FY20 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES Act)

Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration

Program Type:

Grant; Loan

Eligible Geography:



This notice solicits applications from applicants in order to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, planning, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works program and EAA program (which includes Assistance to Coal Communities). 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, including those negatively impacted by changes to the coal economy.

The average size of an EAA investment has been approximately $650,000 and investments generally range from $150,000 to $1,000,000.

Eligible Recipients:

Local Government; State Government; Higher Education Institution; Non-Profit Organization; Tribal Entity

Eligible Recipients Detail:

Eligible recipients include State Governments; Higher Education Institutions; Non-Profit Organizations; City or Township Governments; Special District Governments; county Governments; Local Development Districts; Native American Tribal Governments

Eligible Purpose:

Building Infrastructure; Last Mile Infrastructure; Middle Mile Infrastructure; Backbone Infrastructure; General Infrastructure; Broadband Enabled Devices; Digital Skills Training; Broadband Development Planning

Eligible Purpose Detail:

Funds are administered under the EDA Economic Adjustment Assistant, program. The EAA program provides investments that support a wide range of construction and non-construction activities (including infrastructure, design and engineering, technical assistance, economic recovery strategies, and capitalization or re-capitalization of Revolving Loan Funds (RLF)) in regions experiencing severe economic dislocations that may occur suddenly or over time.EDA utilizes EAA investments to provide resources that help communities experiencing or anticipating economic dislocations to plan and implement specific solutions to leverage their existing regional economic advantages to support economic development and job creation.

Funding Match/Terms:

EDA can fund up to 80% of project costs with a grant depending on the geography's economic conditions. See NOFO for full details.

Note/Additional Resources: