Community Project Funding Requests

The House Appropriations Committee introduced and passed out of its respective Subcommittees Fiscal Year 2022 funding bills that included 10 Lofgren-requested projects for California’s 19th Congressional District. If passed into law, the appropriations bills would provide the Santa Clara County projects a total infusion of $7,510,000 from the federal government.


“The Santa Clara County projects included in the Appropriations bills will make our community safer, more inclusive, more vibrant, and more resilient,” said Rep. Lofgren. “I thank all the South Bay nonprofits, schools, and institutions that provided requests for my consideration that could make a difference in the lives of working men and women. I will continue to fight for our district to ensure that we get the federal funding we need to make necessary community improvements.”

Santa Clara County Projects

As announced by Rep. Zoe Lofgren on July 12, 2021, the House Appropriations Committee passed Fiscal Year 2022 funding bills that included ten Lofgren-requested projects for California’s 19th Congressional District:

  • Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center (San Jose State University) –  $1,150,000
  • Mobile Crisis Assessment Team (San Jose Police Department) – $1,000,000
  • Opportunity Youth Partnership (San Jose Conservation Corps & Charter School) – $275,000
  • BACH Comprehensive EHR Conversion (Bay Area Community Health) – $1,000,000
  • Solar Panels and Energy Storage Initiative (Gardner Family Health Network, Incorporated) – $900,000
  • Community Clinic and Blossom Hill Health Center Relocation and Renovation (Planned Parenthood Mar Monte) – $2,000,000
  • eLABorate CET (Center for Employment Training) – $325,000
  • Guadalupe River Park Restoration (Guadalupe River Park Conservancy) – $360,000
  • Community Center at Quetzal Gardens (SOMOS MAYFAIR INC) – $500,000

Lofgren's press release details each of the projects, and eligibilty information and CA-19 submissions are detailed on this page as well. 

The inclusion of this funding in the Appropriations Committee’s draft bills is the first step in the funding process and does not guarantee a project will receive the allocated amount. Lofgren requests that this funding stay in the bills as they move to the full Appropriations Committee, consideration on the House Floor, and negotiations with the Senate.

Background

In early 2021, Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro announced that the House Committee on Appropriations would be soliciting Community Project Funding (CPF) requests – commonly referred to as earmarks – from Members in addition to the standard programmatic and language-based requests. Each Member was limited to no more than 10 Community Project Funding requests across all subcommittees for Fiscal Year 2022 and there was – and is – no guarantee that all projects will be funded. The FY22 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 “Eligible Accounts by Subcommittee” table below.

Please note:

  • Congresswoman Lofgren did not NOT accept CPF requests for projects outside of CA-19.
  • A request submitted through the website did NOT guarantee the project would be selected.
  • The selection of a project did NOT guarantee it would be funded by the Appropriations Committee.

More information on the process can be found on the House Appropriations Committee’s page here.

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 FY22 only and cannot include multiyear 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

Descriptions of eligible accounts can be found here.

Subcommittee & Deadline

Eligible Accounts

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

Defense

  • 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

Legislative Branch

  • N/A

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

State, Foreign Operations (SFOPS)

  • N/A

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)
 

Transparency

The final 10 CPF requests selected and submitted to the Appropriations Committee are posted on this page. Members are required to certify that neither they nor their immediate family have a financial interest in the CPF requests made.

CA-19 Submitted Requests

Please note: The projects are listed in alphabetical order by Subcommittee, Agency/Account, and Project Name.

 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies

Agency/Account: Commerce / NOAA – ORF
Project Name: Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center
Amount Requested: $1,150,000
Recipient: San Jose State University Research Foundation
Address: 210 North 4th Street, Third Floor, San Jose, CA 95112
Project Description:

SJSU created the Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center (WIRC) to conduct high-impact research so improved tools, workforce training and policies can be provided to communities and stakeholders in California and around the world. WIRC plans to develop four new facilities to build upon and strengthen current capability at SJSU: a National Wildfire Data and Computing Hub, a Remote Sensing Facility, a Fire Dynamics Laboratory, and a Community Wildfire Resilience Laboratory. Investing in WIRC, especially its infrastructure and facilities, will have immediate and critical impacts on the Center’s ability to conduct important research on wildfires, benefitting the region, the State of California, the nation, and beyond. The impacts of global climate change have caused increasingly devastating wildfires in the Western U.S., Southern Europe, Australia, and other parts of the world. WIRC’s interdisciplinary approach in the scientific study of wildfires will be crucial in environmental planning and wildfire prevention, as well as damage alleviation. Ultimately, investing in WIRC will provide immediate and actionable solutions in the field of wildfire research by facilitating the growth of the field and providing direct access to experts for stakeholders, including government agencies and relevant industry partners. Click here for the disclosure letter.

