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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
FTA-2020-015-TRI The Public Transportation COVID-19 Research Demonstration Grant Program FTA 10/5/2020 11/2/2020
TAT-RWTS-PILOT TAT for Innovative Regional Wastewater Treatment Solutions Grant Pilot Program USDA 10/5/2020 11/4/2020
FOA-ETA-20-13 H-1B One Workforce Grant Program DOL 9/24/2020 11/12/2020
FOA-ETA-20-12 H-1B Rural Healthcare Grant Program DOL-ETA 9/14/2020 11/13/2020
FOA-ETA-20-12 H-1B Rural Healthcare Grant Program DOL 9/14/2020 11/13/2020
OSBDC-2021-02 FY21 Funding for Existing Small Business Development Centers SBA 10/1/2020 11/16/2020
MFA-FY21 Museums for America (2021) IMLS 8/18/2020 11/16/2020
AAHC-FY21 Museum Grants for African American History and Culture (2021) IMLS 8/18/2020 11/16/2020
ME-FY21 Museums Empowered (2021) IMLS 8/18/2020 11/16/2020
NANH-FY21 Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services (2021) IMLS 8/18/2020 11/16/2020
NLG-M-FY21 National Leadership Grants for Museums (2021) IMLS 8/18/2020 11/16/2020
IGSM-FY21 Inspire! Grants for Small Museums (2021) IMLS 8/18/2020 11/16/2020
BIA-EMDP-2020 Energy and Mineral Development Program (EMDP) DOI-BIA 9/9/2020 12/2/2020
RDRUS-CC-2021 Community Connect Grant Program IMLS 9/24/2020 12/23/2020
CNCS-09-11-20 FY 2021 AmeriCorps State and National Grants CNCS 9/11/2020 1/6/2021
20210114-PG Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions National Endowment for Humanities 9/25/2020 1/14/2021
DHS-20-MT-047-00-99 FY20 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities DHS-DHS 8/3/2020 1/29/2021
NOAA-NFA-NFAPO-2021-2006626 FY2021 to FY2023 NOAA Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) DOC-NOAA 9/29/2020 9/30/2023
EDA-2019-DISASTER FY 2019 EDA Disaster Supplemental DOC-EDA 8/13/2019 Open
PWEAA2020 FY 2020 EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs (Includes CARES Act Addendum) DOC-EDA 10/18/2019 Open
2020-NIST-MFGUSA-NEAP-01 NIST Manufacturing USA National Emergency Assistance Program DOC-NIST 3/30/2020 Open

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:

Federal Assistance for Economic Development graphic showing structure listed in order below

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 over 130 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. A new column has been added to identify programs that currently offer preference, flexibility or other targeting for Qualified Opportunity Zones. Use the filter function to sort the listings by column heading, click on the CDFA number to read the program overview at www.beta.sam.gov, and visit the program office link for funding availability, contacts and additional information.

The EDI team welcomes your updates or additions to this beta version of the matrix. Send us your feedback at edi@eda.gov

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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