The following is a selection of recent announcements gleaned from various federal sources and colleagues and is provided to EDA’s Economic Development Integrators to increase our awareness of complementary resources for economic development.
See more open funding opportunities at federal agencies on the EDI webpage at https://www.eda.gov/edi/assistance/
Also visit the following links on our updated EDI webpages at www.eda.gov/edi for additional information about federal resources that are available to support comprehensive regional economic development strategies, including:
- Federal Assistance for Economic Development
- Tools and Other Resources for Economic Development Integration
- Economic and Community Development Networks and Partners
- Funding & Resource Announcements
- NEW: EDA’s New Grant Opportunity to Address Recovery Through Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Apply by 12/3/20
- Update on Availability: EDA CARES Act Funds
- ACCESS TO CAPITAL, BUSINESS ASSISTANCE, AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
- INDUSTRY/SECTOR OPPORTUNITIES
- NEW: Apply by 10/30. Technical Assistance to Promote Local Foods, Local Places
- Apply by 11/16. Arts and Culture: Six IMLS Museum Grant Opportunities Now Open
- Apply by 12/2. Energy and Mineral Development Program (EMDP) for Tribal Communities
- NEW: Apply by 1/14/21: Arts and Culture – NEH Preservation Assistance Grants
- NEW: NOAA Applications Sought for Healthy Oceans, Resilient Coastal Economies, Related Goals
- Apply by 10/26: Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning
- NEW: Apply by 11/2: The Public Transportation COVID-19 Research Demonstration Grant Program
- NEW: Apply by 11/4: TAT for Innovative Regional Wastewater Treatment Solutions Grant Pilot Program
- APPLY BY 11/4: USDA Rural Utilities Service grant
- NEW: Due 12/11: EPA Announces Opening of Grant Requests for Assessment, Cleanup, and Redevelopment of Brownfields Sites
- Apply by 12/23: USDA
- Apply by 1/29/21: FEMA’s FY20 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) and Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant Programs
- NEW: Info Webinar 11/10. Department of Energy Announces Connected Communities Challenge for Energy Efficient Buildings
- WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
- Open Federal Funding Opportunities
- Recently Announced Grants
- Webinars, Tools & Research
- October 16 at 1pm ET: Brownfield Development Trends in Covid-19 Era
- October 20 at 11am ET: USDA Webinar on Rural Broadband Grant Program
- NEW: National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) – November 8-14, 2020
- Updated: Census Highlights the Latest Small Business Pulse Survey Results
- NEW: HUD Resource Page for CDBG CARES Act Recipients
- Disaster Recovery Resources & Info
- NEW: HHS Disaster Assistance for State Units on Aging (SUAs) and Tribal Organizations in Major Disasters Declared by the President
- NEW: HUD Resource Page for Distressed Cities Impacted by Natural Disasters
- GAO Report on Economic Effects of Natural Disasters
- Census Bureau Data Tools for Natural Disasters and Weather Events
- Economic Recovery Support & the National Disaster Response Framework
- Federal Disaster Declarations
- COVID-19 Disaster Assistance Resources
- Department of Commerce (DOC) Resources
- Census Bureau Resources
- Economic Development Administration (EDA) Resources
- Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Centers Received CARES Act Funding
- National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
- National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA): Broadband USA
- ERSF Partner Agencies
- Additional Selected Federal Recovery Resources
- Department of Defense (DOD) COVID-19 JATF Industry Portal. COVID-19 National Response Team Joint Acquisition Task Force Industry Portal for Procurement and Grant Opportunities.
- Department of Education (DOE): Education Stabilization Fund. These funds support state education agencies and local education agencies during the pandemic.
- Housing and Urban Development (HUD): HUD COVID-19 Homepage.
- Health and Human Services (HHS): HHS COVID-19 Homepage.
- Non-Federal Resources
- Assistance for Natural Disasters
- EDA Disaster Supplemental Funding Available for 2018/19 Natural Disasters
- Congressional Research Service -2020 Hurricane Season FAQ
- NIST Funding Available for MEP Disaster Assessment Program
- EPA Toolkit Features Resources to Prepare for Natural Disasters
- HUD Technical Assistance (TA) for Disaster Recovery in Small Cities.
NEW: EDA’s New Grant Opportunity to Address Recovery Through Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Apply by 12/3/20
The Department of Commerce has issued EDA’s newest funding opportunity, the Scaling Pandemic Resilience through Innovation and Technology (SPRINT) Challenge! EDA’s efforts to support America’s response to the coronavirus pandemic continues through the SPRINT Challenge – a $25 million national grant competition funded through the CARES Act that will enable organizations to address the economic, health, and safety risks caused by the pandemic through innovation and entrepreneurship.