Agency/Account: Justice / Office of Justice Programs – State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance
Project Name: Mobile Crisis Assessment Team
Amount Requested: $1,000,000
Recipient: City of San Jose Police Department
Address: 201 West Mission Street, San Jose, CA 95110
Project Description:

The San Jose Police Department is working to transition the Mobile Crisis Assessment Team (MCAT) pilot program developed and implemented in collaboration with the County of Santa Clara Behavioral Health Services (BHS) into a full-time unit with dedicated officers to improve officer responses to incidents involving people with mental illness, minimize the victimization of persons in crisis, reduce recidivism among high risk individuals, and improve public safety through proper intervention. The program’s purpose is to enhance and increase responses and outcomes for individuals with mental illnesses, and ultimately to save lives. The grant funds will be used to provide specialized training, and essential vehicles, equipment, and supplies to support MCAT. This approach improves how police respond to individuals in mental health crisis by combining the expertise of BHS with dedicated MCAT officers who will provide referrals, intervention, and/or placement in mental health facilities for those who need acute mental health intervention, rapid response to individuals in crisis, or mitigation of mental health symptoms in an effort to reduce incarceration of the mentally ill. Click here for the disclosure letter.

Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies

Agency/Account: Employment and Training Administration (ETA) / Training and Employment Services
Project Name: Opportunity Youth Partnership
Amount Requested: $275,000
Recipient: San Jose Conservation Corps & Charter School
Address: 2650 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95111
Project Description: 

This project moves a successful multi-agency pilot to a permanent program. Opportunity Youth Partnership (OYP) trains a cohort of young leaders from historically marginalized and underrepresented communities in 21st century professional, leadership, and advocacy skills. The program is built on relational and experiential learning. Young leaders are matched with adult allies that provide individual mentorship and placed in small teams into public system oversight structures such as child welfare, probation, and education, to participate and ensure their voices are represented in these systems. This project makes a direct investment in our underrepresented communities and improves our public systems by allowing for an inclusive process and equitable participation through real-time feedback loops to users. This can provide the critical insights necessary for continual improvement, ensuring that Santa Clara County is maximizing its public investment dollars. It also seeks to address social issues such as racial justice and economic disparity by engaging a new generation of young leaders to be vigilant, constructively engaged, and able to navigate the complexity of local governance. Click here for the disclosure letter.

Agency/Account: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) / Program Management
Project Name: BACH Comprehensive EHR Conversion
Amount Requested: $1,000,000
Recipient: Bay Area Community Health
Address: 40910 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538
Project Description: 

Bay Area Community Health is working to convert its electronic health records (EHR) across all 15 clinic sites in Santa Clara County.  Health information exchange allows providers and patients to appropriately access and securely share patient health information electronically, improving the speed, quality, safety, and cost of care. The move from E-Clinical Works (ECW) to EPIC will enable BACH’s care teams to provide improved patient care, build continuity between all 26 clinic locations, better track quality measures to reduce gaps in care, and improve population health management through better tracking of social determinants of health. This will ensure that BACH’s clinics can better care for the medically underserved, homeless, and minority populations in our community. Click here for the disclosure letter.

Agency/Account: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) / Program Management
Project Name: Gardner Health Services’ Solar Panels and Energy Storage Initiative
Amount Requested: $905,281
Recipient: Gardner Family Health Network, Incorporated
Address: 160 E. Virginia Street, Suite 100, San Jose, CA 95112
Project Description: 

Gardner Health Services plans to install solar panels and energy storage systems at four health care facilities in California’s 19th Congressional District. The purpose of this project is to improve and ensure service reliability at Gardner’s medical and mental health care facilities. Climate change has had devastating impacts and consequences across California, creating an urgency to provide a more reliable energy source for critical infrastructure. Public safety power shutoff (PSPS) events and rolling blackouts have become the norm during wildfire season in the region and traditional sources of backup power such as diesel generators create vulnerabilities in the system. In October 2019, wildfires and rolling blackouts in the district forced relocation of refrigerated medications and vaccines and placed other operational limits to Gardner's ability to deliver services. Converting to solar power through the installation of solar-powered micro grid systems will enable Gardner’s four sites to become fully self-sufficient, zero carbon facilities, allowing for a stronger, more resilient operation. By removing Gardner’s dependency on the grid, we can limit or even eliminate any interruptions to critical services and provide continuity of care for patients. Click here for the disclosure letter.

Agency/Account: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) / Program Management
Project Name: Planned Parenthood Mar Monte Community Clinic Relocation and Renovation
Amount Requested: $1,000,000
Recipient: Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
Address:1691 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126
Project Description: 

The project would help pay for tenant improvement renovations and purchase of laboratory and medical equipment at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte Community Clinic’s (MMCC) new, more expansive location on Tully Road in San Jose, California. To meet the health care needs of our communities, we must invest in critical infrastructure to ensure that people can receive the care they need, when they need it, regardless of their income, age, or zip code. Safety-net providers like Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, who predominately serve uninsured, under-insured, and Medi-Cal populations have seen an increased demand for care, even before the COVID-19 pandemic. In Fiscal Year 2020, Mar Monte Community Clinic cared for over 8,125 patients and continues to exceed expectations this fiscal year with extended evening hours until 8:00 PM, as well as Saturday and Sunday hours. The relocation and renovation of the MMCC health center will improve the overall patient experience and increase access to patient care by allowing MMCC to meet demand for reproductive health care and primary care services. Click here for the disclosure letter.

