Investments for Public Works and Economic Development Facilities


Through the Public Works program, EDA provides catalytic investments to help distressed communities build, design, or engineer critical infrastructure and facilities that will help implement regional development strategies and advance bottom-up economic development goals to promote regional prosperity. The Public Works program provides resources to meet the construction and/or infrastructure design needs of communities to enable them to become more economically competitive. Prior examples of investments EDA has supported through the Public Works program include projects supporting water and sewer system improvements, industrial parks, high-tech shipping and logistics facilities, workforce training facilities, business incubators and accelerators, brownfield redevelopment, technology-based facilities, wet labs, multi-tenant manufacturing facilities, science and research parks, and telecommunications infrastructure and development facilities. As noted above, investments made through the Public Works program must be aligned with a current CEDS or EDA-accepted regional economic development strategy and clearly lead to the creation or retention of long-term high-quality jobs. For example, under this program, EDA may provide funding to a consortium of eligible recipients to support the construction of a technology center that provides laboratory, office, and manufacturing space that leads to the creation of advanced manufacturing jobs. As another example, EDA may provide funding to a county government to support regional job creation in targeted cluster industries and expand those industries? ability to export goods.

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. ยง 3121 et seq.) (PWEDA):
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
EDA is not authorized to provide grants or cooperative agreements under its Public Works or EAA programs to individuals or to for-profit entities. Requests from such entities will not be considered for funding. Pursuant to Section 3 of PWEDA (42 U.S.C. SS 3122) and 13 C.F.R. SS 300.3, eligible applicants for EDA financial assistance under the Public Works and EAA programs include a(n): (i) District Organization of an EDA-designated Economic Development District; (ii) Indian Tribe or a consortium of Indian Tribes; (iii) 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; (iv) institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education; or (v) public or private non-profit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
EDA will review and evaluate documentation submitted by the applicant to determine eligibility. EDA will reject any documentation of eligibility that the agency determines is inaccurate or incomplete, which may cause the proposal or application to be rejected. EDA reserves the right to request additional documentation or information from the applicant to make an eligibility determination. The proposed project must meet EDA's distress criteria as of the date EDA receives a proposal or complete application for PRC review. However, if an award has not been made within six months of that date, EDA will then re-evaluate the project to determine continued eligibility for investment assistance. If the project no longer meets EDA's distress criteria, the project will no longer be considered. For construction projects (including design and engineering) the project must be located within an eligible Region. EDA suggests that applicants work closely with the EDA representative listed for their State as they define an eligible project in their Region. EDA employs a two-phase review process for proposals/applications submitted under this NOFO. There are no submission deadlines. Proposals and applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the publication of a new EDAP NOFO, cancellation of this NOFO or all available funds have been expended. EDA intends to review proposal packages within 30 days of their receipt and review full applications within 60 days of receipt.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. NA
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. FY 2019 Economic Development Assistance Programs. Application submission and program requirements for EDA's Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs
Award Procedure
Staff in the applicable EDA regional office review complete applications for eligibility and compatibility with EDA's mission and funding priorities. Applications deemed eligible and at least minimally consistent with EDA's mission and funding priorities are referred to an Investment Review Committee, which recommends applications for funding to the Regional Director. The Regional Director makes a funding determination as the Grants Officer for the respective region.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
EDA will review all applications for investment assistance against the evaluation criteria outlined in the applicable Federal Funding Opportunity, which generally includes a review of the feasibility of the budget presented, conformance with EDA statutory and regulatory requirements, and alignment with strategic areas of interest and priority considerations identified in the applicable announcement. For more information on these investment priorities and current funding opportunities, go to
How may assistance be used?
EDA Public Works program investments help facilitate the transition of communities from being distressed to becoming competitive by developing key public infrastructure, such as technology-based facilities that utilize distance learning networks, smart rooms, and smart buildings; multitenant manufacturing and other facilities; business and industrial parks with fiber optic cable; and telecommunications and development facilities. In addition, EDA invests in traditional public works projects, including water and sewer systems improvements, industrial parks, business incubator facilities, expansion of port and harbor facilities, skill-training facilities, and brownfields redevelopment
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 or sub-recipients are required to be maintained by the terms of the grant agreement.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. Cost sharing is an essential element of any EDA project, and the availability and committed nature of matching funds is a competitiveness factor in evaluating applications against each other. Generally, the amount of an EDA award may not exceed 50 percent of the total cost of the project. Projects may receive an additional amount that may not exceed up to 30 percent of the total project cost, based on the relative needs of the Region in which the project will be located, as determined by EDA.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
EDA expects that all projects will proceed efficiently and expeditiously, and EDA encourages applicants to clearly document how quickly the applicant will be able to start and complete the proposed work. All construction projects are expected to be completed within five years from the date of award. Funds are disbursed on a reimbursement basis.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Philip Saputo
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room 71030
Washington, DC 20230 US
Phone: (202) 400-0662
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$117,500,000.00; FY 19 est $117,500,000.00; FY 20 FY 17$100,000,000.00; FY 16$110,897,917.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The average size of a Public Works investment has been approximately $1.4 million, and investments generally range from $600,000 to $3,000,000. Historically, EDA has awarded funds for between 80 and 150 Public Works projects a year.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Title 13 CFR Chapter III, Parts 300-302, 305, 310, and 314.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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