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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:
  • Congressman Kahele will NOT accept CPF requests for projects outside of HI-02.
  • 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 Congressman Kahele 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 Congressman Kahele is COB April 2, 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 Congressman Kahele's project submission process, please reach out to


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.

Eligible Accounts by Subcommittee

Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration
  • Agricultural Research Service, Buildings and Facilities 
  • Rural Development, Rural Community Facility Grants 
  • Rural Utilities Service, ReConnect Grants
Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS)
  • Byrne Justice Assistance Grants 
  • COPS Technology and Equipment 
  • NOAA – Operations, Research, and Facilities 
  • NASA – Safety, Security, and Mission Services
  • Research, Development, Test & Evaluation Army 
  • Research, Development, Test & Evaluation Navy 
  • Research, Development, Test & Evaluation Air Force 
  • Research, Development, Test & Evaluation Space Force 
  • Research, Development, Test & Evaluation Defense-Wide
Energy and Water Development
  • Corps of Engineers: Investigations 
  • Corps of Engineers: Construction 
  • Corps of Engineers: Mississippi River and Tributaries  
  • Corps of Engineers: Operation and Maintenance 
  • Bureau of Reclamation: Water and Related Resources 
Financial Services and General Government (FSGG)
  • Small Business Administration, Small Business Initiatives   
Homeland Security
  • Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grants  
  • Nonprofit Security Grants 
  • Emergency Operations Center Grants
Interior and Environment
  • Federal land acquisitions through the Land and Water Conservation Fund
  • EPA State and Tribal Assistance Grants for certain water infrastructure projects
  • Certain State and Private Forestry projects within the U.S. Forest Service
Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (LHHS)
  • Dept. of Labor—Employment and Training Administration—Training and Employment Services 
  • HHS —Health Resources and Services Administration
  • HHS —Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration—Health Surveillance and Program Support 
  • Dept. of Education—Innovation and Improvement 
  • Dept. of Education—Higher Education
Military Construction, Veterans Affairs (MilCon/VA)
  • Army 
  • Navy and Marine Corps 
  • Air Force 
  • Defense-Wide 
  • Army National Guard 
  • Air National Guard 
  • Army Reserve 
  • Navy Reserve 
  • Air Force Reserve
Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development (THUD)
  • Dept. of Transportation – Local Transportation Priorities 
  • Dept. of Transportation – Airport Improvement Program (AIP)  
  • Dept. of HUD – Economic Development Initiative (EDI)


The final 10 CPF requests selected and submitted by Congressman Kahele 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.

