Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP): Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Program (PWEAA)
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Economic Development Administration (EDA)
Offers flexible grants and cooperative agreements to support economic development and revitalization projects in economically distressed areas and regions experiencing adverse economic change, including rural and American Indian and Alaska Native tribal communities undergoing economic hardship.
The Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP) consists of two programs:
- Public Works and Economic Development program
- Economic Adjustment Assistance program
Provides funding for both strategy and implementation grants to plan and execute projects that attract investment; facilitate public/private partnerships and regional collaboration; create economic diversity, new businesses, and new jobs; support job-training and re-employment needs; and develop capacity in technology, infrastructure, and technical assistance.
The Public Works program funding assists with the design, engineering, and the construction of critical public infrastructure and other facilities that can include:
- Water and sewer system improvements
- Business and industrial, sciences, and research parks
- Multi-tenant manufacturing operations
- Shipping and logistics facilities
- Telecommunications infrastructure and development facilities
- Workforce training facilities
- Workforce training and other technology-based facilities
- Business incubators and accelerators
- Wet labs
The Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA)
program supports construction and
non-construction activities that can include:
- Design and engineering
- Technical assistance
- Recovery strategies
- Capitalization or re-capitalization of revolving loan funds
EAA programs are intended to plan and support the implementation of specific solutions in communities while utilizing existing regional economic advantages.
Assistance to Coal Communities is a portion of EAA program funding designated to support areas negatively impacted by changes in the coal industry.
ACC proposals should address one or more of the following
- Collaborative partnerships
- Economic and Workforce Development Integration
- High Quality Jobs and Worker Advancement
- Multi-jurisdictional project impact
Examples of ACC projects include:
- Creating new business and employment opportunities in various sectors, such as manufacturing, agriculture, energy, information and technology (IT), healthcare, tourism and recreation, transportation, and cultural and natural assets
- Supporting employment growth and economic diversification
- Enhancing or developing business incubator program and industry clusters
- Increasing access to broadband services to support employment and business growth
- Accessing private capital and new markets for goods and services
Nuclear Closure Communities (NCCs) assistance is provided under the EAA program to communities that demonstrate significant economic impact due to the closure of nuclear power plants. The initiative supports strategic planning activities, investment for public works construction, and economic diversification.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Recovery Assistance funding may currently be available through the EAA program. These funds are designed to assist community and regional responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and facilitate economic recovery from the crisis. For additional information on this program, see EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their respective regional office contact for specific guidance regarding the eligible use of ACC or CARES Act funds.
Amount of Funding
The average Public Works program investment is $1,400,000. Amounts can range from $600,000 to $3,000,000.
The average EAA program investment is $650,000. Amounts can range from $150,000 to $1,000,000.
ACC or NCC implementation project funding ranges from $500,000 to $2,000,000, while funding for ACC or NCC planning activities ranges from $100,000 to $350,000.
Estimated number of awards:
- 80 to 150 Public Works programs per year
- 70 to 140 EAA programs per year
Estimated EDAP total program funding: $185,000,000 with $30,000,000 of that total designated as ACC funding. An additional $1,500,000,000 is available for CARES Act Recovery Assistance.
Applicants must provide matching funds for a portion of the project. Generally, an award may not exceed 50% of the total project costs. CARES Act awards are expected to fund at least 80% of total costs and, in some cases, 100% of eligible costs may be funded. Applicants are strongly encouraged to work with their state economic development representative regarding the use of in-kind contributions towards the matching share requirement for their project.
Who Can Apply
Applicants must meet the following economic distress criteria to be eligible for funding:
- A 24-month unemployment rate that is at least 1% higher than the national average unemployment rate
- A per capita income that is 80% or less of the national average per capita income
- Have a "Special Need" as determined by Section 301(a)(3) of Public Works and Economic Development Act (PWEDA) of 1965, as amended
Eligible applicants include:
- District organizations
- Indian tribes or a consortium of Indian tribes
- 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 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
What This Program Funds
Buildings and Facilities • Capacity Building • Equipment • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing • Starting a Business
Due to a high volume of applications received for CARES Act Recovery Assistance, applicants should contact their regional office representative to determine the availability of funds before applying for EAA CARES Act assistance.
Application instructions and other information about the online application process are available on grants.gov.
For programmatic or technical assistance questions, contact the appropriate state economic development representative.
Past awards communities have received are described on the program website.
Rural communities who have received funding include:
- The Grand Portage Reservation Tribal Council received a PW project award for the redevelopment of the Hat Point Marina and Ferry Terminal in Cook County, Minnesota. The project will spur the tourism industry and expand the fishing industry, creating or saving an estimated 30 jobs.
- The Forest County Potawatomi Community in Wisconsin received an EAA project award to conduct a feasibility study for the creation of a new communications and information technology training center that will increase regional opportunities for STEM-based employment. The center will enhance skills and support entrepreneurship in media and technology-based sectors, leading to increased business development and job growth in the area.
- KCEOC Community Action Partnership received an ACC project award to re-purpose an abandoned nursing home into a work ready training facility that will provide training in manufacturing, healthcare, logistics, business technologies, information technology, and hospitality industries for residents of Knox County, Kentucky. It is estimated to create or save 110 jobs in the region.
A further breakdown of successful projects for each state, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands is available in the Economic Development Administration's (EDA) annual report.
Topics This Program Addresses
American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians • Community Planning and Coalition Building • COVID-19 Response • Economic Development • Education and Training • Employment • Infrastructure • Teleservices and Technology