States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP)


This grant program supports economic development activities across the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt regions.

SEDAP funds projects in one or more of the following categories:

  • basic public infrastructure
  • transportation infrastructure
  • business development, with an emphasis on entrepreneurship
  • workforce development

Half of the overall program funds support projects in the first two categories and the remaining half support projects in the second two categories.

All projects should support one or more of the Delta Regional Authority’s strategic goals:

  • improved workforce competitiveness
  • strengthened infrastructure
  • increased community capacity

Local and state governments and public bodies, nonprofits within the 252 counties of the eight-state Delta region

Role In Creative Placemaking

Funds could help support efforts to create culture or arts based economic revitalization in rural areas and small towns, for street improvements or commercial district development.


10% for business development and workforce development applications

No match may be required for basic public or transportation infrastructure applications, at the discretion of the Delta Regional Authority


South Arkansas Center for Culinary Arts – El Dorado, AR

Pottery Direct facility – McKenzie, TN

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.