Economic Development_Support for Planning Organizations

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Purpose of this program:

To help States, sub-state planning units, Indian Tribes and local governments strengthen economic development planning capability and formulate and establish comprehensive economic development, process and strategies designed to reduce unemployment and increase incomes.

Possible uses and use restrictions...

Grants are used to help the cost of economic development planning and administrative expenses of organizations that carry out the planning.

Who is eligible to apply...

Eligible recipients are Economic Development Districts; Indian tribes; units of State and local governments; States; institutions of higher education; and public or private nonprofit organizations.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:

None. Costs will be determined in accordance will OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local government.

Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.

About this section:

This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy. For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree, 3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible. Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they must satisfy.

Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs, the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.

How to apply...

Application Procedure:

Following invitation by the Agency, submit a formal application to the appropriate EDA Regional office and a copy to the EDA Economic Development Representative for the State. Applications must be cleared by the State's Intergovernmental Review Process as authorized under Executive Order 12372.

Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.

Award Procedure:

The EDA Assistant Secretary approves initial grant awards to District organizations and Native Americans. EDA Regional Directors approve all other grants as well as amendments to previously approved grants.

Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.

Deadlines and process...


Not applicable.

Note: When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received. When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 45 to 60 Days.

Preapplication Coordination

Submit a letter of interest, a statement of distress, and a proposed work program not to exceed ten pages. Assistance in the preparation of a formal application may be requested from EDA Staff. The standard application form SF-424, as furnished by EDA and required by 15 CFR, Part 24, "Grants and Cooperation Agreements with State and Local Governments, must be used for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Note: This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.


Not applicable.

Note: In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).


Grants are normally made for a 12-month period and may be renewable if program performance is satisfactory, the area continues to exhibit substantial economic distress, and the proposed work program is acceptable. Priority funding consideration is given to previously funded partnership grants to Economic Development Districts, Indian Tribes and other eligible areas. Short term planning grants to states, sub-state planning units and local governments may be funded for up to three consecutive awards.

Note: In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.

Who can benefit...

The unemployed and low-income residents of eligible areas.

About this section:

This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.

What types of assistance...

Project Grants

The funding, for fixed or known periods, of specific projects. Project grants can include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, and construction grants.

How much financial aid...

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$500 to $175,000. Average: $59,000.

Note: This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.


(Investments) FY 03 $24,003,000; FY 04 est $23,521,000; and FY 05 est $23,667,000.

Note: The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.

Account Identification


Note: Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program. This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.

Examples of funded projects...

Projects are for the purpose of supporting staff to undertake comprehensive economic development strategies and planning by Economic Development Districts, Indian tribes, States, sub-states areas, cities and counties.

About this section

This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.

Program accomplishments...

In fiscal year 2003, 392 grants were awarded to Economic Development Districts, Indian Tribes, States, urban areas and sub-state political sub-divisions. These entities carried out a variety of planning and related efforts aimed at generating jobs and income for their areas and for unemployed/underemployed residents.

Criteria for selecting proposals...

EDA will invest in applicants who are entrepreneurial in spirit and in action. Potential investments will be analyzed using the following seven supplemental evaluation criteria of approximately equal weight: extent that proposed investments are market-based; extent that proposed investments are pro-active in nature and scope; extent that proposed investments look beyond the immediate economic horizon, anticipate economic changes, and diversify the local and regional economy; likelihood that proposed investments maximize the attraction of private sector investments and would not otherwise come to fruition absent EDA's investment; likelihood that proposed investments have a high probability of success; likelihood that proposed investments result in an environment where high skill, high wage jobs were created; and likelihood that proposed investments maximize Return on Taxpayer Investment.

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Generally 12 months. Funds are released in two payments over the course of the grant period. Aids the long-range economic development of areas with severe unemployment and low family income problems; helps to create an environment where higher paying lucrative jobs are created; and creates new, permanent jobs.

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula and no legal or administrative regulations or prescribed factors to be used to allocate funds among eligible applicants. The Federal share may be 50 percent of the total project cost and the required local share must be obtained from nonfederal sources in the form of cash and/or in-kind contributions. An eligible applicant may request a supplementary grant in excess of 50 percent if it meets the criteria established in 13 CFR 301.4(b) or 13 CFR 306.3(b) as appropriate. The Secretary may authorize up to 100 percent funding for Indian Tribes.

A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.

Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.

In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.

Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.

Post assistance requirements...


Semi-annual financial reports; progress reports 5 months and 10 months after grant start date; annual update or report of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is due as determined by the Regional Office.

Note: This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), recipients that are States, Local Governments, Nonprofit Organizations and Institutions of Higher Learning shall be subject to the audit requirements contained in the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501-7507). Commercial organizations shall be subject to the audit requirements as stipulated in the award document. States, local governments and nonprofit governments that expend $500,000 or more in a year in Federal awards shall have a single or program-specific audit conducted for that year.

Note: This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency. The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133. These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year, as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period, rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).


Financial records must be maintained until 3 years after the completion of the grant project or submission of the final financial report, whichever is later, and be readily available for inspection and audit. All financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical reports, and other records of grantees or sub grantees are required to be maintained by the terms of the agreement.

Note: This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require. Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office. For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C. For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.



Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965, Public Law 105-393, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 3143.

Note: This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).

Regulations, Guidelines, And Literature

13 CFR 306 Planning Assistance.

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office

Refer to Additional Contact Information - FMR Help for EDA Regional Office addresses.

Note: This section lists the agency contact person, address and telephone number of the Federal Regional or Local Office(s) to be contacted for detailed information regarding a program such as: (1) current availability of funds and the likelihood of receiving assistance within a given period; (2) pre-application and application forms required; (3) whether a pre-application conference is recommended; (4) assistance available in preparation of applications; (5) whether funding decisions are made at the headquarters, regional or local level; (6) application renewal procedures (including continuations and supplementals) or appeal procedures for rejected applications; and (7) recently published program guidelines and material. However, for most federal programs, this section will instruct the reader to consult the so-called Appendix IV of the Catalog due to the large volume of Regional and Local Office Contacts for most agencies. This information is provided in Additional Contact Information (see below).

Headquarters Office

Refer to Additional Contact Information - FMR Help for EDA Regional Office addresses and telephone numbers.

Note: This section lists names and addresses of the office at the headquarters level with direct operational responsibility for managing a program. A telephone number is provided in cases where a Regional or Local Office is not normally able to answer detailed inquiries concerning a program. Also listed are the name(s) and telephone number(s) of the information contact person(s) who can provide additional program information to applicants.

Additional Contact Information (Appendix IV)

Due to the large volume of regional and local office contacts for most agencies, full contact information is also provided separately here in a PDF format: