Investments for Public Works and Economic Development Facilities

Public Works grants support the construction or rehabilitation of essential public infrastructure and facilities necessary to generate or retain private sector jobs and investments, attract private sector capital, and promote regional competitiveness, innovation, and entrepreneurship, including investments
that expand and upgrade infrastructure to attract new industry, support technology-led development, accelerate new business development, and enhance the ability of regions to capitalize on opportunities presented by free trade.

Agency - Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation's economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.
Website Address

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
500 Sails $ 1,625,064   2022-06-142027-06-13
Town Of Goldsby $ 1,600,000   2022-05-102027-05-10
Murrieta, City Of $ 2,429,910   2022-05-022027-05-02
South Sioux City, City Of $ 723,935   2022-06-142025-12-14
Grenada, County Of $ 5,353,888   2022-04-252025-11-25
Hampton, County Of $ 4,204,000   2022-05-172025-09-17
Ben Hill, County Of $ 1,927,012   2022-05-242025-03-24
Unlv Research Foundation, The $ 3,649,131   2019-09-272024-09-26
Laurens County Water And Sewer Commission $ 1,298,000   2016-12-302018-06-30
Rochelle, City Of $ 3,420,601   2016-09-302018-03-31

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Characteristic projects include investments in facilities such as water and sewer systems, industrial access roads, business parks, port facilities, rail spurs, skill-training facilities, business incubator facilities, brownfield redevelopment, eco-industrial facilities, and telecommunications and broadband infrastructure improvements necessary for business creation, retention and expansion.

To be eligible, a project must be located in or benefit a region that, on the date EDA receives an application for investment assistance, satisfies one or more of the economic distress criteria set forth in 13 C.F.R.

§ 301.3(a).

All investments must be consistent with a current EDA- approved Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) or equivalent strategic economic development plan for the region in which the project will be located, and the applicant must have the required local share of funds committed, available, and unencumbered.

Applicants must be able to start and complete proposed projects in a timely manner consistent with award terms and conditions.

Recipients must award contracts in accordance with proper procurement procedures and ensure that contractors pay Davis-Bacon wage rates.

All grants awarded are competitive in nature.

EDA does not award formula grants.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Pursuant to PWEDA, eligible applicants for and recipients of EDA investment assistance include a State, city, county, or other political subdivision of a State, including a(n): (a) District Organization as defined in 13 CFR § 304.2; (b) Indian Tribe or a consortium of Indian Tribes; (c) State, 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 such 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 acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State.

See section 3 of PWEDA (42 U.S.C.

§ 3122) and 13 C.F.R.

§ 300.3.

Projects eligible for Public Works investment assistance also include those located in regions meeting 'Special Need' criteria as defined in 13 C.F.R.

§ 300.3.

For-profit, private-sector entities do not qualify for Public Works assistance under PWEDA.

Therefore, EDA will not provide investments directly to individuals or for-profit entities.

Such requests may be referred to State or local agencies, or to non- profit economic development organizations.

As used in this paragraph, 'State' includes the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S.

Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries of investments made under Public Works are those communities who satisfy one or more of the economic distress and/or ?Special Need? criteria set forth in 13 C.F.R. § 301.3(a) and 13 C.F.R. § 300.3 to revitalize, expand, or upgrade their physical infrastructure to attract new industry, encourage business expansion, diversify their local economies, and generate or retain long-term private sector jobs and capital investments.


