Community Economic Adjustment Assistance for Compatible Use and Joint Land Use Studies


Provide technical and financial assistance to state and local governments to plan and implement civilian actions necessary to alleviate and /or prevent incompatible civilian development and other civilian activities that are likely to impair the continued operational utility of a DoD installation, range, special use air space, military operations area, and/or military training route. The program enables states and communities to assist local installations to optimize their mission: support lethality; and enhance the readiness and military value of their local installation.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Economic Adjustment, Department of Defense
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
10 U.S.C. 2391.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applicants for this assistance are to contact the Office of Economic Adjustment and a Project Manager will be assigned to work with the applicant to determine eligibility for assistance under this program. States, counties, municipalities, other political subdivisions of a State, and special purpose units of a State or local government are eligible for this assistance if the Director, Office of Economic Adjustment determines that the encroachment of the civilian community is likely to impair the continued operational utility of the military installation.
Beneficiary Eligibility
States and communities, including local property owners, as well as the local military installation.
Applicants will be required to provide documentation consistent with the authority under which the assistance is being sought. Applicants must document their intent to work with the Military Department, Federal, State, and local officials, residents, businesses, and landowners to cooperatively participate in the development and implementation of a strategic plan and specific implementation measures to ensure civilian growth and development are compatible with the continued operational utility of the military installation. Applicants also must show evidence that the proposed planning process and implementation measures will prevent further encroachment on the military installation.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. 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. Pre-application coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. 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 of State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. When in receipt of a Military Department nomination, the Office of Economic Adjustment will notify the relevant Installation Commander that a Project Manager will schedule a visit to understand local encroachment threats, provide a program overview and confirm the Installation Commander’s support to engage the affected local governments and/or State, and confirm local civilian interest and support to undertake the study and carry out the study recommendations. Once support from the Installation Commander and affected local governments and/or State is confirmed, the Project Manager will work with the local governments and/or State to craft an effective and responsive program of assistance to ensure any encroachment is responded to and civilian growth and development are compatible with the continued operational utility of the military installation. Assistance may also consist of community planning assistance to help prevent the siting of energy projects from adversely affecting Department of Defense missions. For example, the commercial development of energy projects (both generation and transmission) may affect unique military activities and readiness, especially when located near installations, ranges, or on lands beneath designated military training routes or special use airspace. State and local governments can support effective collaboration, through early engagement and dialog between the Defense Components and energy developers to ensure proposed energy projects may proceed without compromising the military mission. A proposal may address turbines; low-level flight obstructions associated with tall such as solar towers; and glint and glare impacts to flight operations associated with solar photovoltaic arrays or power tower projects near military airfields. Details on how to apply can be found in Federal Register Notice, Volume 84, number 150, dated August 5, 2019. A Project Manager will provide necessary information to assist the state or local government to prepare and submit an application for federal assistance under this program.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. An application (SF 424, budget, program or project narrative and assurances) must be submitted that outlines the proposed project and expenditure of funds. Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted to the Director, Office of Economic Adjustment, Department of Defense. Applicants will be invited to submit their applications and supporting documentation electronically to the Director, Office of Economic Adjustment, Department of Defense. In instances where, for whatever reason, an electronic application cannot be submitted, provisions may be made to accept a paper application addressed to: Director, Office of Economic Adjustment, Department of Defense, 2231 Crystal Drive, Suite 520, Arlington, VA 22202-3711.
Award Procedure
All proposals will be reviewed on their individual merit by a panel of OEA staff, all of whom are Federal employees. OEA may coordination with the appropriate Military Department, and other Federal entities, as appropriate and in OEA's discretion, to develop a decision on the proposal.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
OEA will notify the respondent, to the extent practical, within thirty (30) days after receipt of a proposal, whether their proposal was successful. The successful respondents will then be assigned a Project Manager and instructed to submit an application through OEA's grants management system. Grant applications will be reviewed for their completeness and accuracy and a grant award will be issued, to the extent practical, within seven (7) business days from receipt of a complete application.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Upon validating a respondent's eligibility and the potential civilian development to impair the operational utility of an installation, consider each of the following equally-balanced factors as a basis to invite formal grant applications: an appropriate and clear project design to address the need, problem, or issue identified; evidence of an effective approach to ensure the project supports the continued operational utility of the local mission; the innovative quality of the proposed approach; and, a reasonable, allowable and allocable proposed budget with a non-Federal match commitment and schedule for completion of the work program specified.
How may assistance be used?
Potentially eligible activities may include, but are not limited to: “Compatible Use Plans” to comprehensively understand concerns and opportunities, and to develop a responsive strategy and action plan; preparation of land use ordinances; analysis and dissemination of information; timely consultation and cooperation among DoD, state and local governments, and other stakeholders; coordinated interagency and intergovernmental assistance; technical and financial studies; clearinghouse or websites to exchange information among federal, state, and local efforts; resolution of regulatory issues impeding the support of compatibility measures, drafting of state legislation; feasibility studies; integration of the Department’s Military Aviation and Installation Assurance Siting Clearinghouse procedures with local/state reviews; development of follow-on open space/easement opportunities for the Department’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program; and, other innovative approaches. More specifically, assistance may be undertaken to respond to current, future, or potential areas or incidences of encroachment upon installations and ranges, including: energy project siting; incompatible development in aircraft runway clear and accident potential zones; light pollution; urban growth; noise; electromagnetic spectrum interference; protection from a threat of unmanned aerial and underwater vehicles; vertical obstructions; incompatible use of land, air and water resources; cyber vulnerabilities; and the management of endangered species.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Performance monitoring may be required. The frequency of monitoring will be identified in the "Terms and Conditions" of the award.
