EDA Grant Programs for Communities

American Rescue Plan

Investing in America’s Communities

Under the American Rescue Plan, EDA was allocated $3 billion in supplemental funding to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to build back better by accelerating the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and building local economies that will be resilient to future economic shocks.

American Rescue Plan funding enables EDA to provide larger, more transformational investments across the nation while utilizing its greatest strengths, including flexible funding to support community-led economic development.

EDA ARPA Investing in America’s Communities Website

Coal Communities Commitment

EDA Overview

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Investment Priorities

EDA’s investment priorities provide an overarching framework to ensure its grant investment portfolio – ranging from planning to infrastructure construction  contributes to local efforts to build, improve, or better leverage economic assets that allow businesses to succeed and regional economies to prosper and become more resilient. Competitive grant applications will be responsive to the evaluation criteria listed under each individual funding announcement, including at least one of the investment priorities. 

  1. Equity
  2. Recovery & Resilience
  3. Workforce Development
  4. Manufacturing
  5. Technology-Based Economic Development
  6. Exports & Foreign Direct Investment 

To Apply

Applicants are encouraged to contact Denarie Kane, NIRPC Economic Development District Coordinator, at (219) 985-3368 or dkane@nirpc.org to discuss a potential grant application since a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) compliance letter issued by NIRPC will be needed.  NIRPC will work with the EDA’s Economic Development Representative to help guide applicants to the EDA grant program best suited to meet the project’s need.