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Fraud Alert

EDA has become aware of a telephone/email scam in which the perpetrator claims that the victim has won an EDA award and needs to provide personal information and a processing fee to claim it. Please note that EDA does not provide grants or other forms of financial assistance or benefits (including unemployment benefits) to individuals and does not ask individuals to disclose personal information. In addition, EDA does not require applicants to submit a processing or other fee. EDA grants can only be obtained by following the procedures described in the Notices of Funding Opportunities provided for the programs below.

If you believe you have been the victim of one of these scams, or for more information, please read the following notice.

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Fiscal Year 2021 STEM Talent Challenge

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The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has published the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 STEM Talent Challenge Notice of Funding Opportunity making $2 million available to eligible entities to create and implement STEM talent development strategies that complement their region’s innovation economy. The STEM Talent Challenge provides funding for work-and-learn programs to increase America’s STEM-capable workforce in emerging and transformative sectors such as space commerce, aeronautics, digital manufacturing, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing and cybersecurity.

Fiscal Year 2021 University Center Economic Development Program (UC) Competition

Application Deadline:
The U.S. Economic Development Administration has published the FY 2021 University Center Economic Development Program Competition Notice of Funding Opportunity (PDF), making $7.4 million in federal funds available to accredited institutions of higher education or a consortium of accredited institutions of higher education in EDA’s Chicago and Philadelphia regions. A combined total of $2.5 million is available for the first year of awards under this competition.

Fiscal Year 2022 CARES Act Economic Recovery Corps and Equity Impact Investments Programs

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The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has published the FY 2022 CARES Act Economic Recovery Corps and Equity Impact Investments Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). This NOFO funds two distinct programs that are designed to provide support to underserved communities across the country in their efforts to develop successful economic development plans and projects. The first program (NOFO pages 4-8) is a network of Economic Recovery Corps fellows to add human capital to local organizations focused on improving economic resilience and competitiveness in distressed regions across the country. The second program (NOFO pages 8-11) is Equity Impact Investments that provides technical assistance to enable organizations serving underserved populations and communities to participate in economic development planning and projects.

Fiscal Year 2022 University Center Economic Development Program (UC) Competition

Application Deadline:
The U.S. Economic Development Administration has published the FY 2022 University Center Economic Development Program Competition Notice of Funding Opportunity (PDF), making $8.4 million in federal funds available to accredited institutions of higher education or a consortium of accredited institutions of higher education in EDA’s Atlanta and Seattle regions. A combined total of $2.4 million is available for the first year of awards under this competition.

Good Jobs Challenge (FY21 American Rescue Plan)

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Through the Good Jobs Challenge, EDA is allocating $500 million to collaborative skills training systems and programs. EDA encourages efforts to reach historically underserved populations and areas, communities of color, women, and other groups facing labor market barriers such as persons with disabilities, disconnected youth, individuals in recovery, individuals with past criminal records, including justice impacted and reentry participants, serving trainees participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Women, Infants and Children (WIC), and veterans and military spouses.

Indigenous Communities (FY21 American Rescue Plan)

Application Deadline: Rolling. EDA strongly encourages all applicants to start early and contact their EDA representative for assistance.
Through the Indigenous Communities program, EDA is allocating $100 million in American Rescue Plan funding specifically for Indigenous communities, which were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.