Statewide Planning, Research, and Networks (American Rescue Plan)
Economic Development Administration (EDA)
To develop coordinated statewide plans for economic development and data, tools, and institutional capacity to evaluate and scale evidence-based economic development efforts, including through communities of practice and provision of technical assistance among existing and new EDA grantees.
Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements
Eligibility is broad for this opportunity.
This NOFO seeks to build regional economies for the future through two primary avenues: a) Statewide Planning and b) Research and Networks. For States negatively impacted by the downturn in the coal economy, EDA expects that the plans developed under this activity will specifically address the economic effects of the transition away from coal and expansion or creation of industry clusters to support affected communities. Applicants should consider supply chains growth in sustainable manufacturing, clean energy, and electric vehicles.
Through Research and Communities of Practice awards, EDA will fund data, tools, and institutional capacity for analyzing the needs of persistent poverty communities and formulating strategies to decrease economic disparities, facilitating coordination with Tribes or other indigenous communities and other planning efforts that intersect with the Tribes’ interests and are supported by impacted Tribal communities, and cataloging state innovation and entrepreneurship assets including mechanisms to access capital and equity financing to support business development and expansion and gaps in access to capital for underserved rural and urban communities.
For Research and Communities of Practice awards, applications that propose matching share may be considered more competitive in the evaluation process.