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  • EDA ANNOUNCES $3 BILLION INVESTMENT IN AMERICA’S COMMUNITIES

    Historic investment from American Rescue Plan represents the largest economic development initiative in decades

    Communities across the country will be able to apply for funding immediately

    U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced six programs, collectively called Investing in America’s Communities, that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) will execute to equitably invest the $3 billion it received from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan.

    This EDA investment is the largest economic development initiative from the Department of Commerce in decades and will help communities across the country build back better.

    Investing in America’s Communities includes: 

    · Build Back Better Regional Challenge ($1 billion) will capitalize on American ingenuity and American workers by providing a transformational investment to regions across the country to revitalize their economies.

    · Good Jobs Challenge ($500 million) is designed to help get Americans back in good-paying jobs. The program will develop and strengthen regional workforce training systems and sector-based partnerships with a focus on programs targeted at women, people of color and historically underserved communities.

    · Economic Adjustment Assistance ($500 million) grants will help hundreds of communities across the nation plan, build, innovate, and put people back to work through projects tailored to meet local needs.  

    · Indigenous Communities ($100 million) program will work hand-in-hand with Tribal Governments and Indigenous communities to develop and execute economic development projects they need to recover from the pandemic and build economies for the future. 

    · Travel, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation ($750 million) program will focus on revitalizing the hard-hit travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation industries and accelerate the recovery of communities that rely on these sectors.  

    · Statewide Planning, Research and Networks ($90 million) grants include funding for state planning efforts as well as grants to build Communities of Practice to extend technical assistance to support EDA’s work with grantees.  

    To learn more about EDA and our American Rescue Plan Funding Opportunities sign up for our webinar, EDA 101 and America Rescue Plan Overview, which will be held on July 27 and July 29.

    For more informationvisit www.eda.gov/ARPA for the latest news on EDA’s implementation plans. Sign up for the EDA newsletter and follow EDA on social media: InstagramTwitterLinkedInFacebook and YouTube.

    Each individual Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) can be found here:

    FY 2021 American Rescue Plan Act Good Jobs Challenge

    Description: This ARPA Good Jobs Challenge NOFO is designed to help get Americans back to work by developing and strengthening regional systems to develop and execute sectoral partnerships that will lead to well-paying jobs. The goal of regional workforce training systems is to create and implement effective employer-driven training programs that will connect the existing and emerging skills needs of employers with workers and will help workers find and keep quality jobs and advance along their chosen career path. Regional workforce training systems and sectoral partnerships funded under this NOFO should connect employers in an industry with key regional stakeholders, including state and local governmental entities, economic development organizations, workforce development boards, employer-facing organizations, education and training providers, community‑based organizations (CBOs), worker-serving organizations (WSOs), and/or labor unions.

    Deadline: January-26-2022

    Funding Amount: $5,000,000

    Dept: US Dept. of Commerce

    Website: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=%20EDA-HDQ-ARPGJ-2021-2006964%20

    Eligibility: State governments, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Private institutions of higher education,  Special district governments, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status, City or township governments, County governments

    FY 2021 American Rescue Plan Act Build Back Better Regional Challenge

    Description: This ARPA BBBRC NOFO is designed as a two-phase competition to (1) help regions develop transformational economic development strategies and (2) fund the implementation of those strategies that will create and grow regional growth clusters. Such efforts will help regional economies recover from the pandemic and build economic diversity and resiliency to mitigate impacts of future economic disasters.

    In Phase 1, EDA will provide technical assistance grants to approximately 50-60 coalitions (through a lead institution). These coalitions will be considered “finalists” and the grants will be used by the finalists to prepare more detailed applications for transformational projects that benefit their respective geographic regions and are aligned around a holistic approach to building and scaling a strategic industry. 

    In Phase 2, EDA will award each of the 20-30 finalist coalitions $25-75 million (and potentially up to $100 million) to fund the collection of projects they identified. The projects will be funded through grants to coalition members.

    Deadline: October-19-2021

    Funding Amount: $30,000,000

    Dept: Dept. of Commerce

    Website: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=EDA-HDQ-ARPBBB-2021-2006976

    Eligibility: State governments, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Private institutions of higher education,  Special district governments, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status, City or township governments, County governments

    FY 2021 American Rescue Plan Act Economic Adjustment Assistance Notice of Funding Opportunity

    Description: Provide a wide-range of financial assistance to communities and regions as they respond to, and recover from, the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, including long-term recovery and resilience to future economic disasters. Under this announcement, EDA solicits applications under the authority of the Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) program, which is flexible and responsive to the economic development needs and priorities of local and regional stakeholders.

    Deadline: Ongoing until all money is awarded

    Funding Amount: $500,0000,000

    Dept/Organization: Department of Commerce

    Website: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=EDA-2021-ARPAEAA

    Eligibility: State governments, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Private institutions of higher education,  Special district governments, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status, City or township governments, County governments

    FY 2021 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Statewide Planning, Research, and Networks

    Description: The ARPA Statewide Planning, Research, and Networks NOFO is part of EDA’s multi-phase effort to respond to the coronavirus pandemic as directed by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Specifically, this NOFO seeks to build regional economies for the future through two primary avenues: a) Statewide Planning and b) Research and Networks.
    Website: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=334707
    Deadline: October-31-2021

    Funding: $31,000,000

    Dept: Department of Commerce

    Website:  https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=%20EDA-HDQ-ARPRN-2021-2006986%20

    Eligibility: (i) District Organization of an EDA-designated Economic Development District (EDD); (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

     

    FY 2021 American Rescue Plan Act Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Notice of Funding Opportunity

    Description:

     

    Through this ARPA Tourism NOFO, EDA aims to assist communities and regions in recovery from the coronavirus pandemic’s significant negative impact on the travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation sectors. EDA’s ARPA Tourism NOFO is designed to provide a wide-range of financial   to communities and regions to rebuild and strengthen their travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation industry through various infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects. Under this NOFO, EDA solicits applications under the authority of the Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) program, which is flexible and responsive to the economic development needs and priorities of local and regional stakeholders. EDA’s travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation grants will be delivered through two components: (1) State Tourism Grants and (2) EDA Competitive Tourism Grants

    Deadline: Ongoing until all money is awarded

    Funding Amount: $240,0000,000

    Dept/Organization: Department of Commerce

    Wesite: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=%20EDA-2021-ARPATOURISM%20 

    Eligibility: State governments, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Private institutions of higher education,  Special district governments, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status, City or township governments, County governments

    FY 2021 American Rescue Plan Act Indigenous Communities Notice of Funding Opportunity

    Description: Provide a wide-range of financial assistance to communities and regions as they respond to, and recover from, the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, including long-term recovery and resilience to future economic disasters. Under this announcement, EDA solicits applications under the authority of the Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) program, which is flexible and responsive to the economic development needs and priorities of local and regional stakeholders.

    Deadline: September-30-2022

    Funding Amount: $100,0000,000

    Dept/Organization: Department of Commerce

    Website: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=%20EDA-2021-ARPAINDIGENOUS%20

    Eligibility: Native American Tribal Governments

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