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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.

Constituents wishing to express their thoughts on federal appropriations can do so here.

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.

Programmatic Funding

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, If you have questions, contact:

Our form for congressionally directed spending requests is below. To view a list of subcommittees, accounts, and account-specific requirements, click here. For examples of past projects that the Senate has approved, organized by account and subcommittee, please click here.

Form for Programmatic Requests

Form for Congressionally Directed Spending Requests

Additional Resources

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 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.

To view a webinar that provides an overview of the federal appropriations process and requirements of congressionally directed spending projects, click here. To view the slides presented in the webinar, click here.