Economic Development Technical Assistance


EDAs NTA program supports a small number of projects that provide technical assistance at a national scope. These projects support best practices among communities trying to solve problems related to economic development goals. By working in conjunction with its national technical assistance partners, EDA helps States, local governments, and community-based organizations to achieve their highest economic potential. The NTA program supports activities that are beneficial to the economic development community nationwide and includes but is not limited to, outreach, training, and information dissemination. It can also provide assistance with the implementation of economic development best practices and proven techniques. These funds include EDA's University Center Program and other targeted technical assistance programs.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Economic Development Administration, Department of Commerce
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965, as amended (42 U.S.C. § 3121 et seq.) (PWEDA). Effective date: 5/31/2018, Title 42
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Pursuant to PWEDA, eligible applicants for and eligible recipients of EDA investment assistance under this NOFO include a(n): a. District Organization; b. Indian Tribe or a consortium of Indian Tribes; c. 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; d. Institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education; e. Public or private non-profit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State; f. A private individual or g. For-profit organization,.
Beneficiary Eligibility
o Description of the technical assistance that will be provided to stakeholders; o Description of how the proposed project increases the economic development capacity of individuals, firms, or communities; o Discussion of how the project will stimulate economic development in distressed regions; and o Explanation of how the proposed project supports EDA's mission to lead the Federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing and supporting American regions for growth and success in the global economy.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Award Procedure
EDA will award investment assistance in accord with the procedures set forth in the applicable announcement of NOFO.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
The evaluation criteria are set forth in the applicable NOFO.
How may assistance be used?
Technical assistance is used to provide information, data, resources and toolkits which practitioners and policymakers can utilize when evaluating, shaping and implementing specific projects and programs to promote economic development efforts in their respective economically distressed regions. Under this competitive solicitation, EDA may, subject to the availability of funds, award grants to selected University Centers. The awards will have a five-year period of performance, with an initial funding period of one year. The selected University Centers will not have to compete for the second, third, fourth, and fifth years of funding. Funding beyond the initial year will be dependent upon the availability of funds and upon the recipients’ satisfactory performance and progress in achieving milestones and program goals as determined by EDA and expressed in writing.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: EDA reviews progress and financial reports for compliance with all award terms and conditions, as well as EDA regulations. EDA reserves the right to conduct site visits on an as-needed basis.
The applicant is reminded that EDA or the Department of Commerce's Office of Inspector General also may conduct an audit of an award at any time.
All financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical reports, and other records of recipients and sub-recipients are required to be maintained by the terms of the agreement.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. EDA encourages cost sharing, and applications that include matching funds may be more competitive than those that do not. Generally, the amount of an EDA award may not exceed 50 percent of the total cost of the project. However, for RNTA awards, the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development (Assistant Secretary) has the discretion to establish a maximum Investment Rate of up to 100 percent where the project: (i) Merits, and is not otherwise feasible without, an increase to the Investment Rate; or (ii) Will be of no or only incidental benefit to the Eligible Recipient.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
EDA anticipates a twelve (12) to eighteen (18) month project period for investments funded under this NOFO, subject to the availability of funds, EDA policy, and satisfactory performance under the award. Applicants should ensure that their proposal and budget clearly specify how they will complete the scope of work outlined above within this timeframe. A typical project period begins with an initial kickoff meeting between the recipient and EDA staff to discuss project scope and to ensure that all parties are in agreement as to the project terms. After the initial meeting, the recipient generally will be required to submit a final work plan to EDA staff for review and approval. Progress and financial reports and project work will be submitted to EDA based on the dates agreed to during the initial meeting and as outlined in the Special Award Conditions. In accordance with the grant terms and conditions.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Planning Program
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW Room 71030
Washington, DC 20230 US
Phone: 2024822900
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$14,000,000.00; FY 23 est $14,000,000.00; FY 24 est $139,999,998.00; FY 21$10,000,000.00; FY 20$9,500,000.00; FY 19$9,500,000.00; FY 18$1,000,000.00; FY 17$1,000,000.00; FY 16$10,321,215.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In recent years, the average size of R&E and NTA investments has been approximately $350,000, and investments generally range from $200,000 to $500,000. Historically, EDA has funded approximately five R&E projects per year and three NTA projects.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
13 C.F.R. parts 300-302, 306.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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