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One of the most fundamental constitutional duties of Congress is the appropriations process—the annual allocation of funds for federal discretionary programs that support national defense, small businesses, transportation, food assistance for low-income seniors, research and development, and much more. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Shaheen looks to ensure that the federal government invests in policies and programs that provide assistance to Granite State communities and help our nation move forward.

This application is for congressionally directed spending (CDS) items. If you are making a programmatic request, please complete the FY2023 General Appropriations Request Form, which can be found at the following website:

Only public and non-profit entities may request congressional directed spending items.

Requests may be made for the following bills: Agriculture; Commerce, Justice and Science; Energy & Water; Financial Services and General Government; Homeland Security; Interior and Environment; Labor, Health, and Human Services; Military Construction and Veterans Affairs; Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development.

All requests must include at least TWO (2) letters of support from third parties within the community or communities that would benefit from fulfillment of the request. These letters must clearly communicate the benefits that the request would confer upon the community/communities. Applicants are also encouraged to submit documents displaying the project's inclusion in a state or local planning proposal.

To see an example of an application that was considered favorably by application reviewers last year, please click here.

For more information on the CDS process, please consult the March 17th webinar 'How to Submit Congressionally Directed Spending Requests' hosted by the New Hampshire Municipal Association as well as the March 23rd webinar 'How to Submit Congressional Directed Spending' hosted by the NH Center for Nonprofits.

Please click here for updated guidance received from the Senate Appropriations Committee for fiscal year (FY) 2023 with respect to CDS requests.

IMPORTANT: Please print, review, and sign this form and upload it alongside other supporting documents in the 'Other Supporting Information' section of the application.

Any questions and/or concerns can be directed to