Rep. Annie Kuster has submitted funding requests for important community projects in New Hampshire's Second Congressional District to the House Appropriations Committee.
Under guidelines issued by the Appropriations Committee, each Representative may request funding for up to 10 projects in their community for fiscal year 2022 – although only a handful may actually be funded. Projects are restricted to a limited number of federal funding streams, and only state and local governments and eligible non-profit entities are permitted to receive funding. Additional information on the reforms governing Community Project Funding is available here.
In compliance with House Rules and Committee requirements, Rep. Kuster has certified that she, her spouse, and her immediate family have no financial interest in any of the projects she has requested.
Project Name: Connect Suicide Prevention Program
Request Amount: $380,470
Intended Recipient: National Alliance on Mental Illness – NH
Full Address: 85 North State Street, Concord, NH 03301
Explanation of Request: Recognizing the urgent need to deploy suicide prevention and post-vention resources to communities, NAMI NH requests funding to increase capacity to redesign and expand its nationally recognized Connect Suicide Prevention Program, including the eLearning component. Over 5,000 individuals participated in this asynchronous, web-based training in 2020 and demand continues to grow. NAMI NH will update existing modules, develop specialized modules to include audiences working with populations at risk of suicide, and ensure diverse communities are represented. This project will increase awareness of suicide prevention across NH, improving the health and safety of Granite Staters. Suicide is sadly the 2nd leading cause of death for New Hampshire youth ages 10 - 34, and from 1999-2016 New Hampshire witnessed nearly a 50% increase in suicides - the 3rd highest increase in the country. NAMI NH has a strong track record of working with community partners to design comprehensive and coordinated cross-systems approaches and programs to help at-risk youth and young adults with their mental health conditions. By securing funding through Community Project Funding, NAMI NH can further their mission of helping improve outcomes and reduce suicide incidents for at-risk youth in the Granite State.
Project Name: Cotton Mill Transfer Bridge ADA Accessibility
Request Amount: $300,000
Intended Recipient: City of Nashua
Full Address: 229 Main Street, Nashua, NH 03060
Explanation of Request: This project is to create an ADA accessible ramp off of the northerly side of the Cotton Mill Transfer Bridge. The Cotton Mill Transfer Bridge is a historic structure and was recently improved with an ADA accessible ramp on the southerly side of the bridge. Needless to state, this causes some consternation, because you can access and traverse bridge on one end, but not the other. Constructing the northerly accessible ramp is necessary to bring this old piece of infrastructure into compliance with our current standards. This project is in a low to moderate census tract and will predominantly serve low to moderate income individuals.
Project Name: Families Flourish Northeast
Request Amount: $500,000
Intended Recipient: Families Flourish Northeast
Full Address: 127 Mascoma Street, Lebanon NH
Explanation of Request: This project will be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because the certified non-profit will provide high intensity residential substance use treatment for pregnant and parenting women in a warm, supportive and safe environment that welcomes women with their children. A significant barrier for women and mothers with substance misuse disorders is the ability to bring their children with them to residential treatment facilities. New Hampshire has been hit incredibly hard by the opioid epidemic and evolving addiction crisis, and this project would create a meaningful and lasting difference in the lives of so many Granite State women and their children.
Project Name: Hanover Multi-Use Path
Request Amount: $350,000
Intended Recipient: Town of Hanover, NH
Full Address: PO Box 483, Hanover, NH 03755
Explanation of Request: This project will be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it will enhance public safety and transportation accessibility through key parts of Hanover. The path would connect a busy elementary school and nursery school to other town path systems. This project would increase transportation options and improve public safety for children, families and seniors commuting to school and amenities in the surrounding neighborhoods. This project enjoys widespread community support and would be utilized during all seasons.
