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Funding Opportunities

Integrating Economic Development Across the Federal Government

EDA is seeking applications for a one (1) year cooperative agreement to conduct research and analysis that results in tools for better aligning and integrating federal economic development programs. A core piece of this work will involve the creation and delivery of comprehensive, useable economic development program content that will facilitate access to and maximize the efficiency of such programs. Ultimately, such tools will permit communities seeking federal and other assistance to achieve their economic development objectives. Applicants should describe how they would develop and deliver comprehensive information, including an inventory of federal economic development programs and related content that identifies and clearly delineates the parameters for all economic development programs administered by all federal agencies. At a minimum, parameters for each program must include eligibility, typical uses, complementary uses, target applicant type, the types of activities supported by the program, other funding requirements or constraints and the outputs and outcomes expected by the programs. The ideal inventory would use the lens of EDA's logic model to identify how four key areas of economic development capacity are advanced through the identified federal economic development programs. Additionally, research and analysis will be conducted to explore the extent to which EDA's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS) process could fulfill or better align with the economic/community/workforce development planning requirements of other Federal economic development programs. See section I.C of this FFO. Recommendations are sought for improved alignment of planning requirements across such programs.

FY 2016 Economic Development Assistance Programs Application submission and program requirements for EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs

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 EAA 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. EDA provides strategic investments on a competitive- merit-basis to support economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment in economically distressed areas of the United States.

FY 2015-2016 Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms Program Department of Commerce

We have rescheduled the webinar to allow the maximum number of participants.  Please re-upload the FAQs and update EDA’s website reference to the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firm Federal Funding Opportunity as follows.

EDA is pleased to announce the publication of a Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) under its Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAAF) program. The TAAF program provides cost-shared technical assistance to help strengthen the competitiveness of American companies that have been negatively impacted by increasing imports.  EDA operates the TAAF program through a national network of Trade Adjustment Assistance Centers (TAACs).

Through this FFO, EDA is soliciting applications from organizations to operate as TAACs.  Each TAAC is expected to provide technical assistance to import-impacted firms in preparing petitions to EDA for certification of eligibility under the program, and in developing and implementing adjustment proposals (business recovery plans) for such firms in partnership with contractual service providers. This funding competition aims to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the TAAF program through enhanced program performance measurement, decreased program administrative costs, closer alignment of geographic service areas of TAACs with the service areas of EDA’s six regional offices, and a more equitable distribution of services across all U.S. States and Territories.

Application packages are available electronically at www.grants.gov (Grants.gov).  Applicants may search for this funding opportunity on Grants.gov using Funding Opportunity Number: EDA-HDQ-TAAF-2016-2004559.

An informational teleconference was held for prospective applicants on Monday, October 19, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. This teleconference provided general information on the TAAF program as well information on preparing an application for funding under this competitive solicitation to serve as a TAAC. Please see links below for Frequently Asked Questions, Informational Webinar slides and TAAF 101 presentation.

2015 Regional Innovation Strategies Program Competition

EDA’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) leads the Regional Innovation Strategies Program competition to spur innovation capacity-building activities in regions across the nation. The program is authorized through the America COMPETES reauthorization Act of 2010, and received a dedicated appropriation for the first time in FY 2014.

Innovative Metrics for Economic Development – Proof of Concept Study

EDA seeks applications to develop and test measures, metrics, indicators, and methodologies to help the agency more effectively assess, evaluate, and report on the full impact of its economic development investments on regional economies across the Nation. Proposals must discuss how robust indicators and metrics will be identified; establish appropriate program metrics for EDA investments and validate the statistical relationship between grant outputs and outcomes (capacity building) and realized (economic growth, competitiveness and sustainability) outcomes. EDA is particularly interested in appropriate program metrics for non-construction, innovation-supporting programs. Models must include testing on EDA grantees, an impact analysis design and how a valid statistical methodology will corroborate that the proposed metric model works. All metrics should be consistent with EDA’s logic model. Deliverables will include an implementation toolkit accessible to EDA staff with operational recommendations in addition to reports establishing proven metrics, supporting analysis and statistical corroboration.

The Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative

The Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative is a new interagency effort to assist communities negatively impacted by changes in the coal industry and power sector. Booming natural gas production, declining costs for renewable energy, increases in energy efficiency, flattening electricity demand, and updated clean air standards are changing the way electricity is generated and used across the country. These industry shifts are impacting workers and communities who have relied on the coal economy as a source of good jobs and economic prosperity.

EDA's Planning and Local Technical Assistance Programs

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.

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Preliminary Engineering and Environmental Templates

(Required documents for submitting an application for construction assistance to EDA)