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FY 2018-2020 Research and Evaluation (R&E) and National Technical Assistance (NTA) Programs (RNTA)

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, IHEs, and Individuals
for Economic Development Research and Technical Assistance Projects

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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Economic Development Administration (EDA or the Agency), U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC)

Deadline Date:

09/30/20 - Applications are accepted until September 30, 2020.

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, for-profits, local, tribal, and state government units, IHEs, and individuals for technical assistance and research projects that promote economic development in distressed regions. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several days to complete.

Through its RNTA programs, EDA works towards fulfilling this mission by funding research and technical assistance projects that promote competitiveness and innovation in distressed rural and urban regions throughout the United States and its territories. Such projects will support the DOC Strategic Plan (2018-2022) including through the advancement of innovation and job growth with a specific focus on building the capacities for job growth; providing data, tools and technical assistance to support the export needs of business; and, supporting growing ecosystems that attract foreign direct investment.

Under this NOFO, EDA solicits applications from applicants in order to provide investments that support research and technical assistance projects under EDA’s R&E and NTA programs.

R&E Program

Through the R&E program, EDA supports the development of tools, recommendations, and resources that shape Federal economic development policies and inform economic development decision-making. R&E program investments provide critical, cutting-edge research and best practices to regional, state, and local practitioners in the economic development field, thereby enhancing understanding and implementation of economic development concepts throughout the country. EDA also regularly evaluates the impacts and outcomes of its various programs as a means of identifying policy and program modifications that will increase the Agency’s efficiency and effectiveness.

NTA Program 

EDA’s NTA program supports a small number of projects that provide technical assistance at a national scope. These projects support best practices among communities trying to solve problems related to economic development goals. By working in conjunction with its national technical assistance partners, EDA helps States, local governments, and community-based organizations to achieve their highest economic potential. The NTA program supports activities that are beneficial to the economic development community nationwide and includes, but is not limited to, outreach, training, and information dissemination. It can also provide assistance with implementation of economic development best practices and proven techniques.

For more information and project examples for each of these programs, see pages 5-6 of the NOFO document in Attached Files below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184088

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,000,000

Number of Grants:

15; Historically, EDA has funded approximately five R&E projects per year and three NTA projects.

Estimated Size of Grant:

In FY 2018, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (P.L. 115-141) appropriated $1.5 million for R&E and $9.5 million for EDA’s Technical Assistance programs of which EDA plans to allocate nearly $1.0 million to the NTA program.

In recent years, the average size of R&E and NTA investments has been approximately $350,000, and investments generally range from $200,000 to $500,000. EDA anticipates making similar awards in FY 2018-2020, subject to availability of funds.

Term of Contract:

EDA anticipates a twelve (12) to eighteen (18) month project period for investments funded under this NOFO, subject to the availability of funds, EDA policy, and satisfactory performance under the award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Pursuant to PWEDA, eligible applicants for and eligible recipients of EDA investment assistance under this NOFO include a(n):

a. District Organization;
b. Indian Tribe or a consortium of Indian Tribes;
c. State, county, 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;
d. Institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education;
e. Public or private non-profit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State;
f. A private individual or
g. For-profit organization.

The use of EDA funds to make equity investments is not an allowable cost; neither EDA funds nor matching share may be used for such purposes. Investment assistance may not be used to start or expand a private business.

Pre-Application Information:

There are no application deadlines under this NOFO. EDA plans to accept applications on a rolling basis between FY2018-2020 or until the publication of a new RNTA NOFO. EDA may cancel or withdraw the NOFO at any time and all funding is subject to the availability of funding.

Applicants must submit applications electronically at www.grants.gov (Grants.gov).

Unique entity identifier and System for Award Management (SAM)
To enable the use of a universal identifier and to enhance the quality of information available to the public as required by the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, to the extent applicable applicants are required to: (i) Be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) before submitting their application; (ii) provide a valid unique entity identifier in their application; and (iii) continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which they has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a Federal awarding agency.

Note that the Grants.gov registration is a multi-stage process that involves a number of steps, including validation, verification, and registration through other websites such as sam.gov. See Section I. of this NOFO. Please visit http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/applicant-tools-and-tips.html for resources and guides on the Grants.gov registration process.

Once an application is submitted, it undergoes a validation process through Grants.gov during which the application may be accepted or rejected by the system. Please be advised that the validation process may take 24 to 48 hours to complete.

Generally, the amount of an EDA award may not exceed 50 percent of the total cost of the project. However, for RNTA awards, the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development (Assistant Secretary) has the discretion to establish a maximum Investment Rate of up to 100 percent where the project: (i) Merits, and is not otherwise feasible without, an increase to the Investment Rate; or (ii) Will be of no or only incidental benefit to the Eligible Recipient. If an Applicant is requesting an EDA investment rate of greater than 50 percent, the applicant must provide the basis for the request.

Prospective applicants should visit http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration.html to ensure that they follow the most up-to-date instructions.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=305782

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For additional information on the R&E and NTA program please email RNTA@eda.gov.

CFDA Number:

11.312, Economic Development – Research and Evaluation and 11.303, Economic Development – National Technical Assistance.

Funding or Pin Number:

EDA-HDQ-RNTA-2018-2005669

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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