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Federal Assistance for Economic Development

A core objective for Economic Development Integration at EDA, is to increase your access to the most relevant federal resources that support job creation, drive innovation and entrepreneurship, and build resilient regional economies. This page offers resources to help communities across the US to more readily identify and apply for the federal economic development resources that best support their local priorities and objectives.

In addition to funding opportunities available through EDA, the websites, tools and partner organizations listed below provide a wealth of financial and technical assistance opportunities available from other federal agencies that can be leveraged with local and private resources to ensure projects reach the scale and impact necessary to assist distressed areas, and to provide long term benefits for the entire region.

Check out these current opportunities from our federal partners:

Upcoming Deadlines -- Featured Federal Funding Opportunities

See below for a selection of funding opportunities that may complement your region’s economic development strategies. For more detail or to apply, open the Grants.gov search field and enter the Opportunity Number shown here:

Opportunity Number Opportunity Title Agency Posted Closes
EDAP2018 FY 2018 Economic Development Assistance Programs. Application submission and program requirements for EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs DOC-EDA 07/02/2018
NSF 17-590 Improving Undergraduate STEM Education NSF 08/22/2017 10/01/2018
FOA-ETA-18-08 Scaling Apprenticeship Through Sector-Based Strategies DOL-ETA 07/18/2018 10/16/2018
NOAA-NMFS-SE-2019-2005794 FY 2019 Marine Fisheries Initiative (MARFIN) DOC 08/22/2018 10/23/2018
USDA-NIFA-SBIR-006649 Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I Fiscal Year 2019 USDA-NIFA 07/23/2018 10/25/2018
IGSM-FY19 Inspire! Grants for Small Museums IMLS 08/16/2018 11/01/2018
AAHC-FY19 Museum Grants for African American History & Culture IMLS 08/16/2018 11/01/2018
2018-09 Agricultural Trade Promotion Program USDA-FAS-OTP 08/31/2018 11/02/2018
RDBCP-DHCS-2018 Delta Health Care Service Grant Program USDA-RBCS 09/07/2018 11/19/2018
EDA-HDQ-RNTA-2018-2005669 Economic Development Research and National Technical Assistance FY18-FY20 DOC 05/31/2018 09/30/2020

EDA funding opportunities are just the tip of the iceberg regarding federal resources that can support a comprehensive regional strategy. A full range of funding opportunities can be found at the following sites, which are arranged from the most comprehensive online resources (i.e. Grants.gov and the CFDA), to more targeted resources including EDA’s own set of funding opportunities, many of which are open now. See below for more information on the following pages that list resources from more general, to those specifically targeted to economic development:

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Federal Assistance Listings (SAM)

As an entity looking for federal assistance for your economic development project, you can conduct your preliminary planning using the U.S. Government’s official site that hosts its System for Awards Management (SAM). The SAM database integrates ten previously separate systems for federal procurement and grant awards in single location.

Browse SAM for assistance listings across all government agencies to form a “big picture” of your funding options. Enter a keyword or agency name to browse listing, and select filters to narrow results by type of applicant or assistance (grant, loan, etc.). Each listing is associated with a unique five digit CFDA (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance) number. Once you identify a federal assistance listing that you’re interested in, you can link directly to grant opportunities on Grants.gov or follow up with that specific agency using the contact information provided.

SAM Assistance Listings website: https://beta.sam.gov/search?index=cfda

Current Federal Funding Opportunities (Grants.gov)

The Grants.gov website provides a brief description of all federal grant-making agencies, and lists currently available funding opportunities that can be sorted by category, eligibility, due date and other key criteria.

Matrix of Federal Resources for Economic Development

The volume of programs and variety of agencies, and different requirements can frustrate even the most resourceful applicant. We have identified nearly 140 federal programs, currently listed in the CFDA, that offer grants, technical assistance or other support that can support different aspects of economic development - in areas ranging from entrepreneurship to infrastructure, workforce development to transportation, trade promotion to capital access, and strategic planning to research and development. These offerings are arranged in a matrix to help you identify which of these offerings may be best for project funding vs. technical assistance, organizational vs. individual assistance, and for the particular type of activities that your region seeks to implement.

EDA Funding Opportunities

EDA accepts applications on a rolling basis for its Public Works (PW) and Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) grant programs, which provide grant funding for infrastructure, facilities, planning, feasibility studies, and similar projects to improve regional economies. Other EDA funding opportunities, such Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS), have specific application deadlines.

Contact EDA

EDA staff maintain collaborative relationships with interagency colleagues in regional and local offices of federal agencies whose programs complement the broad-based economic development strategies that EDA stakeholders pursue in rural and urban areas across the country.

How Can We Improve This Page? Let Us Know!

The EDI team is always looking for opportunities to update and improve the federal economic development resources featured on this page. Please help us make sure that the information we post is consistently useful to your organizations, communities and regions. If you have ideas or updated content you would like us to include here, please contact us at edi@eda.gov.

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