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Department of Defense Announces Opportunity to Obtain Funding for Community Planning Assistance and Economic Diversification
Jun 19, 2013

The Office of Economic Adjustment within the Department of Defense has announced a federal funding opportunity (FFO) to obtain funding for community planning assistance and economic diversification in response to reductions or cancellations in DoD spending. Assistance may be granted if the reduction has a direct and significant adverse impact on a community or its residents.

Through a notice in the  June 17, 2013 FEDERAL REGISTER, OEA outlines the proposal submission requirements and instructions, and eligibility and selection criteria that will be used to evaluate proposals from state or local governments. OEA assistance awards to a state or local government may result from proposals submitted under this notice, subject to available appropriations.

Proposals will be considered for funding on a continuing basis, subject to available appropriations. OEA will evaluate all proposals and provide a response to a respondent within 30 business days of OEA's receipt of a final, complete application.   Funds available under this program should not duplicate nor replicate activities otherwise eligible for/funded through other Federal programs. Respondents are encouraged to submit proposals which demonstrate appropriate leverage of all public and private resources and programs, such as:  
  • U.S. Department of Commerce's Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program for provision of relevant assistance to the region's manufacturers that operate as part of affected Defense supply chains;  
  • State, regional, and local economic development organizations which often work with the U.S. Department of Commerce's  (DOC) Economic Development Administration (EDA);  
  • Small Business Development Centers as well as local Small  Business Administration District offices; and  
  • U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) grantees, including local Workforce Investment Boards and/or American Job Centers.

Funds provided under this program may not be used to directly identify or assist a business, including a business expansion, in the relocation of a plant, facility, or operation from one Labor Market Area (LMA) to another if the relocation is likely to result in the loss of jobs in the LMA from which the relocation occurs.