Economic Development_Technical Assistance

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Purpose of this program:

EDA oversees three technical assistance programs (National, Local and University Center) that promote economic development and alleviate under-employment and unemployment in distressed areas. The program provides funds to: (1) establish and operated University Centers which enlist the resources of their sponsoring institutions of higher education in promoting economic development; (2) support innovative economic development projects; (3) disseminate information and studies of economic development issues of national significance; and (4) finance feasibility studies and other projects leading to local economic development. Aids the long-range economic development of areas with severe unemployment and low family income problems; aids in the development of public facilities and private enterprise to help create new, permanent jobs.

Possible uses and use restrictions...

Technical assistance is used to provide information, data, and know-how in evaluating, shaping and implementing specific projects and programs that promote economic development in economically depressed areas.

Who is eligible to apply...

Most technical assistance recipients are private or public nonprofit organizations; educational institutions; Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments; municipal, county or State governments and U.S. Territories or entities thereof. Occasionally, EDA awards program funds to private sector firms or individuals to conduct activities which EDA has determined will benefit the general economic development community. Program funds, not be awarded to individuals and for profit organizations to start or expand a private enterprise.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:

No rigid requirements are required. A nonprofit organization is required to submit its articles of incorporation charters for nonprofit organizations and a certificate of good standing, issued by the State in which it is incorporated. Applicants must demonstrate capability to complete the work program proposed in the nonprofit organizations must work in cooperation with a political subdivision of a State.

Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.

About this section:

This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy. For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree, 3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible. Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they must satisfy.

Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs, the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.

How to apply...

Application Procedure:

Applicants whose proposals are selected for further consideration will be given formal instructions and all application materials. This program is subject to provisions of 15 CFR Part 14 for institutions of higher education and other nonprofit organizations and with 15 CFR Part 24 for State and local governments. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21 for institutions of higher education, with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments, and with OMB Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit organizations.

Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.

Award Procedure:

Local technical assistance grants and University Center continuation grants are approved by the appropriate EDA Regional Director. The Assistant Secretary for Economic Development, Department of Commerce, approves all national technical assistance grants and initial university center grants.

Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.

Deadlines and process...


See deadlines announced in the Federal Register.

Note: When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received. When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 1 month to 4 months.

Preapplication Coordination

Applicants should submit proposals, following the format specified in 13 CFR 304, through an Economic Development Representative to the appropriate EDA regional office for projects with local or regional impact (including University Center proposals) and to EDA Headquarters for projects with national or multi- regional impacts or that serve a national demonstration purpose. This program, except for National technical assistance, in most cases is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372 "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Note: This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.



Note: In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).


Proposals for renewal will be reviewed on their own merit.

Note: In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.

Who can benefit...

Projects are intended to assist in solving economic development problems, respond to economic development opportunities, and expand organizational capacity for economic development.

About this section:

This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.

What types of assistance...

Project Grants

The funding, for fixed or known periods, of specific projects. Project grants can include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, and construction grants.

How much financial aid...

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$10,000 to $220,000. The average grant for the University Center Program in fiscal year 2003 was $96,381; for National Technical Assistance projects, $246,866; and for Local Technical Assistance projects, $46,639.

Note: This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.


(Investments) FY 03 $9,229,000; FY 04 est $8,790,000; and FY 05 est $8,300,000.

Note: The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.

Account Identification


Note: Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program. This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.

Examples of funded projects...

University Center projects provide management and technical assistance services to communities, counties, districts, nonprofit development groups, and technology transfer assistance to firms. Many local technical assistance projects help to determine the economic feasibility of various local development projects involving industrial, commercial, and other activities. National technical assistance projects fund reports on innovative economic development and the dissemination of economic development information.

About this section

This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.

Program accomplishments...

In FY 2003, 109 projects were funded (66 University Centers, 39 Local Technical Assistance projects, and 5 National Technical Assistance projects).

