Investing in the Delta

Strong investment in the 252 counties and parishes served by the Delta Regional Authority and its partners over the past 13 years has helped to improve the quality of life and boost economic development opportunities for communities and residents alike. The DRA makes these investments through three established funding programs-SEDAP, RCAP, and CIF-as well as additional funds that target DRA policy initiatives.

To apply for funding, visit funding.dra.gov.

The main investment tool used by the DRA is the States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP), and an additonal funding pathway, the Community Infrastructure Fund launched in 2016, supplements SEDAP with direct investment into community infrastructure needs. These investments directly support DRA’s funding priorities. 

Under federal law, at least 75 percent of DRA funds must be invested in economically distressed counties and parishes. Half of these funds are targeted to transportation and basic infrastructure improvements. SEDAP funds projects in four categories: 

 

 

  1. Basic Public Infrastructure
  2. Transportation Infrastructure
  3. Business Development (with focus on Entrepreneurship)
  4. Workforce Development

Each state's investments into DRA generate incredible returns on investment. View our State Snapshots highlighting ROI on DRA's SEDAP investments.

For more information on SEDAP allocations, eligibility, and past projects, click here.


States’ Economic Development Assistance Program

Strategic investment in the 252 counties and parishes served by the Delta Regional Authority is helping to improve the quality of life and boost economic development opportunities. The main investment tool used by the Delta Regional Authority is the States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP), which provides direct investment into community-based and regional projects that address the DRA’s congressionally mandated four funding priorities.

Under federal law, at least 75 percent of DRA funds must be invested in economically distressed counties and parishes. Half of these funds are targeted to transportation and basic infrastructure improvements. The remaining funds are directed to DRA’s other funding priorities of workforce development and business development with a focus on entrepreneurship.

For more information about SEDAP, click here.

Download the SEDAP Administrative Program Manual here.


Community Infrastructure Fund

As a complement to the SEDAP investments, the DRA created the Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF) to target physical infrastructure projects that help build safer, more resilient communities in the Delta region. With the addition of the CIF to DRA’s portfolio of funding opportunities, DRA will have increased flexibility to support states and communities as they address the unmet infrastructure needs in the region.  

CIF investments can be used for projects that address flood control, basic infrastructure development, and transportation improvements. The CIF application and notification cycles coincide directly with the SEDAP timeline.

For more information about CIF, download the CIF Administrative Program Manual.


Rural Communities Advancement Program

Through a close partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development, the DRA makes strategic investments in change-making programs for rural communities through the Rural Communities Advancement Program (RCAP). This funding is directed to communities and counties with a population of 50,000 or less.

Over the years, RCAP has helped to support numerous programs and initiatives that directly support and build capacity of rural residents and leaders to enhance their community’s economic opportunities.

For more information and eligibility consideration, contact Amanda Allen at aallen@dra.gov.            


Small Business & Entrepreneurship Initiative

As a commitment to growing a strong ecosystem for small business owners and entrepreneurs in the Delta region, the DRA’s Small Business & Entrepreneurship Initiative (SB&E) targets funding to programs and institutions that provide support services or system-wide development for Delta small businesses and entrepreneurs. Recognizing the important role small businesses play in driving local economies, these investments contribute to DRA’s vision of a vibrant, sustainable regional ecosystem that supports and attracts small business and entrepreneurial success in the Delta region.

For more information about the SB&E Initiative, click here.


Reimagining the Delta Workforce Capacity Building and Technical Assistance Fund

As Delta communities continue into the 21st century's global economy, one thing is clear: the most important asset to a community in order to attract business investment, create jobs for its residents, and achieve economic growth is a skilled and trained workforce. Recognizing this reality, the DRA has launched its Reimagining the Delta Workforce initiative on the heels of a report--Re-imagining Workforce Development--identifying the challenges and opportunities for training a skilled workforce in the Delta region. 

To support this initiative, the DRA has invested $1.7 million into a capacity building and technical assistance fund for communities to better align their resources, develop strategic plans, and take actions to create a pipeline of skilled workers.

By the use of a place-based approach, such technical assistance will help county-wide/parish-wide leadership teams--consisting of members such as cities, states, local economic development service providers, workforce agencies, chambers of commerce, and educational institutions--identify and build the capacity and skill level of the available workforce.

For more information about the Reimagining the Delta Workforce fund, click here.


Staying Accountable with DRA Investments

DRA is taking a proactive role in bringing accountability, compliance, and transparency to the project application process with an interactive application portal and updated data on project investments. Visit the funding portal at http://funding.dra.gov.

*Any persons wishing to report fraudulent activities should call DRA's fraud hotline: (662) 627-9641 ext. 118.