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Grant or Cooperative Agreement to a USA Nonprofit, Agency, or IHE
to Promote Economic Development in the Wake of COVID-19

Economic Recovery Corps Program

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) - Economic Development Administration (EDA)

Conf. Date:

07/07/22

Deadline Date:

08/05/22 11:59 PM ET - Receipt

Description:

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Grant or cooperative agreement to a USA or territories nonprofit organization, city, county, state, tribe, district organization, or IHE to implement a national network to promote economic development in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to four weeks to complete. The successful applicant will place and coordinate Fellows across the country to support technical assistance and the dissemination of information on economic development principles and practices. The purpose of the program is to accelerate economic recovery from the pandemic in underserved communities.

Economic Recovery Corps Fellows Program

EDA is seeking applications from eligible parties to create and launch a nationwide network of Economic Recovery Corps Fellows to help regions recover from the coronavirus pandemic by providing supplemental staff resources (i.e., Fellows*) to economic development capacity-building organizations to increase their ability to effectively engage in local and regional economic development. Through this Fellows Program, EDA aims to increase local staffing capacity and skillsets in communities and regions impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and build a national network of experts supporting complementary work at scale.

*For the purposes of this Fellows Program,  “Fellows” are defined as individuals who serve as economic development recovery specialists for limited terms and meet specified eligibility criteria.

This Fellows Program is designed to help accelerate economic recovery in underserved communities by:

  • The Network Operator** building and launching a program that provides economic development organizations with subject matter expertise, strategic relationships, and coordination through
  •  A national cohort of Fellows embedded in regions across the nation to enable communities and regions to recover with more equitable, resilient, and future-focused economies and industry clusters. 

**“Network Operator” refers to the organization or group of organizations funded through this program to build and launch a network of Fellows.

Eligible applicants should consider strategies to build and form a national initiative that will place and coordinate Fellows across America to support two key activities:

  • Technical Assistance: Enable communities to access funding and participate in economic development programs and initiatives through preparation, training, and implementation assistance
  • Knowledge and Insights: Study, organize, and disseminate information, data, and analysis to accelerate the adoption of future-focused economic development principles and practices.

Specifically, the Economic Recovery Corps Fellows Program seeks applications to build, launch, and operate a national network of Fellows to increase communities’ ability to plan, prepare for, and participate in economic development activities. The network will:

  • Establish and strengthen communication, alignment, and collaboration between and among a broad and diverse set of key economic development stakeholders at the local, state, regional, tribal, and national level;
  • Identify, organize, and disseminate knowledge, practices, and insights that will further equitable economic development practices;
  • Improve access to federal, state, and philanthropic funding sources;
  • Serve as an industry liaison and convener for Federal stakeholders to distribute funding opportunities, identify collaboration opportunities, and share practices; and
  • Develop and evolve modern, equitable economic development strategies.

For strategies, goals, and example activities, see p. 6 of the NOFO listed in Attached Files below.

For Investment Priorities, see Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 204453

Number of Grants:

For the Economic Recovery Corps Program, EDA expects to award one grant or cooperative agreement.

Estimated Size of Grant:

For the Economic Recovery Corps Program, EDA expects to award one grant or cooperative agreement of approximately $20,000,000-$30,000,000.

Term of Contract:

EDA expects the period of performance to be approximately 36-54 months. Performance under the award may extend to no later than May 31, 2027.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

EDA seeks applications for a Network Operator from organizations (or a coalition of organizations) that possess the expertise to create a well-structured, feasible, and scalable fellowship plan. The Network Operator should have expertise in running a fellowship, volunteer, or intern program. They should also have experience providing advanced economic development training and technical assistance to underserved populations (PDF). Eligible applicants 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; or
e. Public or private non-profit organization or association, including labor unions, acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State.

Under its EAA program, EDA is not authorized to provide grants or cooperative agreements to individuals or to for-profit entities.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Economic Recovery Corps Fireside Chat:
As a follow up to the June 23rd Economic Recovery Corps (ERC) overview webinar, EDA will be hosting a fireside chat on July 7, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada) with Jesus Soriano Molla from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Attendees and potential applicants can expect to hear insights and lessons learned from NSF-funded fellowship networks, in addition to addressing questions on the current ERC competition.

For questions, contact networks@eda.gov.

To register: ttps://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIscuiupzIrEoRWYn-ynzWZ7ftEggrMQQc

The session will be recorded and posted at https://www.eda.gov/programs/economic-recovery-corps/

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for application submission is 11:59 pm Eastern Time on August 5, 2022. Proposals or applications received after the above deadlines will not be reviewed or considered.

Timeline:
- June 16: Notice of Funding Opportunity published
- June 23: 1:30 p.m. ET: Application webinar
- July 7: 12:00 p.m. ET: Fireside Chat with EDA and NSF
- August 5: Applications due
- October 2022: Award announced

The award will be allocated by September 30, 2022.

Applications will only be accepted electronically through www.grants.gov (Grants.gov). EDA strongly suggests that applicants submit applications substantially before the deadline.

EDA, in its sole discretion, may pre-approve in writing submission via an alternate method (e.g., email) due to a systems issue at Grants.gov only insofar as any such systems issue is beyond the control of the applicant. However, any submission via this alternate method must be received before the deadline.

EDA strongly encourages potential applicants to consult with staff to discuss whether proposed projects align with EDA’s Investment Priorities, eligibility requirements, and other requirements outlined in this NOFO. This consultation is limited to clarification of technical matters involving proposed projects.

In order to submit an application via Grants.gov, applicants must register with SAM.gov and Grants.gov. Registration can take between three to five business days or as long as four weeks. Applicants are required to:
(i) Be registered in SAM before submitting an application;
(ii) Provide a valid unique entity identifier in the application;
(iii) Make certain certifications (see also section H.5 of this NOFO); and
(iv) Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which they have an active federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a federal awarding agency.

While match is not required, inclusion of match in the application may make it more competitive.

To view the Overview Webinar from June 23, 2022: https://eda.gov/news/media/2022/06/23/economic-recovery-corps.htm

FAQs: https://eda.gov/programs/economic-recovery-corps/faq/

View the opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=341163
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Contact Information:

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

For questions, please contact networks@eda.gov.

For technical support, please contact:
Grants.gov Contact Center
support@grants.gov
(800) 518-4726

CFDA Number:

11.307

Funding or Pin Number:

EDA-HDQ-RNTA-2022-2007441

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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

Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

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