The SPRINT Challenge will fund organizations that support the development, creation, or expansion of programs that accelerate technology-based economic development and respond to the challenges caused by the pandemic. Applicants can apply for up to $750,000 for an 18-month project or up to $500,000 for a 12-month project. We hope this initiative will give entrepreneurial communities the support they need to innovate and build economic resilience. Applications are due December 3, 2020 by 11:59 pm EST. For more information, please access the Notice of Funding Opportunity.
Please join EDA’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for a live webinar, “Building Resilience through Innovation: EDA’s SPRINT Challenge” on October 28th, 2020 at 2:00 pm EST. This webinar will provide a strategic overview and highlight program goals as well as address technical application questions. Registration is now open.
The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) continues to accept applications from eligible grantees for Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) supplemental funds (EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance) intended to help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus. EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance investments will support a wide range of non-construction and construction activities, including Revolving Loan Funds, in regions across the country experiencing severe economic dislocations brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. Details for applicants are provided in an Addendum to our Fiscal Year 2020 Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Notice of Funding Opportunity (FY20 PWEAA NOFO) available on Grants.gov. Additional resources for applicants are available on the EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance page.
*UPDATE ON CARES ACT FUNDING AVAILABILITY* Due to the extraordinary level of interest in EDA’s CARES Act Recovery Assistance there has been an unusually high volume of applications received. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their applicable EDA Regional Office representatives to discuss their needs and availability of funds. Prospective applicants can find current contact information for EDA Regional Office staff at www.eda.gov/contact.
On October 8, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America’s smallest businesses while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars. Learn more
NEW: Apply by 11/16: FY21 Funding for Existing Small Business Development Centers
SBA has issued its annual Funding Opportunity Announcement (OSBDC-2022-01 CY) to invite applications from existing SBDC recipient organizations currently funded under the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program. Find more information on the existing SBDC recipient organizations that are eligible to apply for this opportunity on SBA’s program page here: SBA Small Business Development Centers Program
EPA invites Communities to apply for a new round of planning assistance from their Local Foods, Local Places program. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on October 30, 2020. Click here for the 2020-2021 Local Foods, Local Places application. If you have questions about the program or the application process, please read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Local Foods, Local Places.
Apply by 11/16. Arts and Culture: Six IMLS Museum Grant Opportunities Now Open
Museums across the United States have six opportunities in the coming months to apply for grants from the nation’s primary source of federal museum funding. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is now accepting applications for six grant programs:
- Museums for America (2021)
- Inspire! Grants for Small Museums (2021)
- Museums Empowered (2021)
- National Leadership Grants for Museums (2021)
- Museum Grants for African American History and Culture (2021)
- Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services (2021)
Applications for all six programs are due on November 16, 2020. Prospective grant applicants are invited to view a webinar on how to choose the appropriate funding opportunity, as well as to learn more about specific programs. Visit the IMLS website for a listing of upcoming and on-demand webinars.
Apply by 12/2. Energy and Mineral Development Program (EMDP) for Tribal Communities
Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, through its Division of Energy and Mineral Development, is soliciting grant proposals from Tribes and Tribal Energy Development Organizations for technical assistance funding to hire consultants to identify, evaluate, or assess the market for energy or mineral resources that a Tribe will process, use, or develop. Application Deadline: December 2, 2020
NEW: Apply by 1/14/21: Arts and Culture – NEH Preservation Assistance Grants
The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions — such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities — improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. The program encourages applications from small and mid-sized institutions that have never received an NEH grant including Minority Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities and other organizations or collections that represent the contributions of under-represented communities are highly encouraged. A pre-application webinar will be held December 2, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Register HERE.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published a notice on September 29 requesting applications for special projects and programs associated with NOAA’s strategic plan and mission goals, as well as to provide the general public with information and guidelines on how NOAA will select applications and administer discretionary Federal assistance under this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), seeking: “extramural research, innovative projects, and sponsorships (e.g., conferences, newsletters, etc.) that address one or more of the following four mission goal descriptions contained in the NOAA Strategic Plan.”
- Climate Adaptation and Mitigation
- Weather-Ready Nation
- Healthy Oceans
- Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies
Eligible applicants may be institutions of higher education, nonprofits, for-profit entities, foreign public entities, foreign organizations, individuals, state, local, and Indian Tribal governments. The closing date cited for submissions is September 30, 2023.
