To help States, sub-state planning units, Indian Tribes
and/or local governments strengthen economic development planning capability
and formulate and establish comprehensive economic development, process and
strategies designed to reduce unemployment and increase incomes.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Grants are used to help the cost of economic development planning and
administrative expenses of organizations that carry out the planning.
Applicant Eligibility: Eligible recipients are
Economic Development Districts; Indian tribes; a consortium of Indian tribes;
States; cities other political subdivision of States; a consortium of
political subdivisions; an institution of higher education; a consortium of
institutions of higher education; public or private nonprofit organizations;
or associations acting in cooperation with officials of a political
subdivision of a State.
Beneficiary Eligibility: The unemployed and
low-income residents of eligible areas.
Credentials/Documentation: None. Costs will be
determined in accordance will OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local
Pre-application Coordination: Submit a letter of
interest, a statement of distress, and a proposed work program not to exceed
ten pages. Assistance in the preparation of a formal application may be
requested from EDA Staff. The standard application form SF-424 as furnished by
EDA and required by 15 CFR, Part 24, "Grants and Cooperation Agreements
with State and Local Governments, must be used for this program. This program
is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure: Following invitation by
the Agency, submit a formal application to the appropriate EDA Regional office
and a copy to the EDA Economic Development Representative for the State.
Applications must be cleared by the State's Intergovernmental Review Process
as authorized under Executive Order 12372.
Award Procedure: The EDA Assistant Secretary
approves initial grant awards to District organizations and Native Americans.
EDA Regional Directors approve all other grants as well as amendments to
previously approved grants.
Deadlines: Not applicable.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time: From 45 to 60
Appeals: Not applicable.
Renewals: Grants are normally made for a 12-month
period and may be renewable if program performance is satisfactory, the area
continues to exhibit substantial economic distress, and the proposed work
program is acceptable. Priority funding consideration is given to previously
funded partnership grants to Economic Development Districts, Indian Tribes and
other eligible areas. Short term planning grants to states, sub-state planning
units and local governments may be funded for up to three consecutive awards.
Formula and Matching Requirements: This program has
no statutory formula and no legal or administrative regulations or prescribed
factors to be used to allocate funds among eligible applicants. The Federal
share may be 50 percent of the total project cost and the required local share
must be obtained from nonfederal sources in the form of cash and/or in-kind
contributions. An eligible applicant may request a supplementary grant in
excess of 50 percent if it meets the criteria established in 13 CFR 301.4(b)
or 13 CFR 306.3(b) as appropriate. The Secretary may authorize up to 100
percent funding for Indian Tribes.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance: Generally
12 months. Funds are released in two payments over the course of the grant
period. Aids the long-range economic development of areas with severe
unemployment and low family income problems; helps to create an environment
where higher paying lucrative jobs are created. Create new, permanent jobs.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Semi-annual financial reports; progress
reports 5 months and 10 months after grant start date; annual update or report
of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strangely (CEDS) is due on June 30
of every year or as determined by the Regional Office.
Audits: In accordance with the provisions of OMB
Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), recipients that are States,
Local Governments, Nonprofit Organizations and Institutions of Higher Learning
shall be subject to the audit requirements contained in the Single Audit Act
Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501-7507). Commercial organizations shall be
subject to the audit requirements as stipulated in the award document. States,
local governments and nonprofit governments that expend $300,000 or more in a
year in Federal awards shall have a single or program-specific audit conducted
for that year.
Records: Financial records must be maintained
until 3 years after the completion of the grant project or submission of the
final financial report, whichever is later, and be readily available for
inspection and audit. All financial and programmatic records, supporting
documents, statistical reports, and other records of grantees or sub grantees
are required to be maintained by the terms of the agreement.
Account Identification: 13-2050-0-1-452.
Obligations: (Grants) FY 01 $24,039,450; FY 02
est $24,012,000; and FY 03 est $22,300,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance: $500 to $175,000. Average: $56,000.
In fiscal year 2001, 432 grants were awarded to Economic Development
Districts, Indian Tribes, States, urban areas and sub-state political
sub-divisions. These entities carried out a variety of planning and related
efforts aimed at generating jobs and income for their areas and for
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
13 CFR 306 Planning Assistance.
Regional or Local Office: Refer to Appendix IV of
the Catalog for EDA Regional Office addresses.
Headquarters Office: Anthony Meyer, Acting
Director, Planning and Development Assistance Division, Economic Development
Administration, Room H7317, Herbert C. Hoover Building, Washington, DC 20230.
Telephone: (202) 482-3027. Fax: (202) 482-0466. Use the same numbers for FTS.
Web Site Address: http://www.doc.gov/eda/
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
Projects are for the purpose of supporting staff to
undertake comprehensive economic development strategies and planning by
Economic Development Districts, Indian tribes, states, sub-states areas,
cities and counties.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Quality of proposed work program, level of distress,
evidence that EDA funding can contribute significantly to applicant's economic