Delta Regional Development


The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) is a federal-state partnership serving a 240-county/parish area in an eight-state region. Led by a Federal Co-Chairman and the governors of each participating state, the DRA is designed to remedy severe and chronic economic distress by stimulating economic development and fostering partnerships that will have a positive impact on the region's economy. Help economically distressed communities to leverage other federal and state programs which are focused on basic infrastructure development, transportation improvements, business development, and job training services.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Delta Regional Authority
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Departments Of Labor, Health And Human Services, And Education, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2001, 2000) as amended by H.R. 2646; The Farm Security And Rural Investment Act of 2002 (2002 Farm Bill).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The Authority may approve grants to States and public and nonprofit entities. All proposed projects must meet the clarification notes as part of the pre-application and the requirements of the State Delta plan which must be approved annually by the Authority.
Beneficiary Eligibility
General public.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Each State's Governor will select his projects for DRA yearly Federal Grant funding from the Federal Co-Chairman's list of eligible pre-applications within the context of his own Authority-approved State plan and priorities. (See individual Delta program descriptions).
Award Procedure
Upon receipt of project application approved and certified by the State DRA determines that the project satifies all requirements for assistance under the ACT and holds a Board vote for approval. The DRA notifies Congressional offices and the office of the Governor of grant awards.
Per the approved current fiscal year grant program timeline.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
In considering programs and projects to be provided assistance under the Act, and in establishing a priority of the requests for assistance provided by the Authority, the Authority shall follow procedures to ensure, to the maximum extent practicable, consideration of the following: (1) the relationship of the project or class of projects to overall regional development; (2) the per capita income and poverty and unemployment rates in an area; (3) the financial resources available to the applicants for assistance seeking to carry out the project, with emphasis on ensuring that projects are adequately financed to maximize the probability of successful economic development; (4) the importance of the project or class of projects in relation to other projects or classes of projects that may be in competition for the same funds; (5) the prospects that the project for which assistance is sought will improve, on a continuing rather than temporary basis, the opportunities for employment, the average level of income, or the economic development of the area served by the project; and (6) the extent to which the project design provides for detailed outcome measurements by which grant expenditures and the result of the expenditures may be evaluated. Each State is required to file a State Delta development plan, appraising prospects for development in its Delta area and relating to them a strategic program for which Delta funding is requested in that year. Once an application is submitted for individual projects and given final approval the grant is administered either by the Federal agency involved in that type of program, a local development district, or directly by DRA. The counties (including any political subdivision located within such area) in which investment under the Delta Act can be made are: Alabama, the counties of Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Dallas, Escambia, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Monroe, Perry, Pickens, Russell, Sumter, Washington, Wilcox; in Arkansas the counties of Arkansas, Ashley, Baxter, Bradley, Calhoun, Chicot, Clay, Cleveland, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Fulton, Grant, Greene, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lee, Lincoln, Lonoke, Marion, Mississippi, Monroe, Ouachita, Phillips, Poinsett, Prairie, Pulaski, Randolph, Searcy, Sharp, St. Francis, Stone, Union, Van Buren, White, Woodruff; in Illinois the counties of Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Johnson, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Union, White, Williamson; in Kentucky the counties of Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Henderson, Hickman, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, McLean, Muhlenberg, Todd, Trigg, Union, Webster; in Louisiana the counties of Acadia, Allen, Ascension, Assumption, Avoyelles, Caldwell, Catahoula, Concordia, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Franklin, Grant, Iberia, Iberville, Jackson, Jefferson, La Salle, Lafourche, Lincoln, Livingston, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Orleans, Ouachita, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, Richland, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John The Baptist, St. Landry, St. Martin, Tangipahoa, Tensas, Union, Washington, West Baton Rouge, West Carroll, West Feliciana, Winn; in Missouri the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Crawford, Dent, Douglas, Dunkin, Howell, Iron, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Oregon, Ozark, Pemiscot, Perry, Phelps, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Stoddard, Texas, Washington, Wayne, Wright; in Mississippi the counties of Adams, Amite, Attala, Benton, Bolivar, Carroll, Claiborne, Coahoma, Copiah, Covington, De Soto, Franklin, Grenada, Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lawrence, Leflore, Lincoln, Madison,Marion, Marshall, Montgomery, Panola, Pike, Quitman, Rankin, Sharkey, Simpson, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tippah, Tunica, Union, Walthall, Warren, Washington, Wilkinson, Yalobusha, Yazoo; in Tennessee the counties of Benton, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Fayette, Gibson, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Lake, Lauderdale, Madison, McNairy, Obion, Shelby, Tipton, Weakley.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Records as required by the basic Federal agency. Under the total audit concept, audits will be made on an organizational-wide basis (rather than grant-by-grant) under GAO guidelines, Standards for Audit of Governmental Organizations, Programs, Activities and Functions, and for programs covered by A-102, Attachment P.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Project assistance is provided until completion. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: .
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Inquiries and proposals for projects should be submitted first to The Local Development District. (See DRA website for listing.) Other inquiries may be addressed to: Executive Director, Delta Regional Authority, 236 Sharkey Avenue, Suite 400, Clarksdale, MS 38614.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Not Applicable) - Reported under individual DRA programs.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The Delta Regional Authority Code (limited distribution), The Communique an online journal devoted to the special problems and accomplishments of regional development. Annual Report.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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