Selected Federal Agency Announcements and Related for the Week of May 27, 2019

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.

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Funding & Resource Announcements  2

Notable Recent Awards  9

Public Meetings, Events and Training  10

Reports, Tools and Data  11

Disaster Recovery Resources & Info   12

Funding & Resource Announcements


New Guidelines and Resources for Opportunity Zones:

The Trump Administration announced several additional resources to help optimize the utilization of Opportunity Zones and other federal resources that can support economically distressed areas. New resources introduced recently include the following three items:

  • IRS Proposed Guidance To Further Clarify OZ Tax Benefits. On April 17, the Internal Revenue Service issued a second set of  guidance (PDF)regarding investment in qualified opportunity zones.
  • White House and HUD Publish Opportunity Zone Implementation Plan. The Plan addresses goals specified in Executive Order 13583. Read the Implementation Plan
  • Treasury Department Seeks Comment on Administration of Opportunity Zones. Information is invited on seven open ended questions regarding OZ implementation, administration, data collection, and the appropriate federal stewardship role. Read more here.

·         HUD Invites Public Input on Programs to Benefit Opportunity Zones.

HUD is seeking comments on HUD’s latest Request for Information, FR-6155-N-01 Review of HUD Policy in Opportunity Zones. Comments are due by June 17.

·         Council Report Lists Federal Programs That Support Opportunity Zones

Click here to see a list of over 50 programs that federal agencies have already taken action to better target resources to Opportunity Zones.

NEW: Department of Treasury Announces 2018 New Markets Tax Credit Allocation Awards

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s CDFI Fund announced the Calendar Year 2018 New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation awards today. The CDFI Fund awarded $3.5 billion to 73 Community Development Entities (CDEs) from 35 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.

The CDFI Fund indicated 214 CDEs applied for allocations for a total demand of nearly $14.8 billion in credits. With 73 successful applications (34 percent) receiving $3.5 billion, meaning the availability of credits only meets a fraction of the demand.

Established in 2000 in the Community Renewal Tax Relief Act (P.L.106-554), the New Markets Tax Credit is a bipartisan effort to stimulate investment and economic growth in low-income urban neighborhoods and rural communities. The NMTC provides a shallow federal tax credit of 39 percent, taken over seven years, for investments in census tracts where the individual poverty rate is at least 20 percent or where median family income does not exceed 80 percent of the area median. However, 75 percent of NMTC activity is in the poorest rural and urban communities in America, characterized by poverty of at least 30 percent and unemployment rates 1.5 times that the national average.


NEW: DOE Announces $33.5M in R&D Funding for Energy Efficient Construction Technologies. Concept Papers due June 10.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $33.5 million for early-stage research and development of advanced building construction techniques to reduce energy bills.

The Advanced Building Construction with Energy-Efficient Technologies & Practices (ABC) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) aims to develop deep energy retrofit and new construction technologies that holistically tackle a combination of envelope, heating, cooling, water heating, and ventilation issues. The FOA addresses three areas:

  • Topic 1 – Integrated Building Retrofits
  • Topic 2 – New Construction Technologies:
  • Topic 3 – Advanced Technology Integration:

Concept papers are due on June 10, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. Full applications will be due August 12. More information, submittal requirements, and instructions for applying to this funding opportunity announcement (DE-FOA-0002099) can be found  HERE.  For more information on the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Building Technologies Office visit the website HERE.


USDA Rural Broadband Opportunities – May 31 due date for grants, June/July deadlines for loans.

USDA offers several resources to support expansion of rural broadband under is Rural e-Connectivity Pilot Program: ReConnect Grants and Loan program. The program will furnish loans and grants for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas. Up to $200 million in grants, $200 million in loan and grant combinations, and $200 million in low-interest loans will be available; applicants must select one of these options – deadlines vary based on type of financial assistance requested.

  • May 31, 2019, for grants;
  • June 21, 2019, for loan/grant combinations; and
  • July 12, 2019, for low-interest loans.

Attend an application workshop or request technical assistance from USDA by filling out the contact form at   Upcoming technical assistance workshop:


Rural Community Facilities TA and Training Grants.  Apply by Jun 10

USDA-RD-CFTAT-2019  USDA RD has announced that grants are available for intermediary organizations to provide technical assistance and training for rural organizations and agencies to identify and plan for community facility needs that exist in their area, and once those needs have been identified, locating public and private resources to finance those identified needs.  Program page with more information available here: Application Deadline: June 10, 2019.

