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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs for Economic
Development Planning Projects During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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

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Economic Development Administration (EDA or the Agency), U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), and the American Rescue Plan Act

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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, tribes, and district organizations for economic development planning projects during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Applicants are advised that required registrations take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended for statewide planning and research and communities of practice projects.

Subject to the availability of funds, awards made under this NOFO will help develop coordinated state-wide 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.

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.

  1. Statewide Planning: Through grants provided to States, EDA will fund a variety of activities among which the State may choose one or more to fund.
  2. Research and Communities of Practice Challenge: Through Research and Communities of Practice awards, EDA will fund data, tools, and institutional capacity for evaluating and scaling evidence-based economic development efforts and for creating Communities of Practice to connect and provide technical assistance to existing EDA grantees like University Centers, the Revolving Loan Fund network, the Build to Scale network, Economic Development Districts, Tribal partners, and new grantees under the ARPA Build Back Better Regional and Jobs Challenges.

For a list of eligible activities for Statewide Planning, see page 5 of the NOFO in Attached Files, below.

For more information about Research and Communities of Practice Challenge, see page 6 of the NOFO in Attached Files, below. 

Additional Program Information can be found on page 9 of the NOFO in Attached Files, below. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 197712

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Expected Number of Awards: 20

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $6,000,000
- Award Floor: $200,000

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EDA’s American Rescue Plan appropriations are available for making awards through September 30, 2022, though performance under the award may extend to no later than September 30, 2027.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 under the EAA program include a(n):
(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 or association acting in cooperation with officials of a general purpose political subdivision of a State unless EDA waives the cooperation requirement.

For Statewide Planning grants, eligible applicants are limited to the Governor’s Office, or equivalent, of a State, who may designate an eligible applicant type described above to apply for and administer the award. Under section 3(10) of PWEDA the term “State” includes the fifty States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau.

Under its EAA program, EDA is not authorized to provide grants or cooperative agreements to individuals or to for profit entities. Requests from such entities will not be considered for funding.

Pre-Application Information:

There are no application submission deadlines. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the publication of a new ARPA Statewide Planning, Research, and Networks NOFO, cancellation of this ARPA Statewide Planning, Research, and Networks NOFO, or all available funds have been expended.

While EDA encourages eligible applicants to submit their applications as soon as possible, EDA strongly advises eligible applicants to submit complete applications no later than October 31, 2021 so that EDA can review and process the application in time to achieve the objectives of the grant program. Submission by October 31, 2021 is not a guarantee of funding. Any award is subject to the availability of funds. See Section E of this NOFO regarding EDA’s review process.

EDA accepts electronic submissions of applications through EDA will not accept paper, facsimile, or email transmissions of applications except as provided below. Once an application is submitted, it undergoes a validation process through during which the application may be accepted or rejected by the system. Please be advised that the validation process may take 24 to 48 hours to complete. Applications that contain errors will be rejected by and will not be forwarded to EDA for review. The applicant must correct any errors before will accept and validate the application.

For Statewide Planning grants, States must accept or reject the grant within 45 days of the date of transmission from EDA of an invitation letter.

Statewide Planning grants will be awarded at a 100% federal grant rate. No matching share is required for Statewide Planning grants. For Research and Communities of Practice awards, given the extent of the economic impact and in accordance with the agency’s statutory authority under section 703 of PWEDA, EDA generally expects to fund 100% of eligible project costs. Applications that propose matching share, however, may be considered more competitive in the evaluation process. See section E.1 of this NOFO.

Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM): To enable the use of a universal identifier and to enhance the quality of information available to the public as required by the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, applicants are required to: (i) be registered in SAM before submitting an application; (ii) provide a valid unique entity identifier in the application; and (iii) continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which they have an active federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a federal awarding agency. EDA may not make a federal award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable unique entity identifier and SAM requirements and, if an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time the EDA is ready to make an award, EDA may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive an award and use that determination as a basis for making an award to another applicant. Award recipients will be subject to reporting requirements as identified in OMB guidance published at 2 C.F.R. parts 25 and 170.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Atlanta Regional Office
H. Philip Paradice, Jr., Regional Director
401 West Peachtree Street, NW, Suite 1820
Atlanta, GA 30308-3510
(404) 730-3002 Main Office
(404) 730-3025 Fax

Austin Regional Office
Jorge Ayala, Regional Director
903 San Jacinto, Suite 206
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 381-8150 Main Office
(512) 499-0478 Fax

Chicago Regional Office
Susan Brehm, Regional Director
230 South Dearborn Street, Suite 3280
Chicago, IL 60604-1512
(312) 353-8143 Main Office
(312) 353-8575 Fax

Denver Regional Office
Angela Belden Martinez, Regional Director
1244 Speer Boulevard, Suite 431
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 844-4715 Main Office
(303) 844-3968 Fax

Philadelphia Regional Office
Linda Cruz-Carnall, Regional Director
Robert N.C. Nix Federal Building
900 Market Street, Room 602
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 597-4603 Main Office
(215) 597-1063 Fax

Seattle Regional Office
Maeia Sellers, Regional Director
Jackson Federal Building
915 Second Avenue, Room 1890
Seattle, WA 98174-1001
(206) 220-7660 Main Office
(206) 220-7669 Fax

For state contacts, see page 31 of the NOFO in Attached Files, below.

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

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