Project Name: Keene Heritage Trail
Request Amount: $394,800
Intended Recipient: City of Keene
Full Address: 3 Washington Street, Keene, NH
Explanation of Request: This project will be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it would be used for the construction and improvement of 4100 feet of the Keene Transportation Heritage Trail. This trail network will improve the quality, safety and functionality of the City’s transportation facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists and other non-motorized users. Additionally, this expanded section of trail will serve as an important thoroughfare between the City of Keene and the Town of Swanzey. This is a key economic development project for the city of Keene as it will further transit connectivity to economic centers in Keene and enhance the community's alternative transportation network. The proposed rail trail improvements would expand the City's existing rail trail network and connect it to residential neighborhoods to improve the quality of life for city residents. Upon completion of additional sections of the rail trail, residents would be able to connect downtown Keene to three surrounding towns without the need to access a motorized vehicle. As such, this project would cut carbon pollution and improve air quality for city residents.
Project Name: Mascoma Conservation Project - Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge
Request Amount: $5,000,000
Intended Recipient: The Nature Conservancy (New Hampshire)
Full Address: 22 Bridge Street, 4th Floor, Concord, NH 03301
Explanation of Request: This project is a priority for New Hampshire to expand access to outdoor recreation and conserve critical wildlife habitats. This project supports federal acquisition of a conservation easement by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) of more than 4,092 acres of priority lands in New Hampshire from a willing seller (Bear Hill Conservancy) as additions to the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge (Conte Refuge), which spans the four-state Connecticut River watershed. Investment of federal funds through LWCF in land conservation for national wildlife refuges and other federal holdings has been a national priority for more than fifty years. This is a valuable use of taxpayer dollars as it will expand recreational opportunities and tourism for all who enjoy the Conte Refuge and preserve critical wildlife habitats for species in the Northeast.
Project Name: Mason Street Bridge
Request Amount: $600,000
Intended Recipient: Town of Berlin
Full Address: 168 Main Street, Berlin NH
Explanation of Request: This project will be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it would finance the rehabilitation of a key piece of infrastructure for the community. The funding would be used to make critical repairs to the Mason Bridge which serves as a critical corridor between the City of Berlin’s east and west sides. The bridge requires serious repairs to ensure safety and functionality for city residents, businesses, and emergency services. This project is a priority for the City of Berlin and its emergency services departments. This is valuable use of taxpayer dollars as it will improve public safety within the community and maintain the ability for emergency services to quickly respond to incidents within the community without delay.
Project Name: Mechanic Street Sidewalk Project
Request Amount: $290,250
Intended Recipient: Town of Lebanon NH
Full Address: 51 N Park Street, Lebanon, NH 03766
Explanation of Request: This project will be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it would be used for the construction of a pedestrian sidewalk on Mechanic Street in Lebanon, NH. Currently, this section of road is heavily trafficked by both pedestrians and vehicles creating dangerous conditions on the roadway. The construction of sidewalks would contribute greatly to public safety and increase transportation and recreation options for residents and commuting workers.
Project Name: North Country Council "Housing Ready" Program
Request Amount: $112,500
Intended Recipient: North Country Council
Full Address: 161 Main Street, Littleton, NH 03561
Explanation of Request: This project will be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it will be used for the delivery of targeted technical assistance to communities in New Hampshire’s North Country to support the development of housing options for low and moderate income households. This initiative addresses one of the most pressing challenges in Northern New Hampshire: lack affordable housing. The North Country Council’s proposal enjoys widespread support from communities in New Hampshire’s North Country.
Project Name: Watermain Relocation Peterborough
Request Amount: $277,804
Intended Recipient: Town of Peterborough
Full Address: 1 Grove Street, Peterborough, NH 03458
Explanation of Request: This project is a key priority for the town of Peterborough as it will increase connectivity and reliability of water for emergency and public uses. The repairs and relocation for this project will enhance the town's water distribution system and reduce the service interruptions that are frequently experienced by water users in the town. Ensuring that Peterborough's water system remains affordable for residents and businesses is important to meet the basic needs of the community and emergency situations. This project is a key priority for the town of Peterborough as it will increase connectivity and reliability of water for emergency and public uses. The repairs and relocation for this project will enhance the town's water distribution system and reduce the service interruptions that are frequently experienced by water users in the town. Ensuring that Peterborough's water system remains affordable for residents and businesses is important to meet the basic needs of the community and emergency situations.