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How to Apply

How to Apply

For nearly 50 years, the U.S. Economic Development Administration has partnered with distressed communities throughout the United States to foster job creation, collaboration and regional innovation.

EDA grants help to fulfill regional economic development strategies designed to accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship, advance regional competitiveness, create higher-skill, living-wage jobs, generate private investment, and fortify and grow industry clusters.

EDA employs a quarterly grant process for its Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs that is designed to build on the agency’s record of excellent customer service, flexibility, and strong performance measure. Other EDA programs have separate requirements that are indicated in the applicable Federal Funding Opportunity notices for those programs.

EDA staff in our six regional offices is available to answer questions and help you through the application process. Please direct inquiries to the regional office contact with jurisdiction over your state.

The process includes:

Continuous technical assistance and customer service

Applicants may submit an application at any time during the quarter and receive formal feedback on its technical and competitive merits and/or deficiencies.

Quarterly rounds of funding

EDA sets quarterly deadlines for submission of applications in order to be considered for an award in that quarterly funding cycle.

For FY 2014 the deadlines are:
- December 13, 2013 for funding cycle 2 of FY 2014
- March 14, 2014 for funding cycle 3 of FY 2014
- June 13, 2014 for funding cycle 4 of FY 2014
- October 17, 2014 for funding cycle 1 of FY 2015

Timely Selection

EDA expects to notify applicants of its decision in writing by the last business day of the month following the applicable funding cycle deadline (for example, an application submitted by the December 13, 2013 deadline would receive notification by January 31, 2014). See Federal Funding Opportunities for more information.

Competitive selection framework

All projects will be assessed against EDA's strategic priorities and evaluated by an investment review committee where EDA professionals analyze and recommend proposals to the EDA Regional Director for that quarter's available funding.