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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
Workforce, Technology 21-598 Advanced Technological Education NSF 10/14/2021
Technical Assistance EDA-HDQ-ARPBBB-2021-2006976 FY 2021 American Rescue Plan Act Build Back Better Regional Challenge DOC-EDA 10/19/2021
Tribal  FR-6500-N-23 Community Development Block Grant Program for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages  HUD 10/25/2021
Technical Assistance, Tribes FR-6500-N-23 Community Development Block Grant Program for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages HUD 10/25/2021
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
Technical Assistance EDA-HDQ-ARPRN-2021-2006986 FY 2021 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Statewide Planning, Research, and Networks DOC-EDA 10/31/2021
Rural, Energy    USDA Seeks Applications for Rural Energy for America Program   USDA 10/31/2021
Infrastructure, Climate, Renewable Energy R22AS00023 WaterSMART Grants: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants for Fiscal Year 2022 DOI 11/3/2021
Workforce Development, Native American HHS-2020-IHS-UIHP3-0002 Urban Indian Education and Research Program, Competing Supplement HHS 11/6/21
Library  NLG-M-FY22 National Leadership Grants for Museums (2022)  IMLS 11/15/2021
Library  MFA-FY22 Museums for America (2022)  IMLS 11/15/2021
Library  AAHC-FY22 Museum Grants for African American History and Culture (2022)  IMLS 11/15/2021
Library  IGSM-FY22 Inspire! Grants for Small Museums (2022)  IMLS 11/15/2021
Library  NANH-FY22 Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services (2022)  IMLS 11/15/2021
Library  ME-FY22 Museums Empowered (2022)  IMLS 11/15/2021
Broadband, Equity NTIA-CMCPP-2021 Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program DOC-NTIA 12/1/2021
Brownfield, Environment, Equity  EPA-OLEM-OBLR-21-04


EPA 12/1/2021
Brownfield, Environment, Equity  EPA-OLEM-OBLR-21-05


EPA 12/1/2021
Brownfield, Environment, Equity  EPA-OLEM-OBLR-21-06


EPA 12/1/2021
Education, Cybersecurity, Energy, Infrastructure  DE-FOA-0002503 UNIVERSITY-BASED CYBERSECURITY CENTERS DOE 12/8/2021
Infrastructure, Environmentally Sustainable Development R22AS00026 WaterSMART Environmental Water Resources Projects for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 DOI 12/9/2021
Infrastructure, Workforce TATFY22   Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program USDA 12/31/2021
Infrastructure, Workforce SWMFY2022   Solid Waste Management Grant Program USDA 12/31/2021
Workforce EDA-HDQ-ARPGJ-2021-2006964 FY 2021 American Rescue Plan Act Good Jobs Challenge DOC-EDA 1/26/2022
Tourism, Technical Assistance EDA-2021-ARPATOURISM FY 2021 American Rescue Plan Act Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Notice of Funding Opportunity DOC-EDA 1/31/2022
Rural, Business assistance  RDBCP-RBDG-2022 Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) USDA 2/28/2022
Rural, Business Assistance RDBCP-RBDG-2022 Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) USDA 2/28/2022
Disaster Mitigation, Climate Change  NOAA-SEC-OED-2022-2006995 Environmental Literacy Program: Increasing community resilience to extreme weather & climate change DOC-NOAA 3/17/2022
Technical Assistance EDA-2021-ARPAEAA FY 2021 American Rescue Plan Act Economic Adjustment Assistance Notice of Funding Opportunity DOC-EDA 3/31/2022
Tribal Communities, Infrastructure    Capital Projects Fund for Tribal Governments  Treasury 6/22/2022
Entrepreneurship   Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP) USDA 6/30/2022
Native American, Technical Assistance EDA-2021-ARPAINDIGENOUS FY 2021 American Rescue Plan Act Indigenous Communities Notice of Funding Opportunity DOC-EDA 9/30/2022
Infrastructure NOAA-NFA-NFAPO-2021-2006626 FY2021 to FY2023 NOAA Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) DOC-NOAA 9/30/23
Technical Assistance, Planning EDA-HDQ-RNTA-2021 FY 2021 - 2023 Economic Development RNTA DOC-EDA Open
Planning & Technical Assistance multiple EDA Planning and Local Technical Assistance Programs DOC-EDA 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
Innovation, Entrepreneurship, & Business Assistance   Shuttered Venue Operators Grant SBA Open
Planning, Technical Assistance   Strategic Economic and Community Development USDA-RD Open
Infrastructure   Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program USDA-RD Open
Infrastructure, Broadband   Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans & Loan Guarantees USDA-RD Open
Planning, Technical Assistance, Infrastructure   SEARCH - Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households USDA-RD Open
Planning, Technical Assistance, Infrastructure   Water & Waste Disposal Predevelopment Planning Grants USDA-RD Open
Health Care, Rural    Emergency Rural Health Care Grants  USDA Open
Rural, Business Assistance   Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant Program USDA 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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