Applicants should refer to the specific requirements of the current Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) to determine what documents must be submitted at the time of submission. EDA employs a two-phase review process for proposals/applications submitted under this FFO. All submissions under this FFO must proceed through the two-phase review process. Phase I, the Proposal Phase, of EDA?s process is designed to provide applicants with an economical and efficient means of determining if their proposed project meets the essential criteria to be considered responsive to this FFO. In Phase I, potential applicants are able to provide EDA with general project information, as detailed in the FFO, to allow EDA to make a Phase I Determination, i.e., whether the proposed project meets the most essential criteria to be considered responsive to this FFO. Proposal packages submitted for Phase I consideration may be presented at any time during the fiscal year. All complete Phase I proposal packages will be reviewed by the respective regional office Proposal Review Committee (PRC), and the applicant will be advised of EDA?s Phase I Determination. If the regional office PRC determines that a proposal is responsive to this FFO (Phase I Responsive Determination), EDA will inform the applicant that it may submit a complete application to proceed to Phase II of the process. In Phase II, the Application Phase, an applicant must submit a complete application, as detailed in the FFO, to be considered for funding. If an applicant submits an application in lieu of or concurrent with a proposal package, the regional office PRC must first make a Phase I Determination regarding the applicant?s submission before moving to Phase II, the Application Phase. In either Phase I or II, EDA may seek information or documentation from the applicant to clarify information presented in the proposal/application. Please refer to the current FFO for more information on EDA?s review and selection process. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

An environmental impact assessment is required for this program.

This program 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.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. For information on the application process you may access the applicable federal funding opportunity (FFO) announcement for Public Works investment assistance at and at EDA will review each application for Public Works application in accordance with the evaluation criteria, funding priorities, and selection procedures set forth in the applicable FFO.

Award Procedures

Staff in the applicable EDA regional office review complete applications for eligibility and compatibility with EDA's mission and funding priorities. Applications deemed eligible and at least minimally consistent with EDA's mission and funding priorities are referred to an Investment Review Committee, which recommends applications for funding to the Regional Director. The Regional Director makes a funding determination as the Grants Officer for the respective region.


Not Applicable.


Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965, as amended (PWEDA) (42 U.S.C. § 3121 et seq.).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days.


Not Applicable.


Applications for renewal or supplementation of additional projects may compete with applications for new awards.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Generally, the amount of the EDA grant may not exceed 50 percent of the total cost of the project. Projects may receive an additional amount that shall not exceed 30 percent, based on the relative needs of the region in which the project will be located, as determined by EDA. In the case of EDA investment assistance to a(n) (i) Indian Tribe, (ii) State (or political subdivision of a State) that the Assistant Secretary determines has exhausted its effective taxing and borrowing capacity, or (iii) non-profit organization that the Assistant Secretary determines has exhausted its effective borrowing capacity, the Assistant Secretary has the discretion to establish a maximum EDA investment rate of up to 100 percent of the total project cost. This program does not have MOE requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Project periods are specified in the grant award documents, but generally these do not exceed five years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released:. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are disbursed on a reimbursement basis.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Project progress and financial reports are required, generally on a quarterly basis, as required by the Special Terms and Conditions governing the award.

EDA requires the submission of the SF-425 Federal Financial Report.

EDA reviews progress and financial reports for compliance with all award terms and conditions, as well as EDA regulations.

EDA reserves the right to conduct site visits on an as-needed basis.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. The applicant is reminded that EDA or the Department of Commerce?s Office of Inspector General also may conduct an audit of an award at any time.


All financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical reports, and other records of recipients or sub-recipients are required to be maintained by the terms of the grant agreement.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $110,897,917; FY 17 est $100,000,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The average size of a Public Works investment has been approximately $1.4 million, and investments generally range from $200,000 to $3,000,000. Historically, EDA has awarded funds for between 80 and 150 Public Works projects a year. However, this average is informational only and is not intended to restrict the size of future awards.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Title 13 CFR Chapter III, Parts 300-302, 305, 310, and 314.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Philip Saputo 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room 71030, Washington, District of Columbia 20230 Email: Phone: (202) 400-0662

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

EDA will review all applications for investment assistance against the evaluation criteria outlined in the applicable Federal Funding Opportunity, which generally includes a review of the feasibility of the budget presented, conformance with EDA statutory and regulatory requirements, and alignment with strategic areas of interest and priority considerations identified in the applicable announcement. For more information on these investment priorities and current funding opportunities, go to

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