USDA/RUS Announces Funding Opportunity to Support Rural Energy Services. Due June 24.

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), has announced the availability of up to $10 million in competitive grants to assist communities with extremely high energy costs, projecting the award of 10 grants.  Applications are due by June 24.

Grant funds may be used to acquire, construct, extend, upgrade, or otherwise improve energy generation, transmission, or distribution facilities serving eligible communities.  All energy generation, transmission, and distribution facilities and equipment, used to provide electricity, natural gas, home heating fuels, and other energy service to eligible communities are eligible.  Projects providing or improving energy services to eligible communities through on-grid and off-grid renewable energy projects, energy efficiency, and energy conservation projects are eligible.  A grant project is eligible if it improves, or maintains energy services, or reduces the costs of providing energy services to eligible communities.

USDA Technical Assistance Grants for Rural Transportation Systems. Due June 25.

The Department of Agriculture’s Rural-Business Cooperative Service is inviting applications for grants to provide Technical Assistance for Rural Transportation (RT) systems under the Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) to provide Technical Assistance for RT systems and for RT systems to Federally Recognized Native American Tribes’ (FRNAT) (collectively “Programs”) and the terms provided in such funding. Successful applications will be selected by the Agency for funding and subsequently awarded from funds appropriated for the RBDG program.  The full announcement can be found in the March 27 FEDERAL REGISTER.  Note references to funding projects that benefit Opportunity Zones and communities responding to impacts from Opioid Misuse.

EPA Credit Assistance Available for Water Infrastructure. Submit LOI by Jul 5.

EPA has published a Notice of Funding Availability on April 5, soliciting letters of interest (LOIs) from prospective borrowers seeking credit assistance for projects eligible under the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) Program. WIFIA program is accepting letters of interest until July 5, 2019. See links below to access further details:

DOT Opens FY20 Applications for BUILD Grants.

The Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Grants 2019 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is now available on and at See below for links to pages with helpful information about the new round of BUILD:



NEW: NIST Seeking Economic Research on the Need for Technology Infrastructure to Support the IoT. Apply by July 24

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is seeking applications from eligible applicants for activities to assess the potential economic impacts, resulting from Federal research investments, of meeting the Nation’s need for technology infrastructure to support the Internet of Things (IoT). By identifying technological and economic trends in IoT research and assessing critical gaps in the Nation’s IoT technology infrastructure, the recipient will produce an economic study to help guide industry, academia, and federal researchers in their efforts to accelerate the critical research needed for timely IoT development.

NIST has identified $400,000 for investment in a cooperative agreement.  The solicitation is available here.  Applications are due by July 24.

Department of Energy Announces $89M for Innovative Manufacturing Technologies. Concept Papers due June 20.

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office will lead this initiative. DOE anticipates making up to 55 awards for up to three years. A cost-share of at least 20% will be required for research and development projects.

The FOA requests proposals in three areas that will improve the global competitiveness of the U.S. by catalyzing innovation around manufacturing of key energy technologies and by reducing industrial process energy intensity.

  • Topic 1 – Innovations for the Manufacture of Advanced Materials:
  •  Topic 2 – Lower Thermal Budget Processes for Industrial Efficiency & Productivity:
  •  Topic 3 – Connected, Flexible and Efficient Manufacturing Facilities and Energy Systems:

View the funding application and submission requirements HERE. Concept papers are due on June 20, 2019.

Department of Energy Announces $79M Available for Bioenergy R&D

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced over $79 million in funding available for bioenergy research and development including biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. This funding supports DOE’s goal of providing consumers and businesses with a range of domestic energy options that are affordable, reliable, and secure.

The FOA topics will advance DOE’s Bioenergy Technology Office’s (BETO) objectives to reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower, and enable high-value products from biomass or waste resources. This FOA also supports the Water Security Grand Challenge, a White House initiated, DOE-led framework to advance transformational technology and innovation to meet the global need for safe, secure, and affordable water. In particular, this funding will support research and development focused on anaerobic digestion, a technology that can help achieve the Grand Challenge’s goal to double resource recovery from municipal wastewater.

For more information, read the full FOA on the EERE Exchange website.


SBA Funding Available through the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). Apply by May 31.

Funding Opportunity Announcement No. OIT-STEP-2019-1:  SBA is inviting proposals for funding from eligible state entities through the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). The STEP grant program provides small businesses with financial resources to participate in foreign trade missions, designing new marketing materials, or setting up a trade show exhibition. Proposals must be posted to by 11:59 p.m. (EDT), May 31, 2019.



NEW:  DOL-ARC-DRA Announce Collaborative Grant Initiative for Rural Workforces. Apply by July 15

The  U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)’s Employment Training Administration (ETA), in partnership with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), announce the available funds for demonstration grant projects supporting  alignment of workforce development with existing strategies and plans for economic development and diversification in rural communities from the following areas hard hit by economic transition and recovering slowly: 1.) The Appalachian region, as defined in 40 U.S.C. 14102(a)(1), and 2.)  The Lower Mississippi Delta (Delta) region, as defined in 7 U.S.C. 2009aa(2). The Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) is posted on at

These grants will enable eligible applicants within the Appalachian and Delta regions to expand the impact of existing workforce development initiatives, as well as provide valuable career, training, and support services to eligible individuals in counties and parishes and/or areas currently underserved by other resources.  Grants support workforce development activities that prepare dislocated workers, new entrants to the workforce, and incumbent workers for good jobs in high-demand occupations aligned with a regional or community economic development strategy.

The Announcement emphasizes the importance of strategic alignment of proposed workforce activities with the area’s regional economic development plans and includes the following guidance for project narratives:  Applicants must identify, cite, and describe how their project aligns with any strategic or economic development plans for the geographical area the applicants propose to serve. Alignment with these plans is crucial because these local plans most likely will have the closest, ground-level assessment of the challenges and strengths of the applicant’s proposed service areas.

See ETA Funding Announcement FOA-ETA-19-08  for full details, eligibility and application requirements.


NEW: SBA’s MaTCH Competitive Will Award $1M in Prizes to Help Makerspaces Create or Expand Job Training. Apply by July 8.

Through its Makerspace Training, Collaboration, and Hiring (MaTCH) Pilot Competition, SBA challenges individual organizations or teams to use existing makerspaces to create or expand skills training programs, including industry or trade certification when feasible, with a goal to immediately place all program graduates in positions with previously-identified employers that are in need of skilled labor.

The SBA will award up to $1 million in total prizes to fund winning program proposals.

To enter, individuals or organizations should submit a business plan detailing their qualifications, experience, and resources; the proposed training curriculum; the nature and length of the training/certification program; and the number of trainees that will be accommodated.

  • Submission Period: May 21, 2019 to July 8, 2019
  • Entry Review and Judging Period: July 9, 2019 – August 5, 2019
  • Winners Announced: August 6, 2019

Review the MaTCH competition rules and the FAQs for more detail on how the prizes are disbursed. Applicants should review all the MaTCH competition rules and the FAQs before entering the competition.

DOL Announces Funding for State Apprenticeship Expansion

The Employment and Training Administration has issued Training and Employment Guidance Letter 17-18, to  announce the availability of $73 million in Program Year (PY 18) funds to States to increase the number of apprentices in Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAPs). The TEGL also  provides the state and territory allotment levels and application procedures, and  guidance on the use of funds.
The TEGL also addresses the phasing out of State Apprenticeship Expansion grants (FOA-ETA-16-13) and plans to further support statewide apprenticeship expansion by granting PY 18 apprenticeship funds appropriated under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 (P.L. 115-141) to States, as defined at 29 CFR Section 29.2.

HHS Funding Opportunity under the Community Development Economic Development Program. Apply by June 3

In the current funding cycle, HHS’s  Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS) will award approximately $13.1 million in Community Economic Development (CED) discretionary grant funds to Community Development Corporations (CDC) for well-planned, financially viable, and innovative projects to enhance job creation and business development for individuals with low income.  The CED program provides funding for projects aimed at business development opportunities and creating employment for individuals with low incomes located in geographic areas with a demonstrated need for the proposed project.

OCS is encouraging projects that align with the Promise Zones Initiative or Choice Neighborhoods Program and Opportunity Zones.   Applications are due by June 3.

EPA FY20 Environmental Workforce Training Program Grants. Apply by Jun 10

Opportunity Number: EPA-OLEM-OBLR-19-01: US EPA’s Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Program (EWDJT) supports recruitment, training and placement of unemployed and underemployed people, including low-income residents in solid and hazardous waste-impacted communities. Eligible activities include programs that develop and implement training programs, including, but not limited to: brownfields hazardous waste training, solid waste management and recycling, wastewater treatment and storm water management, alternative energy technologies, and environmental health and safety training.  Applications due by June 10.  For details, visit or click the EWDJT tab on EPA’s Brownfields program website at:


Federal Funding Opportunities Closing Soon:  

Below is a list of previously highlighted funding opportunities that are still open. Enter the Opportunity Number in to see announcement details. You can also search for a full list of current federal opportunities, including programs not listed below.


Opportunity Number Opportunity Title Agency Posted Date Close Date  
RDBCP-RCDG-2019 Rural Cooperative Development Grant USDA-RBCS 04/09/2019 06/03/2019
HHS-2017-ACF-OCS-EE-1213 Community Economic Development Projects HHS-ACF-OCS 06/12/2017 06/03/2019
ETA-TEGL-17-18 Availability of FY18 Funding for State Apprenticeship Expansion DOL-ETA 05/03/2019 06/03/2019
USDA-RD-HCFP-RCDI-2019 Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) USDA-RHS 03/27/2019 06/05/2019
 OIT-STEP-2019-01 STATE TRADE EXPANSION PROGRAM SBA 05/01/2019 06/07/2019
USDA-RD-CFTAT-2019 Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant USDA-RHS 04/01/2019 06/10/2019
RD-RUS-HECG19 Assistance to High Energy Cost Communities USDA-RUS 04/26/2019 06/24/2019
DTOS59-19-RA-BUILD FY 2019 National Infrastructure Investments DOT 04/16/2019 07/15/2019
FOA-ETA-19-08 Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC): A Grant Initiative for the Appalachian and Delta Regions DOL-ETA 05/15/2019 07/15/2019
DE-FOA-0001980 FY19 Advanced Manufacturing Office Multi-Topic FOA DOE-GFO 05/07/2019 08/29/2019
EDAP2018 FY18 Economic Development Assistance Programs: Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance DOC-EDA 07/02/2018 Open
693JJ319NF-NSFLTP Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Projects (NSFLTP) DOT-FHWA 10/04/2018 Open


Notable Recent Awards

NEW: FTA Announced Project Selections for $9.6M to Expand Transit Access to Health Care in Rural, Opioid Impacted and other Areas.

The Federal Transit Administration this week announced project selections totaling approximately $9.6 million to 37 projects led by transit agencies, governmental authorities and nonprofit organizations to support innovative transportation solutions to expand access to health care.  FTA’s Access and Mobility Partnership Grants focus on transportation and technology solutions to reach medical appointments, access healthy food and improve paratransit services. The program emphasizes better coordination between health care providers and transit agencies, as well as technology improvements such as mobility-on-demand shared transportation services and smart phone apps for booking services.

The selected projects reduce barriers to critical healthcare in rural America, increase access to substance abuse treatment in response to the opioid crisis and add new technologies to increase paratransit program efficiencies, among other solutions.

Access and Mobility Partnership Grants

Access and Mobility Partnership Grant FY2019 Project Selections

The map shows the individual State share of the overall funding:

NEW: Summary of DOL Workforce Grants for Opioid Disaster Recovery Available

On September 14, 2019, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) issued Training and Guidance Letter (TEGL) No. 04-18 announcing the Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grants to help communities respond to the opioid crisis.

The Opioid Disaster Recovery DWG will create temporary employment opportunities aimed at alleviating humanitarian and other needs created by the opioid crisis. These funds may also provide services to reintegrate workers affected by the crisis and train individuals to work in mental health treatment, addiction treatment, and pain management.

To date, ETA has awarded Opioid Disaster Recovery DWGs to nine states.  A synopsis is available via links below:


California (up to $3,948,375)

Cherokee Nation (up to $5,996,501)

Florida (up to $2,500,000)


Massachusetts (up to $2,450,295)

Michigan (up to $1,809,752)

Missouri (up to $4,090,306)


New York (up to $5,591,446)

Rhode Island (up to $3,988,971)

Washington ($886,860)


Public Meetings, Events and Training

SBA’s SBIR Road Tour Continues through November 15

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced it will launch a 16-stop road tour connecting entrepreneurs working on advanced technology to the country’s largest source of early stage funding – the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

The SBIR Road Tour plays an important role in increasing engagement with entrepreneurial ecosystems across the country and building out greater networks to support the creation of small businesses focusing on high-impact research.

Each SBIR Road Tour stop will be hosted by a local organization involved in supporting entrepreneurs in next generation R&D. Program managers from the participating federal agencies will conduct one-on-one meetings with attendees, take part in targeted panels, discuss technology areas, and share insights into how the agencies make funding decisions.

