Monday, March 17, 2008

Department of Commerce FY 2008 Regional Training Curriculum Implementation Program Competition

Through this competitive solicitation, the Economic Development Administration (EDA), Department of Commerce solicits applications for the nationwide delivery of an open source regional training curriculum to practitioners through a series of workshops and other delivery methods to be proposed by the applicant. The open source curriculum that will be delivered under this solicitation was informed by a national survey of practitioners to assess their needs and knowledge levels. The results of the survey have been organized and analyzed in a needs assessment report, which is available online at The format and materials for workshops that will be delivered under this competitive solicitation have been completed and successfully tested. The two-day workshop format is designed to develop forward-thinking regional economic development plans that generate momentum for regional economic development and help economic development practitioners and stakeholders identify and access appropriate federal resources. Additional workshop content information and materials can be accessed at Applicants should describe the number of workshops contemplated; other means by which the curriculum will be disseminated; the methods by which appropriate workshop participants and target audiences for other curriculum delivery methods will be identified; and what, if any, certification or other credential will be awarded to participants who successfully complete any training program the applicant proposes. Please see the full funding opportunity for more information.

Document Type: Modification to Previous Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number: EDA03142008REGTRAINING
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Posted Date: Mar 14, 2008
Creation Date: Mar 14, 2008
Original Closing Date for Applications: Apr 25, 2008
Current Closing Date for Applications: Apr 25, 2008 To be considered timely, a completed application, regardless of the format in which it is submitted, must be either: (a) received by Dr. William P. Kittredge, Program Officer, no later than April 25, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT); or (b) transmitted and time-stamped at no later than April 25, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Any application received or transmitted, as the case may be, after 5:00 p.m. EDT on April 25, 2008 will not be considered for funding.
Archive Date: Apr 15, 2013
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Community Development Other (see text field entitled "Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity" for clarification) Regional Development
Category Explanation: The Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) mission is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. EDA works towards fulfilling its mission by funding research and technical assistance projects to promote competitiveness and innovation in distressed rural and urban regions throughout the United States and its territories. By working in conjunction with its technical assistance and research partners, EDA will help States, local governments, and community-based organizations to achieve their highest economic potential. Recent studies on economic development, including several EDA-funded reports, stress the importance of a regional approach to successful economic development. However, the actual implementation of economic development from the regional perspective is not robust. Therefore, in FY 2006, EDA funded the development of a practitioner-oriented, open source curriculum to acquaint local economic development practitioners with the benefits, process, and practice of economic regionalism. On July 16, 2007, EDA published a Federal Register notice (72 FR 38812) soliciting applications for funding under its NTA Program to deliver the regional training curriculum throughout the United States. The deadline for receipt of applications closed August 13, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. After completing its review of the applications submitted, EDA decided not to make an award for the project. EDA now re-solicits applications for the regional curriculum training implementation project in accordance with the project description and deliverables set out in the full federal funding opportunity.
Expected Number of Awards:
Estimated Total Program Funding: $1,500,000
Award Ceiling:
Award Floor:
CFDA Number: 11.303 -- Economic Development_Technical Assistance
CFDA Number: 11.312 -- Research and Evaluation Program
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: Yes (generally 1:1)

FY 2008 Regional Training Curriculum Implementation Program Competition

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