Managing Agency U.S. Department of Commerce

Program Description

Under the Economic Development Assistance programs (EDAP), 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. EDA solicits applications for funding from Economic Development District Organizations; Indian Tribes; state, city, or local governments; institutions of higher education; and non-profit organizations to support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects.

General Program Requirements

Eligible applicants must be a state, a political subdivision of a state, district organization, Indian Tribe, institution of higher education, or a non-profit acting in coordination with a political subdivision of a state.

Certain economic distress criteria must be met (for Public Works or Economic Adjustment investments):

  • an unemployment rate that is 1 percent above the national average for the most recent twenty-four (24) month period of which data is available; or
  • at least one (1) percent greater than the national average unemployment rate; or per capita income that is, for the most recent period for which data is available, eighty (80) percent or less of the national average per capita income; or
  • a "special need" (certain unemployment or economic adjustment problems) as determined by EDA.

Proposals must be based on a locally developed comprehensive economic development strategy or equivalent document (for Public Works or Economic Adjustment investments)

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

Proposals and applications must be submitted to or to the appropriate EDA regional office.

To determine which EDA regional office serves your state, please find a list of our offices here. For more information on EDA Federal Funding Opportunities, visit our website.

Program Contact Information

Libby Jones
Congressional Affairs Specialist/EDA Tribal Liaison

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number11.300, 11.307
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityNo Set-aside; Tribes Eligible with Other Entities
Can the funding from the program be renewedNo
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations, Other Tribal and Native Entities, Non-Tribal Entities
Matching Funds RequiredYes
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)Not applicable
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?Yes
Tribes Funded by this ProgramNumber of entities funded is dependent on the availability of funding for each Fiscal Year and the competitiveness of the application.

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