Apply by 10/26: Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning
Notice of Funding Opportunity for PILOT PROGRAM FOR TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT (TOD) PLANNING. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the opportunity to apply for approximately $6.22 million of funding under the Pilot Program for TOD Planning (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance #20.500). As required by federal transit law and subject to funding availability, funds will be awarded competitively to support comprehensive planning associated with new fixed guideway and core capacity improvement projects. FTA anticipates minimum grant awards of $250,000 and maximum grant awards of $2,000,000.
NEW: Apply by 11/2: The Public Transportation COVID-19 Research Demonstration Grant Program
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for $10 million as part of a new COVID-19 Recovery Research Demonstration Program to provide research funding for innovative solutions that support the phased reopening of local economies through access to safe public transportation. The COVID-19 Recovery Research Demonstration Program will fund research grants that explore and later will disseminate ways to improve the safety of transit frontline workers and riders in areas such as sanitation/decontamination; exposure mitigation; customer confidence; and contactless payment.
NEW: Apply by 11/4: TAT for Innovative Regional Wastewater Treatment Solutions Grant Pilot Program
Funds must be used to identify and evaluate economically feasible innovative regional solutions to wastewater treatment concerns for historically impoverished communities in areas which have had difficulty installing traditional wastewater treatment systems due to soil conditions. The work product must be related to the aforementioned purpose and be related to a proposed project that meets the following requirements: 1) MUST be regional in scope; and be for one of the following: 2) to construct, enlarge, extend or otherwise improve rural wastewater facilities; or 3) to construct or relocate public buildings, roads, bridges, fences, or utilities; and to make other public improvements necessary for the successful operation or protection of facilities authorized in paragraph 2) of this section; or 4) to relocate private buildings, roads, bridges, fences or utilities, and to make other private improvements necessary for the successful operation or protection of facilities authorized in paragraph 2) of this section.
APPLY BY 11/4: USDA Rural Utilities Service grant
USDA’s Rural Utilities Service announced the availability of up to $5 million in competitive grants to eligible entities to fund a new pilot program. This pilot program, called the Technical Assistance and Training for Innovative Regional Wastewater Treatment Solutions (TAT/RWTS) Grant Pilot Program, was authorized by the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, for the study and design of innovative treatment solutions of regional wastewater systems for historically impoverished communities that have had difficulty installing traditional wastewater treatment systems due to soil conditions. Applications for TAT/RWTS grant(s) must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time by November 4, 2020.
Application link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=328604
The Environmental Protection Agency administers an authorized noncompetitive $50 million grant program (Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) or Superfund) to establish or enhance state and tribal response programs. These response programs generally address the assessment, cleanup, and redevelopment of brownfields sites and other sites with actual or perceived contamination. For Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will consider grant requests up to a maximum of $1.0 million per state or tribe. Requests for funding should be sent to the appropriate Regional EPA contact and will be accepted from October 2, 2020 through December 11, 2020.Click here for the October 2 FEDERAL REGISTER notice with complete background on the development and submission of funding requests along with the geographic contact listings. To access the FY21 section 128(a) grant funding guidance on EPA’s website, please go to https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/types-brownfields-grant-funding
Apply by 12/23: USDA Community Connect Grant Program (Broadband)
USDA Rural Development program to provide financial assistance to eligible applicants that will provide service at or above the Broadband Grant Speed to all premises in rural, economically-challenged communities where broadband service does not exist. More info available here: https://www.rd.usda.gov/community-connect Application Deadline: December 23, 2020
Application link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=329191
On August 4, 2020, FEMA posted the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Notification of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) for the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant program and the new Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) pre-disaster mitigation grant programs. FEMA’s two competitive mitigation grant programs provide states, local communities, tribes and territories (SLTTs) funding for eligible mitigation activities to strengthen our nation’s ability to build a culture of preparedness by reducing disaster losses and protecting life and property from future disaster damages. This year there is $160 million available in funding for FMA and $500 million for BRIC. The BRIC priorities are to incentivize public infrastructure projects; projects that mitigate risk to one or more lifelines; projects that incorporate nature-based solutions; and adoption and enforcement of modern building codes. The FY20 BRIC and FMA application period opens on September 30, 2020. Applications must be received in the FEMA GO Portal by January 29, 2021. Note that FEMA will require applicants to have a current FEMA-approved Hazard Mitigation Plan at time of application and award. Visit the FY20 HMA NOFO webpage for more information.
