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Community Project Funding Requests

The time to submit requests for Community Project Funding (CPF) for Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) to the office of Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson (PA-15) has passed. Article I, Section 9, Clause 7 of the U.S. Constitution entrusts Congress with the authority to make appropriations through law. It is the legislative branch’s duty to determine how discretionary federal funds are allocated to local government entities, nonprofit organizations, or geographic locations.

CPFs will be used on a limited basis in the FY22 Appropriations bills. Therefore, only CPF requests that address the most critical and outstanding needs of local communities or provide a significant public good will be considered. Submission of a request does not guarantee a project will be funded.

Each Subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations has specific guidance on project eligibility and the process for making a request. Please review the CPF guidelines per Subcommittee to ensure your project meets the requirements.  If a project does not meet these requirements, the request will not be considered.

Additionally, funds for these projects must be used during the FY22 cycle only. Any request that includes funding past FY22 cannot be considered.

Guidelines Per Appropriations Subcommittee:

Below, please find my CPF submissions for the Fiscal Year 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact my office at PA15.Appropriations@mail.house.gov
 

Community Project Funding Request Submissions

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

Proposed Recipient: Jefferson County-Dubois Area Vocational-Technical School
Proposed Project: Farm to Refrigerator Training Facility
Address of Recipient:  576 Vo-Tech Road, Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania, 15851
Requested Amount:  $1,500,000
Explanation of Request: Jeff Tech is a comprehensive career and technical education center which provides educational experiences, credentials, and training individuals in order to succeed in high-demand careers upon graduation. Throughout the North Central Workforce Development Area in Pennsylvania, there is a growing need to have qualified and trained butchers and meat-cutters.  As such, Jeff Tech created a stakeholders group encompassing fifteen members throughout the region. If funded, Jeff Tech will build a training facility that will provide the resources and skills development needed to teach individuals how to process various types of meat.  This will allow them to be placed into high-wage, family-sustaining jobs while also giving a tremendous and lasting boost to the local economy, farmers, and the meat processing industry.
Member Certification
Support Letters
 

Proposed Recipient: Centre Volunteers In Medicine
Proposed Project: Centre Volunteers in Medicine Clinic Construction
Address of Recipient:  2026 Sandy Drive, State College, Pennsylvania, 16803
Requested Amount:  $1,060,912
Explanation of Request: According to the 2021 County Health Rankings, 7%, or approximately 11,400 people in Centre County do not have health insurance. Thus, Centre Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM), is a community health resource center providing medical care, dental care, case management, and medication assistance to those without health insurance and whose household income is at or below 250% of the federal poverty level.  Physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, social workers, and other licensed clinicians volunteer their time to provide care to CVIM’s patients. CVIM has outgrown its current facility and has recently purchased a new building with the intent of renovating the facility to provide over 10,000 square feet of medical space. The renovated facility will provide exam rooms, counseling rooms, dental operatories, and offices.
Member Certification
Support Letter (1)
Support Letter (2)

Support Letter (3)
 

Proposed Recipient: Clearfield Education Foundation Future
Proposed Project: Rural Pennsylvania Mental and Substance Abuse Initiative
Address of Recipient:  605 Indian Road, Clearfield, Pennsylvania, 16830
Requested Amount:  $1,017,000
Explanation of Request: Rural Pennsylvania has one of the highest rates of drug addiction, including the use of opioids, in the Commonwealth resulting in loss of loved ones, financial distress, and depleting economic opportunities. If funded, this initiative will expose rural PA to the latest techniques available in the treatment and prevention of mental health issues particularly drug or alcohol abuse. The initiative will examine emerging and best practices and locate appropriate resources, including reviewing and providing interventions on treating substance misuse and substance use disorders in youth with serious emotional disturbances; identifying knowledge gaps and implementation challenges, assessing people in the justice system who have co-occurring mental and substance use disorders, and increasing awareness of the risks associated with prescription opioid use and misuse, as well as to educate patients who are prescribed opioids for pain about the risks and to provide resources on methods for alternative pain management.
Member Certification
Support Letter (1)
Support Letter (2)
Support Letter (3)

 

Proposed Recipient: St. Francis University
Proposed Project: Renovation and Expansion of SFU’s School of Health Sciences and Education
Address of Recipient: 117 Evergreen Drive, Loretto, Pennsylvania, 15940
Requested Amount:  $500,000
Explanation of Request: The funding for this project will be used to continue renovation and expansion of the University’s health science facilities, replacing outdated learning spaces and technology with state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories.  St. Francis University has received $2.5 million in private and state matching for this project. Updating the University’s health science infrastructure ensures that our health science students continue to receive the highest-level science and technology instruction—factors which also help maintain and build a skilled and creative labor force that spurs innovation. While innovation is critical across all economic sectors as the global competitive environment evolves, the need in the healthcare industry is most prevalent with increased demand from an aging population and spiraling healthcare costs. The University enrolls approximately 900 students in Nursing, Nurse Practitioner, Exercise Physiology, Physician Assistant Sciences, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Public Health, and Social Work and graduates nearly 200 students per year in these fields.
Member Certification
Support Letter (1)
Support Letter (2)
Support Letter (3)

Support Letter (4)
 

Proposed Recipient: UMPC Northwest
Proposed Project: Safe Patient Handling: Overhead Lift Purchase and Installation
Address of Recipient: 100 Fairfield Drive, Seneca, Pennsylvania, 16346
Requested Amount:  $100,000
Explanation of Request: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three adults in the United States is overweight, and the prevalence of obesity has increased significantly over the last several decades. In the health care setting, mobilizing and transferring patients who are disabled, overweight, or obese is not only challenging but also dangerous. At UPMC Northwest, patient handling has been the second leading cause of employee injury over the last 12 months. The funding for this project will be used to outfit ten (10) patient rooms with overhead lifts that would assist the staff to safely reposition a patient in bed or to assist in transferring the patient to a chair or wheelchair safely and with dignity. In addition, this funding will assist in reducing musculoskeletal injuries related to patient moving and transferring patients. With the use of safe patient handling equipment, such as the overhead lifts, staff would be able to safely reposition patients, transfer patients to carts for testing, or transfer patients to a chair to prevent complications of bed rest and immobility.
Member Certification
Support Letter (1)

Support Letter (2)
 

Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

Proposed Recipient: Friends of Twins Lake ANF
Proposed Project: Restoration of Sewage and Water Systems with Water System Extension
Address of Recipient: Twins Lake Road, Wilcox, Pennsylvania, 15870
Requested Amount: $498,000
Explanation of Request: Since 1936, taxpayer funds established, maintained, and upgraded this recreation area which continues to serve thousands of people each year. Due to a variety of reasons, including lack of access to drinking water, a public restroom, or shower facilities, the usage at Twin Lakes has dramatically increased since 2018.  Moreover, the water and sewage systems were decommissioned in 2017 due to lack of funding for much needed upgrades. The funding for this project will be used to provide adequate water and sewage facilities to users in order to enjoy the Twin Lakes Recreational Area.
Member Certification
Support Letter

 

Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
 

Proposed Recipient: Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Proposed Project: Academy of Culinary Arts Building Project in Downtown Punxsutawney
Address of Recipient: 125 S Gilpin Street, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, 15767
Requested Amount:  $500,000
Explanation of Request: This project will rebuild and renovate the current facility and improve the educational programs offered by the Academy. The new innovative facility will be designed to be a prominent fixture to the downtown Punxsutawney borough landscape and will serve as the main educational and experimental hub for students and the surrounding community. The facility will respond to workforce needs for the surrounding areas and provide outstanding skills development in the updated lab spaces and classrooms. The innovative building will support and grow critical partnerships in the community, including local organizations, businesses, and schools. 
Member Certification
Letter of Support (1)
Letter of Support (2)
Letter of Support (3)

 

Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
 

Proposed Recipient: Indiana County of Pennsylvania
Proposed Project: Jimmy Stewart Airport Improvements
Address of Recipient: 398 Airport Road, Indiana, Pennsylvania, 15701
Requested Amount:  $750,000
Explanation of Request: The proposed project would entail construction of a new hangar facility at the Jimmy Stewart Airport and various improvements to an existing building situated on an adjacent parcel. Expanding air travel to Indiana County businesses will bring individuals to our area that will spend money at local hotels, restaurants, and shops. The development of hangar facilities and needed taxiway improvements at the Jimmy Stewart Airport directly benefits the community by increasing traffic in the local economy, giving essential access to the area and improving the region's competitive edge.  The flight simulator equipment will aid in the training of pilots which are a high-demand occupation.
Member Certification Form
Support Letter

 

Proposed Recipient: Headwaters Charitable Trust
Proposed Project: Knox Kane Pedestrian Highway Crossing Safety
Address of Recipient: 434 State Street #1, Curwensville, Pennsylvania, 16833
Requested Amount:  $322,435
Explanation of Request: In 2015, Headwaters Charitable Trust acquired the 73.8-mile Knox and Kane Railroad corridor to establish a trail connecting communities in the PA wilds regions of Pennsylvania. Since this purchase, the four counties along the trail (Clarion, Forest, Elk and McKean Counties) have seen significant investments and overall revitalization in their communities. According to the Appalachian Regional Commission’s resiliency report, these counties rely heavily on natural assets and tourism to improve economic resilience. This project builds on this effort by constructing eight state highway pedestrian safety crossings in the four counties on Knox and Kane Trail. The Knox and Kane rail trail is an important project that proves this strategy works for county and local governments but also for businesses and the people who reside there.
Member Certification Form
Support Letters

 

Proposed Recipient: John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport
Proposed Project: Johnstown Airport Intermodal Connector Road, Hangar, Office Building, and Apron Development
Address of Recipient: 479 Airport Road, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 15904.
Requested Amount: $5,534,000
Explanation of Request: The John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport is a significant asset for Cambria County and the City of Johnstown. The Airport was constructed to support heavy jet traffic with a 7000-foot concrete runway and has scheduled passenger service. The Airport is also home to an Air National Guard Station. This project aims to construct an intermodal connector road from Airport Road onto the Airport property on Fox Run road (a gravel access drive). This road project will open 75 acres of developable land on the airport property to support the Airport’s economic development plans, including developing a heavy aircraft maintenance facility. This road will provide an access point for fire and life safety to the airport runway and provide freight connector access to the airport runway to support other adjacent developments.  The hangar, office building and apron development will support continued opportunity and economic development for the airport and entire region. 
Member Certification Form
Support Letter