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Congressionally-Directed Spending 2024 (CDS)/Earmarks RFPs

Senators in various states have begun to release FY24 RFPs for Congressionally-Directed Spending/Earmark projects.


Authorized in 2021 on a bipartisan basis, CDS funding is included in annual federal appropriations legislation at the request of one or more Members of Congress and provides a specific amount of discretionary funding to a state, locality, or nonprofit organization for projects with demonstrated civic and community value.


Under current rules, the entity submitting a CDS request must be a state or local unit of government or a nonprofit organization. Each project request must meet statutory requirements for the federal program through which it is funded, along with additional Senate Appropriations Committee requirements that can be found on the portal. For-profit entities are not eligible to receive Congressionally Directed Spending.


Congressionally Directed Spending – Eligible Agencies and Accounts

In the fiscal year 2024 appropriations cycle, Senators may make requests for CDS items in the appropriations bills listed below:

  • 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


Deadlines will vary on RFPs - Senators will be required to submit proposals to various appropriations subcommittees in late March/early April.


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