Community Project Funding Requests
U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) has submitted funding requests for important community projects to the House Appropriations Committee.
Under guidelines issued by the Appropriations Committee, each Representative may request funding for up to 10 projects in their community for fiscal year 2022 – although only a handful may actually be funded. Projects are restricted to a limited number of federal funding streams, and only state and local governments and eligible non-profit entities are permitted to receive funding. Additional information on the reforms governing Community Project Funding is available here.
To evaluate the requests, Rep. Kilmer convened an independent advisory panel of local stakeholders to help inform the selection process and evaluate the degree to which the requests have strong community support, capture the geographic and demographic makeup of the district, and achieve at least one of following goals:
- Create sustained job growth and/or economic opportunity
- Address imminent threats to public health, safety or the environment
- Promote equity and inclusion for underserved populations
- Fulfill unmet federal obligations, including treaty and trust responsibilities to Native American tribes
In compliance with House Rules and Committee requirements, Rep. Kilmer has certified that he, his spouse, and his immediate family have no financial interest in any of the projects he has requested.
Note: The projects are listed in alphabetical order by intended recipient.
1) Project Name: City of Bremerton Quincy Square Project
Requested Amount: $2,500,000
Intended Recipient: City of Bremerton
Intended Recipient Address: 345 6th Street, Suite 100, Bremerton, WA, 98337
Explanation of the Request: This funding will help develop a shovel-ready civic improvement that will transform a long-neglected street into an active, housing-based, day-to-night urban center with focused arts, entertainment, and evening-centric retail spaces. The project honors the legendary Quincy Jones, a world-renowned Grammy-winning artist, and Bremerton, WA native.
2) Project Name: Hilltop Attainable Housing and Businesses
Requested Amount: $1,500,000
Intended Recipient: Forterra
Intended Recipient Address: 217 First Avenue South, #4189, Seattle, WA 98194
Explanation of the Request: This funding will provide community ownership of a mixed-use hub for culture, community, homes, and businesses on the Hilltop in Tacoma. The investment will provide critical funding to lower the ultimate cost so that the residential and business spaces will be attainable to community residents and BIPOC-owned businesses.
3) Project Name: Hoh Tribe Relocation Development
Requested Amount: $2,200,000
Intended Recipient: The Hoh Tribe
Intended Recipient Address: 2426 Lower Hoh Road, Forks, Washington 98331
Explanation of the Request: This funding will allow the Tribe to build out essential infrastructure and bring sufficient electrical infrastructure to each commercial, governmental, and residential lot in the Upper Highlands and connect water and sewer lines to the existing reservation system as the Tribe relocates to escape the imminent dangers of coastal flooding.
4) Project Name: Aberdeen-Hoquiam Flood Protection Project
Requested Amount: $3,000,000
Intended Recipient: City of Hoquiam
Intended Recipient Address: 609 8th Street, Hoquiam, WA, 98550
Explanation of the Request: This funding will provide coastal flood protection and improve the storm drainage systems in the cities of Aberdeen and Hoquiam, so that they more effectively collect and convey runoff from intense storm events, and significantly reduce the economic burden on the community caused by flooding.
5) Project Name: Mason PUD 1 Power Line Relocation
Requested Amount: $1,000,000
Intended Recipient: Mason County PUD No. 1
Intended Recipient Address: 21971 N. Highway 101, Shelton, WA 98584
Explanation of the Request: This funding will complete the relocation of an essential distribution power line and will eliminate Mason PUD 1’s risk of delaying the Duckabush Estuary Restoration Project and/or incurring significant debt for their public ratepayers.
6) Project Name: Port Angeles Food Bank’s Nourish to Flourish Expansion
Requested Amount: $900,000
Intended Recipient: Port Angeles Food Bank
Intended Recipient Address: 632 N. Oakridge Dr., Port Angeles, WA, 98362
Explanation of the Request: This funding will allow the Port Angeles Food Bank to finalize the purchase of the building in which they currently operate, ensuring a permanent location and consistent services for years to come.
7) Project Name: Quileute Move to Higher Ground Water System Improvement
Requested Amount: $1,479,355
Intended Recipient: Quileute Tribe of the Quileute Reservation
Intended Recipient Address: 12181 La Push Rd., La Push, WA 98350
Explanation of the Request: This funding will help finish the development of a reliable water source for the Quileute Tribe as they seek to move their communities to higher ground to escape the imminent dangers of tsunami inundation.
8) Project Name: Taholah Village Relocation
Requested Amount: $500,000
Intended Recipient: Quinault Indian Nation
Intended Recipient Address: 1214 Aalis Drive, Taholah, WA, 98587
Explanation of the Request: This funding will provide critical infrastructure including streets, sewer, water, stormwater, and power utilities that are needed to develop the Quinault Indian Nation’s first neighborhood above the tsunami zone for approximately 70 families as part of their relocation efforts.
9) Project Name: Housing Hilltop-Commercial
Requested Amount: $3,000,000
Intended Recipient: Tacoma Housing Authority
Intended Recipient Address: 902 S L St, Tacoma, WA, 98405
Explanation of the Request: This funding will allow the Tacoma Housing Authority to begin redeveloping three parcels of land as part of a public-private partnership to bring approximately 200 units of affordable housing to households earning up to 60% of AMI and approximately 20,000 sq ft of commercial space for predominately BIPOC-owned businesses.
10) Project Name: Empowering the Peninsula: Building K12, Higher Education, and Industry Partnerships
Requested Amount: $450,000
Intended Recipient: West Sound STEM Network (South Kitsap School District)
Intended Recipient Address: 2689 Hoover Avenue SE, Port Orchard, WA, 98366
Explanation of the Request: This funding will support West Sound STEM Network’s efforts to increase geographic equity in STEM programming on the Olympic Peninsula, develop K-12 and higher education partnerships with representation from underserved populations, and to establish a satellite office on the Olympic Peninsula.