EDA Planning Program and Local Technical Assistance Program



Additional Links

Notice of Funding Opportunity (Grants.gov) - Atlanta Regional Office
Notice of Funding Opportunity (Grants.gov) - Austin Regional Office
Notice of Funding Opportunity (Grants.gov) - Chicago Regional Office
Notice of Funding Opportunity (Grants.gov) - Denver Regional Office
Notice of Funding Opportunity (Grants.gov) - Philadelphia Regional Office
Notice of Funding Opportunity (Grants.gov) - Seattle Regional Office


Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

Sponsoring Organization

Economic Development Administration (EDA)


Provides economically distressed areas, including rural and Native American communities, with comprehensive and flexible resources to address a wide variety of economic needs designed to create and retain jobs, develop workforce, and increase innovation, manufacturing capacity, and private investment, including foreign direct investment. Offers funding through either the EDA Planning Program or the Local Technical Assistance Program. Promotes and funds local and regional economic development capacity-building efforts that result in establishing vibrant economies throughout the U.S.

The Planning Program consists of partnership planning investments intended to facilitate the development, implementation, revision, or replacement of Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS), which are designed to help regions leverage their unique assets in order to create and retain high-quality jobs. Also offers Short-Term and State-Planning awards to respond to sudden economic changes or losses.

The Local Technical Assistance Program is intended to strengthen the capacity of local, regional or state organizations and institutions to undertake and promote effective economic development programs through projects such as feasibility studies, impact analyses, disaster resiliency plans, and project planning.

Amount of Funding

Planning Program median award amount: $70,000
Local Technical Assistance median award amount: $100,000
Estimated number of Planning Program awards: 320 to 450
Estimated number of Local Technical Assistance awards: 30 to 50

Project period:

  • 1 - 3 years for Partnership Planning projects
  • 12 - 18 months for Short-Term and State Planning projects
  • 12 - 18 months for Local Technical Assistance projects

A project period of up to 3 years may be allowed for specific Short-Term/State Planning and Local Technical Assistance awards, depending on the scope and nature of the project.

Applicants must provide matching funds for a portion of the project. Generally, an award may not exceed 50% of the total project costs. Applicants are strongly encouraged to work with their regional office contact regarding EDA investment rate determinations and the use of in-kind contributions towards the matching share requirement for their project.

Who Can Apply

Applications may be submitted by:

  • District organizations of a designated economic development district
  • Federally recognized Indian tribes or tribal consortia
  • States, counties, cities, or other political subdivisions 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
  • Institutions of higher education or consortia of higher education institutions
  • Public or private nonprofit organizations or associations acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a state

Eligibility for Partnership Planning awards is limited to EDA-designated District Organizations and Indian tribes.

Meeting specific distress criteria is not a prerequisite for funding under the two programs. However, the economic distress level of the region impacted by a project serves as the basis for establishing the EDA share of the total cost of a project.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information about the online application process are available in the program guidance for each EDA region.

Planning Program fact sheet
Local Technical Assistance program fact sheet


For programmatic or technical assistance questions, contact the appropriate state economic development representative.

Rural Awards

Past awards communities have received are described on the program website.

Rural communities who have received funding include:

  • The County of Cheyenne in Colorado received Local Technical Assistance funding in fiscal year (FY) 2020 to develop the Opportunity Zone Community Prospectus. The prospectus will identify specific industries and private investors that can strengthen the local economy, and it offers strategies, such as workforce development and infrastructure improvements, to help attract the identified industries and investment opportunities.
  • Headwaters Resource Conservation and Development Area, Inc. in Butte, Montana used a FY 2020 Local Technical Assistance award to conduct a feasibility study for a meat processing operation in rural Whitehall, Montana. The project aims to create jobs and grow the economy by addressing the local and regional need for a value-added agriculture processing center.

Topics This Program Addresses

American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians • Community Planning and Coalition Building • Economic Development • Education and Training • Employment • Infrastructure