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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, Rural  HRSA-21-105 Delta Region Rural Health Workforce Training Program HHS 7/21/2021
Infrastructure   Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) EPA 7/23/2021
Planning, Technical Assistance   Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge USDA 7/26/2021
Manufacturing 2021-NIST-MFGUSA-RACER-01 NIST Rapid Assistance for Coronavirus Economic Response (RACER) DOC-NIST 7/26/2021
Infrastructure MA-PID-21-001 2021 Port Infrastructure Development Grants DOT 7/30/2021
Rural, Business Assistance, Workforce RD-RBS-21-01-RISE USDA Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) Grants USDA 8/2/2021
Arts   NEA Our Town NEA 8/5/2021
Rural, Business Development Assistance RBCS-RDCG-2021 USDA Rural Cooperative Development Grant USDA 8/10/2021
Native American, Tribal Tourism  TRIBALTOURISMFY2021 BIA Tribal Tourism Grant Program (TTGP) BIA 8/13/2021
Public Transport, Tribes FTA-2021-003-TR FY 2021 Competitive Funding Opportunity: Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program; Tribal Transit Program DOT 8/25/2021
Tribal, Broadband, Infrastructure NTIA-TBC-TBCPO-2021-2006948 Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program DOC-NTIA 9/1/2021
R&D, Technology R22AS00010 Desalination and Water Purification Research Program for Fiscal Year(FY) 22 DOI 9/9/2021
Equity P21AS00509 Land and Water Conservation Fund Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program DOI 9/24/2021
Rural, Innovation, Business Development RBCS-AIC-2021 Agriculture Innovation Center Grant Program USDA 9/27/2021
Infrastructure, Arts, Energy, Capacity Building   Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants NEH 9/28/2021
Workforce, Technology 21-598 Advanced Technological Education NSF 10/14/2021
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
Workforce Development HHS-2020-IHS-UIHP3-0002 Urban Indian Education and Research Program, Competing Supplement HHS 11/6/21
Workforce Development -2021-ACL-NIDILRR-ARHF-0009 Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) Program - Health and Function HHS 12/18/21
Workforce Development HHS-2021-ACL-NIDILRR-ARCP-0005 Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) Program - Community Living and Participation HHS 12/18/21
Workforce Development HHS-2021-ACL-NIDILRR-AREM-0007 Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) Program - Employment HHS 12/18/21
Infrastructure NOAA-NFA-NFAPO-2021-2006626 FY2021 to FY2023 NOAA Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) DOC-NOAA 9/30/23
Planning & Technical Assistance N/A Cybersecurity Education Diversity Initiative (CEDI) DOD 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
Planning & Technical Assistance   Strategic Economic and Community Development USDA Open
Innovation, Entrepreneurship, & Business Assistance   Shuttered Venue Operators Grant SBA Open
Infrastructure   Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program USDA Open
Planning & Technical Assistance   EDA Planning and Local Technical Assistance Programs EDA Open
Planning, Technical Assistance, CEDS   EDA Planning and Local Technical Assistance Programs DOC-EDA Open
Infrastructure, Broadband   Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans & Loan Guarantees USDA-RD Open
Planning, Capacity Building, Infrastructure   SEARCH - Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households USDA-RD Open
Planning, Capacity Building, Infrastructure   Water & Waste Disposal Predevelopment Planning Grants USDA-RD Open
Technical Assistance, Planning EDA-HDQ-RNTA-2021 FY 2021 - 2023 Economic Development RNTA DOC-EDA 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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