EDA is continually looking for ways to improve its process so we can make sure we are able to give the best customer service and work in a more effective and efficient way with our partners. As part of that improvement process, we are refining our grants process in 2015. As you may know, EDA’s last Federal Funding Opportunity extended through the first quarter of the 2015 fiscal year, or through the end of December. We have been working hard to incorporate changes to our grant making process that will increase the impact and benefit you get from EDA assistance. We are currently finalizing these changes in our FY2015 FFO and will be releasing it soon. While EDA can still accept applications now, they will be reviewed after the FFO, which includes the funding criteria, is released. EDA’s staff stands ready to assist your community in the application process and you are encouraged to reach out to your regional offices with any questions regarding project ideas or EDA’s process. We understand that the delay in issuing the FY 2015 FFO may cause some inconvenience. We assure you that EDA’s staff will work hard to process the grant applications as quickly as possible to provide you with timely answers and excellent customer service.
EDA is accepting proposals for a national partner to help coordinate the Accelerating Industry-led Regional Partnerships for Talent Development - Program, a new learning exchange that will focus on building critical public-private partnerships to accelerate job skills development across America. Under this Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO), EDA seeks a national non-profit partner that will work with the Department’s team to launch a learning exchange that will identify, promote, and expand on successful best practices for industry-driven regional partnerships for talent development.
EDA is committed to helping foster connected, innovation-centric economic sectors which support commercialization and entrepreneurship as described in the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010. Working with regions across the country to develop regional innovation strategies, including regional innovation clusters, is also a Strategic Goal of the DOC’s FY 2014-2018 Strategic Plan and a keystone of the Secretary’s commitment to building globally competitive regions. As part of this strategy, funding is available for capacity-building activities that include Proof of Concept Centers and Commercialization Centers as well as scaling of existing commercialization programs and centers; feasibility studies for the creation and expansion of facilities such as science and research parks; and supporting opportunities to close the funding gap for early-stage companies. To that end, EDA’s existing and highly successful i6 Challenge is being joined by additional grant opportunities to create the Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program. Under this program, EDA is soliciting applications for three separate competitions: 1. 2014 i6 Challenge; 2. Science and Research Park Development Grants; and 3. Cluster Grants for Seed Capital Funds. Applicants may, but are not required to, submit proposals for more than one competition under the RIS Program.
2014 Economic Development Assistance Programs (updated 4/29/14)
Under this FFO, EDA solicits applications from applicants in rural and urban areas to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs. Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities.
Under the Planning program EDA assists eligible recipients in creating regional economic development plans designed to stimulate and guide the economic development efforts of a community or region.
(Required documents for submitting an application for construction assistance to EDA)