Application link: FY20 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=328472
Application link: Flood Mitigation Assistance: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=328499
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $65 million through its Connected Communities funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to expand DOE’s network of grid-interactive efficient building communities nationwide. Connected communities can leverage the latest advancements in building science, like state-of-the-art sensors, controls, and analytics, to more flexibly manage and deploy grid-scale energy efficiency and distributed energy resources.
DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) anticipates making approximately 6‐8 awards under this FOA. Read more about the Funding Announcement here.
Concept papers are due February 17, 2021, full applications due March 3. There will be a FOA informational webinar held on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at 2:00pm Eastern Standard Time (EST). The Link to this webinar is: https://doe.webex.com/doe/onstage/g.php?MTID=e79d137a47d21fdde524f723b98c55b77
NEW: Apply by 11/12: $150M Available Under DOL’s H-1B One Workforce Grant Program
U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) will make available up to $150 million in grant funds authorized under section 414(c) of the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 (ACWIA), for the H-1B One Workforce grant program. ETA expects to fund approximately 15–30 grants, with individual grant amounts ranging from $500,000 to $10 million. The grant program fills critical shortages in economic regions by encouraging states and economic regions to work with industry stakeholders to develop dynamic workforce strategies that train workers and jobseekers for middle- to high-skilled H-1B occupations in key industry sectors, such as Information Technology (IT), advanced manufacturing, and transportation that are being transformed by technological advancements and automation, as well as other industries of the future that include artificial intelligence (AI), quantum information sciences (QIS), 5G/advanced communications, and biotechnology. Click here for the solicitation.
NEW: Apply by 11/13. DOL Funds Available for Rural Healthcare Workforce Training
The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has announced the availability of a grant funds authorized under the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 (ACWIA), as amended (codified at 29 USC 3224a) for the H-1B Rural Healthcare Grant Program.
The intent of this grant program is to alleviate healthcare workforce shortages by creating sustainable employment and training programs in healthcare occupations (including behavioral and mental healthcare) serving rural populations. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the H-1B Rural Healthcare Grant Program is available at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/eta/skills- grants/h1-b-skills-training. Closing date is November 13, 2020. Click here for the solicitation.
Below is a list of previously highlighted funding opportunities that are still open. Enter the Opportunity Number in Grants.gov to see announcement details. You can also search Grants.gov for a full list of current federal opportunities, including programs not listed below.
|Opportunity Number||Opportunity Title||Agency||Posted Date||Close Date|
|EDA-2019-DISASTER||FY 2019 EDA Disaster Supplemental||DOC-EDA||08/13/2019||Open|
|FY 2020 EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs (Includes CARES Act Addendum)||DOC-EDA||10/18/2019
|2020-NIST-MFGUSA-NEAP-01||NIST Manufacturing USA National Emergency Assistance Program||DOC-NIST||03/30/2020||Open|
|FOA-ETA-20-12||H-1B Rural Healthcare Grant Program||DOL-ETA||9/14/20||11/13/20|
|BIA-EMDP-2020||Energy and Mineral Development Program (EMDP)||DOI-BIA||9/9/20||12/2/20|
|CNCS-09-11-20||FY 2021 AmeriCorps State and National Grants||CNCS||9/11/20
|DHS-20-MT-047-00-99||FY20 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities||DHS-DHS||08/03/2020||01/29/2021|
|OSBDC-2021-02||FY21 Funding for Existing Small Business Development Centers||SBA||10/1/20||11/16/20|
|20210114-PG||Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions||National Endowment for Humanities||9/25/20||1/14/21|
|NOAA-NFA-NFAPO-2021-2006626||FY2021 to FY2023 NOAA Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)||DOC-NOAA||9/29/20||9/30/23|
|FTA-2020-015-TRI||The Public Transportation COVID-19 Research Demonstration Grant Program||FTA||10/5/20||11/2/20|
|TAT-RWTS-PILOT||TAT for Innovative Regional Wastewater Treatment Solutions Grant Pilot Program||USDA||10/5/20||11/4/20|
|FOA-ETA-20-13||H-1B One Workforce Grant Program||DOL||9/24/20||11/12/20|
|FOA-ETA-20-12||H-1B Rural Healthcare Grant Program||DOL||9/14/20||11/13/20|
|MFA-FY21||Museums for America (2021)||IMLS||8/18/20||11/16/20|
|AAHC-FY21||Museum Grants for African American History and Culture (2021)||IMLS||8/18/20||11/16/20|
|ME-FY21||Museums Empowered (2021)||IMLS||8/18/20||11/16/20|
|NANH-FY21||Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services (2021)||IMLS||8/18/20||11/16/20|
|IGSM-FY21||Inspire! Grants for Small Museums (2021)||IMLS||8/18/20||11/16/20|
|EDA-HDQ-OIE-2020-2006705||FY 2020 SPRINT Challenge||DOC||10/14/2020||12/03/2020|
|RDRUS-CC-2021||Community Connect Grant Program||IMLS||9/24/20||12/23/20|
On October 7, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $72 million in grants to help rural residents gain access to health care and educational opportunities. USDA is funding 116 projects through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program. The program helps health care and education institutions buy the equipment and software necessary to deploy distance-learning and telemedicine services to rural residents.
