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Community Project Funding Requests

April 28, 2021 UPDATE:  Congressman Welch has selected ten community projects for funding in the FFY2022 Appropriations Bill.  Short descriptions of the projects are included below.

Congressman Welch also submitted one project for funding under the National Defense Authorization Act.

Congressman Welch certifies that neither he nor his immediate family have a financial interest in the nominations made.

Project Applicant: Henry Sheldon Museum

Project Name: Henry Sheldon Museum Historic Window Restoration and HVAC Energy Upgrades

Project Location: 1 Park Street, Middlebury, Vermont 05753

Project County: Addison      

Requested Amount: $85,000

Account: HUD/EDI                   

Financial Disclosure

Project Applicant: Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium

Project Name: Science Annex Mass Timber Addition         

Project Location: 1302 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819    

Project County: Caledonia      

Requested Amount: $1,193,755

Account: USDA Community Facilities          

Financial Disclosure

Project Applicant: Chittenden County Public Safety Authority

Project Name: CCPSA Regional Dispatch Center

Project Location: 19 Gregory Drive, South Burlington, Vermont 05404

Project County: Chittenden

Requested Amount: $750,000

Account: Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) – Technology and Equipment

Financial Disclosure

Project Applicant: City of St. Albans

Project Name: Creating/Retaining Jobs with Redevelopment of Former Fonda/Solo Manufacturing Site

Project Location: 15-21 Lower Newton Street, St. Albans, Vermont 05478

Project County: Franklin       

Requested Amount: $2,000,000

Account: HUD/EDI

Financial Disclosure 

Project Applicant: Town of Derby

Project Name: Derby Park Project             

Project Location: 124 Main Street, Derby, Vermont 05829      

Project County: Orleans     

Requested Amount: $517,750

Account: HUD/EDI

Financial Disclosure

Project Applicant: Chamber and Economic Development of the Rutland Region  

Project Name: Vermont Farmers Food Center’s (VFFC) Heart of Vermont Agriculture (HoVA) Program          

Project Location: 251 West Street, Rutland, Vermont 05701       

Project County: Rutland           

Requested Amount: $1,688,000  

Account: HUD/EDI                       

Financial Disclosure

Project Applicant: East Calais Community Trust

Project Name: East Calais General Store        

Project Location: 4530 VT Route 14, East Calais, Vermont 05650     

Project County: Washington       

Requested Amount: $200,000 

Account: HUD/EDI

Financial Disclosure            

Project Applicant: Behavioral Health Network of Vermont Inc., dba Vermont Care Network      

Project Name: Montpelier: Wheels and Waves – Opiate Use Disorder Treatment             

Project Location: 137 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont 05602       

Project County: Washington           

Requested Amount: $1,141,162  

Account: HHS/SAMHSA

Financial Disclosure               

Project Applicant: Vermont Housing & Conservation Board      

Project Name: Tri-Park Cooperative: Reducing Flood Risk & Increasing Resilience             

Project Location: Mountain Home Mobile Home Park, 42 Village Drive, Brattleboro, Vermont 05602        

Project County: Windham           

Requested Amount: $1,276,213  

Account: HUD/EDI

Financial Disclosure             

Project Applicant: Vermont State Colleges – Northern Vermont University – Lyndon

Project Name: NVU – Lyndon Student Persistence and Retention of Low-Income, First Generation, and Disabled Students             

Project Location: 1001 College Road, P.O. Box 919, Lyndonville VT 05851-0919

Project County: Caledonia          

Requested Amount: $253,032

Account: Education/FIPSE

Financial Disclosure

Project Applicant: Biathlon - Army National Guard 

Request: $16.4 million 

Project Location: Jericho, VT

Recipient: Vermont Army National Guard        

Recipient Address: 789 Vermont National Guard Road Colchester, VT 05446

Purpose: Repair and improve the existing Army National Guard Biathlon Facility on Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho VT. These will allow the facility to earn an International Biathlon Union (IBU) Class B “National Level” competition event license and a current International Ski Federation (FIS) homologation certificate at the national and international level.

Justification: This facility is the headquarters for National Guard Biathlon in the United States. The existing biathlon range trains approximately 7,830 personnel per year. Major events held include the Chief, National Guard Bureau Championships, United States Biathlon Association National Championships, US Junior World Biathlon Trials, North American Championship Series races, and National Guard Biathlon Regional Series races. Additionally, the range supports local high school cross country races, weekly training for civilian cross country and Biathlon Groups, and daily training for NG Biathlon biathletes. Without the upgrades, the biathlon facility will no longer be a competition venue for US military biathlon operations and national or international biathlon competitions.

Financial Disclosure

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee has given each Member of Congress authority to nominate up to ten community projects for possible inclusion in the fiscal year 2022 appropriations bills.  You may suggest a project for Congressman Welch to nominate by filling out the survey linked below. This survey will be open until Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Unfortunately, no responses can be considered after the March 31st deadline.

Please review the important guidelines and eligibility information listed below before starting the survey. You cannot save the survey while filling it out so please have all information available before you open the survey. Community support for any submitted projects is critical for consideration, so please have any support documentation in .pdf form and ready to submit as part of the survey. Every project that will be submitted to the Appropriations Committee by Congressman Welch will be posted on his website. 

Please note that there will be a separate process for surface transportation projects that are funded by the upcoming surface transportation reauthorization bill. 

Below are links to the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittees’ Links to community project guidance documents. Applicants should review these guidance documents to identify the accounts in the appropriations bill for which Members of Congress may nominate community projects.

Agriculture Request Guidance

Commerce, Justice, Science Request Guidance

Defense Guidance

Energy and Water Request Guidance; Energy and Water Authorized Project Lists

Financial Services and General Government Community Project Funding Questions

Homeland Security Request Guidance

Interior and Environment Community Project Request Guide

Labor, Health, Human Services & Education Request Guidance

Military Construction & Veterans Affairs Request Guidance

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development: