Congressionally Directed Spending Requests

The Senate Appropriations Committee announced that Congress will restore – on a bipartisan basis – the authority to approve congressionally-directed spending items with enhanced transparency and accountability.

Sen. Durbin is now accepting requests for Illinois-based projects via electronic application forms below.  Any request for support must be submitted via electronic application by 5:00 p.m. CT on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Submitting requests as early as possible is strongly encouraged.

The purpose of this application is to identify high-impact projects in Illinois that can reach completion with assistance from the federal government.  Congressionally-directed spending is capped at 1% of all discretionary spending, and Fiscal Year 2022 project funding will be available to a limited number of projects that meet strict eligibility requirements only. For-profit entities are not eligible to receive congressionally-directed spending.

A list of eligible programs that project requests will be limited to is available here along with detailed guidance on project eligibility released by the subcommittees. Projects that do not meet strict eligibility requirements will not be eligible for funding. 

All congressionally-directed spending requests must comply with Senate Rule XLIV, which requires rigorous procedures for transparency and accountability.  Please review the Senate Appropriation Committee’s rules here. Requests may be posted publicly in accordance with Rule XLIV. 

To submit a congressionally-directed spending request for project funding to Sen. Durbin’s Office:

1) Review the Senate Appropriations Committee’s transparency and accountability requirements;

2) Determine if your project is eligible for funding by consulting detailed guidance put out by each appropriations subcommittee on available funding programs and project limitations.

3) Submit a project request, including detailed information on the project and requesting organization, using the following forms:

FY22 Agriculture Subcommittee Requests

FY22 Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee Requests

FY22 Energy & Water Subcommittee Requests

FY22 Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee Requests

FY22 Homeland Security Subcommittee Requests

FY22 Interior Subcommittee Requests

FY22 Labor, HHS, Education Subcommittee Requests

FY22 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs Subcommittee Requests

FY22 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee Requests

Note: The Defense, SFOPS, and Leg Branch Subcommittees will not be accepting project requests.

All requests must include a formal request letter on the requesting organization’s official letterhead. Requests from nongovernmental entities must also include a letter of support from leaders in the community.

Submission of this application should not be construed as a guarantee that funding will be requested or awarded.  All funding decisions are made by the Appropriations Committee.

If you have questions about the project request process or project eligibility, please reach out to

Disclaimer: Please note that any congressionally directed spending requests are for informational purposes only. Submission of requests does not constitute a binding commitment on any party nor a guarantee that any organization will be awarded funding from any federal agency through this process. Furthermore, the submission, review, and approval of congressionally-directed spending requests will be carried out consistent with federal agency rules and regulations.