Frederick County has submitted four suggestions for community project funding, County Executive Jan Gardner announced Thursday.

Community project funding, previously known as earmarks, is a new initiative for fiscal 2022 that allows members of Congress to request direct funding for projects that benefit the communities they serve. The money is separate from federal grants and apportioned by formula.

Gardner said the county has asked for $250,000 for a mobile career center, $100,000 for a mental health and first-aid program, $1.6 million for a crisis stabilization center and $900,000 to decommission an old dam in Point of Rocks, restore the stream that feeds it and install a pedestrian bridge over the stream.

Money for these projects can be tucked into appropriations bills during the upcoming fiscal year and be voted on by Congress.

— Greg Swatek

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