Agency/Account: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) / Program Management
Project Name: Planned Parenthood Mar Monte Blossom Hill Health Center Relocation and Renovation
Amount Requested: $1,000,000
Recipient: Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
Address: 1691 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126
Project Description: 

The project would help pay for tenant improvement renovations, design and construction of a training facility, and purchase of laboratory and medical equipment at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte’s new, more expansive location in San Jose, California. To meet the health care needs of our communities, we must invest in critical infrastructure to ensure that people can receive the care they need, when they need it, regardless of their income, age, or zip code. Safety-net providers like Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, who predominately serve uninsured, under-insured, and Medi-Cal populations have seen an increased demand for care, even before the COVID-19 pandemic. From June 2019 - July 2020, the Blossom Hill Health Center cared for over 14,593 patients and continues to exceed expectations this fiscal year with extended evening and weekend hours. The upgraded and expansive facility will allow the Blossom Hill Health Center to accommodate a larger patient volume and increase laboratory capacity to provide reproductive health care and primary care services as part of their preventive care. Click here for the disclosure letter.

Agency/Account: Higher Education / Higher Education
Project Name: eLABorate CET
Amount Requested: $323,514
Recipient: Center for Employment Training
Address: 701 Vine Street, San Jose, CA 95110
Project Description: 

The Center for Employment Training (CET) has an urgent need to modernize its classrooms, labs, and shops, and to acquire state of the art, industry-specific equipment to allow for hybrid modalities and prepare students for in-demand, 21st century skills. In a purely grassroots effort, the community saved an abandoned building and turned it into CET’s training center, which is now classified as a historic building and a city landmark.  In that vein, CET continues to be an integral part of the community – by providing our underserved populations with workforce training in stable and emerging industries and our local businesses with the skilled employees they need. CET was once rated “the most effective” training program in the nation among those funded by the Economic Development Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Its comprehensive employment training has consistently been recognized for making a lasting economic difference in the lives of low-income individuals. It will benefit the community to ensure that CET can continue to offer this transformative education. Click here for the disclosure letter.

Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies

Agency/Account: HUD – Economic Development Initiatives / HUD – Economic Development Initiatives
Project Name: Guadalupe River Park Restoration
Amount Requested: $360,000
Recipient: Guadalupe River Park Conservancy
Address: 438 Coleman Ave., San Jose, CA 95110
Project Description:

The Initiative will work to restore and enhance the Guadalupe River Park, the largest open space in downtown San Jose, and pilot a stewardship program to provide workforce opportunities in park maintenance for young adults and unhoused residents. The scope includes tree replanting, Historic Orchard and Heritage Rose Garden restoration, signage, and community coordination to leverage more volunteer expertise, public engagement, environmental education, and economic opportunities. San Jose’s annual City Auditor’s report showed that 90 percent of city resident respondents visited a park at least once a month or more last year. In addition to improving recreational benefits, what drives the elements of the Initiative is the belief that parks are some of the most efficient uses of land to support public health, ecological restoration, food security, workforce and skill development, volunteerism, environmental education and stewardship, civic engagement, equity, and more. Click here for the disclosure letter.

Agency/Account: HUD – Economic Development Initiatives / HUD – Economic Development Initiatives
Project Name: SOMOS MAYFAIR INC Community Center at Quetzal Gardens
Amount Requested: $500,000
Recipient: SOMOS MAYFAIR INC
Address: 370-B S. King Rd., San Jose, CA 95116
Project Description:

This project would provide for construction, equipment, and program services for a new Community Center on Quetzal Gardens Apartments' ground floor.  The larger base building construction will be completed by January 2022 and these funds would be used to make it a livable space with fixtures, furnishings, equipment, and operations to provide services and programs to residents who include extremely low-income families, at-risk youth, and the formerly homeless. The Center will create access to resources and foster deep community connections that provide formerly unhoused and disabled persons, and extremely low-income families the necessary support to live independent, stable, and healthy lives. Scoring extremely well for tax credits and Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities funding as a Transit Oriented Development, Quetzal Gardens is a critical project to helping the City meet its goal of ending homelessness and is the first affordable project to be developed in the City's first approved urban village, the Little Portugal Urban Village. It is also an environmentally sustainable building with plans to achieve at least a LEED Green Point Silver certification and is GreenTrip certified for its proximity and resident usage of public transportation. Click here for the disclosure letter