Congressionally Directed Spending Requests

Congressionally Directed Spending Requests

Thank you for your interest in the Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) process and your commitment to improving our communities. Senator Welch is now accepting CDS requests for state and local government entities and non-profit organizations based in Vermont for Fiscal Year (FY) 2025.

Please CLICK HERE for the FY25 CDS Request Form to begin the process.

This funding opportunity allows Members of Congress to request funds in the annual federal budget to be allocated for specific projects in their states and is an opportunity for eligible entities to obtain a one-time allocation of funds for projects. These requests must be completed and submitted via electronic application by Monday, April 8, 2024, at 11:59 PM ET.

Please note that the Senate Appropriations Committee has set the following conditions on CDS items:

  • Eligible entities include state and local government entities and non-profit organizations. For-profit entities are not eligible.
  • CDS projects that are selected for funding by the Senate Appropriations Committee are subject to audits by the Government Accountability Office.
  • Entities that are awarded CDS projects through the appropriations process will still need to go through the federal grant review process with the relevant agency to receive the funding.
  • Funding is limited and not all eligible requests will be funded.

Organizations are encouraged to submit their requests early to accommodate corrections that need to be made or questions that need to be answered before the deadline. As a reminder, all forms must be completed and submitted by Monday, April 8, 2024, at 11:59 PM ET.

The FY25 CDS Form is subject to change pending further instructions from the Senate Appropriations Committee, which has not yet issued instructions for FY25. A specific list of the accounts for CDS requests and their eligibility requirements from FY24 is available HERE.

While funding projects through CDS is an option, organizations are also strongly encouraged to consider pursuing and applying for federal grants. Information on federal grants that are administered through the various government agencies is available through the Grants.gov Program Management Office. The website address for federal grant programs is https://www.grants.gov.

Thank you for your commitment to the CDS process. We appreciate your efforts in providing valuable projects for consideration. If you have any questions or require assistance, please feel free to reach out to us at appropriations@welch.senate.gov.

Congressional Directed Spending Disclosure (FY24)

