The Community Investment program enables states and communities to undertake necessary investments in public services and infrastructure to support the readiness and lethality of installations, as well as to provide safe places for services members and their families to live, work, and play. Current efforts support the management of civilian activities to absorb announced mission growth and investments in infrastructure such as the renovation of public schools on military installations, improvement of roads to medical facilities, and outside-the-fence investments in infrastructure.
Funding for the organizing and planning of necessary public services and infrastructure is derived from the Office of Economic Adjustment regular program lines of assistance, while investments in the construction of public facilities is through authorization and appropriations with specific authority for construction of the improvements.
The Community Investment program equips communities to organize, evaluate, and plan for appropriate community investments that support the sustainability, readiness, and growth of a military mission at an installation. These planning efforts support a host community’s ability to carry out needed public infrastructure improvements.
There are six programs of assistance under the Community Investment program.
The Mission Growth program assists state and local governments to plan and carry out adjustments in local public services and infrastructure, workforce training programs, and other community economic development activities in response to the expansion or establishment of a military installation by the Department of Defense.
The impacts of Mission Growth on a community can be widespread. Communities need to address everything from housing, schools, transportation, utilities, access to medical services, and other public services when a local military installation experiences an increase of personnel and/or service members. The program typically provides grants to state and local communities to develop growth management plans, evaluate growth impacts, and plan for mitigation of the impacts of an installation’s mission growth on the local community and infrastructure.
Examples of projects under the Mission Growth program could include a mission realignment, location of a new weapons system, or establishment of a new mission or command at an installation where the projected manpower increases exceed prescribed thresholds. By engaging early through a proactive Growth Management planning process, many of the impacts can be mitigated, ensuring that the local community is ready to accept the new mission when it arrives.
The construction, renovation, repair or expansion of facilities under the Public Schools on Military Installation (PSMI) program is by congressional authorization, and provides funding to construct, renovate, repair or expand public schools located on military installations to address capacity and/or facility condition deficiencies as priorities by a Secretary of Defense-approved prioritized listing. This program of assistance is available by invitation only, based upon a school’s placement on the prioritized listing and the availability of appropriations. It ensures the children of service members are taught in environments that are safe, secure, conducive to learning, and that mirror the local standard for other schools within that region.
Currently, there are more than 160 public schools located on military installations. These schools are owned and operated by local education authorities and school districts, but are located within the boundaries of a military installation. Many of these schools have not seen upgrades or significant facility improvements for years, if ever. While many of these facilities are outdated and in need of upgrades, the schools are often operating at or above capacity with too many students, not enough classroom space, and are functionally inadequate.
The Transportation Infrastructure Improvements Associated with Medical Facilities program improves transportation access to select military medical centers at installations that grew due to BRAC 2005. Projects were competitively selected and then funded to improve accessibility and safety of access to those medical facilities for wounded warriors, veterans, staff, and all other eligible beneficiaries seeking treatment.
Eight projects at four 2005 BRAC growth installations are being funded. There are no new transportation projects planned.
The Civilian Infrastructure on the Territory of Guam program is improving public water, wastewater, sewer, and water treatment infrastructure on Guam as well as the need for a cultural repository to collect and preserve historical artifacts unearthed during military construction. Projects under this program are funded through specific authority and appropriations in response to the Navy’s environmental review of its basing actions and the identified impacts from plans to relocate U.S. Marines from Okinawa, Japan to the Territory of Guam.
The Defense Community Infrastructure Program, authorized under Public Law 115-232 Section 2861, is a pilot program that authorizes the Secretary of Defense to make grants, conclude cooperative agreements, and supplement funds available under other Federal programs to address deficiencies in community infrastructure supportive of a military installation and the Secretary determines that such assistance will enhance the military value. Sign up to receive updates on the Defense Community Infrastructure Program.
The Defense Manufacturing Communities Program, authorized under Public Law No: 115-232 Section 846, authorizes the Secretary of Defense to establish a program to make long-term investments in critical skills, facilities, research and development, and small business support in order to strengthen the national security innovation base by designating and supporting consortiums as defense manufacturing communities. Sign up to receive updates on the Defense Manufacturing Communities Program.
Technical assistance for Community Investment projects provided by the Office of Economic Adjustment include:
Each of the programs in the Community Investment portfolio has its own eligibility criteria.
The following Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance's are managed under the Community Investment program:
Projects are need-based connected to documented mission growth that meets or exceeds certain criteria outlined in 10 USC Section 2391(b)(2) and CFDA 12.618.
Local education authorities are invited to apply based upon their placement on a prioritized listing and availability of funds.
Projects were competitively selected from proposals supporting eligible military medical facilities. No new projects are anticipated at this time.
Projects were evaluated and recommended through a multi-agency Economic Adjustment Committee report, following the Navy’s review of the basing actions under the National Environmental Policy Act, as amended.
Projects will be competitively selected through a competitive proposal process and executed based on the availability of funds. Priority will be given to those projects the Secretary determines will enhance the military value, resilience, or military family quality of life at an installation. Sign up to receive updates on the Defense Community Infrastructure Program.
Eligibility information will be published when available. Sign up to receive updates on the Defense Manufacturing Communities Program.
For more information about the Office of Economic Adjustment and the Community Investment program of assistance, please contact:
Sigmund "Sig" Csicsery
Interim Program Director, Community Investment