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Community Project Funding Requests

Community Project Funding Requests

In addition to programmatic and language requests, the House Committee on Appropriations announced earlier this year that it would also accept a limited number of requests from Members of Congress for Community Project Funding in fiscal year 2022. These requests would designate federal funding for specific projects that demonstrate a positive benefit to the community and are a good use of taxpayer funds. Projects selected by Congresswoman Newman and submitted to the Committee will be considered under fiscal year 2022 Appropriations legislation taken up by Congress in the coming weeks and months. This legislation must be passed and signed into law by the end of the current fiscal year on September 30, 2021. Click here to visit the House Committee on Appropriations Community Project Funding webpage for additional information about this process.

Project Eligibility

Governmental entities and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for Community Project Funding for fiscal year 2022. For-profit entities are strictly prohibited from applying for and receiving funding under this process. Only projects located within IL-03 will be considered for submission by Congresswoman Newman.

Further, project recipients must demonstrate the ability to fully obligate any funds provided within fiscal year 2022 (October 1, 2021-September 30, 2022). They must also meet all applicable fund matching requirements as required under the federal funding account. The Committee will not grant waivers to any project recipient if granted federal funding.

Below are the Appropriations Subcommittees accepting Community Project Funding for fiscal year 2022. Click each link to view the Subcommittee Guidance on eligible project accounts and additional relevant details.  

Collaboration and Transparency

In the spirit of collaboration and transparency, Congresswoman Newman’s office sent requests to local government leaders and non-profit organizations to solicit project submissions. Nearly 44 entities across IL-03 submitted 66 projects for consideration.

Additionally, Congresswoman Newman has submitted documentation to the Committee certifying that neither she nor any member of her immediate family have any financial interests in the projects requested for consideration. A copy of each financial certification letter can be found under each project listed below.

Projects Requested

Congresswoman Newman has submitted the following projects for consideration by the House Committee on Appropriations. A project submitted does not guarantee federal funding, nor does it guarantee the full amount requested. For more information or questions regarding Community Project Funding, please contact Marcus Garza (Washington, D.C.) at Marcus.Garza@mail.house.gov. and/or Ben Hardin (Chicago) at Ben.Hardin@mail.house.gov.  

Note: Projects are listed in alphabetical order by intended recipient. Please Check Back for Additional Updates on Community Project Funding.

Project Name: 36Squared Business Incubator

Intended Recipient: Chicago Public Schools

Recipient Address: 435 W Oakdale, 3D, Chicago, IL 60657

Project Address: 3636 S Iron St, Chicago, IL 60609

Request Amount: $80,000

Project Description and Explanation: The funding would be used to support 36Squared’s small business incubator services for fiscal year 2022. 36Squared Business Incubator is a 501(c)(3) organization that is believed to be one of the only all abilities business incubator in the country. They offer onsite training, classes, and one to one counseling to help Chicagoland entrepreneurs of all abilities grow their businesses. They actively work to invite, include and recruit people with disabilities in all their programs and services.

Signed Financial Disclosure Letter: Click here

 

Project Name: A-STRRONG-U

Intended Recipient: Latino Organization of the Southwest

Recipient Address: 4051 W 63rd St, Chicago, IL 60629

Project Address: 4051 W 63rd St, Chicago, IL 60629

Request Amount: $500,000

Project Description and Explanation: The funding would be used to extend the A-STRRONG-U program (Always Stick Together, Resist, Reach Out and Never Give Up), a program which helps teens develop analytical skills to address domestic violence, depression, teen pregnancy, dropping out of school, gang membership, bullying, racism, sexism and alcohol and drug abuse. This funding will allow Latino Organization of the Southwest to improve their program and facilities to better serve at-risk teens in the community.

Signed Financial Disclosure Letter: Click here

 

Project Name: Advocate Trauma Recovery Center

Intended Recipient: Advocate Christ Medical Center Trauma Recovery Center

Recipient Address: 4440 W 95th St, Oak Lawn, IL 60453

Project Address: 4440 W 95th St, Oak Lawn, IL 60453

Request Amount: $151,646

Project Description and Explanation: The funding would be used for providing holistic, inclusive, and trauma-informed programs and evidence-based services to victims, survivors, and families of intentional violence. Specifically, the funding will be used for the purchase of two lowered floor minivan paratransit vehicles to transport patients who need a handicap accessible vehicle to get to and from their healthcare appointments, including their appointments at the Trauma Recovery Center, and Chromebooks for patients to allow patients to access their telehealth appointments to receive the appropriate mental health services and their regular medical appointments and for patients to apply for jobs, complete schoolwork and gain access to many of the other online resources.