Projects Requested

NOTE: The projects are listed alphabetically by sponsor 
Subcommittee: Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development 
Project Sponsor: Boys and Girls Club of the Big Island 
Sponsor Address: 100 Kamakahonu Street Hilo, HI 96720
Project Name: Kea'au-Puna Youth Development Community Center 
Project Location: Kea'au-Puna
Requested Amount: $1,000,000
Project Description: These funds will finance a centralized building facility that is safe for children and provides for family households and the greater community of Puna-Kea’au an access location to secure daily supplemental nutrition, basic needs critical resources, affordable out-of-school child care services, essential youth development programming for income-challenged families, and during times of community crisis, the ability to gather and access from a central location within the district, needed disaster relief aid and community support resources.
Financial Disclosure: HERE
Subcommittee: Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education 
Project Sponsor: Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement
Sponsor Address: 91-1270 Kinoiki St. Bldg.1, Kapolei, HI 96707
Project Name: Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement’s Trades and Entrepreneurship Academy
Project Location: Kauaʻi County, Maui County, Hawaiʻi County, and Oʻahu County 
Requested Amount: $1,207,727.14
Project Description: In this one year period, CNHA, through its Trades & Entrepreneurship Academy will implement nine cohorts throughout the State of Hawaiʻi. Two on Kauaʻi, two on Molokaʻi, two on Maui, two on Hawaiʻi, and one on Oʻahu.  CNHA plans to select and train an estimated 360 residents between the ages of 18 and 44 in a middle-skill trades job to improve their socioeconomic conditions. (COVID restrictions may affect the number of students served at in-person classes).   Cohorts will include a robust financial literacy component, technical job and business skill component, and a Hawaiian culture component. Workforce development training programs may include, but not be limited to the following trade careers based on local community need and demand specific to the island county: carpentry, CDL licensing, electrician, firefighter trainee, law enforcement (police), plumbing, solar installation and general contractors licensing.  Health and medicine related fields may be explored. A CNHA team of executive leaders, program directors, marketing specialist, accounting specialist and financial education specialist will oversee, manage, coordinate, and implement the programs. CNHA will leverage relationships with community partners and trade industry experts to support training delivery and successful program implementation. 
Financial Disclosure: HERE
Subcommittee: Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education 
Project Sponsor: Hana Health
Sponsor Address: P.O. Box 807, Hana, HI 96713
Project Name: Hana Health Rehabilitation and Support Center
Project Location: Hana
Requested Amount: $1,000,000
Project Description: The rural district of Hana (Census Tract 301) is one of the most isolated areas in the state of Hawaiʻi. It is made up of small, isolated settlements scattered over 233 square miles. Located 57 miles from Wailuku, the trip from Hana takes approximately 2.5 hours, at a speed of between 10 and 25 miles an hour, along a single lane road with 617 turns and 56 one-lane bridges.  Hana is federally designated as a Medically Under-Served Population, a Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Area, a Dental Health Professional Shortage Area and a Mental Health Professional Shortage Area.
Limited access to specialty providers and internet connectivity continues to be a barrier to quality healthcare for rural communities. Rural patients typically have less income than those in urban areas, limiting their ability to afford care even if they can manage the travel to an urban location. Combine this with limited internet access in remote areas and the healthcare outlook for rural communities is difficult at best.
For vulnerable low-income clients who utilize community health centers as their safety net, access to specialty care remains a huge challenge. There is a clear disparity in specialty care access for the uninsured and underinsured. This funding will help finance the Hana Health Rehabilitation and Support Center which is designed to meet the health care needs of the almost 2,000 people residing in the Hana District. All district residents will benefit from having access to an expanded level of health care services in this remote, low/moderate income region of the island where at least 62% of households are below the median income level (2018 Census Data). 
Financial Disclosure: HERE
Subcommittee: Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development 
Project Sponsor: Kauai Economic Development Board, Inc.
Sponsor Address: PO Box 3921, Lihue, HI 96766
Project Name: Kauai Creative Technology Center
Project Location: Lihue
Requested Amount: $650,000
Project Description: The Kauai Creative Technology Center (“KCTC”) is a project being developed by the Kauai Economic Development Board (“KEDB”), whose purpose is to diversify and expand career opportunities for youth and working professionals. KCTC diversifies Kauai’s economy and advances the Creative Industries and Technology sectors by balancing educational goals, professional development, and work experiences. The construction of the KCTC will bring the necessary facilities and infrastructure to support creative media users on Kauai to be competitive on a global scale, including a soundproof room/studio, collaborative workspaces, and high-speed internet. The facility will be located in the West Kauai Technology and Visitor Center. The KCTC will also support the development of a Pearson VUE test center, bringing immediate and positive impact to Kauai’s workforce. Professional licenses/certifications offer a route to higher pay and competitiveness in employment screenings and job placement. 
Financial Disclosure: HERE
Subcommittee: Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education 
Project Sponsor: Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.
Sponsor Address: 99 Mahalani Street, Wailuku, HI 96793
Project Name: The Kāohi Program
Project Location: Molokaʻi
Requested Amount: $100,000
Project Description: According to the University of Hawaiʻi, John A. Burns School of Medicine, substance use represents a significant health disparity among indigenous and minority populations in the U.S., including in Hawai`i. This is particularly problematic in rural communities where health promotion and prevention resources are limited. In addition, the majority of Hawaiians reside in rural areas of the State of Hawai`i. Furthermore, Native Hawaiian youth tend to have early substance use onset and higher use rates relative to their non-Hawaiian peers. The Kāohi program will offer in- and out-of-school activities and will target 100 Molokaʻi youth ages 11 to 18 years.  Out-of-school activities include peer leadership, college/career development, youth-driven activities, parent involvement, community activism and volunteerism, and cultural  connectedness to reinforce the learned curriculum. 
