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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 the following tools to help guide communities through 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
Healthcare, Workforce, Technical Assistance, Planning  HRSA-22-055 Regional Public Health Training Centers (PHTC) Program HHS 1/24/2022
Workforce, Healthcare  HRSA-22-114 Delta Region Rural Health Workforce Training Program HHS 1/25/2022
Workforce EDA-HDQ-ARPGJ-2021-2006964 FY 2021 American Rescue Plan Act Good Jobs Challenge DOC-EDA 1/26/2022
Workforce 22-514

Broadening Participation in Engineering

NSF 1/28/2022
Rural, Healthcare HRSA-22-059 Rural Health Network Development Planning Program HHS 1/28/2022
Disaster, Infrastructure  DHS-21-MT-047-00-99 Fiscal Year 2021 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) DHS-FEMA 1/28/2022
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
Business Assistance, Disaster  USDA-AMS-TM-FFWR-G-21-0013 Farm and Food Workers Relief Grant Program USDA 2/8/2022
Planning, Technical Assistance, Housing  FR-6500-N-34 FY 2021 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Program HUD 2/15/2022
R&D, Business Assistance  NOAA-OAR-OAR-TPO-2022-2007117 NOAA SBIR FY 2022 Phase I DOC-NOAA 2/18/2022
Broadband, Infrastructure, Rural  RUS-REC-2022 Rural eConnectivity Program USDA 2/22/2022
Rural, Business assistance  RDBCP-RBDG-2022 Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) USDA 2/28/2022
Technical Assistance  HRSA-22-092 Rural Health and Economic Development Analysis HHS 3/8/2022
Infrastructure  DOT-OST-2022-0003 Small Community Air Service Development Program DOT 3/15/2022
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
Rural, Workforce HRSA-22-117 Rural Public Health Workforce Training Network Program HHS 3/18/2022
Workforce, Innovation  22-544 Scholarships in STEM Network NSF 3/22/2022
Workforce, Innovation, Equity  22-545 Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions NSF 3/28/2022
Technical Assistance EDA-2021-ARPAEAA FY 2021 American Rescue Plan Act Economic Adjustment Assistance Notice of Funding Opportunity DOC-EDA 3/31/2022
Business Assistance, Research & Development   

Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Products Manufacturing Assistance Program 

USDA 4/1/2022
Technical Assistance, Planning  OIAOIA-TAP2200038 OIA Technical Assistance Program 2022 DOI 4/1/2022
Infrastructure  DOTBAB01062022 Regional Infrastructure Accelerator Program Notice of Funding Opportunity DOT 4/11/2022
Infrastructure  DTOS59-22-RA-RAISE FY 2022 National Infrastructure Investments DOT 4/14/2022
Energy   DOE Opens Applications for Remote, Island, and Islanded Communities Seeking Technical Assistance for Energy Transition Planning  DOE 4/15/2022
Rural, Business Assistance, Innovation  RD-RBS-22-01-RISE Rural Innovation Stronger Economy Grant Program USDA 4/19/2022
Energy, Sustainability    USDA Announces Funding Opportunity under the Rural Energy Pilot Grant Program  USDA 4/19/2022
Innovation, Energy DE-FOA-0002653 Energy Frontier Research Centers DOE 5/3/2022
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
Business Assistance, Innovation N00014-22-S-B002 Science & Technology for Advanced Manufacturing Projects (STAMP) DOD 11/30/2022
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
Rural, Planning, Technical Assistance    USDA Strategic Economic and Community Development  USDA Open
Tribal, University, Education    Tribal College Initiative Grants  USDA Open
Tribal, Infrastructure   Water and Waste Disposal Grants to Alleviate Health Risks on Tribal Lands and Colonias  USDA Open
Rural, Healthcare, Disaster    Emergency Rural Health Care Grants USDA Open
Tribal, Energy, Technical Assistance   Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs   DOE Open
Infrastructure, Energy    Electric Infrastructure Loan & Loan Guarantee Program USDA Open
Innovation, Sustainability, Energy   DOE SBIR/STTR Opportunity to Help Build a Community-Focused Clean Energy Economy DOE Open
Infrastructure, Sustainability   EPA Announces Water Infrastructure Funding for States through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Calls for Prioritizing Underserved Communities EPA 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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