Funding guide

EDA - Public Works (PW) and Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA)

Broadband Funding Guide

U.S. Department of Commerce

Economic Development Administration

Federal Agency

Economic Development Administration (EDA)

Agency Overview

EDA provides economic development grants that help communities and regions develop or improve assets so that businesses can successfully form, grow, and innovate.

Program Name

Public Works (PW) and Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA)

Program Overview

EDA’s PW and EAA programs provide economically distressed communities and regions with comprehensive and flexible resources to address a wide variety of economic development needs. Specifically, PW supports the construction, expansion or upgrade of public infrastructure and facilities. EAA flexibly supports the development and/or implementation of strategies to assist communities or regions that have expereinced or are under the threat of serious damage to their underlying economic base. Projects funded by these programs will, among other things, leading to the creation and retention of jobs and increased private investment, advance innovation, enhance the manufacturing capacities of regions, provide workforce development opportunities and growing ecosystems that attract foreign direct investment. Through these programs, EDA supports bottom-up strategies that build on regional assets to spur economic growth and resiliency.

Program Purpose
  • Planning (e.g. feasibility)
  • Broadband Infrastructure (e.g. construction)
  • Broadband Adoption
  • Digital Skills Training
  • Smart Cities
Eligible Recipients
  • Higher Education Institutions
  • State and Local Governments
  • Tribal Entities
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Rural Recipients
  • Other: District Organization of an EDA-designated Economic Development District (EDD)

Agency Contact

Please contact your local economic development representative (based on the location of the proposed project) at

Funding Type


FY2018 Funding Amount