This EDA Proposal Package Checklist  will help you determine if you have all the documents and requirements to submit a proposal to EDA.

A wide range of technical, planning, workforce development, entrepreneurship, public works, and infrastructure projects are eligible for funding from the Economic Adjustment Assistance program. See section A of the American Rescue Plan Act Economic Adjustment Assistance Notice of Funding Opportunity for more details.

  • EDA accepts electronic submissions of applications through EDA will not accept paper, facsimile, or email transmissions of applications.
  • The applicant must have an active registration in the System for Award Management ( and active account to be ready to submit.
  • For nonprofit organizations, the applicant entity must have a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service.
  • The presumptive grant rate is 80%; with a 20% matching contribution of the proponent. According to EDA requirements the contribution of the proponent should be committed, available, and unencumbered and that it does not come from a federal source. These funds would be immediately available if this proposal is approved. Unlike with past EDA grant programs, applications that provide more matching contribution of the proponent may be more competitive.The applicant must document that the matching share will: (i) be committed to the project for the period of performance, (ii) be available as needed, and (iii) not be conditioned or encumbered in any way that may preclude its use consistent with the requirements of EDA investment assistance. The following link is a sample Matching Letter Template with the requirements for either construction or non-construction projects.Documented in-kind contributions may provide the required non-Federal Share of the total project cost, but they must be eligible project costs and meet applicable federal cost principles and uniform administrative requirements. Examples of in-kind contributions can include space, equipment, services, or forgiveness or assumptions of debt. Funds from other Federal financial assistance awards may be considered matching share funds only if authorized by statute, which may be determined by EDA’s reasonable interpretation of the statute.

If indirect costs are included in the budget for non-construction projects, the applicant must include documentation (evidence) to support the indirect cost rate it is using (unless claiming the 10 percent de minimis indirect cost rate, discussed in this link). For most applicants, documentation will entail the submission of a copy of its current, approved negotiated indirect cost rate agreement (NICRA).

For construction projects: EDA regulations requires a First Lien Mortgage on the property.  It is a requirement from EDA that the Recipient must hold title to Project Real Property or have an already Long-Term Lease that allows for the first lien mortgage.  See pages 14-15 of FY20 PWEAA NOFO including NCC and CARES.

Technically, projects can have both construction and non-construction purposes, but historically EDA does not recommend making submission with this double purpose. You should prioritize which component of your project is more crucial for the economic development of your area or it is more feasible to accomplish by your organization. As with any project, EDA strongly encourages applicants to consult with the appropriate POC (Point of Contact) to discuss whether their project is in alignment with EDA’s Investment Priorities as well as EDA’s eligibility requirements, cost-sharing requirements, property standards, and other requirements.

Usually, applicants are recommended to choose between construction or non-construction projects or submit two separate applications.

As published in the current Notice of Funding Opportunity the following limits apply to funds from the Economic Adjustment Assistance.

Award Ceiling: $30,000,000

Award Floor: $100,000

Usually, applicants are recommended to choose between construction or non-construction projects or submit two separate applications.

Currently, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands do not have an approved CEDS, but the following documents are accepted as CEDS. For P.R refer to the Economic and Disaster Recovery Plan for PR- English version (click here for Spanish version). Fur the Virgin Islands refer to USVI latest version of CEDS. The narrative should refer to the CEDS equivalent document and should be aligned with at least one or more Courses of Action.

The proponent organization will need commitment letters from key partners mentioned in the proposal. These letters should mention the specific role the partner has in the project. There should be a letter for every active project partner referred to in the proposal document.

EDA encourages eligible applicants to submit their applications as soon as possible, and strongly advises eligible applicants to submit complete applications so that EDA can review and process the application in time to get a potential award in place prior to deadlines imposed by Congress. Grant’s closing date is September 30, 2022, but submission by that date is not a guarantee of funding. Any award is subject to the availability of funds.


EDA strongly encourages applicants to submit applications early and not wait until the application deadline.

From our experience, EDA could take from 2 to 6 months to have a final decision regarding a

to contact you for further information, and additional months to award the grant.

The COVID-19 UPRM Recovery staff are not EDA employees but work closely with local EDA representatives on behalf of the economic strengthening and recovery of the island. The assistance given is based on our long-time experience working with the agency and constant feedback and meetings discussing projects by local proponents. The staff intends to work as a liaison between potential EDA grantees and the agency.

  1. Equity: Economic development planning or implementation projects that advance equity across America through investments that directly benefit 1) one or more traditionally underserved populations, including but not limited to women, Black, Latino, and Indigenous and Native American persons, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders or 2) underserved communities within geographies that have been systemically and/or systematically denied a full opportunity to participate in aspects of economic prosperity such as Tribal Lands, Persistent Poverty Counties, and rural areas with demonstrated, historical underservice. For more information on these populations and geographies see:
  2. Recovery & Resilience: Economic development planning or implementation projects that build economic resilience to and long-term recovery from economic shocks, like those experienced by coal and power plant communities, or other communities impacted by the decline of an important industry or a natural disaster, that may benefit from economic diversification-focused resilience.
  3. Workforce Development: Economic development planning or implementation projects that support workforce education and skills training activities directly connected to the hiring and skills needs of the business community and that result in well-paying, quality jobs.
  4. Manufacturing: Economic development planning or implementation projects that encourage job creation, business expansion, technology and capital upgrades, and productivity growth in manufacturing, including efforts that contribute to the competitiveness and growth of domestic suppliers or to the domestic production of innovative, high-value products and production technologies.
  5. Technology-Based Economic Development: Economic development planning or implementation projects that foster regional knowledge ecosystems that support entrepreneurs and startups, including the commercialization of new technologies, that are creating technology-driven businesses and high-skilled, well-paying jobs of the future.
  6. Environmentally-Sustainable Development: Economic development planning or implementation projects that help address the climate crisis including through the development and implementation of green products, green processes (including green infrastructure), green places, and green buildings.
  7. Exports & FDI: Economic development planning or implementation projects that enhance or build community assets to support growth in US exports or increased foreign direct investment.

NPO-Seid UPRM Staff

David Santiago Rosado, PhD.

Economic Recovery Specialist

Business and Economic Development Center

EDA University Center

University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez Campus

Tel. (787) 832-4040, ext. 5352, 3613, 5600


Maria Riestra Carrion

Project Manager UPRM COVID-19 Recovery Corps

Business and Economic Development Center

Business Administration, UPR Mayaguez Campus


Alexxa T. González Rivera

Project Assistant UPRM COVID-19 Recovery Corps

Business and Economic Development Center

Business Administration, UPR Mayaguez Campus


EDA Field Office (Puerto Rico) Staff

Juan Bauzá 

Economic Development Representative

US Department of Commerce

Economic Development Administration

Philadelphia Regional Office




Zulma E. Velázquez, MPA

Economic Development Specialist

Economic Development Administration

US Department of Commerce



Single Point of Contact (SPOC) Office

Lcda. Blanche González Hodge

Directora – Oficina de Revisión de Propuestas Federales

(787) 723-6200

Ext. 16134


Sra. Ileana Andino Pagán

Auxiliar de Sistemas de Oficina

Oficina de Revisión de Propuestas Federales

(787) 723-6200, Ext. 16024




(787)832-4040 Ext.5352




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