Financial Disclosure: HERE
Subcommittee: Commerce, Justice, Science 
Project Sponsor: The Nature Conservancy
Sponsor Address: 923 Nu‘uanu Ave., Honolulu, HI 96817
Project Name: Putting People to Work Supporting Community-Based Co-Management of Coastal Resources 
Project Location: Hawai‘i Island and Maui
Requested Amount: $500,000
Project Description: This project supports Hawai‘i Island and Maui coastal communities to co-manage Hawaiʻi’s coral reefs and nearshore fisheries to increase health and abundance while building coastal and community resilience. Funding will support community-based co-management of coastal resources by putting local community members to work conducting fisheries (creel) and human use surveys, developing sustainable coral reef fisheries management plans, and establishing Makai Watch programs to promote education and compliance with rules to inform area-based management under the State of Hawai‘i’s Holomua 30x30 Initiative. This is a valuable investment of taxpayer funds because these efforts will help restore healthy reefs and abundant nearshore fisheries, supporting local food security and community resilience for generations to come. Healthy coral reefs in Hawai‘i are vital for our economy and coastal protection, as well as local communities’ subsistence, culture, identity, livelihood and recreation.
Financial Disclosure: HERE
Subcommittee: Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development 
Project Sponsor: Paʻa Pono Miloliʻi 
Sponsor Address:  88-1797 Milolii Road, Captain Cook, HI 96704 
Project Name: Miloliʻi Community Enrichment and Historical Center 
Project Location: Miloliʻi
Requested Amount: $1,000,000
Project Description: Pa`a Pono Miloli`i (PPM), is in the process of constructing a multi-purpose community center on state-owned lands in South Kona to address the community’s need for a permanent, covered community center and gathering space for public meetings, cultural activities, and educational and recreational programs. 
The proposed action is to complete the building of three structures totaling 4,800 square feet in two phases. In Phase I, the main multi-purpose community center would be constructed. Phase II will involve construction of two separate adjoining structures north of the Community Center and Phase III an educational classroom and restroom facility. The three proposed structures would be designed and constructed to meet Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG). This funding will help to complete Phase I by completing the main pavilion, classrooms, the canoe hale, and other vital infrastructure. The funding will help to complete phase II by providing funding for landscaping, a playground and additional classrooms.
Financial Disclosure: HERE
Subcommittee: Commerce, Justice, Science 
Project Sponsor: State of Hawaiʻi, Department of Land & Natural Resources/Division of Conservation and Resources 
Sponsor Address: 1151 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu, HI 96813
Project Name: DLNR/DOCARE Academy Program 
Project Location: Statewide  
Requested Amount: $340,000
Project Description: The State of Hawaiʻi DLNR/DOCARE Academy Program prepares and trains recruits to become effective Conservation Resources Enforcement Officers, which includes employing the daily principles of integrity, respect, fairness, competency, and the spirit of Aloha to uphold the laws that serve to protect, conserve and manage Hawaiʻi’s unique and limited natural, cultural and historic resources held in public trust for current and future generations of visitors and the people of Hawai’i nei. This funding will assist in continuing the DOCARE program and assist recruits find employment in enforcing environmental laws. 
Financial Disclosure: HERE
Subcommittee: Agriculture
Project Sponsor: Synergistic Hawaiʻi Agriculture Council 
Sponsor Address: 190 Keawe St Suite 25, Hilo, HI 96720
Project Name: Puna Flower Agricultural Cooperative 
Project Location: Puna
Requested Amount: $1,500,000
Project Description: The Puna and South Hilo districts on Hawaiʻi were heavily impacted by the 2018 Kilauea lava flow. Hundreds of acres of State Important Agricultural Lands and Hawaiʻi County-identified “Core Crop Lands” were either destroyed or had access roads blocked. The districts supported a high number of floriculture businesses, and the industry reported losses of $30 million.  A key success story in the recovery from the 2018 Kilauea lava flow has been the founding of the Puna Flower Power (PFP) agricultural cooperative.  The cooperative arose from Synergistic Hawaiʻi Agriculture Council members in the orchid industry whose businesses were inundated by the volcano.  
This funding will work to construct a training and educational space for nursery and floriculture producers, provide plant quarantine space as well as a business recovery site for cooperative member-growers who were inundated by lava. It will also create and provide a marketing organization capable of providing marketing services for members and for community non-members who require marketing support.  This capability will enable the newly trained growers to establish and produce products that can be effectively marketed nationally.
Financial Disclosure: HERE
Subcommittee: Agriculture
Project Sponsor: Waianae Community Redevelopment Corporation
Sponsor Address: P.O. Box 441 Waianae, HI 96792
Project Name: MA'O Organic Farms
Project Location: Waianae
Requested Amount: $896,000
Project Description: This agriculture infrastructure investment will allow community nonprofit organization MAO Organic Farms, with the active and collaborative support of University of Hawaiʻi, to build on its 20-year foundation of growing young leaders and healthy organic produce in Waianae, Oahu. In 2018-19 MAO expanded from 24- to 281-acres, growth that will drive a 10x increase in food production; a 4x expansion of youth internship, training and educational opportunities; and the creation of dozens of new green-collar jobs. The organization’s new state-of-the-art 13,000 sq ft post-harvest processing facility is critical to handling this increased throughput. It will replace the existing rudimentary processing shed, and will include larger packing and cold storage spaces and sophisticated automated washing equipment. The facility is designed to meet the highest federal food safety standards, and be energy and water efficient.
The new facility and overall expansion efforts will also enable MAO to expand their work as an effective intervention to bolster college enrollment, retention, and attainment, while equipping youth with practical and leadership skills and knowledge to succeed in the workplace and beyond. In sum, this project is foundational to MAO’s commitment to empower a cadre of educated, entrepreneurial youth to improve the social and economic mobility of their families and community from generational poverty toward increased abundance and prosperity.
Financial Disclosure: HERE