Recipient Name Project Purpose Project Location Amount Requested Appropriations Subcommittee
Brandon Public Library
To make ADA-accessibility and safety improvements at Brandon Public Library.
Brandon
$1,000,000
Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
Town Hall Theatre
To upgrade a local theater into a regional performing arts center.
Middlebury
$1,000,000
Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
Vermont Youth Conservation Corps
To provide farm infrastructure improvements to strengthen the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps' Food & Farm Program.
Richmond
$500,000
Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
Catamount Arts Center
To provide renovations to the Creative Campus in St. Johnsbury, Vt.
St. Johnsbury
$1,720,000
Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
Town of Vershire
To replace Vershire's town garage.
Vershire
$750,000
Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
Village of Johnson
To renovate Village of Johnson's maintenance garage.
Village of Johnson
$824,000
Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
Vermont Folklife Center
This project will digitize and catalog more than 20,000 records, including thousands of oral histories, to make them readily accessible to the general public.
Middlebury
$800,000
Financial Services and General Government
Vermont Housing Conservation Board
To provide business technical assistance to farm and forest businesses in an effort to increase viability, access land, and improve environmental stewardship.
Montpelier
$740,000
Financial Services and General Government
Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
Funding will be used for a business accelerator program supporting small, start-up businesses in bringing energy and renewable energy products and services to market. This project will directly benefit Vermont's energy economy as well as its climate goals.
Montpelier
$1,200,000
Financial Services and General Government
Vermont State Colleges System
To create a program for training butchers at Vermont Technical College in Randolph, VT.
Randolph
$649,000
Financial Services and General Government
Vermont Small Business Development Center
Train graduates of technical high school, technical college programs and apprenticeships in the construction trades on how to run a small business.
Randolph
$286,000
Financial Services and General Government
Vermont Farmers Market Education Center
The funding will renovate and equip multiple spaces where small farms can create value-added projects and related storage facilities.
Rutland
$975,000
Financial Services and General Government
Shelburne Museum
For the Shelburne Museum to construct a new building to house Native American art and exhibits from around the country.
Shelburne
$2,000,000
Financial Services and General Government
Shires Housing, Inc.
This project will improve the safety and sustainability of 10 historic buildings in the Arlington Village Historic District that are being used as low income housing. SAT funding will be used for exterior and interior historic preservation, insulation and air sealing, and a sprinkler system.
Arlington
$494,000
Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
Town of Berlin
This project will replace a pump station built in 1980.
Berlin
$1,000,000
Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
Burlington School District
The funding will be used to construct a stormwater management system to treat runoff from the school’s campus, which flows directly into Lake Champlain, a waterway with a total maximum daily load (TMDL) for excess phosphorous.
Burlington
$1,200,000
Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
Town of Fairfax
Built in 1980, the facility’s design does not adequately treat organic waste, sometimes causing the facility to exceed permit limits for biochemical oxygen demand (BOD). This project will improve treatment of organic waste and keep discharges within permitted limits.
Fairfax
$960,000
Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
Vermont Woodlands Association
This project would pilot an innovative approach to implementing forest management activities on family owned forests. Keeping Vermont's family forests intact and and promoting stewardship will play an important role in achieving state climate goals.
Rupert
$500,000
Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
Rutland Area Art Association
The purpose of this project is to repair and repoint three chimneys in a historic building used as an arts center.
Rutland
$44,000
Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
Town of South Hero
The purpose of this project is to stabilize and restore a meeting house built in 1816, so that it can be once again used as a community space.
South Hero
$800,000
Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
Town of Strafford
Restore and renovate a building donated to the town by U.S. Senator Justin Morrill (served 1867-1898) in 1883. Building will be made fully ADA accessible, more energy efficient and the space will be made more functional for town operations and public meetings.
Strafford
$325,000
Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
Town of Waterbury
This project will connect a mobile home community, whose water source was found to contain arsenic, manganese and other contaminants, to the municipal water system.
Waterbury
$2,236,000
Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
Norwich University
This project will continue Norwich University Applied Research Institute's investigation of the creation of an advanced cyber architecture that VT works in parallel with existing control systems to model control system commands within a physical simulation architecture to anticipate effects and thwart
Northfield
$250,000
Commerce, Justice, and Science
Windsor Country Sheriff's Department
Funding to modernize and upgrade the Windsor County Sheriff's Department's radio communications network.
Woodstock
$1,240,000
Commerce, Justice, and Science
Bennington County Industrial Corporation
To redevelop the Mount Anthony House into new apartments, office space, and retail facilities.
Bennington, Bennington County
$5,000,000
Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development
Vermont Huts Association
To build and improve 38 miles of multi-use trails on private and state lands in Vermont to support the creation of the largest hut-supported trail system in the U.S.
Bennington, Orange County, Washington County, Windham County, and Windsor County
$1,516,000
Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development
Vermont Agency of Transportation
To replace an outdated transit operations facility with a new facility to improve public transit operations in Central Vermont.
Berlin, Washington County
$7,000,000
Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development
Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation
To create a new industrial park in Windham County to attract new and expanding firms to the area, providing economic development and job growth in the area.
Brattleboro, Windham County
$2,750,000
Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development
Town of Highgate
To repair and replace the roof and front entrance of the Highgate Recreational Facility to create a safe, secure, energy-efficient public building.
Highgate, Franklin County
$408,000
Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development
Town of Lyndon
To repair and replace components of one of the only two remaining Paddleford Truss-type bridges in the state of Vermont, and create a community center using a riverfront park area near the bridge.
Lyndonville, Caledonia County
$400,000
Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development
Champlain Housing Trust
To construct a new mixed-income neighborhood, including 68 new permanently affordable rental apartments and 26 new shared equity condominiums.
Shelburne, Chittenden County
$5,000,000
Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development
Springfield Regional Development Corporation
To create a high-tech business incubator and community space at the former Park Street School in Springfield, VT
Springfield, Windsor County
$1,000,000
Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development
State of Vermont, Vermont National Guard
The project will construct a secure, integrated, primary voltage, feeder-level Micro-Grid including a smart grid control system, a 66kAH VT battery storage system, and a 750kW photovoltaic (PV) solar array that will have the ability to expand and incorporate new renewable technologies over time.
Colchester
$1,138,000
Military Construction and Veterans Administration
State of Vermont, Vermont National Guard
To construct a 30,625 SQFT National Guard Readiness Center that supports training, administrative, and logistical requirements for the Vermont Army National Guard.
Jericho
$1,692,000
Military Construction and Veterans Affairs
Town of Barre, Barre School District
To promote high-quality work-based learning experiences.
Barre
$107,000
Labor and Health and Human Services
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
To create a pipeline of primary care doctors that specialize in rural medicine.
Bennington
$2,000,000
Labor and Health and Human Services
Rutland County Parent-Child Center Inc
To provide an experiential outdoor program for high school students from a variety of backgrounds designed to develop the transferable skills that enhance student academic performance, college and career readiness, life skills, and social and emotional competence.
Brandon
$287,000
Labor and Health and Human Services
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermont Inc.
To help Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermont to expand its evidence-based mentoring practice to at-risk children and youth throughout Vermont, particularly children who are experiencing mental health concerns and/or exposure to alcohol/drug misuse in underserved communities.
Brattleboro
$275,000
Labor and Health and Human Services
Cathedral Square Corporation
Statewide expansion of the Cathedral Square and Howard Center pilot program to have the mental health needs of SASH participants met where they live.
Burlington
$1,776,000
Labor and Health and Human Services
Chittenden Community Television
To produce and distribute a series of 16 public health videos in 15 languages focused on chronic disease awareness, prevention, treatment, and management.
Burlington
$308,000
Labor and Health and Human Services
Vermont Healthcare Information Technology Education Center, Inc.
To support an on-the-job apprenticeship program for pharmacy technicians, certified nursing assistants, medical assistants, radiology technicians, and physician assistants.
Burlington
$996,000
Labor and Health and Human Services
Howard Center
To support the construction of a new, 52,000-square-foot building to increase our capacity to provide behavioral healthcare and related programs for Vermonters.
Burlington
$3,500,000
Labor and Health and Human Services
Sterling College
To provide students with logistical and technical support to connect with regional businesses and nonprofits for vocational and land-based learning in rural communities.
Craftsbury Common
$695,000
Labor and Health and Human Services
Vermont State Colleges System
To expand the State Colleges' capacity to train dental therapists and hygienists.
Montpelier
$5,892,000
Labor and Health and Human Services
Vermont Student Assistance Corporation
To build a talent pipeline for in-demand jobs and provide Vermont-specific resources and guidance to help students identify and access opportunities to advance their education and careers
Winooski
$600,000
Labor and Health and Human Services