Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms
The Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAAF) program helps economically distressed U.S. business in building strategies to increase exports and thereby create jobs. The program provides technical assistance to U.S. businesses that have lost sales and employment due to increased imports of similar goods and services. Technical assistance is provided through a nationwide network of eleven Economic Development Administration (EDA) funded Trade Adjustment Assistance Centers (TAACs).
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Economic Development Administration, Department of Commerce
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Trade Act of 1974, as amended (19 U.S.C. § 2341 et seq.)., Public Law 114-27
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Section 253 of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. SS 2343(b)) provides that grants may be awarded to "intermediary organizations (including Trade Adjustment Assistance Centers)" to provide assistance to trade-injured firms. For an industry association or other organizations to be eligible for industry assistance under section 265 of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. SS 2355(a)), the applicant must submit evidence demonstrating that the industry faces import competition and includes a substantial number of Trade Act-certified firms or worker groups.
Only firms certified by EDA on behalf of the Secretary of Commerce are eligible for assistance under the TAAF program. Industries that can demonstrate they have been injured by imports and have a substantial number of Trade Act certified firm or worker groups may also benefit. The principal benefit is cost-shared technical assistance: the TAA program pays up to one-half of the cost of assistance by private-sector consultants and contractors for operational improvements at certified firms.
The TAACs act as intermediaries for this program between EDA and the firm. Entities seeking industry-wide assistance must contact EDA staff to discuss their needs, describe the import injury and determine if funding is available for industry-wide projects. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The nationwide network of TAACs apply to EDA each year for funding for the coming fiscal year. Industry associations or other organizations seeking industry assistance must submit adjustment proposals to the applicable TAAC center.
Awards to TAACs are made based upon submitted applications, previous performance under cooperative agreements with EDA, and the availability of funds. Acceptance of an application or amended application for a cooperative agreement does not ensure funding by EDA.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
EDA is statutorily required to review petitions for certification of eligibility under the program within 40 days of petition acceptance; and has 60 days to make a final determination on an adjustment proposal.
Generally, the cooperative agreement to the TAAC is to provide up to five years of services to import-impact firms.
How are proposals selected?
EDA may invite new TAACs to submit applications through an applicable Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) announcement. EDA may invite existing (currently funded) TAACs to submit either new or amended applications provided they have performed successfully and complied with previous conditions in their cooperative agreements with EDA and contingent upon the availability of funds. EDA generally evaluates existing (currently funded) TAACs based on: (i) performance under cooperative agreements with EDA and compliance with terms and conditions if such cooperative agreements; (ii) proposed scope of work, budget and application or amended application; and (iii) availability of funds.
How may assistance be used?
Under Chapters 3 and 5 of Title II of Trade Act of 1974, as amended (19 U.S.C. § 2341 et seq.), a firm may apply to the applicable TAAC supported by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) of the Department of Commerce for certification of eligibility to apply for trade adjustment assistance (TAA) related technical assistance. Interested firms that believe they meet the requirements set forth in 13 CFR part 315 may contact EDA or one of the EDA-funded TAACs. TAACs will assist firms, at no cost, in completing and submitting a petition (Form ED-840P or any successor form) to EDA. Before a firm receives technical assistance under the program, the firm must have an adjustment proposal approved by EDA. Usually the adjustment proposal, which includes an unbiased diagnostic of the firm's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, is prepared by the TAAC in cooperation with the certified firm. The adjustment proposal also identifies technical assistance tasks, which when implemented, will guide the firm toward economic recovery. The adjustment proposal must also demonstrate that the implementation of the technical assistance tasks has a reasonable chance helping the firm recover. The firm must pay at least 25 percent of the cost of preparing the adjustment proposal. After a firm's adjustment proposal is accepted by EDA, the firm is authorized to apply for technical assistance to implement the recovery strategy. The technical assistance is usually provided by a private consultant, who is jointly hired by the certified firm and the TAAC. The certified firm and the TAAC each typically pay one half of the consultant's fees. Actual provision of TAA will depend on the feasibility of the firm's adjustment proposal, compliance with the requirements of the Trade Act, EDA's regulations and guidelines, and the availability of funds. Organizations representing trade-injured industries are eligible under the Trade Act to apply to EDA for industry-wide assistance.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
EDA reserves the right to conduct site visits.
As TAAF grantees expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards, they are required to submit audit conducted for that year. Compliance is a condition of their awards.
Records are required to be maintained for at least three years. 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 agreement. The recipient must retain records for at least three years after submission of the final financial report, and have them readily available for inspection and audit.
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
Generally, the cooperative agreement to the TAAC is to provide up to five years of services to import-impact firms. The TAA program is a nationwide federal program designed to help U.S. firms that have experienced business decline and loss of employment due to imports of like or directly competitive products. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released. Generally, grants are awarded annually.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Miriam J. Kearse
1401 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20230 US
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$13,000,000.00; FY 19 est $13,000,000.00; FY 20 FY 17$13,309,066.00; FY 16$20,219,553.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Awards range between $1M-$1.6M.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Copies of pertinent regulations (13 C.F.R. Part 315), guidelines, and forms are available from EDA, the TAACs or the TAAC website at www.taacenters.org. Allowable costs will be determined in accordance with the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, as codified at 2 C.F.R. Part 200.
Examples of Funded Projects