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Economic Development Funding and Other Resources

This page summarizes useful, relevant information about federal program funding opportunities, websites, tools, and partner organizations:


EDA’s sole mission is economic development, but it is not the only federal agency with financial and technical assistance programs that can support innovative, competitive and resilient regional economies. In addition to EDA’s programs and funding opportunities, we have identified over 130 federal programs that offer grants, loans, technical assistance and other support for economic development.

EDA offers Tthe following tools are offered to help guide communities to thru this wider universe of complementary federal economic development programs:

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:

Category Funding Opportunity Number Opportunity Title Agency Close Date
  MBDA-OBD-2021-2006815 Export Project DOC-MBDA 4/22/2021
Planning, Resilience, climate, infrastructure TEMP-11663 Program to Support Tribal Climate Resilience Grants and Ocean and Coastal Management Planning Grants DOI 4/23/2021
Infrastructure R21AS00428 WaterSMART: Desalination Construction Projects Under the WIIN Act DOI 4/23/2021
Workforce Development FOA-ETA-21-07 State Apprenticeship Expansion, Equity and Innovation (SAEEI) Grants DOL 4/26/2021
Workforce Development FOA-ETA-21-03 Young Adult Reentry Partnership (YARP) 2 DOL 4/26/2021
Manufacturing, Innovation   Smart Manufacturing Request for Proposals DOE 4/28/2021
Innovation, Entrepreneurship, & Business Assistance EDA-HDQ-OIE-2021-2006827 2021 Build to Scale EDA 4/29/2021
Innovation, Entrepreneurship, & Business Assistance   Enhancing Flow Battery Systems Manufacturing DOE 4/29/2021
Innovation, Entrepreneurship, & Business Assistance   NSF Convergence Accelerator Phases I and II for the 2021 Cohort NSF 5/5/2021
Small business, loans   SBA Regional Innovation Clusters SBA 5/6/2021
Workforce Development FTA-2021-002-TRI-WD FY 2021 Competitive Funding Opportunity: Transit Workforce Center (TWC) DOT 5/10/2021
Infrastructure NAG-ENHANCEMENT-FY21 Native American Library Services Enhancement Grant (2021) IMLS 5/11/2021
Infrastructure NAG-HAWAIIAN-FY21 Native Hawaiian Library Services Grant (2021) IMLS 5/11/2021
Innovation, Entrepreneurship, & Business Assistance 21-564 Future Manufacturing NSF 5/14/2021
Infrastructure, Arts, Energy, Capacity Building   Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants NEH 5/18/2021
Workforce Development, Rural HRSA-21-102 Rural Residency Planning and Development Technical Assistance Program HHS 5/21/2021
Workforce Development CDC-RFA-DP21-2109 Community Health Workers for COVID Response and Resilient Communities (CCR) HHS-CDC 5/24/2021
Small business, Entrepreneurship, Equity   Federal And State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program SBA 6/3/2021
Technical Assistance, Universities EDA-PHI-TA-PRO-2021-2006894 FY 2021 EDA University Center Competition - PRO DOC-EDA 6/4/2021
Technical Assistance, Universities EDA-CHI-TA-CRO-2021-2006893 FY 2021 EDA University Center Competition - CRO DOC-EDA 6/4/2021
Health care, Education, Rural, Training RUS-21-01-DLT Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants USDA 6/4/2021
Innovation, Entrepreneurship, & Business Assistance   Advancing Electricity-Conducing Materials Manufacturing DOE 6/8/2021
Equity, Workforce Development, Innovation PD-21-191Y Racial Equity in STEM Education NSF 6/13/2021
Defense, Manufacturing, Small Business OLDCC-21-F-0001 Defense Manufacturing Communities Support Program DOD 6/15/2021
Infrastructure   Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) USDA 6/30/21
Innovation, Entrepreneurship, & Business Assistance DE-FOA-0002453 Flow Battery Systems Manufacturing FOA   6/30/2021
Native American, Infrastructure, Climate Resilience, Energy OIAOIA-EIC2100423 FY 2021 Energizing Insular Communities Grant Program DOI 6/30/2021
Native American, Planning, Technical Assistance, Infrastructure HHS-2021-ACF-ANA-NA-1906 Social and Economic Development Strategies -SEDS HHS 6/30/2021
Advanced Manufacturing, Innovation, Environment   Geothermal Lithium Extraction Prize DOE 7/2/2021
Infrastructure Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grant Program DOT 7/12/2021
Workforce Development RFA-OH-22-003 NIOSH Training Project Grants HHS 10/26/2021
Planning & Technical Assistance EPA-OLEM-OBLR-20-08 Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities EPA 10/30/21
Workforce Development HHS-2020-IHS-UIHP3-0002 Urban Indian Education and Research Program, Competing Supplement HHS 11/6/21
Workforce Development -2021-ACL-NIDILRR-ARHF-0009 Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) Program - Health and Function HHS 12/18/21
Workforce Development HHS-2021-ACL-NIDILRR-ARCP-0005 Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) Program - Community Living and Participation HHS 12/18/21
Workforce Development HHS-2021-ACL-NIDILRR-AREM-0007 Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) Program - Employment HHS 12/18/21
Infrastructure NOAA-NFA-NFAPO-2021-2006626 FY2021 to FY2023 NOAA Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) DOC-NOAA 9/30/23
Planning & Technical Assistance N/A Cybersecurity Education Diversity Initiative (CEDI) DOD Open
Workforce Development PWEAA2020 FY 2020 EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs (Includes CARES Act Addendum) DOC-EDA Open
Disaster Assistance EDA-2019-DISASTER FY 2019 EDA Disaster Supplemental DOC-EDA Open
Planning & Technical Assistance   Strategic Economic and Community Development USDA Open
Innovation, Entrepreneurship, & Business Assistance   Shuttered Venue Operators Grant SBA Open
Infrastructure   Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program USDA Open
Planning & Technical Assistance   EDA Planning and Local Technical Assistance Programs EDA Open
Planning, Technical Assistance, CEDS   EDA Planning and Local Technical Assistance Programs DOC-EDA Open
Infrastructure, Broadband   Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans & Loan Guarantees USDA-RD Open
Planning, Capacity Building, Infrastructure   SEARCH - Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households USDA-RD Open
Planning, Capacity Building, Infrastructure   Water & Waste Disposal Predevelopment Planning Grants USDA-RD Open


The following resources present a compilation of federal programs that address specific areas of economic development:


  • EDA Research and National Technical Assistance Program (RNTA): The RNTA program funds research, evaluation, and national technical assistance projects that promote competitiveness and innovation in distressed rural and urban regions throughout the United States and its territories.
  • USASpending.gov: This publicly accessible site provides Americans with access to information about how their tax dollars are spent.
  • NEPAssist: This EPA resource facilitates the environmental review and project planning processes in relation to federal environmental considerations.
  • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) EconWorks Economic Analysis Tools: U.S. DOT EconWorks is a set of web-based tools that can help planners make better decisions and more prudent investments in regional transportation systems and related projects, based on the potential impact of anticipated jobs, wage income, and economic outputs.
  • Peer City Identification Tool (PCIT): Created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, this data comparison and visualization instrument can help policymakers and practitioners understand a municipality’s strengths and weaknesses relative to other cities.

Is there a valuable federal resource that we can add to this list? Contact us at edi@eda.gov.

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