Economic Development Administration -- EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

 EDA provides strategic investments on a competitive merit basis to support economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment in economically distressed areas of the United States. Under this NOFO, EDA solicits applications from applicants in order to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, planning, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works program and EAA program (which includes Assistance to Coal Communities). Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities, including those negatively impacted by changes to the coal economy.

 There are no submission deadlines. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the publication of a new PWEAA NOFO, cancellation of this PWEAA NOFO, or all available funds have been expended. EDA intends to review applications within 60 days of receipt. Please see Section E of this NOFO for complete information on EDA’s review process. 

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Eligibility Requirements

 EDA is not authorized to provide grants or cooperative agreements under its Public Works or EAA programs to individuals or for-profit entities. Requests from such entities will not be considered for funding. Pursuant to Section 3(4) of PWEDA (42 U.S.C. § 3122(4)(a)) and 13 C.F.R. § 300.3 (Eligible Recipient), eligible applicants for EDA financial assistance under the Public Works and EAA programs include a(n): (i) District Organization of an EDA-designated Economic Development District; (ii) Indian Tribe or a consortium of Indian Tribes; (iii) State, county, city, or other political subdivision of a State including a special purpose unit of a State or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions; (iv) institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education; or (v) public or private non-profit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State. 

Amount Description

The average size of a Public Works investment has been approximately $1.4 million and investments generally range from $600,000 to $3,000,000. Historically, EDA has awarded funds for between 80 and 150 Public Works projects a year.  

The average size of an EAA investment has been approximately $650,000 and investments generally range from $150,000 to $1,000,000. Historically, EDA has awarded funds for between 70 and 140 EAA projects a year. 

In FY 2020, EDA will continue to support assistance to coal communities through the ACC program and expects to award grants generally ranging from $500,000 to $2,000,000 for implementation projects and from $100,000 to $350,000 for planning activities. 

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Community Outreach and Engagement
Social Sciences