Senator Schatz is interested in hearing from you about funding that benefits Hawai‘i and our nation.
As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Schatz is able to advocate for certain funding priorities. Organizations, nonprofits, firms, and agencies that are local recipients, administrators, or stakeholders for federal funding can help determine these priorities by submitting federal appropriations requests. This webpage explains the different types of appropriations requests and the process for submitting requests.
The fiscal year 2024 (FY 24) intake process has ended. To see the earmarks that Senator Schatz has requested for FY 24, please click here.
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Congressionally Directed Spending Items
In fiscal year (FY) 2024, the Senate will accept requests for congressionally directed spending items, sometimes called earmarks. Congressionally directed spending (CDS) allows Members of Congress to request that federal funds be set aside for specific projects in their states. This is an opportunity for state, local, and tribal governments and nonprofit organizations to apply to obtain funding for projects that would benefit from a one-time allocation of funds. To see the projects that Senator Schatz funded via congressionally directed spending, please click here. For more information on requesting earmarks, please click here.
The vast majority of federal discretionary spending, including most of the federal money granted to entities in Hawaii (e.g. state and local government, non-profit organizations, and for-profit businesses), qualifies as programmatic funding. Programmatic funds can come in the form of discretionary grants, which are made by federal agencies on a competitive basis, i.e., requiring an application; loans; or via a formula determined by statute.
State and local governments, organizations, or other communities that benefit, or stand to benefit, from existing federal programs can advocate for an increase in resources to those programs by submitting programmatic funding requests. For more information on programmatic requests and the submission process, please click here.
For fiscal year 2024 appropriations, forms must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. HST (10:00 p.m. EST) Thursday, February 23, 2023. Forms submitted after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis when possible. If you have not submitted an appropriations request in previous years, or have questions about how to achieve the outcomes that you seek, we recommend that you contact a member of Senator Schatz’s legislative staff as soon as possible.
How to Select a Form
Our programmatic request form is below. You will need to know which subcommittee has jurisdiction over your request. The full jurisdiction of each subcommittee is viewable on the committee’s website, www.appropriations.senate.gov. If you have questions, contact: Schatz_Appropriations@schatz.senate.gov.
Form for Programmatic Requests
Form for Congressionally Directed Spending Requests
- Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
- Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
- Energy and Water Development
- Financial Services and General Government
- Homeland Security
- Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
- Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
- Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
- Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
For instructions on how to submit a request for a new account, or for advice if you have already submitted a request to a removed account, please contact your usual point of contact in the office or contact Schatz_Appropriations@schatz.senate.gov to be connected with the appropriate legislative staffer. A contact list for our office can be found here. Please include as much information as you can in your initial email, including: the federal programs that you are interested in, the outcomes that you are trying to achieve, and why you seek a change from the federal program’s status quo.