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FY 2023 Recompete Pilot Program – Phase 1

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Eligible Recipients:

  • Educational Institutions
  • Local Governments
  • Native/Tribal Entities
  • Non-profits
  • State Governments

Program Purpose:

  • Economic Development
  • Education and Workforce Development
  • Low-income Assistance

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Economic Development Administration (EDA)

Funded by:

U.S. Department of Commerce


The Distressed Area Recompete Pilot Program (Recompete Pilot Program) aims to alleviate persistent economic distress and support long-term, comprehensive economic development and job creation in places with a high prime-age (25 to 54 years) employment gap. The program uses prime-age employment gap (PAEG) as an indicator of economic distress because it accounts for prime-age workers who have stopped looking for jobs and left the labor force, not just those who are currently unemployed. In the execution of this goal, EDA will seek to invest in programs and organizations that have a clear understanding of local conditions and pathways to create and connect people with good jobs while ensuring the program’s benefits are shared equitably and across diverse geographies. EDA’s longstanding mission is to ensure that all communities have a path to economic prosperity, and through the pilot program EDA will support communities with high prime-age employment gaps through flexible, bottom-up strategy and implementation grants that tackle the unique challenges these communities face.

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Applicant Guidance

There are separate application requirements depending on whether an applicant is seeking a Strategy Development Grant or Recompete Plan approval. An applicant seeking both a Strategy Development Grant and Recompete Plan approval must complete both sets of application requirements. No matter the element of this Recompete Pilot Phase 1 NOFO an applicant is pursuing (i.e., Strategy Development Grant, Recompete Plan approval, or both), an applicant must submit a complete application, as detailed in section D.2. of this NOFO, to be considered for funding. However, some content is expected to overlap between the applications (proposed service area, underlying arguments, etc.) can be repeated across both narratives, and identical letters of support, CD-511, and SF-LLL may be submitted for both applications.

Applicants who apply for both a Strategy Development Grant and Recompete Plan approval may receive a Strategy Development Grant, Recompete Plan approval, both, or neither because, as explained in greater detail in section E, Strategy Development Grant and Recompete Plan applications are evaluated separately and against different but complementary merit criteria.

EDA intends to review each application expeditiously upon receipt of the complete application. EDA may request additional documentation or information from the applicant to make an eligibility determination. EDA also may, in its sole discretion, continue review of any application with minor defects or errors, while the applicant supplies the missing information. EDA will reject any documentation of eligibility that the agency determines is inaccurate or incomplete, which may cause the application to be rejected. Please see section E of this NOFO for more information on award criteria, and the review and selection process.

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