Standard Federal audit requirements apply, as appropriate to the type of recipient. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the Grantee's fiscal year.
Grant records shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or subrecipient under the award.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is mandatory. 10%. A minimum of ten percent of the project's total proposed funding is to be comprised of non-Federal sources.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Length of assistance may extend across more than one period and will be determined on the basis of project need and requirements. Project periods may occur over a 12 to 24 month period. Funds are disbursed quarterly or as required.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Regional Director, Western Region Office of Economic Adjustment, Department of Defense, 1325 J Street, Suite 1500, Sacramento, CA 95814. Phone: (916) 557-7365.
Headquarters Office
Karen E. Bass-McFadden
2231 Crystal Drive, Suite 520
Arlington, VA 22202-3711 US
Phone: (703) 697-2130
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$4,315,687.00; FY 19 est $5,016,095.00; FY 20 est $4,500,000.00; FY 17$11,770,000.00; FY 15$5,667,021.00; FY 16 est $6,445,937.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$50,000 - $750,000; $250,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The Recipient, and any subrecipient or consultant/contractor, operating under the terms of a grant or cooperative agreement shall comply with all Federal, State, and local laws including the following, where applicable: Part 1103 of title 2, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Interim Grants and Cooperative Agreements Implementation of Guidance in 2 CFR Part 200, "Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards ;" Part 25 of title 32, CFR, OMB Circular A-133;" Audits of States, Local Governments and Non-Profit Organizations;" Part 28 of title 32, CFR, "New Restrictions on Lobbying;" Part 1125 of title 2, CFR, "Department of Defense Nonprocurement Debarment and Suspension," Subpart B, "Requirements for Recipients Other Than Individuals," of Part 26 of title 32, CFR, "Governmentwide Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace (Financial Assistance);" and Part 25 of title 2, CFR, "Universal Identifier and Central Contractor Registration."
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2015 Provided financial assistance to state and local governments to work with the military, federal, state, and local officials, residents, businesses, and landowners to complete a strategic plan or focused planning study to support specific actions to ensure civilian growth and development are compatible with continued military operations at the installation, and related ranges, special use airspace, military training routes, and military operations areas. Some state and local governments leveraged the Joint Land Use Study planning process to identify a framework for cities, counties, and the state to facilitate early submission of renewable energy project proposals to the local installation and the Department of Defense Siting Clearinghouse for military mission compatibility review.
Fiscal Year 2016 Local governments, regional planning organizations, and some states sponsor compatible use projects, to include Joint Land Use Studies, compatible energy siting initiatives and special purpose studies with a focus on addressing specific compatibility issues, such as incompatible civilian development in a Clear Zone or coordinated, statewide assistance. These compatible use projects are all cooperative, community-driven planning efforts to address and prevent incompatible civilian development around military operations. Some ongoing Joint Land Use Study projects include expansive geographic areas involving multiple military installations and jurisdictions to identify, evaluate and address multiple compatibility factors that could adversely impact continued military operations. Completion of a compatible use project will result in an implementation strategy with assigned responsibilities and time frame to promote compatible civilian development that supports long-term military mission sustainability and continued regional community development.
Fiscal Year 2018 State Compatible Siting of Energy Projects: A state Aeronautics Commission will to ensure the proper siting of energy projects and tall structures throughout the state to preserve the warfighters’ flight corridors and critical radar systems. This effort will build state capacity to carry out recent legislation that prohibits construction or operation of a wind energy facility, or facility expansion, from encroaching upon or having a significant adverse impact on the mission, training or operations of any military installation or branch. State Legislative Support for Installations: A Council of Governments, in partnership with impacted counties and municipalities, reviewed over 318 development cases, resulting in approximately 114 rejected cases in support of military readiness at an Army installation. This review is directly related to the law requiring local governments to notify commanders of military bases of any proposed subdivisions or zoning changes within 5 miles of an installation’s boundaries. This resulted in the state setting aside $1 million annually to support compatible use around military bases within the state. Land Acquisition: A local Commander worked with neighboring jurisdictions to develop a successful Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Buffer Program that, to date, has protected 9000 acres, leveraging $12.6M partner, $11.2M REPI, and $5.3M in Air Force funds. The impacted Air Force Range is the Air Force’s largest Primary Training Range (PTR) east of the Mississippi and the only east coast PTR with 6 targets capable of 360 degree guided weapons attack providing superb training grounds for exercises such Special Operations Emerald Warrior. Preserving Military Installation Missions: State providing a grant of $525K to remove an existing marina across the river from an impacted submarine base. The structure would have significantly impacted submarine turning because a new submarine was longer than prior based submarines.


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