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Congressionally Directed Spending

Thank you for your interest in applying for congressionally directed spending (CDS) through Senator Kaine’s office. 

Senators Kaine and Warner accepted joint requests for Virginia CDS projects for Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25). 

The deadline for submission was Friday, April 5 at 4:59pm. 

Guidance on eligibility is available HERE

Any CDS request that was submitted to Senators Kaine or Warner’s office for previous fiscal years must be resubmitted for consideration for FY25. Prior requests do not carry over to the new fiscal year.

Please read the instructions below in full and reach out to and with questions.

  • Purpose: The purpose of this application is to identify high-impact projects in Virginia that can reach completion with one-time assistance from the federal government.
  • Senate Rule XLIV: Any CDS request submitted to the Appropriations Committee must comply with this rule.
  • Eligible Accounts: The FY25 CDS Form is subject to change pending instructions from the Senate Appropriations Committee, including a list of accounts that are eligible for CDS. A specific list of the CDS accounts in the FY25 process is available here.
  • Reforms: The Appropriations Committee instituted the following reforms for recent previous fiscal years. These reforms are expected to continue for FY25:
    • A one percent cap on discretionary spending for congressionally directed spending items;
    • Ban congressionally directed spending items to for-profit entities;
    • Require Senators to post online their congressionally directed spending item requests, as well as their financial certification disclosures attesting that they do not have any financial interest in any of the items requested; and
    • The Committee will require the Government Accountability Office to audit a sample of enacted congressionally directed spending items and report its findings to Congress.
  • Frequently Asked Questions: A list of frequently asked questions is available here.

Once a request is submitted, it will go through an internal review process to ensure the project is eligible for funding and has a substantial benefit to the community. If the project meets that criteria, Senator Kaine will push to get the project funded in the annual government funding bill to help ensure the bill meets Virginians’ needs.

It is important to note that the budgetary constraints currently facing the federal government, as well as the Committee’s parameters on congressionally directed spending, limit the opportunities for community project funding. Submission of this application does not guarantee that funding will be appropriated.

If you are interested in periodic updates about CDS, please sign up here and make sure to check the box that says "Appropriations & Community Project Funding."

Senator Kaine's project requests for FY24 can be found here. Funded projects for FY24 can be found here and here.

Senator Kaine's project requests for FY23 can be found here. Funded projects for FY23 can be found here.

Senator Kaine's project requests for FY22 can be found here. Funded projects for FY22 can be found here.