States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP)

NEWS: 2018 SEDAP Grants

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.

Click your state below or visit our newsroom to learn more about the projects that received SEDAP funding last cycle.


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. 

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.

The DRA works closely with the 45 Local Development Districts in the DRA footprint that serve as front-line project managers to ensure community-relevant project development and investment. SEDAP investments emphasize job creation, regional collaboration, and funding partnerships in communities.

Through 17 SEDAP funding cycles, the DRA has leveraged its $211 million of federal-state investments into nearly $4.5 billion in public and private investment into community-based and regional projects--investments that have helped to create and retain 60,000 jobs, train more than 53,000 Delta workers for 21st century jobs, and connect over 400,000 families to clean water and/or sewer service.


States' Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP)

The 2019 SEDAP Application Cycle is open between March 4, 2019 and May 31, 2019.

Cumulative Regional Benefits from DRA

The numbers below are for FY 2002-FY 2018

Total DRA Projects
DRA Investment
Other Public Investment
$ 1,195,616,815
Other Private Investment
$ 3,478,561,842
Jobs Created and Retained
Individuals Trained for Jobs
Families Affected