Applications Open for $1.5 Billion in EDA CARES Act Funds to Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic

EDA is now accepting applications from eligible grantees for $1.5 billion in economic assistance to help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic using funds authorized by under the CARES Act that was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on March 27.


An Addendum to our Fiscal Year 2020 Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Notice of Funding Opportunity (FY20 PWEAA NOFO) has been published, making the funds available. Under this announcement, EDA will make CARES Act Recovery Assistance grants under the authority of its Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) program, which is our most flexible and responsive program to help meet the economic development needs and priorities of local and regional stakeholders.


EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance investments will support a wide range of planning and technical assistance, construction and non-construction activities, and support for Revolving Loan Funds in communities across the country experiencing severe economic dislocations brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.


Examples of projects that EDA may fund through its CARES Act Recovery Assistance include economic recovery planning and preparing technical assistance strategies to address economic dislocations caused by the coronavirus pandemic, preparing or updating resiliency plans to respond to future pandemics, implementing entrepreneurial support programs to diversify economies, and constructing public works and facilities that will support economic recovery, including the deployment of broadband for purposes including supporting telehealth and remote learning for job skills.


Eligible applicants under the EAA program include a(n):

  • District Organization;

  • Indian Tribe or a consortium of Indian Tribes;

  • 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;

  • Institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education; or

  • Public or private non-profit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State.

For more information, please visit the EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance page.

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