  • The Central Plains Tour was held May 20-24, with stops in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Kansas City, Kansas; Des Moines, Iowa; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Fargo, North Dakota.
  • The Southwest Tour will run from August 12-16, with stops in Tucson, Arizona; El Paso, Texas; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Boulder, Colorado.
  • The Eastern Tour will run from September 16-20, with stops in Burlington, Vermont; Albany, New York; New Brunswick, New Jersey; State College, Pennsylvania; and College Park, Maryland.
  • Caribbean: the SBIR Road Tour will stop in Miami, Florida on November 13 and in Puerto Rico on November 15.

Small technology firms, innovators, scientists or researchers seeking more information on the SBIR Road Tour, including a schedule of stops and participating agencies should visit:

For more information about SBIR/STTR programs, please visit


Reports, Tools and Data

NEW: Census Bureau Releases 2019 Quarter 1 Job-to-Job Flows

Workers often build their careers through job-hopping. Job-to-job moves are a primary means by which workers move from lower-paying to better-paying employers, from dead-end jobs to new career ladders. Similarly, employers often seek experienced workers for jobs – workers who are often currently working at other firms. These flows of workers across employers, industries, and labor markets are subsequently quite large – about 1/2 of hires and separations in 2000 were job-to-job flows. Yet until now, they represented a gap in the set of available statistics on employment dynamics.

Job-to-Job Flows (J2J) is a beta release from the U.S. Census Bureau of new national statistics on job mobility in the United States. The data include new statistics on: (1) the job-to-job transition rate, (2) hires and separations to and from employment, and (3) characteristics of origin and destination jobs for job-to-job transitions. These statistics are available nationally and at the state level, by industry and worker characteristics.

On May 17, the Census Bureau completed the 2019 Quarter 1 release of J2J dataPlease see for release-specific data notices.

J2J data can be accessed via:

For comments or questions, please contact [email protected].


NEW:  GAO Releases Report on Manufacturing USA Institutes

The Departments of Commerce, Defense, and Energy have together spent $1 billion to establish 14 institutes that develop advanced manufacturing capabilities. Most of the institutes are operating under an initial 5- to 7-year period of federal financial assistance. These institutes expect possible negative consequences once this initial assistance ends. For example, they may need to focus on short-term projects for industry use to raise revenue, rather than projects that advance U.S. manufacturing innovation as a whole.

GAO’s report, titled Innovation Institutes Have Demonstrated Initial Accomplishments, but Challenges Remain in Measuring Performance and Ensuring Sustainability (GAO-19-409), recommends that the departments evaluate whether their institutes can sustain operations without additional federal assistance. The full report is accessible here.


SBA Office of Advocacy Publishes 2019 State Small Business Profiles

Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy released the annual Small Business Profiles for the States and Territories. The profiles are an annual portrait of small business health of each state and territory, plus the United States and the District of Columbia. The profiles combine the latest federal data into detailed reports on the small business economy in each state, and limited economic data is provided for five U.S. territories.

This year’s profiles report on state economic growth and employment. Visit Advocacy’s website to view the US or your state’s profile.

Disaster Recovery Resources & Info

Primary site for Disaster Recovery Assistance:

Where to Find Federal Disaster Declarations

  • 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.


Funding and other Assistance Available for Recovery:

NEW:  DOL Awards National Dislocated Worker Grant for Disaster Response in Ohio

The U.S. Department of Labor approved Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) funding up to $8,828,533, with $2,942,844 released initially, for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The funding assists with the assessment of workforce needs in response to record-breaking rainfall that caused extreme flooding and embankment failures, along with extensive damage to critical roads and culverts. Severe storms battered Ohio from February 5 through 13, 2019, affecting nearly one third of the state.

Ohio received a major disaster declaration from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on April 8, 2019, which allows the state to request DWG funding to assess workforce needs in 20 counties declared eligible for FEMA’s Public Assistance Program. The state proposes that 13 of those counties receive assistance under this grant: Athens, Gallia, Guernsey, Hocking, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Ross, Scioto, Vinton, and Washington.


EDA Has Supplemental Funding Available for Areas Impacted by 2017 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:


Visit EDA’s Disaster Recovery web page to view the grants that EDA has already made (XLSX) through its 2018 Disaster Supplemental Appropriation.

Economic Recovery Support & the National Disaster Response Framework

Read more about the Economic Recovery Support Function and the National Disaster Response Framework here: