American Rescue Plan EDA Grants

Through the American Rescue Plan, the U.S. Economic Development Agency (EDA) is offering many funding opportunities for various organizations. With $3 billion in funding to go out, the EDA is ready to help our underserved communities. Look below to see if your community is eligible for funding. Apply as soon as possible to maximize your chances of receiving funds.

To learn more about these programs, please visit https://eda.gov/arpa/.

Funding Opportunities:
•    Build Back Better Regional Challenge (Phase 1): Apply by October 19, 2021
•    Good Jobs Challenge: Apply by January 26, 2022
•    Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation: Rolling application, apply before January 31, 2022
•    Build Back Better Regional Challenge (Phase 2): Apply by March 15, 2022
•    Economic Adjustment Assistance: Rolling application, apply before March 31, 2022
•    Indigenous Communities: Rolling application, apply before March 31, 2022

Build Back Better Regional Challenge (Phase 1 and 2)
Phase 1: Apply by October 19, 2022
Phase 2: Apply by March 15, 2022

NOTE: To be considered for Phase 2, applicants must have been a finalist in Phase 1.

The Build Back Better Regional Challenge will assist communities and regions impacted by the pandemic. Its two-phase competition will (1) help regions develop transformational economic development strategies and (2) fund the implementation of those strategies that will create and grow regional growth clusters.

Applicants should form coalitions of regional partners and apply together. The challenge will fund these coalitions to establish transformational projects that benefit their regions to build and scale a strategic industry.

Total Amount Available: $30,000,000
Award Ceiling: $500,000
Award Floor: $200,000

Eligible Applicants:
•    Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
•    State governments
•    Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" in the link below for clarification)
•    Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
•    Private institutions of higher education
•    Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
•    County governments
•    Special district governments

Where to Apply: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=334735

Good Jobs Challenge
Apply by January 26, 2022

The Good Jobs Challenge aims to get Americans back to work by developing and strengthening regional workforce training systems. These training systems will help connect the existing and emerging needs of employers with skilled workers.

Applicants should be led by a System Lead Entity or Backbone Organization, with convening power in the region and the capacity to coordinate all stakeholders. The EDA also encourages programs that address populations with labor market barriers such as persons with disabilities, at-risk youth, individuals in recovery, individuals with past criminal records, and veterans.

Total Amount Available: $500,000,000
Award Ceiling: $25,000,000
Award Floor: $1,000,000

Eligible Applications
•    District Organization of an EDA-designated Economic Development District
•    Indian Tribe or a consortium of Indian Tribes
•    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
•    Institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education
•    Public or private non-profit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State

Where to Apply: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=334720

Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation
Rolling application, apply before January 31, 2022

The Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation grants aim to assist communities and regions in recovering from the pandemic’s negative impact on the travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation sectors. It will provide a wide range of financial assistance through both infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects.

Awardees will be delivered through two components: (1) State Tourism Grants, and (2) EDA Competitive Tourism Grants. This application is for the EDA Competitive Tourism Grants ONLY.

Total Amount Available: $240,000,000
Award Ceiling: $10,000,000
Award Floor: $100,000

Eligible Applicants
•    District Organization of an EDA-designated Economic Development District
•    Indian Tribe or a consortium of Indian Tribes
•    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
•    Institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education
•    Public or private non-profit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a state

Where to Apply: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=334748

Economic Adjustment Assistance
Rolling application, apply before March 31, 2022

The Economic Adjustment Assistance grants will provide financial assistance to communities as they respond to and recover from the economic impacts of the pandemic. 

This is the broadest of the American Rescue Plan grants and is flexible and responsive to the economic development needs of communities. Any eligible applicant from any EDA Region may apply.

Total Amount Available: $500,000,000
Award Ceiling: $10,000,000
Award Floor: $100,000

Eligible Applicants:
•    District Organization of an EDA-designated Economic Development District
•    Indian Tribe or a consortium of Indian Tribes
•    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
•    Institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education
•    Public or private non-profit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a state

Where to Apply: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=334743

Indigenous Communities
Rolling application, apply before March 31, 2022

The Indigenous Communities grant program aims to assist Indigenous communities in their recovery from the pandemic. The pandemic exacerbated the already high levels of economic distress many Indigenous communities faced.

The most competitive applications for this funding will propose projects that will create economic growth in indigenous communities and accelerate their economic recovery from the pandemic. These can include foundational economic infrastructure projects, such as broadband, energy, road, water, and wastewater infrastructure; vocational and higher education facilities; and community health facilities. Applications can also include non-construction projects to provide technical assistance to support business development, entrepreneurship assistance, economic development planning, rural prosperity, and workforce training in indigenous communities.

The EDA seeks to fund projects representing diverse geographies, from rural and urban settings to projects on or near tribal lands.

Total Amount Available: $100,000,000
Award Ceiling: $5,000,000
Award Floor: $100,000

Eligible Applicants:
•    Indian Tribes or a consortium of Indian Tribes, as defined in 13 C.F.R. § 300.3
•    A public or private non-profit organization or association serving Native Hawaiians
•    A public or private non-profit organization or association serving Native Pacific Islanders of Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau

Where to Apply: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=334764