Department of Labor Awards for Dislocated Workers, Women in Apprenticeships, and Rural Workforce Programs
Since late September, the Department of DOL, through its Employment Training Administration has announced awards to increase workforce opportunities through several programs. Recently announced awards include:
- $114M in additional funding for Employment Recovery in 15 communities to help address workforce related impacts of the Cornavirus public health emergency through the Dislocated Worker Grants Program,
- $29.2M to 18 grant recipients (10 in the Appalachia Region and 8 in the Delta Region) through the Workforce Opportunities for Rural Communities (WORC) program, made in partnership with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the Delta Regional Authority (DRA);
- $4.1M for Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grants awards to help recruit, train and retain more women in quality pre-apprentice and apprenticeship programs in California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Texas and Washington State.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced more than $126 million in new grant funding will be awarded to eight states to provide students the opportunity to develop new skills in high demand areas. Awardees include Alabama, Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Michigan, Nevada, New York, and Hampton University in partnership with the Commonwealth of Virginia. More information here. The recipients will leverage the expertise and facilities available on college campuses to spur entrepreneurship and foster business development and innovation as America begins to recover from COVID-19-related disruptions to education. Funding for these grants was authorized in the CARES Act and made available through the Education Stabilization Fund-Reimagine Workforce Preparation Grants (ESF-RWP Grants) program.
Join EPA’s Brownfields & Land Revitalization Program for a free webinar: Friday, Oct 16 at 1pm ET/10amPT: Market Insights for Brownfields Redevelopment: Trends in the COVID-19 Era
The USDA Rural Development Community Connect Program provides financial assistance to eligible applicants that will provide broadband service in rural, economically-challenged communities where service does not exist. The application window for the FY2021 funding round is currently open and will close on December 23, 2020. Join USDA RD staff online on Tuesday, October 20th at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time for an overview of the program requirements and application process. Register here.
NEW: National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) – November 8-14, 2020
Established by the U.S. Department of Labor, NAW is a nationwide celebration that brings together business leaders, labor, educational institutions, and Americans interested in apprenticeships to showcase the impact apprenticeship programs have on closing the U.S. skills gap and preparing the American workforce for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Due to COVID-19, NAW is encouraging partners to host virtual events. To explore NAW resources and to create and register your event and/or proclamations for inclusion in a national listing of NAW events, visit: www.apprenticeship.gov/NAW
US Census department continues to issue its Weekly Pulse Newsletter with data tables and highlights of responses from its Household and Small Business Pulse Surveys. Latest responses include that 73% of small businesses surveyed had requested financial assistance from the Paycheck Protection Program. The Census the COVID-19 Data Hub — also includes the latest Business Formation statistics and much more.
HUD recently launched the new Community Development Block Grant CARES Act (CDBG-CV) website on the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info/news/cdbg-cv-website-and-program-support/. Through the CARES Act, Congress provided $5 billion for the CDBG-CV program to states, metropolitan cities, urban counties, and insular areas. Visit this new website to access key information regarding CDBG-CV, including an opportunity to submit questions and request On-Call TA with a skilled provider.
NEW: HHS Disaster Assistance for State Units on Aging (SUAs) and Tribal Organizations in Major Disasters Declared by the President
The US Department f Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Community Living has announced the availability of $600,000 to invest in a projected 7 awards. These grants are intended to provide disaster reimbursement and assistance funds to those State Units on Aging (SUAs), and federally recognized Tribal Organizations who are currently receiving a grant under Title VI of the Older Americans Act (OAA), as amended. These funds only become available when the President declares a Major Disaster under the Robert T. Relief and Emergency Assistance Act and may only be used in those areas designated in the Disaster Declaration. Eligible SUAs and Title VI grantees should discuss all disaster applications with ACL Regional staff before submitting a formal application. Applicants should also talk with the State and local Emergency Managers to determine what funds may be available through other resources before applying for OAA funding. Click here for the solicitation. Due Date for Applications: September 7, 2021.