Criteria for selecting proposals...

EDA will invest in applicants who are entrepreneurial in spirit and in action. Potential investments will be analyzed using the following seven supplemental evaluation criteria of approximately equal weight: extent that proposed investments are market-based; extent that proposed investments are pro-active in nature and scope; extent that proposed investments look beyond the immediate economic horizon, anticipate economic changes, and diversify the local and regional economy; likelihood that proposed investments maximize the attraction of private sector investments and would not otherwise come to fruition absent EDA's investment; likelihood that proposed investments have a high probability of success; likelihood that proposed investments result in an environment where high skill, high wage jobs are created; and likelihood the proposed investments maximize Return on Taxpayer Investment.

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Varies, but usually a period of one year. Funds are released as required.

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Technical assistance grantees generally must contribute 50 percent or more of the total project cost in cash or in-kind services. Lower percentages are possible as outlined in 13 CFR 301.4(b), 307.3, 307.6 and 307.9.

A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.

Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.

In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.

Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.

Post assistance requirements...


Grantees must complete Standard Form 270 to receive disbursements. Progress reports are required prior to making subsequent disbursement and shall be submitted in accordance with 15 CFR Part 14, "Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, other Nonprofit and Commercial Organizations" and 15 CFR Part 24, "Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments," as applicable.

Note: This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised June 27, 2003), recipients that are States, Local Governments, Nonprofit Organizations (to include Hospitals), and Institutions of Higher Learning shall be subject to the audit requirements contained in Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501-7507). Commercial organizations shall be subject to the audit requirements as stipulated in the award document. States, local governments, and nonprofit governments that expend $500,000 or more in a year in Federal awards shall have a single or program-specific audit conducted for that year.

Note: This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency. The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133. These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year, as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period, rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).


Documents, paper, and financial reports pertaining to the award must remain available to the Federal government for a minimum of three years from the date of submission of the final financial status report. All financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical reports, and other records of grantees or subgrantees are required to be maintained by the terms of the agreement. The grantee must retain records for three years after completion of the project or submission of the final financial reports, whichever is later, and have them readily available for inspection and audit.

Note: This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require. Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office. For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C. For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.



Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965, Public Law 105-393, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 3147.

Note: This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).

Regulations, Guidelines, And Literature

13 CFR Part 307.1-307.9.

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office

Refer to Additional Contact Information - FMR Help for EDA Regional Office addresses.

Note: This section lists the agency contact person, address and telephone number of the Federal Regional or Local Office(s) to be contacted for detailed information regarding a program such as: (1) current availability of funds and the likelihood of receiving assistance within a given period; (2) pre-application and application forms required; (3) whether a pre-application conference is recommended; (4) assistance available in preparation of applications; (5) whether funding decisions are made at the headquarters, regional or local level; (6) application renewal procedures (including continuations and supplementals) or appeal procedures for rejected applications; and (7) recently published program guidelines and material. However, for most federal programs, this section will instruct the reader to consult the so-called Appendix IV of the Catalog due to the large volume of Regional and Local Office Contacts for most agencies. This information is provided in Additional Contact Information (see below).

Headquarters Office

For University Center and Local Technical Assistance grants, refer to Additional Contact Information - FMR Help for EDA Regional Office addresses and telephone numbers. For National Technical Assistance grants, contact EDA, U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of External Affairs and Communication, 1401 Constitution Ave NW, HCHB Room 7822, Washington DC 20230. Telephone: (202) 482-2309.

Note: This section lists names and addresses of the office at the headquarters level with direct operational responsibility for managing a program. A telephone number is provided in cases where a Regional or Local Office is not normally able to answer detailed inquiries concerning a program. Also listed are the name(s) and telephone number(s) of the information contact person(s) who can provide additional program information to applicants.

Additional Contact Information (Appendix IV)

Due to the large volume of regional and local office contacts for most agencies, full contact information is also provided separately here in a PDF format: