommittee/Agency/Account:
Agriculture-Rural Development-FDA/Department of Agriculture/Community Facilities Grants
Project Name: Gallows Bay Marine Enforcement Pier
Project Location: Parcel No. 1&2, East Street, Christiansted, St. Croix, VI 00820
Project Recipient: Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources
Recipient Address: 4607 Tutu Park Mall, Charles W. Turnbull Regional Library, St. Thomas, VI 00802
Amount Requested: $1,000,000
Project Description and Explanation: The requested funding would be used by the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) to reconstruct a dock at Gallows Bay on St. Croix for marine enforcement vessels on the island. A dock once existed for the enforcement vessels; however, it was destroyed in 1995 following the passage of Hurricane Marilyn and was never reconstructed. This project is a sound use of taxpayer funding because it is essential that marine enforcement is established in the Virgin Islands, and this dock for marine enforcement vessels would support local marine enforcement and adequate regulation of vessels coming into the territory.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Agriculture-Rural Development-FDA/Department of Agriculture/Community Facilities Grants
Project Name: Gustave Quetel Fish Market Renovation
Project Location: Gustave Quetel Fish Market, Remainder 23 Estate Honduras, St. Thomas, VI 00802
Project Recipient: Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources
Recipient Address: 4607 Tutu Park Mall, Charles W. Turnbull Regional Library, St. Thomas, VI 00802
Amount Requested: $500,000
Project Description and Explanation: The requested funding would be used by the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources to renovate the Gustave Quetel Fish House on St. Thomas. Over the years, the facility has received maintenance, but has not undergone capital improvement in over two decades. This project is a sound use of taxpayer funding because renovation of the facility would allow for structural enhancements to improve regulation of the water at the facility, as well as make the facility better equipped to dispose of organic waste generated at the facility.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Agriculture-Rural Development-FDA/Department of Agriculture/Community Facilities Grants
Project Name: Krum Bay Marine Enforcement Pier
Project Location: Krum Bay, "Part of Section 3 of Tract 4", Estate Sub Base, St. Thomas, VI 00802
Project Recipient: Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources
Recipient Address: 4607 Tutu Park Mall, Charles W. Turnbull Regional Library, St. Thomas, VI 00802
Amount Requested: $1,000,000
Project Description and Explanation: The requested funding would be used by the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) for needed repairs to the Krum Bay Marine Enforcement Pier. This project is a sound use of taxpayer funding because the pier is in a state of major disrepair and the safety of enforcement vessels could be compromised if it is not fixed. With the increase in vessels, it is essential that DPNR increase its enforcement operations to ensure compliance with the laws of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Agriculture-Rural Development-FDA/Department of Agriculture/Community Facilities Grants
Project Name: New St. John Fish Market
Project Location: "Little Cruz Bay Dock Site", Cruz Bay Creek, St. John, VI 00830
Project Recipient: Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources
Recipient Address: 4607 Tutu Park Mall, Charles W. Turnbull Regional Library, St. Thomas, VI 00802
Amount Requested: $1,500,000
Project Description and Explanation: The requested funding would be used by the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources to construct a new fish market facility in the Cruz Bay area of St. John. Currently, there is no fish market facility to service the island of St. John, and the sale of fish is scattered and unregulated on the island. This project is a sound use of taxpayer funding because it will provide for a safe and healthy environment on the island where fish can be sold, where the department can conduct port sampling and where access to the shore can be provided for recreational and commercial vessels to launch.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Agriculture-Rural Development-FDA/Department of Agriculture/Community Facilities Grants
Project Name: New St. Thomas Fish Market
Project Location: 24-1 Estate, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, VI 00802
Project Recipient: Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources
Recipient Address: 4607 Tutu Park Mall, Charles W. Turnbull Regional Library, St. Thomas, VI 00802
Amount Requested: $2,000,000
