Today the Department of Commerce made a major announcement of funding, available immediately via its Economic Development Administration. [See below for details]
This includes $750 million for travel, tourism and recreation programming, of which $240 million is dedicated toward competitive grants focused on community-level interventions. Institutions of higher education are eligible to for this $240 million competitive amount. The additional $510 million will be given to State and Territorial Executives non-competitively.
Competitive grant applications for the $240 million are due March 15, 2022.
This EDA investment is the largest economic development initiative from the Department of Commerce in decades and will help communities across the country build back better.
Investing in America’s Communities includes:
- Build Back Better Regional Challenge ($1 billion) will capitalize on American ingenuity and American workers by providing a transformational investment to regions across the country to revitalize their economies.
- Good Jobs Challenge ($500 million) is designed to help get Americans back in good-paying jobs. The program will develop and strengthen regional workforce training systems and sector-based partnerships with a focus on programs targeted at women, people of color and historically underserved communities.
- Economic Adjustment Assistance ($500 million) grants will help hundreds of communities across the nation plan, build, innovate, and put people back to work through projects tailored to meet local needs.
- Indigenous Communities ($100 million) program will work hand-in-hand with Tribal Governments and Indigenous communities to develop and execute economic development projects they need to recover from the pandemic and build economies for the future.
- Travel, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation ($750 million) program will focus on revitalizing the hard-hit travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation industries and accelerate the recovery of communities that rely on these sectors.
- Statewide Planning, Research and Networks ($90 million) grants include funding for state planning efforts as well as grants to build Communities of Practice to extend technical assistance to support EDA’s work with grantees.
As part of the six programs, EDA is making a Coal Communities Commitment, allocating $300 million to ensure support for these communities as they recover from the pandemic and create new jobs and opportunities, including through the creation or expansion of a new industry sector.
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