NEW resources highlighted this week include:
- FY19 AmeriCorps VISTA Request for Concept Papers and Timeline. 3
- Closing March 29: Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) Program.. 3
- NEW: SBA is Recruiting Participants for 2019 Emerging Leaders Initiative. 3
- Closing April 4: EDA 2019 Regional Innovation Strategies Program.. 4
- NSF Adds “Project Pitch” Requirement to SBIR Phase 1 Process. 4
Public Meetings, Events and Training:
Reports, Tools and Data:
- NEW: Case Studies and Strategies for Resilience and Diversification in Coal Regions. 8
- NEW: Small Scale Manufacturing Presentation – Recording Available. 8
- NEW: NCSHA Opportunity Zone Fund Directory Features Over 100 Funds. 9
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. Special thanks to ETA and other federal partners for sharing content included below.
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
Dr. John C. Fleming of Minden, Louisiana, has been sworn in as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development. The action follows the March 7th U.S. Senate vote to confirm Fleming as the new administrator of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). As head of EDA, Dr. Fleming will be responsible for fulfilling the agency’s mission of leading the federal economic development agenda.
A four term U.S. Congressman serving Louisiana’s 4th Congressional district from January 2009, to January 2017, Fleming is also a physician, businessman and former Webster Parish coroner. Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, Dr. Fleming served as a deputy assistant secretary at HHS, overseeing technology modernization efforts.
The Rural Economic Development Innovation (REDI) initiative application is now available for rural communities and regions to apply for free technical assistance to develop, and implement, economic development plans. This assistance is designed to assist communities to develop evidence-based assessments; quantifiable goals; plans to improve the local and regional economy; and metrics to track implementation and progress. Application Deadline: April 5, 2019. Download the application or request information at [email protected]
FY19 AmeriCorps VISTA Request for Concept Papers and Timeline
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) seeks Concept Papers for the AmeriCorps VISTA program from outcome-driven organizations that share the AmeriCorps VISTA mission of providing long term solutions to poverty. Organizations interested in hosting AmeriCorps VISTA members are required to submit a concept paper via eGrants to the CNCS State Office. If the concept paper is accepted, the organization will be invited to submit a full AmeriCorps VISTA project application to the State Office for review. AmeriCorps NCCC Project Application To learn more about sponsoring an NCCC team, including contact information for NCCC regional campuses, visit the Sponsor an AmeriCorps NCCC Team page.
Closing March 29: Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) Program
USDA Rural Development’s RBDG Program offers a competitive grant designed to support targeted technical assistance, training, and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas which will employ 50 or fewer new employees and has less than $1 million in gross revenue. Applications are accepted through USDA Rural Development’s local or State offices once per year. Click here for RDBG Fact Sheet and contacts. Application Deadline: March 29, 2019.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the launch of the 2019 Emerging Leaders Initiative for executives of small businesses poised for growth in emerging markets. Local area recruitment for the 2019 training cycle is currently ongoing at designated SBA District Offices. Interested small business owners can learn more regarding eligibility, how to apply, class schedules, and locations at www.sba.gov/emergingleaders, or by contacting their local SBA District Office.
The SBA’s Emerging Leaders provides free entrepreneurship education and training for executives of small businesses that are potential job creators. This intensive executive entrepreneurship series includes nearly 100 hours of classroom time. Participants are provided with the opportunity to work with a network of experienced coaches and mentors, attend specialized workshops, and develop connections with their peers, city leaders, and the financial community in order to build sustainable businesses that promote economic development within their communities.
EDA is now accepting applications for the 2019 Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program funding. The RIS Program, operated by EDA’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE), again offers funding through two competitions: FY19 i6 Challenge and FY19 Seed Fund Support (SFS) Grant Competition. All applications must be submitted no later than 11:59pm ET on Thursday, April 4, 2019.
For more information on eligibility and how to apply through grants.gov, visit EDA’s Regional Innovation Strategies webpage.
The National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program provides small businesses with equity-free funding to conduct research and development (R&D) work that will lead to the commercialization of innovative new products and services. NSF SBIR and STTR Program Phase I proposers are now REQUIRED to submit a three-page “Project Pitch” that outlines the project objectives, technical innovation and associated technical risks. Submit a Project Pitch at any time.
Small businesses that have been invited to submit a full proposal can do so in one of the following a submission windows:
- now – June 13, 2019
- June 14, 2019 – December 12, 2019
For full details see: Program Solicitation NSF 19-554.
NEA Challenge America Grants for Arts in Underserved Communities. Due Apr 11.
Grants to support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Matching grants are for $10,000. Application deadline: April 11, 2019. Click here for APPLICATION GUIDELINES
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is accepting applications for the FY 2019 POWER (Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative. ARC’s POWER Initiative will continue focusing on regional investments that maximize economic revitalization in the Appalachian region’s coal-impacted communities. Access the 2019 Request for Proposals (RFP) here.
USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is seeking FY19 applications for its 1890 Institution Teaching, Research and Extension Capacity Building Grants (CBG) Program (USDA-NIFA-CBGP-006696). Applications submitted to CBG must address at least one of the following NIFA strategic goals: sustainable bioenergy; food security; childhood obesity prevention; or food safety. Closing Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019. Click here to Apply for Grant
RUS is now accepting applications for FY 2019 for the Community Connect Grants program. This program helps fund broadband deployment into rural communities where it is not yet economically viable for private sector providers to deliver service. The application window closes April 15, 2019. Applications for this program are serviced by RUS national office staff, available at [email protected]. See the Community Connect fact sheet, and the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for details.
DOL’s Employment Training Administration has announced the Initial Allocation of FY 2019 Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Training and Other Activities (TaOA) Funds and Process for Requesting TAA Reserve Funds. Information is available in the Training and Employment Guidance Letter 12-18.
Federal Funding Opportunities Closing Soon:
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.
|WaterSMART Drought Response Program: Drought Resiliency Projects for Fiscal Year 2019
|FY 19 Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Training and Other Activities (TaOA) Grant Management Guidance
|FY 2019 Regional Innovation Strategies Program
|Social and Economic Development Strategies –SEDS
|Community Connect Grant Program
|1890 Institution Teaching, Research and Extension Capacity Building Grants (CBG) Program
|WaterSMART: Title XVI Congressionally Authorized Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects
|FY 2019 SBIR/STTR Phase II Release 2
|WaterSMART Grants: Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects for Fiscal Year 2019
|FY18 Economic Development Assistance Programs: Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance
|Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Projects (NSFLTP)
Join BroadbandUSA on March 20, 2019 to learn about the newly launched American Broadband Initiative and Milestones Report, which details the Administration’s strategy to expand broadband connectivity across the country. NTIA will provide an overview of the Initiative’s goals and will be joined by officials from key Agencies who are contributing to its mission.
American Broadband Initiative: The Administration’s Strategy for Promoting Broadband Connectivity
Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Time: 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET
Please pre-register for the webinar using this registration link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) has released the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for a new Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) initiative called RCORP-Implementation (HRSA-19-082). Award recipients are encouraged to leverage workforce recruitment and retention programs like the National Health Service Corps (NHSC).
A webinar for applicants will be held on Wednesday, March 27 from 11:30-1 p.m., EDT.
Call-In Number: 1-888-566-7680 Participant Code: 5808487
Playback Number: 1-800-839-4845 Passcode: 4321
To learn more about how HRSA is addressing the opioid epidemic, visit https://www.hrsa.gov/opioids.
The University Economic Development Association (UEDA) is the cornerstone membership organization representing higher education, private sector and community economic development stakeholders. The organization has announced a slate of upcoming webinars with an emphasis on innovation and economic resilience
- April 9 (2:00 p.m. ET) The Best Approaches to Innovation at Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities. Register: https://iep-innovation.eventbrite.com
- April 30 (2:00 p.m. ET) The Best Approaches to Place at Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities
- UEDA Summit: Designing Resilient Regions. September 29 – October 2 (Reno-Tahoe, Nevada)
Details: http://www.uedaannualsummit.org (registration opening in March)
On April 16-17 in Washington DC, CDFA will host its 2019 CDFA Federal Policy Conference, featuring development finance experts and practitioners from key federal agencies, congressional offices, and policy organizations. The CDFA Federal Policy Conference will highlight rural and urban financing programs, the Opportunity Zones incentive, programs for supporting small business development, as well as financing programs for infrastructure, energy, brownfields remediation, and water systems financing. The event will be held at the Washington Marriott Georgetown, and space is limited to the first 250 attendees – register early to secure your seat!
The first ever National CEDS Forum is scheduled for June 18-20, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. This event will bring together staff from Economic Development Districts, regional organizations, tribes, and federal agencies for a mix of training sessions, tours, and networking opportunities. Participants will learn about the latest best practices and resources available to support their Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) planning, development, and implementation. Session topics will focus on: economic resilience and diversification; accessing and interpreting data; aligning the CEDS with other plans; outreach and engagement; federal funding opportunities; and more.
The forum will be co-located with the National Regional Transportation Conference and will include a handful of joint sessions and tours. For more information or to register for this event go here. Registration ends May 15, 2019. If you have any questions please contact Brett Schwartz at [email protected].
SelectUSA is partnering with economic development organizations (EDOs) to plan and promote spinoff events, taking place before and after the June 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit, in dozens of U.S. locations. View current locations: https://connect.eventtia.com/en/dmz/selectusaspinoffs/website More will be added as they become available.
National Institutes of Health recently released a five-module online course for biomedical innovators considering funding through the NIH SBIR/STTR programs. For information on the latest SBIR/STTR Opportunities at NIH, visit https://sbir.nih.gov/ .
From the recent “Growing Stronger Economies in Our Nation’s Coal Communities” newsletter: Slides are now available from NACo and NADO RF’s presentation at the Colorado Plateau Economic Development Symposium held last week in Page, AZ. This convening brought together over one hundred attendees from Arizona, Utah, the Navajo Nation, and elsewhere to address the challenges facing the region with the impending closure of the Navajo Generating Station later this year. The presentation covered economic resilience planning and diversification strategies as well as provided case studies of successful diversification efforts in coal regions across the country. Click here to view the presentation.
For more case studies of economic resilience in coal communities, see also:
- “Strengthening Economic Resilience in Appalachia: A Guidebook for Practitioners” is a new publication prepared for the Appalachian Regional Commission. It contains case studies from counties in the Appalachian region and across the country that offer insight into how communities have rebounded from the Recession and other economic disruptions in mining, manufacturing, hospitality, education, transportation, or similar industries. Click here to access the guidebook.
The recording is now available from the NADO Research Foundation’s recent webinar with Recast City, “Unleashing the Economic Power of Small-Scale Manufacturing.” This webinar explored how communities across the country are working with small-scale manufacturing businesses to help increase local employment, attract investment into target neighborhoods, and build inclusive economic opportunity. View the recording here:
The National Conference of State Housing Boards (NCSHB) periodically compiles Opportunity Zone funding opportunities. More than 100 funds have been launched to invest in designated Opportunity Zones, according to NCSHA’s latest Opportunity Zone Fund Directory released on March 8. This resource provides descriptions and contact information for publicly-announced funds that have been formed for the purpose of attracting investment in Opportunity Zones.
NCSHA is tracking only multi-project opportunity funds. The 105 funds in the current directory represent nearly $24 billion in anticipated investment. Funds range in size from $1 million to $3 billion, with an average fund size of approximately $225 million. The latest edition of the directory includes 16 new funds and details on each fund’s size and investment and geographic focuses.
A new GAO report, “Economic Adjustment Assistance: Federal Programs Intended to Help Beneficiaries Adjust to Economic Disruption” (GAO 19-85R), identifies federal programs specifically targeted toward helping individuals, businesses, and communities adjust to economic disruptions that reduce the demand for certain workers, commonly referred to as programs that provide Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA). The report summarizes EAA programs and tax expenditures administered by: The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the Departments of Agriculture (USDA), Commerce (Commerce), Defense (DOD), Labor (DOL), and the Treasury. Click here to read the report.
DOL’s Employment and Training Administration has updated the Registered Apprenticeship data webpage with Fiscal Year 2018 statistics. Visit the webpage to review the data tables accompanied State-by-State maps for active apprentices, new apprentices, completers, active programs, and new programs.
The U.S. Census Bureau released the 2013-2017 American Community Survey (ACS) five-year estimates, which features more than 40 social, economic, housing and demographic topics. The 2013-2017 ACS data are available on www.data.census.gov . County-level geography profiles of the 3,142 counties are available in a visual format with maps, charts and graphs. For official ACS statistics, please access American FactFinder at factfinder.census.gov.
- You can find the latest federal emergency and disaster declarations, as well as prior declarations for other areas, on FEMA’s disaster declarations webpage.
- Amended Declarations: Existing Declarations may be subsequently amended to expand covered areas, provide notification that an incident has been closed, or make other necessary changes.
EDA Has Supplemental Funding Available for Areas Impacted by 2017 Hurricanes, Wildfires and Other Disasters
These grants will support disaster recovery activities in areas receiving a major disaster designation as a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and wildfires and other 2017 natural disasters. EDA plans to accept proposals on a rolling basis until all funds are obligated. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. See the following links for details:
- View the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) EDA-2018-DISASTER on Grants.gov
- See EDA’s Disaster Assistance website for more info including: EDA’s Disaster Supplemental FAQ sheet and EDA Regional Office contacts.
- Read EDA’s press release for more information: S. Department of Commerce Announces Availability of $587 Million to Aid Communities Impacted by Natural Disasters in 2017
- For more information, please contact your regional offices
HUD announced its approval of Puerto Rico’s latest disaster recovery action plan, making the island eligible for $8.2 billion in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG – DR) funds that were appropriated by Congress in February 2018.
HUD has also approved the State of TX Recovery Plan for its third allocation of CDBG DR funds. Read Texas’ recovery plan.
- Read more about the Economic Recovery Support Function and the National Disaster Response Framework here: https://www.eda.gov/programs/disaster-recovery/