Project Description and Explanation: The requested funding would be used by DPNR to construct a new fish market facility to accommodate 20-25 fishermen to sell their catch. This project is a sound use of taxpayer funding because it will provide a clean, safe point of sale for dozens of fishermen who are currently without one and must resort to selling their catch at various roadside points.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Commerce-Justice-Science/U.S. Department of Justice/State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance – Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (JAG)
Project Name: Modular Medical Examiner’s Office Suite
Project Location: 4007 Estate Diamond Ruby, Christiansted, Saint Croix, VI 00820
Project Recipient: Virgin Islands Law Enforcement Planning Commission
Recipient Address: 8000 Nisky Center, Suite 700/701, St. Thomas, VI 00802
Amount Requested: $500,000
Project Description and Explanation: The requested funding would be used by the Virgin Islands Law Enforcement Planning Commission for the purchase and installation of a modular office suite for the Virgin Islands Department of Justice Medical Examiner’s team on St. Croix. This project is a sound use of taxpayer funding because a modular office suite will provide the Virgin Islands Department of Justice Medical Examiner's team on St. Croix an area to house the recently deceased and provide unbiased death investigations that augment public safety and criminal prosecution efforts.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here

Subcommittee/Agency/Account:
Interior-Environment/Environmental Protection Agency/State and Tribal Assistance Grants
Project Name: Residential Collection Sewers
Project Location(s): Mon Bijou, St. Croix, VI 00820
Tutu, St. Thomas, VI 00802
Cruz Bay, St. John, VI 00830
Project Recipient: Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority
Recipient Address: 1 A&B Demarara, Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas, VI 00802
Amount Requested: $1,200,000
Project Description and Explanation: The requested funding would be used by the Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) for the purchase of materials and construction to replace residential sewers at Mon Bijou on St. Croix, Tutu on St. Thomas, and Cruz Bay on St. John, respectively, at a cost of $400,000 each. This project is a sound use of taxpayer funding because the purchase of materials and construction to replace residential sewers will provide added protection to the health of Virgin Islands residents and their environment.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Interior-Environment/Environmental Protection Agency/State and Tribal Assistance Grants
Project Name: Water Security Infrastructure Upgrade
Project Location(s): All wastewater facilities territory-wide in the Virgin Islands (locations linked here)
Project Recipient: Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority
Recipient Address: 1 A&B Demarara, Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas, VI 00802
Amount Requested: $1,500,000
Project Description and Explanation: The requested funding would be used by the Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) for the purchase of fencing, cameras, lighting, and cybersecurity equipment. This project is a sound use of taxpayer funding because all of this equipment will be used to upgrade the security infrastructure of VIWMA wastewater facility operations territory-wide in the Virgin Islands.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Interior-Environment/Environmental Protection Agency/ State and Tribal Assistance Grants
Project Name: Wastewater Treatment Facilities Upgrade
Project Location(s): Cruz Bay, St. John, VI 00830 - 18.327850 -64.791799
Bordeaux, St. Thomas, VI 00802 - 18.350432 -65.019318
Mangrove Lagoon, St. Thomas, VI 00802 - 18.310673 -64.880024
Anguilla, St. Croix, VI 00820 - 17.701000 -64.783920
Project Recipient: Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority
Recipient Address: 1 A&B Demarara, Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas, VI 00802
Amount Requested: $1,400,000
Project Description and Explanation: The requested funding would be used by the Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) for the purchase of 1 Wastewater Treatment Tank ($500,000), 2 Drying Bends ($100,000 each), 1 Pump Replacement-Influent Wet Well ($400,000), and 1 Sludge Dewatering System ($300,000). This project is a sound use of taxpayer funding because all of this equipment will be used to maintain and improve the wastewater treatment operations and upgrade the wastewater infrastructure of VIWMA at Cruz Bay on St. John, Mangrove Lagoon on St. Thomas, Bordeaux on St. Thomas, and Anguilla on St. Croix, respectively. This will allow VIWMA to better protect human health and the environment in the Virgin Islands.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here