Opportunity number
Department of Commerce (DOC)
Public Works
Due date
There are no submission deadlines under this opportunity. Proposals and applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the publication of a new EDAP FFO
Project funding
Program funding
The average size of a Public Works investment has been approximately $1.4 million, and investments generally range from $600,000 to $3,000,000. Historically, EDA has awarded funds for between 80 and 150 Public Works projects a year.
Funding size
Up to $5M

EDA – Public Works

RFP Summary provided by the agency

Through the Public Works program, EDA provides catalytic investments to help distressed communities build, design, or engineer critical infrastructure and facilities that will help implement regional development strategies and advance bottom-up economic development goals to promote regional prosperity. The Public Works program provides resources to meet the construction and/or infrastructure design needs of communities to enable them to become more economically competitive. Prior examples of investments EDA has supported through the Public Works program include projects supporting water and sewer system improvements, industrial parks, high-tech shipping and logistics facilities, workforce training facilities, business incubators and accelerators, brownfield redevelopment, technology-based facilities, wet labs, multi-tenant manufacturing facilities, science and research parks, and telecommunications infrastructure and development facilities. As noted above, investments made through the Public Works program must be aligned with a current CEDS or EDA-accepted regional economic development strategy and clearly lead to the creation or retention of long-term high-quality jobs. For example, under this program, EDA may provide funding to a consortium of eligible recipients to support the construction of a technology center that provides laboratory, office, and manufacturing space that leads to the creation of advanced manufacturing jobs. As another example, EDA may provide funding to a county government to support regional job creation in targeted cluster industries and expand those industries’ ability to export goods. EDA award may not exceed 50% of the total project cost. Projects may receive an additional amount that may not exceed up to 30% of the total project cost, based on the relative needs of the Region in which the project will be located, as determined by EDA.

What is the mission and focus of the program: research, social, economic or others?

Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities. EDA provides strategic investments on a competitive- merit-basis to support economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment in economically distressed areas of the United States.

How do you submit to this opportunity?

EDA employs a two-phase review process for proposals/applications submitted. EDA strongly encourages applicants to consult with the EDA representative for their State to discuss whether their project is in alignment with EDA’s investment priorities, eligibility requirements, cost-sharing requirements, property standards, or other requirements. In order to make the application process more efficient and effective.

Who are the target applicants: cities, universities, companies, small business, nonprofits, or others?

Target applicants are state, local, tribal and other governments, universities, and nonprofits.
Must be a distressed community with higher than average unemployment or incomes lower than the national average.
Full list includes:
State governments
Private institutions of higher education
City or township governments
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Special district governments
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
County governments
Private institutions of higher education

Example project(s) summaries from past RFPs:

EDA awarded a $1.9 million grant to the city of Eugene, Oregon, to install fiber-optic cable that will deliver high-speed Internet service to downtown businesses. According to grantee estimates, the project is expected to create 215 jobs. The fiber optic network installation will run along downtown Eugene’s central business district. This project will help improve internet connectivity to generate further economic development and provide local businesses with the capacity to expand.

(ii) Example project(s) summaries from past RFPs:

EDA awarded a $569,204 grant to Somerset County, Pennsylvania, to expand critical fiber optic infrastructure to serve regional business interests. According to grantee estimates, the project is expected to create 42, retain 20 jobs, and generate $25 million in private investment. The fiber optic expansion will serve key countywide industrial areas including the Somerset Industrial Park, Laurel Highlands Business Park, the Borough of Meyersdale, and the North Star Industrial Park. The infrastructure will generate further economic development and improve connectivity for vital services across the region.

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