Congressionally Directed Spending
To support a broad array of projects for infrastructure and community development to meet local and regional needs.
Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements
Members of Congress may submit 15 qualified local projects to be considered by the Appropriations Committee. Among other requirements, Members must demonstrate each project's community support. For-profit entities and commemorative projects are ineligible for CPF. Each project must be for the current fiscal year only and cannot include multiyear funding.
While not explicitly oriented toward clean energy and climate action, CPF is a general source of funding that may be used to advance such projects. Accordingly, you have ample leeway to use CPF to meet your city’s needs. Projects funded in recent years include floating solar, heat pump campaigns, solar workforce training, and community cooling. To learn more about these examples, check out: https://cityrenewables.org/funding-guidance/understanding-available-funding/community-project-funding-for-local-climate-action/
This flexible program can help transform communities and create broad economic opportunity. Consult disadvantaged and vulnerable community groups to ensure your funding is allocated most equitably.
While planning projects are eligible for funding, CPF prioritizes projects that are "shovel-ready" and "shovel-worthy." Coordinate early with congressional representatives to ensure that projects are aligned with their priorities, as well as community needs. For additional insights into this process, check out: https://rmi.org/need-help-advancing-local-climate-action/
CPF is similar to "earmarks," which were discontinued in 2009. This program is subject to congressional direction, rules, requirements, and process may evolve each year. For example, the Republican majority substantially redesigned the program for FY24. Note: Some representatives have abstained from participating in this request process. Check with your representative to confirm their participation and process. Funded projects can be found here: https://appropriations.house.gov/fiscal-year-2024-member-request-guidance