EDA Planning Program


The planning program supports eligible recipients to create regional economic development plans designed to build capacity and guide the economic prosperity and resiliency of an economically distressed area or region. This program includes Partnership Planning Grants to help designated regional planning organizations coordinate planning and implementation of comprehensive economic development strategies that will help attract or retain high-quality jobs by leveraging the region’s unique assets.

  • District organization of a designated economic development district
  • Indian tribe or a consortium of Indian tribes
  • State, county, 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 political subdivisions
  • Institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education
  • Public or private nonprofits or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a state
Role In Creative Placemaking

Funds could support planning efforts for regional creative or cultural strategies. This could present an opportunity to incorporate artists into a planning process.


Variable based on economic conditions in target area

Role in Creative Placemaking

This section represents our attempt to capture how this specific funding opportunity might fit into a placemaking initiative.


Who can apply? Eligibility is often limited, but in partnership with other entities you may identify an access point, such as subgrant opportunities. This information can help you determine which potential partners in your community might be able to access the funds.

Previous Projects/Grantees

These examples show how these funds have been used for creative or placemaking endeavors in the past, the types of organizations that have successfully accessed the funds and/or the types of activities for which the funds can be used.

Max Award

Maximum funding amounts can vary from year to year. We have provided the most recent information available. Where available, we also include a median or a range in cases in which the maximum is not typical of an average award.

Match Requirement

Most federal programs require some form of cost sharing. This is expressed differently for different agencies and programs. Sometimes a direct 1:1 match is specified. Other times, the application will state the maximum percentage of a project cost that the funding award can cover. We include this information, where available, in order to give you a sense of what to expect when applying for a particular funding program.


Most federal funding programs will require financial and progress reports at least annually, along with a final report. We consider this to be a "moderate" compliance burden. Where a higher degree of data collection and reporting is indicated, we convey that information with a "substantial" rating.