HUD has developed a library of resources relevant to Distressed Cities Technical Assistance (DCTA) recipients and smaller distressed communities impacted by a natural disaster. Explore this collection of resources, which features COVID-19 pandemic response resources as well as general resources. Check back regularly for new resources and information available on the DCTA Program Resources page.
A September GAO Report considers the Economic Effects of Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, Harvey and Irma (GAO-20-633R, September 10, 2020). These four Hurricanes caused damage totaling trillions of dollars. Their effects on economic activity and employment in damaged areas varied widely. GAO’s report notes that “Communities are taking actions to improve resilience (e.g., elevating homes, erecting flood barriers), but many remain vulnerable. Factors like availability of funds and analysis of costs vs. benefits affect communities’ decisions about what to improve and how to do it.” View Report here: https://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-20-633R
View the latest information from the US Census Bureau at the following links:
- OnTheMap for Emergency Management
- Community Resilience Estimates
- USA.gov: Disasters and Emergencies
- NOAA’s National Hurricane Center
- Ready.gov: Hurricane Tips
On behalf of the Department of Commerce, EDA leads the Economic Recovery Support Function (ERSF), under the National Disaster Response Framework (NDRF). Read more about EDA’s role in Disaster Recovery here: https://www.eda.gov/disaster-recovery/
Following are weblinks to federal programs and resources to assist with economic recovery following major disasters:
- FEMA Disasters Webpage: Database for declared disasters.
- Emergency Declaration for COVID-19. March 13, 2020.
- Government Response to Coronavirus, COVID-19: Overview page for federal COVID-19 websites.
- Census COVID-19 Homepage
- COVID-19 Demographic and Economic Resources
- Weekly Business Formation Statistics
- Small Business Pulse Survey
- Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Centers Received CARES Act Funding.
- NIST Manufacturing USA National Emergency Assistance Program
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): current disaster declarations and related resources
- Department of Labor Coronavirus Resources: for workers and employers, including job training, unemployment insurance and workplace safety information.
- Small Business Administration (SBA) COVID-19 Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources: Assistance for small businesses and entrepreneurs to access business advice, contracting assistance, and capital to maintain and grow operations.
- Treasury Department CARES Act Homepage: provides Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance for taxpayers, assistance for state and local governments available through the Coronavirus Relief Fund, and other assistance to preserve American jobs, industries and communities, including Opportunity Zones.
- United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) COVID-19 Homepage Economic development needs from business grants and loans to broadband and other critical infrastructure are summarized in their COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide
- Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Lifeline and Broadband Services. Keeping Americans Connected
Housing and Urban Development (HUD): HUD COVID-19 Homepage.
See in particular:
- CDBG COVID-19 Resources
- Quick Guide to CDBG Eligible Activities to Support Infectious Disease Response
- Coronavirus Resources: Public Housing Agencies
Health and Human Services (HHS): HHS COVID-19 Homepage.
- NADO: Regional Development Organization (RDO) COVID-19 Resource Center
- IEDC: Leadership in Times of Crisis: A Toolkit for Economic Recovery and Resiliency
- Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA): COVID-19 Resource Center
EDA Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Disaster Supplemental Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), made available $587 million for eligible grantees in communities impacted by presidentially declared natural disasters in 2018, and by floods and tornadoes in 2019. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted. View Opportunity Number EDA-2019-DISASTER on Grants.gov, and contact your EDA Regional Office representative for eligibility information and application assistance.
- Disaster Supplemental Web page: For more information, view EDA’s September 2019 webinar and EDA Grants Made Under the 2018 Disaster Supplemental (DS) Appropriation.
On July 24, CRS issued a report ahead of the 2020 Hurricane Season to address frequently asked questions regarding Federal Disaster Assistance for Hurricanes During the COVID-19. The report is focused on FEMA and SBA funds available following emergency and major disaster declarations under the Stafford Act. Read the report here: https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/R/R46385
- NIST MEP Disaster Assessment Program: NIST will accept applications from MEP Centers on a rolling basis based on the date of the subject FEMA Disaster Declaration. See NOFO (2020-NIST-MEP-MDAP-01) for full details.
- How to Prepare for Natural Disasters: A Pre-Disaster Toolkit for Small to Medium-Sized Communities: A toolkit from the EPA Urban Waters Federal Partnership
- Distressed Cities Technical Assistance (DCTA) Program