FY 2018 Economic Development Assistance Programs Notice of Funding Opportunity (EDAP NOFO).

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. 

EDA employs a two-phase review process for proposals/applications submitted under this NOFO. There are no submission deadlines. Proposals and applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the publication of a new EDAP NOFO, cancellation of this NOFO or all available funds have been expended. EDA intends to review proposal packages within 30 days of their receipt and review full applications within 60 days of receipt. Please see Section E of this NOFO for complete information on EDA’s two-phase 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 to for-profit entities. Requests from such entities will not be considered for funding. Pursuant to Section 3 of PWEDA (42 U.S.C. § 3122) and 13 C.F.R. § 300.3, eligible applicants for EDA financial assistance under the Public Works and EAA programs include a(n): (i) District Organization of an EDAdesignated 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 nonprofit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State. 

Amount Description

TFor FY 2018, EDA has been appropriated $117.5 million for the Public Works program, $37 million for the EAA program, and an additional $30 million in EAA funds for ACC pursuant to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (P.L. 115-141) (Division B - Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018). 

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 2018, EDA will continue to support assistance to coal communities through the ACC program and expects to award grants generally ranging between $500,000 - $2,000,000 for implementation projects, and $100,000 - $350,000 for planning activities. 

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Community Outreach and Engagement
Social Sciences