FY2025 Congressionally Directed Spending

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

Senator Warner and Senator Kaine are now accepting requests for Virginia CDS projects for Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25). Please use this form to submit a request. Senator Warner and Senator Kaine are accepting applications jointly. Interested parties only need to submit one form on either of the Senators’ websites.

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

Any CDS request that was submitted to Senator Warner or Senator Kaine’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 Approps@warner.senate.gov and Kaine_Approps@kaine.senate.gov 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 FY24 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 1 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 FAQs is available here.

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.

Senator Warner’s FY24 requests are available here.