Signed Financial Disclosure Letter: Click here

 

Project Name: Access for All

Intended Recipient: Oak Lawn Children’s Museum

Recipient Address: 5100 Museum Dr, Oak Lawn, IL 60453

Project Address: 5100 Museum Dr, Oak Lawn, IL 60453

Request Amount: $50,000

Project Description and Explanation: The funding would be used to expand the museum’s “Wee Ones” programming for children ages 0-2 and programming for children with disabilities, with a focus on social and emotional deficits they have experienced through this pandemic. Funding would also bolster the museum’s “Museums For All” initiative which helps low income families access the museum’s resources at reduced cost.

Signed Financial Disclosure Letter: Click here

 

Project Name: City of Hickory Hills Sanitary Sewer Improvements

Intended Recipient: City of Hickory Hills

Recipient Address: 8652 W 95th St, Hickory Hills, IL 60457

Project Address: Hickory Hills, IL 60457

Request Amount: $640,000

Project Description and Explanation: The funding will go towards necessary sanitary sewer improvements in Hickory Hills. The improvement consists of internally lining sanitary sewers in a residential area located in the North portion of the City that has a low to moderate income level of 53%. The project will improve 20,000 linear feet, roughly 8.8% of the entire system.

Signed Financial Disclosure Letter: Click here

 

Project Name: CPS Arts Revitalization

Intended Recipient: Chicago Public Schools

Recipient Address: 42 W. Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60602

Project Address:

  • Cassell Elementary - 11314 S Spaulding Ave, Chicago, IL 60655
  • Daley Elementary - 5024 S Wolcott Ave, Chicago, IL 60609
  • Healy Elementary - 3010 S Parnell Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
  • Hedges Elementary - 4747 S Winchester Ave, Chicago, IL 60609
  • Holden Elementary - 1104 W 31st St, Chicago, IL 60608
  • Hurley Elementary - 3849 W 69th Pl, Chicago, IL 60629

Request Amount: $495,000

Project Description and Explanation: The funding would be used for capital improvements and equipment purchases to revitalize these school’s physical environments and programmatic offerings, re-engaging local communities around these school’s Fine and Performing Arts and Personalized Learning focuses.

Signed Financial Disclosure Letter: Click here

 

Project Name: I&M Canal Bike Trail Extension

Intended Recipient: Village of Justice

Recipient Address: 7800 Archer Road, Justice, IL 60458

Project Address: Justice, IL 60458

Request Amount: $1,280,000

Project Description and Explanation: The funding will go towards Phase I and Phase II Engineering of the I&M Canal Bike Trail Expansion project, which will be conducted in coordination with the Village of Bedford Park. This project would connect and extend two major trails, the Centennial Trail and the John Husar I&M Canal Trail, are a key amenity within the I&M Canal National Heritage Area, which stretches for nearly 100 miles from Chicago to Peru, Illinois.

Signed Financial Disclosure Letter: Click here

 

Project Name: Lewis University Airport Safety Enhancements

Intended Recipient: Joliet Regional Port District

Recipient Address: 1 George J Michas Drive, Romeoville, IL 60446

Project Address: 1 George J Michas Drive, Romeoville, IL 60446

Request Amount: $680,000

Project Description and Explanation: The funding will go towards necessary airport safety fencing. The project will enhance safety and security to persons and property operating at the Airport and will enclose active aircraft operations areas that currently are open to uncontrolled access from undesired animals, persons and vehicles not authorized to be within the controlled Airport operations area.

Signed Financial Disclosure Letter: Click here

 

Project Name: Summit Community Center

Intended Recipient: Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago

Recipient Address: 721 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60654

Project Address: 7437-7439 W. Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60501

Request Amount: $500,000

Project Description and Explanation: The funding will go towards a new community center located at 7437-7439 W. Archer Avenue in Summit, Illinois. Catholic Charities’ Summit Community Center will serve as a welcoming community hub for Summit residents   children, youth, adults, and seniors   and will expand access to critical resources and services including food and clothing, case management and counseling, and housing support services.

Signed Financial Disclosure Letter: Click here

 

Project Name: Thresholds Bridge South Renovation

Intended Recipient: The Thresholds

Recipient Address: 4101 N. Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60613

Project Address: 734 W. 47th Street, Chicago, IL 60613

Request Amount: $1,000,000

Project Description and Explanation: The funding would be used for site preparation, initial construction, and architecture for facility renovations and upgrades to make it fully accessible for people with disabilities. This will help to significantly expand access to substance use treatment, behavioral health services, and primary care for community members residing in the district.

Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here