EDA Changes Format for FY2011

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Above: The Gaylord Industrial Park, an EDA-Funded Project Designed by GFA

In FY 2011 EDA will move to a quarterly funding cycle system. Beginning on October 14, 2010 applications will still be accepted on a continuing basis, but must be received by the deadlines set out below in order to be considered for funding during a particular cycle. Eligible applicants have the option of receiving preliminary feedback on an application’s technical and competitive merits by submitting the application for an optional preliminary review. EDA will provide such feedback no later than 15 business days after EDA’s receipt of an application, and applicants will have the opportunity to revise and/or supplement the application as necessary or submit a new application by the funding cycle deadline or in time for consideration in a subsequent funding cycle. Applicants that elect to receive such feedback must submit an application sufficiently in advance of the applicable funding cycle deadline so that EDA can provide feedback and the applicant can revise and/or provide additional documentation or submit anew by the deadline. EDA will not select projects for funding until after the funding cycle deadline has passed.

Hard copy applications must be delivered with a postmark or courier service’s time and date stamp dated on or before 5:00 pm local time in the applicable regional office on the funding cycle deadline date. For FY 2011, the funding cycle deadlines are as follows:
December 15 for funding cycle 1;
March 10 for funding cycle 2;
June 10 for funding cycle 3; and
September 15 for funding cycle 1 of FY 2012.

EDA’s overall mission is to help distressed communities establish a foundation for durable regional economies throughout the United States. Grants made under these programs will focus on innovation and regional collaboration to create and retain higher wage and sustainable jobs, leverage the flow of private capital, encourage economic development, and strengthen America’s ability to compete in the global marketplace. EDA encourages its rural and urban partners around the country to develop initiatives that advance new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic conditions.

Eligible applicants include a(n):

(i) District Organization of a designated Economic Development District (EDD);

(ii) Indian Tribe or a consortium of Indian Tribes;

(iii) State, 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;

(iv) institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education; or

(v) public or private non-profit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State.

EDA will evaluate applications on a competitive basis in order to maximize the economic revitalization impact of the program based on the extent to which applications address the following core evaluation criteria:
Address National Strategic Priorities, including technology-led development, support for small- and medium-sized businesses, global competitiveness and innovation, economic dislocation due to auto industry restructuring or natural disasters, commercializing research, and environmentally sustainable development.
Assist Economically Distressed and Underserved Communities to strengthen diverse communities that have suffered disproportionate economic and job losses and/or are rebuilding to become more competitive in the global economy.
Demonstrate a good return on EDA’s investment through job creation or retention and/or serving as a catalyst for private sector investment.
Demonstrate or support regional collaboration to support the development and growth of innovation clusters based on existing regional competitive strengths.
Employ public-private partnerships to use both public and private resources and/or leverage complementary investments by other government/public entities and/or non-profits.

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EDA Changes Format for FY2011

Fish & Wildlife Grants, Pre-Proposals Due Dec 13

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) requests interested entities to submit restoration, research and Regional Project proposals for the restoration of Great Lakes fish and wildlife resources, as authorized under the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (16 USC 941c). The purpose of the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (Act) is to provide assistance to States, Indian Tribes, and other interested entities to encourage cooperative conservation, restoration and management of the fish and wildlife resources and their habitats in the Great Lakes Basin. Regional Projects are authorized activities of the Service related to fish and wildlife resource protection, restoration, maintenance, and enhancement impacting the resources of multiple States or Indian Tribes with fish and wildlife management authority in the Great Lakes Basin. The Service will be responsible for accomplishing Regional Projects on behalf of the State and/or Tribal agencies submitting the Regional Project proposal. Supported in part by President Obama’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a total of approximately $2.0 million is projected to be available to support projects this fiscal year. Available funding and project awards are subject to final Congressional appropriations for Fiscal Year 2011. Up to 33% of the total Congressional appropriation to the Act is eligible to fund Regional Projects. Successful restoration and research projects have ranged from $2,300 to $2,000,000 with the average project at $97,286.

Pre-proposals and Regional Project Proposals are due on December 13, 2010 by 10:00 PM EST. An email will be sent to confirm receipt of all proposals. Pre-proposals and Regional Project Proposals received after this deadline will not be considered.

Funding Instrument Type:     Cooperative Agreement/Grant

Category Explanation:     States, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, and Native American Treaty Organizations within the Great Lakes Basin are eligible. Local governments, non-governmental organizations, universities, and conservation organizations (either within or outside of the basin) may receive funding if sponsored by an institution listed above. Proof of sponsorship is not required at the pre-proposal stage, but is required during the review of full proposals to receive funding.

Estimated Total Program Funding:     $2,000,000

CFDA Number(s):     15.608  —  Fish and Wildlife Management Assistance
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:     Yes

Eligible Applicants
State governments
County governments
City or township governments
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)

Additional Information on Eligibility:
States, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, and Native American Treaty Organizations within the Great Lakes Basin are eligible. Local governments, non-governmental organizations, universities, and conservation organizations (either within or outside of the basin) may receive funding if sponsored by an institution listed above. Proof of sponsorship is not required at the pre-proposal stage, but is required during the review of full proposals to receive funding.

Fish & Wildlife Grants, Pre-Proposals Due Dec 13

EDA Planning Grants, Deadline Jan. 21

Under this announcement, EDA solicits applications for its Planning and Local Technical Assistance Programs. EDA’s Planning Program helps support planning organizations, including District Organizations and Indian Tribes, in the development, implementation, revision or replacement of comprehensive economic development strategies (CEDS), and for related short-term planning investments and State plans designed to create and retain higher-skill, higher-wage jobs, particularly for the unemployed and underemployed in the nation’s most economically distressed regions.

The Local Technical Assistance Program helps fill the knowledge and information gaps that may prevent leaders in the public and nonprofit sectors in economically distressed regions from making optimal decisions on local economic development issues. Please note that EDA has posted a new FY 2011 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) announcement dated October 14, 2010 for its Public Works, Economic Adjustment Assistance, and Global Climate Change Mitigation Incentive Fund Programs (GCCMIF). You can access this FY 2011 FFO on EDA’s website.

Eligibility

County governments
City or township governments
Special district governments
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education

Generally, the amount of the EDA grant may not exceed 50 percent of the total cost of the project. Projects may receive an additional amount that shall not exceed 30 percent, based on the relative needs of the region in which the project will be located, as determined by EDA.  For Planning Assistance, the minimum EDA investment rate for projects under 13 C.F.R. part 303 is 50 percent, and the maximum allowable EDA investment rate may not exceed 80 percent. In the application review process, EDA will consider the nature of the contribution (cash or in-kind) and the amount of the matching share funds. EDA will give preference to applications that include cash contributions (over in-kind contributions) as the matching share. While cash contributions are preferred, in-kind contributions, consisting of contributions of space, equipment, or services, or forgiveness or assumptions of debt, may provide the required non-federal share of the total project cost.

Economic Distress Criteria
Potential applicants are responsible for demonstrating to EDA, by providing statistics and other information, as appropriate, the nature and level of economic distress in the region in which the proposed project will be located. For a Public Works (13 C.F.R. part 305; CFDA No. 11.300) or an Economic Adjustment investment (13 C.F.R. part 307; CFDA No. 11.307), the project must be located in a region that, on the date EDA receives the application for investment assistance, meets one (or more) of the following economic distress criteria: (i) an unemployment rate that is, for the most recent 24 month period for which data are available, at least one percentage point greater than the national average unemployment rate; (ii) per capita income that is, for the most recent period for which data are available, 80 percent or less of the national average per capita income; or (iii) a “Special Need,” as determined by EDA.

 

 

EDA Planning Grants, Deadline Jan. 21